On-air performance reporting made easy!

ezAudit opens, displays, filters and prints dcsTools' XStudio audit data files, DCS™ and Maestro™ audit data files.

As a control room XStudio, DCS or Maestro unit is running, it writes performance data to a special file, known as an audit file. The data in the file is stored as binary information and reflects what the host audio system knows happened or did not happen during operation. Information includes such things as the successful play of an audit item (or failure of same), receipt of external stimulus (relays or closures), and actions taken by the host audio system.

ezAudit is able to read audit data files adhering to Computer Concepts' DCS Audit File (.ADT) Specification, version 1.6. This includes all DCS software versions and all Maestro software versions through v3.3.

ezAudit replicates and enhances the functionality provided by Computer Concepts Corporation's original audit reporting utility, known as "CMAD". This original application is a DOS application that, while an excellent report tool for CCC's audit files, has shortcomings in the areas of viewing or printing a report and the ease with which you can "slice and dice" report information to view only the data that is important to you. It is also difficult to administer, requiring multiple shortcuts (in Windows) and multiple configuration files especially created and maintained for audit reporting purposes. CMAD is also dependent on your PC's time zone settings and requires changes to those settings if the audit data to be reviewed was created with time zone settings that vary from your PC's settings.

ezAudit provides a true Windows reporting environment, with additional conveniences in the areas of display of data, printing data, and selecting data to be included in a report.

ezAudit allows for a virtually unlimited number of station audit reporting configurations, including the ability to easily view and/or print reports for stations located somewhere other than the application's home environment. Audit file source directories can be be different for each station and a station's associated time zone information (required to report accurate event times) can be different.

ezAudit is particularly well-suited to enterprise environments, where audited performance data for several sites and/or time zones is reviewed and analyzed at a single site.

  • Support for "Dynamic DST". Audit reports generated for dates in 2006 and prior years correctly handle the different "spring forward" and "fall back" dates in time zones affected by 2007 changes in DST (Daylight Savings Time) dates. The PC on which you are running ezAudit must have the 2007 updated time zone information in the registry.
  • View multiple reports simultaneously - great for side-by-side comparisons. Multiple report windows can be tiled horizontally or vertically, as well as cascaded.
  • Multiple data views - change how you look at audit data on the fly.
  • User-Defined Data Views! Users can custom-design reports to supplement existing data views, either creating new ones from scratch or copying, then modifying existing views.
  • User-Defined Fields! Add custom calculated fields to audit reports - just create the field, set some properties and add the new field to a custom data view.
  • Dynamic filtering of cart numbers (audio items) on the fly.
  • Dynamic filtering of transaction types, status codes and play channels without having to create a report template.
  • Create new templates on the fly from the main display. Have the right combination of data displayed? Just click a button, provide a name for the template, and you're all done!
  • Multi-Day Reports! Create audit reports across multiple days. Select a station, dates to include and a report template - that's all there is to it!
  • Sort displayed data by column - on the fly.
  • Select and apply report templates from the main display, on the fly.
  • Support for a virtually unlimited number of stations.
  • Create and maintain a virtually unlimited number of report templates, which include selected transaction types, selected status codes, selected audio playback channels, cart filter and data "view" information. The number of stored templates is limited by available disk space only.
  • Selective printing. Print only the hours you wish using available hourly data views.
  • Copy to Clipboard - copy selected report line items to the Windows clipboard for subsequent pasting in another application, such as an e-mail.
  • Save reports to file in any of three formats, including CSV (Comma-Separated Values).
  • Create reconcile reports for direct use by Selector™ music scheduling system and CBSI traffic system.
  • No dependencies. An audit file created anywhere in the world can be viewed and/or printed without having to change time zone settings on the host PC.
  • Can be used with XStudio, DCS, and Maestro systems.
  • Integrated context-sensitive help in all dialogs.

Application Requirements:

  • Windows 2000 Pro SP4 or later operating system.
  • 100% IBM-compatible Pentium(TM) or better personal computer.
  • 128 MB RAM (Windows 2000), 256 MB RAM (Windows XP), 2GB RAM (Windows Vista and later OS').
  • 18 MB free disk space (for this application and documentation only).
  • compatible VGA, super VGA, XGA or 8514/A monitor, with adapter, running 800x600 minimum display resolution (1024x768 highly recommended).
  • Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device.
  • A LAN card (NIC), known to be working (if you will be connecting to a LAN for audit data file retrieval).

To use ezAudit, you need access to the XStudio, DCS or Maestro audit files, which are located in the same folder as their associated log files. Typically, this means you must be connected to the network (LAN) on which theXStudio, DCS, and/or Maestro systems are running. Be sure that your system administrator has provided you the necessary access rights to these file locations. For audit files, you need only have read rights (to open and view the audit data).

Purchasing ezAudit

$125.00 US Order on-line immediately with a credit card using the Buy Now! button. If preferred, we can also send you an invoice for payment by check.

Delivery

The software is available as a download and can be installed to try it out, with some limitations. After purchase, a registration is sent via email to enable full functionality.

License

This software is subject to a license and warranty agreement. Read the full text of the agreement here.

Guarantee

If you are unsure about the usability of this software, download it and try it out. We offer a free trial registration - it allows you to use the software for a period of time, fully functional, without purchasing. Request a trial registration.

Update Policy

All updates for the same major version of this software are downloadable at no charge. Major version updates may have an associated upgrade charge.

2007-2010 Time Zone Changes

For additional information on time zone changes that affect audit reporting, refer to the ezAudit help topic and our general time zone information pages.

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Current Version

Current Version: 2.8.0.90
Released Sep-8-2016

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