Dirigo Software, Accident Reconstruction Software for the Professional

What's New at Dirigo Software

November 1, 2018
I am officially announcing my new Competitive Upgrade program. Don't own a license of AR Pro, but do own a license of REC-TEC or Calc Zone Pro? This new program gives you a 20% discount on new licenses of AR Pro or SingleSaver with your proof of ownership from my competitors (subject to eligibility).

For the full scoop please check out this page on my website: Competitive Upgrade information

October 26, 2018
I've discovered that Avast and AVG antivirus software can mess up the Windows 10 Action Center (notification display area), which can cause my software to either not run and display an error message which states that the "notification platform is unavailable", or run and display other errors relating to notifications.

It turns out that Avast and AVG antivirus software recently installed/added a "Do not disturb" mode, which breaks the Windows 10 notification area/action center. You can confirm this in Windows 10 if the "Focus assist" tile in the notification area won't change state when pushed, or the Settings->Focus Assist Settings window does a force close.

The solution is to disable the "Do Not Disturb" mode in AVG/Avast and then reboot. If that doesn't work, you can remove Avast's "Do Not Disturb mode":
Settings->Apps & Features->Avast antivirus, Modify, and remove the "Do Not Disturb" feature and then reboot.

July 27, 2018
I've added the 4N6XPRT Systems' Expert AutostatsĀ® Lite vehicle specifications database to AR Pro 12! This will be a free update for all who own AR Pro 12.

June 3, 2018
Today is the 25th anniversary of the business.

June 1, 2018
I've just been informed that a fierce competitor and fellow US Marine, George M. Bonnett, creator of the REC-TEC AR computer program, has passed on. Semper Fi, George. I'll be joining you in several decades, and then we can both take our positions on the streets of heaven (this is where US Marines go when we pass on - we guard the streets of heaven). My sincere condolences to his wife and family. May he rest in peace.

April 25, 2018
After almost 25 years of being a "Doing Business As" business, I've finally incorporated. As of tax day (4/17/18), Dirigo Software is now Dirigo Software, LLC.

April 9, 2018
The Vehicle Specs (from the Canadian Vehicle Specs) have been updated to version 2018.1 for AR Pro versions 12 down to 9. Along the same genre, I am working to add the Expert Autostats Lite into AR Pro 12, thanks to the good folks at 4N6XPRT Systems. Need any auto stats? Need more detailed data than is in the AutoStats Lite? They've probably got it! Here is their website: 4N6XPRT Systems.

March 14, 2018
I have discovered that, for some unknown reason, my Version 12 software (which is fully high DPI capable) will not run/display as high DPI capable programs on a very small number of computers. I don't know why the computers won't display the programs at the correct high DPI. The customer will see very odd, squashed previewing and printing of formulas, as well as formula windows that have controls and text not lined up and all over the place, especially the "Formula in use" tab.

To get around this issue, users have a couple of options. First, right-click the Version 12 shortcut on the desktop and select Properties from the menu and then the Compatibility tab.

Here you can try changing some of the DPI settings to see if you can get the computer to show the program like it's supposed to be shown.

Failing that, users will need to set their text zoom to 100%. Here is how to do this in Windows 10:

To set the screen to 100% and allow your Version 12 programs to look and print correctly, right-click on your desktop, click on "Display settings", and then set the Scale and layout to 100%, like this:

Once you do that, the programs should work perfectly.

February 14, 2018
Did you know that you can change the icon that is shown for the program shortcuts on your desktop? AR Pro has several to choose from, some of which date back to our very first version of AR Pro (called "ARW" [Accident Reconstruction for Windows] back then). Recall and TSB have a couple to choose from. To check them out and select what you want:

1. Right-click on the shortcut of the program you want to possibly change.
2. Select "Properties", which is all the way at the bottom of the popup menu that appears.
3. Click on the "Change Icon..." button.
4. Select the one you want.
5. Click the OK button, then the "Apply" button, followed by the OK button. That's it!
6. This works for all desktop shortcuts, provided the program has a choice of icons to choose from. Enjoy!

February 9, 2018
Version 12 is released!!!

January 26, 2018
Tested my installation packages with the Windows App Certification program. They passed!! That means our programs can be certified by Microsoft as a program that follows the rules for installation, running and shutting down, as well as uninstalling. Yessss!!! To my knowledge, this is something that none of my competition can match.

That said, it was mentioned that there were a couple of small things that I needed to take care of, and the reworked installations takes care of those small items. Those 2 small items were: missing digital signatures. Now Signed. And, the programs don't shut down without user intervention. This refers to me having the program ask "Shut down "program name". Are you sure?" Microsoft doesn't like this because it means the programs could potentially lose data if it is left running and Windows does an update and needs to shut down to reboot. With my programs asking "Are you sure?" they don't just immediately shut down, which is the preferred behavior. So, I have eliminated the "Are you sure?" prompt in all 3 programs. When you click Close now they all immediately close, as Microsoft requires.

