July 25, 2021 - Windows 11 Update
As promised, I've kept up with the Windows 11 updates on my laptop. The newest iteration (as of Friday, 7/23) is Build 22000.100. And, all 3 version 15 programs are still running flawlessly. I do have to say that visually Windows 11 is quite stunning and so much better than Windows 10 it's not even funny. So much so that I'm actually considering putting it on my new main office computer, which I built from scratch about 10 days ago. I'll probably wait a while longer, though.
July 4, 2021
Yesterday I joined the Windows Insider Program and installed the first development version of Windows 11 onto my laptop. I then downloaded and installed all 3 Version 15 programs onto the laptop and installed them, then tested all 3 programs for compatibility with the newest version of Windows. I'm happy to report that all 3 programs worked flawlessly! I will continue to test the programs as new releases of Windows 11 are released and if any issues arise with the programs I will fix them so that when Windows 11 is released to the public they will continue to run flawlessly for all.
One thing to note about Windows 11 is that it is for 64-bit computers, only. Therefore anyone running the programs will have to have a 64-bit computer to install Windows 11, which means that only the 64-bit versions of my software will install in Windows 11. Those folks running 32-bit computers take heed to this information.
April 2, 2021
This month marks the 27th year that our AR Pro program has been on the market!
January 1, 2021
From our family to yours, Happy New Year and welcome 2021!
December 25, 2020
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
October 17, 2020
Dirigo Software is transforming to a yearly subscription business model. With that, we are retiring the old versions of our software (just as Versions 1 thru 9 have been retired over the years) with a timetable to allow license holders time to upgrade before their licenses expire. Here is the current schedule for the retirement of the old software licenses:
October 15, 2020
New company policy: As of today (October 15, 2020) we will be charging a Software Reactivation fee of $49 for reactivating each software title that is not a regular yearly activation and it's not our fault for the need of reactivation. This does NOT include a small number of transferring licenses from one computer to another - that's still free, unless it is a large amount of transfers, nor does it include the deactivation and reactivation for hardware upgrades on an existing computer. It DOES include lost activations for any other reason (IT swapped out your computer and you/they can't deactivate the program(s) on the old computer, you swapped computers and can't deactivate the program(s) on the old computer, theft, vandalism, computer crashed, etc.).
October 14, 2020
All 3 Version 15 programs have been released!! Enjoy!!!
September 11, 2020
I'm both excited and very proud to announce that on or about October 15th of this year Version 15 of my software will be released!!!
AR Pro has been thoroughly updated with a brand new and very modern user interface that is also easy to use and easy on the eyes. I've also taken a good hard look at work flow in the program and identified areas that previous versions could stand some streamlining and improvement. I'm happy to say that I've made huge improvements in working in and with the formulas, working in the Report Editors for quicker and easier report setup, as well as the working with the Project Manager - or not. With the improvements I've made I anticipate more folks than ever will want to use the Project Manager, though. Also, all icons in the program have been updated to a modern Windows 10 style. And, of course, the program has been streamlined to the max.
Also, Recall 15 and TSB 15 are pretty much completed, and they both have had enhancements to their user interface, as well.
To help show the changes I've made in AR Pro 15, I've created some short videos of me showcasing and using the various features of the program. Fair warning, they are done by me, and I'm certainly no videographer. Hey, I can't be good at everything! Here is a link to these short videos on my DirSoft YouTube channel - Go watch them: AR Pro 15 Videos. Please keep in mind that the program is still being built and what you see may change a bit between today and when the program is released into the wild.
