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We are proud to announce Version 19 of School Ledger. In addition to new features suggested by users over the past year, Version 19 introduces many enhancements including type ahead data entry, further customizable font sizes, print preview navigation improvements, increased chart of accounts improvements, and more.

Some of the features of Version 19 include:
  • Type-Ahead for All Data Entry Screens - Data entry on all input screens has been enhanced with type-ahead searching of existing values to speed entry and ensure consistency and accuracy. Whether you are typing a description on a new receipt, or entering a description for a purchase order line item, typing each character searches existing data and auto-fills a match. Each input field maintains its own search scope, and searches for receipts are separate from debits, EFT, purchase orders, etc. This new feature can save time, ensure accurate and consistent data, and be turned on or off in Preferences.
  • Account Selection and Input Improvements - The search algorithm for account input fields has been enhanced to more accurately find and select the desired account when a partial name or number is entered.
  • New Navigation and Zoom Controls on Print Preview Screens - The Print Preview screen has been enhanced with new zoom and page navigation controls. The default view is sized to be more readable. Users can click on the new plus and minus buttons to zoom in or out over 15 levels. The preset zoom dropdown has additional zoom levels for quick selection. Additionally, keyboard shortcuts have been added for page navigation, panning control, and zoom control.
  • Chart of Accounts Enhancements - New controls have been added to the Chart of accounts to prevent editing in ways that could compromise its integrity. For example, a mistake like editing a sub-account with activity into a top level account would no longer be permitted.
  • Account Name and Balances “Tooltip Bubbles” on Account Input - When inputting any account name or number, hover the mouse over the account to display a tooltip bubble with a snapshot that includes the account’s full name and number, its starting and ending balances, encumbrances and adjusted balance.
  • Adjustable Font Size on All Data Grids - A very popular feature introduced with Version 18 was the ability to adjust the font size in the various “register” displays (checkbook register, general ledger, receipt register, etc.). Version 19 adds a new preference setting to adjust the font size on all other “data grid” displays in the program, such as the Reconcile screen, all account allocation grids, lists, and more.
  • Many additional features and fixes - Version 19 contains many general fixes and optimizations throughout the entire program. And as always, we will continue to make improvements and post updates throughout the life cycle of Version 19.
  • Full Account Name Printed on Receipts - Receipts now include the full account name as part of the allocation grid, making account recognition far more transparent.
We are proud to announce Version 16 of Surfside Lighthouse. Lighthouse continues to set the standard for affordable, easy-to-use student information systems. Version 16 includes many features requested by users over the past year.

Some of the features of Version 16 include:
  • Updated Screen Fonts and Design - Lighthouse and the teacher client now utilize the best screen fonts from the latest Windows operating systems, which greatly improves readability on screen displays. Every screen has been reworked to accommodate today’s higher screen resolutions, add more space between elements, and accommodate the new font characteristics. Over 400 screens were re-designed!
  • Spell Check Improvements - The various screens in Lighthouse that support spell checking have been improved to offer more accurate suggestions and generally perform better and more reliably.
  • SQL Server Client Support - Lighthouse and the Teacher Client include support for connection to a database stored on a SQL Server. SQL Server allows for true client/server database access, which provides increased efficiency, speed and reliability. New in Version 16 is support for SQL Native Client 11.0.
  • Improved Date Control - All date fields in Lighthouse have been replaced with a new version that is more intuitive and simple to use. You can navigate between the day, month and year fields by using the TAB key, or click with the mouse and use the new “spin” controls to make adjustments. The dropdown date picker lets you quickly select a valid date, while hand typing a date feels easier and more accurate than ever before!
  • Class Attendance Enhancements The Class Attendance system in Lighthouse was upgraded to support a new “school activity” categorization additional to the existing Present, Tardy and Absent statuses. A student marked as “school activity” is considered Present for the period. Having its own designation promotes consistency in how that particular event is recorded. Teachers and the office may also run searches and reports showing a breakdown of school activity and other statuses.
  • Installer and Update Availability Improvements The main Surfside Lighthouse and teacher client now check the Internet for product updates each time you launch the program. If an update is available a message will be displayed. The update and installation procedures have been re-worked to function more smoothly and reliably across a wider range of system and security configurations.
  • More to come… - As always, we continue to add features and improvements to Lighthouse on a regular basis. We have many exciting additions planned for Version 16 in upcoming months, all available as free update downloads to V16 owners.
We are pleased to introduce our new teacher gradebook for Surfside Lighthouse. The gradebook is available right now.

Surfside Lighthouse gradebook is an full-featured teacher gradebook companion for Surfside Lighthouse. This easy-to-use gradebook system offers the ease of use that Surfside customers have come to expect at a most affordable Surfside price.

The Surfside Lighthouse gradebook is designed to mimic a standard pen-and-paper gradebook and track student grades across an entire school year. Using an industry standard look and feel, teachers can start using the program immediately and be proficient in a very short time. Powerful tools are available to track a student's performance and produce professional quality reports quickly and easily.
March 27, 2012
We are delighted to announce the continued availability of web-based training for our full line of school administrative software.

Through "Surfside Academy" and "Heritage Academy" we have offered personalized training for many years. These sessions required travel to our Cape Cod training facility. With school budgets tighter than ever, we decided to make the same training experience available over the Internet.

Two Kinds of Seminars

Traditional Seminars - Users of Surfside Lighthouse or School Ledger-Report System may sign up for school-specific training sessions where you get to set the agenda and will have exclusive access to our training staff during your seminar. These sessions may take place at the participants' offices or you may gather your staff in a central office conference room and share the training experience as a group. Either way, it's the next best thing to travelling to Cape Cod and working in person with our staff.

Topical Seminars - Through the school year we will email current users of Surfside Lighthouse and School Ledger with information about "mini-courses" we offer o­n specific topics. These seminars will last approximately thirty minutes and will cover a topic of interest to most users at a specific time of year. For example, in mid-March we might offer a program on "starting to schedule for next year" or in August we might run a seminar on "setting up attendance for the new year". Tuition for these mini-seminars is quite reasonable. Tution is free to IC Gold subscribers.

Contact to be added to the email broadcast list for Surfside and Heritage topical web seminars or to arrange a half-day, school-specific class for your staff.
March 27, 2012
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative strives to ensure that all children receive a high quality education so that no child is left behind.

Achieving this goal requires the support of many parties, including state and local agencies, school districts, and yes, even your software vendors. We are proud to include in our Lighthouse school administrative software the fine degree of reporting necessary to help support this goal.
March 27, 2012
Here at Surfside we believe that every school deserves the best of administrative software - no matter what your size or budget. Schools with fewer than 300 students are eligible for very special "small school" pricing. Call 800-942-9008 ext. 110 or email today for a price quote for your school