January 24, 2018
For the first time in a long while, there have been 0 records added to either the Recall or TSB database files. This means there will be no midweek update to Recall or TSB.

December 23, 2017
We will be closed on Christmas day (Dec 25th) in celebration of the holiday. Of course, I will still run activation codes, as I always do. Merry Christmas!!

November 23, 2017
We will be closed today (Thanksgiving) and tomorrow in celebration of the holiday. Of course, I will still run activation codes both days, as I always do. In fact, as of noon time I've already run and sent out 2 activation codes today. So, thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

September 12, 2017
Accomplished the following with the Activation Code Request pages, as well as the Removal Code Report page:

In addition to all this, I reworked the "Send us a message" on the Contact Us page to not be a popup anymore and it also has the Version 2 ReCAPTCHA.

August 16, 2017
Updated the Vehicle Specifications in AR Pro 11, 10, and 9 to Version 2017.2. The programs will inform you that an update is available upon startup if checking for updates at startup in the Options is enabled. If it's not enabled you can check manually by right-clicking in an empty spot in the program's window and selecting "Program Updates..." from the popup menu.

February 15, 2017
Finally, I've been graced with a new code signing certificate. Recall 11 and TSB 11 updates have been signed and uploaded. This weekend will see Version 10 and 9 updates properly signed, as well.

November 3, 2016
Due to a sudden issue with folks running my programs on Windows 7 getting access violation errors whenever the programs check for program updates, I have disabled checking for updates using multiple threads for anyone running Windows 7 in my Version 11 and Version 10 programs and have uploaded new installation files to the web server. Anyone experiencing this issue can fix it by downloading and installing the newly updated programs (you don't need to mess with activations - all programs will stay activated). Note that folks running my software on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 are not affected by this issue (which I believe may be due to a Windows 7 update) and will still use multiple threads when checking for program updates.

October 4, 2016
This is my official notice to all who use Version 8 software: All support for V8 software has ended as of 12/31/2016, a little over 7 years after their initial release. No updates will occur for any V8 program. Until it is impractical for me to do so, I will continue to activate the V8 programs for licensed users with Windows Versions 8.1 and earlier (V8 isn't 100% compatible with Windows 10 so no installations in Windows 10 will be activated), but no updates for Recalls, TSBs, or Vehicle Specifications will occur. V8 users are encouraged to check out the current version of my software to see if it will fill your needs (and it should, as the current version was built upon V8, as well as V9, as well as V10, etc.). If you have any questions please contact us. Additionally, as of August 16, 2017, I have updated the Vehicle Specifications in AR Pro 11, 10, and 9 to Version 2017.2. AR Pro 8 will NOT be updated.

September 29, 2016
A couple days early, but my Version 11 software is now available for download, installation, and activation. Due to a great number of things popping up this month I don't have the new formulas ready in AR Pro 11 as of yet. No worries, though. I will continue to work on them and they will be in upcoming free program updates. I hope you folks like these programs as much as I do. The programming software I used to create them was updated just 10 days ago, so they have the very, very latest and greatest ingredients. :) Enjoy!

August 31, 2016
DELETED - Version 11 is now for sale.

August 11, 2016
Updated the copy protection for all 3 V8 programs to a newer version for a more streamlined, quick and easy activation process. Unfortunately, this will require reactivation upon updating. My apologies for the inconvenience.

July 22, 2016
Due to issues with my V8 software and their inability to save any report settings in Windows 10, I have ceased support for V8 software in Windows 10. The V8 software was created in 2009 in and for Windows 7, and because they will not save report settings they are not 100% compatible with Windows 10. With that, it only makes sense to limit installations and activations to the versions of Windows they will operate correctly in. They (and their updates) will no longer install in Windows 10 and I will no longer activate V8 software in Windows 10. My apologies for any inconvenience. Please note that anyone who cannot run their V8 software in Windows 10 is invited to upgrade to the current version of my software, which was created in and for Windows 10 (but is also 100% compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1). You can find pricing info and the ability to place an upgrade order here.

March 29, 2016
Please bear with us as we move our web site to a new web host and server. After 14 years with the old host they are closing down shop so I've just moved my site to a new host and server. Everything but the FAQ section is up and running great. I'll be working to get that improved upon and running as soon as possible. I will not be using the bulletin board feature any longer - too slow, and I can build a better FAQ section on my own, complete with images. Thank you for your patience.

February 25, 2016
Uploaded updated installations of the Version 10 software due to an issue the copy protection software could have with Windows 7 64 users. This from their change log file:

November 27, 2015
Version 10 of my software has been released and is now available for immediate download and installation. Enjoy!!!

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