Now let's talk about the cost for all this hard work of mine. As of September 11th, I'm accepting pre-release orders for the Version 15 programs. From September 11th until the day of release the costs for both new licenses and upgrade licenses of the Version 15 programs are the same as they have been this year for my Version 14 programs. FUN FACT: The cost of a new license of my AR Pro 14 so far this year ($399) is exactly $4 (yes, that's FOUR DOLLARS) more than my AR 97 Pro cost ($395) all the way back in 1997!!! Here it is 23 years and 9 versions later (about to be 10 versions later!) with only a $4 cost of living raise, per license!! How many of you can say that? Anyways, upon the day of release (which again is expected to be on or about October 14th) all Version 15 prices are GOING UP AT LEAST 20%. So, if you want to save money get your orders in early, folks!!! Do it TODAY so you don't forget!!! I know you're busy and there's a lot going on these days to distract you, so do it now while this message is on your screen!!! Here, lemme help you with that: Secure Online Store
Also, as I always do with a new version release, anyone who has purchased a/some Version 14 license(s) from August 1, 2020 thru September 10th, 2020 is eligible for a free upgrade to corresponding Version 15 license(s), IF REQUESTED, upon Version 15's release.
If anyone has any questions please contact me, here: Contact Us
Thanks for your time and consideration!!
May 9, 2020
All 3 Version 14 programs have been updated this week. They all now have window captions that are correctly sized with correctly sized lettering while running in a high DPI environment. AR Pro now has the latest Expert Autostats Lite vehicle specifications database, plus other fixes in it. Enjoy!!!
April 27, 2020
AR Pro 14 down to AR Pro 9 program updates have been uploaded to the server. The Canadian Vehicle Specifications database has been updated from 2019.2 to 2020.2. Enjoy!!!
February 25, 2020
AR Pro 14 program updates have been uploaded to the server. The program is now, and will forever more be, high DPI capable. Enjoy!!!
February 15, 2020
Recall 14 and TSB 14 program updates have been uploaded to the server. Both programs are now, and will forever more be, high DPI capable. Enjoy!!!
January 23, 2020
All 3 Version 14 programs have been updated with the very latest of all of the programming software that I use to create my masterpieces. All updated programs, which are a free update for all who own Version 14 licenses, are now available for download on our web server.
January 1, 2020
From our family to yours, Happy New Year!
December 25, 2019
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
November 25, 2019
I've added a brand new YouTube channel to the mix, here! This channel will feature videos on our software, such as demos and specialized videos on subjects that may be giving folks a hard time and whatnot. While the channel is live there isn't much on it, as of today. Look for videos to be on the channel soon, though!
July 24, 2019
All 3 Version 14 programs have been updated with the very latest of all of the programming software that I use to create my masterpieces. AR Pro 14 has also been updated with Version 2019 of the Expert AutoStats Lite vehicle specifications database. All updated programs, which are a free update for all who own Version 14 licenses, are now available for download on our web server.
April 7, 2019
Fixed the Contact Us form to allow any type of file to be attached to a message to us.
April 4, 2019
AR Pro 14 has just been updated with the newest Canadian Vehicle Specifications database, version 2019.1. Also, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the first version of AR Pro, Accident Reconstruction for Windows (ARW) 1.0. It's funny how such an occasion can seem like yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time…
March 22, 2019
AR Pro 14 Has been updated today with the following:
March 15, 2019
Version 14 has been released!
February 6, 2019
Since Google+ is shutting down in a few weeks I have deleted the links to my DirSoft Google+ page, which I'm told the account and all content will be automatically deleted. Sayonara, Google+!
January 31, 2019
Recalls and TSB's have been added to their respective databases, so there will be database updates for our Recall and TSB programs.
December 26, 2018
Please note that we will be closed on New Year's day (Jan 1, 2019) in celebration of the holiday. Of course, I will still run activation codes, as I always do. Happy New Year!!
December 16, 2018
Please note that 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!!
December 1, 2018
Today I am releasing updates for all 3 Version 12 programs. The very newest version of the programming software I use to create my masterpieces (released Monday, November 19th, 2018) was used to build the updates. The new programming software version promises better High DPI capabilities (including moving the program from monitor to monitor) and faster running programs. I should also note that all of the software I use to create my programs has been updated, as well, so improvements are everywhere in the Version 12 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 Autostats® 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 2018 (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.
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:
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