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STEM version 7.3b release

03 May 2013

A recommended update for all current STEM users

It is six months since STEM 7.3a was released in October 2012. Since that time we have responded to and fixed a number of minor irritations in the software (which have been patched to individual, affected customers), as well as making several incremental enhancements to existing features.

There is no single compelling issue which warrants an update, but there is much to be gained from everyone adopting a common system which includes all these fixes. Most obviously it ensures consistency and reduces the risk of anyone else being compromised by any of these issues going forward; more subtly it saves time and avoids frustration if someone with one of the existing patches has to re-install everything on a new machine.

So we have produced a STEM 7.3b maintenance release which is now available as a recommended update for all current STEM users. More than 30 minor improvements and corrections are listed in the release notes, with some highlights as follows:

  • our original exported web interfaces were intended as self-contained pages, whereas the HTML is now generated in a modular structure that can be readily included within a master web-page layout which incorporates branding, legal notices and so on
  • the results program now recognises certain results such as Connections or Sites as integral and constrains the value-axis labels so that fractional values are not displayed even for small results
  • a bug where the font size in chart legends was not saved is now fixed
  • a chart drawn with the Draw Precedents command in the results program would sometime end up with inappropriate scaling, but this is now resolved
  • the series labels for a tornado or snapshot chart no longer disappear when using <Ctrl + Num Plus> or <Ctrl + Num Minus> to change the period for the graph
  • some broken help links around residual value have been amended
  • a model could get into a state where any defined sensitivities would be run whenever the model was run, whereas now they only run when explicitly requested
  • references to whole columns and sheet-specific named ranges now work properly with .xlsx files.

As you would expect, STEM 7.3b includes all patches issued since the earlier STEM 7.3 and STEM 7.3a releases.

Note: for compatibility with any future patches, it is essential to replace any previous patches or provisional release candidates with this official STEM version 7.3b.

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STEM 7.3d installer

Registered licensees with a current maintenance contract can download the appropriate C-STEM or D-STEM 7.3d installer.

Download now: C-STEM 7.3D-STEM 7.3

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