Although RTG Bills Version 2 looks almost identical to previous versions, internally it uses more up-to-date software technology. RTG Bills Version 2 is 32-bit software, which means it has better compatibility with current and future versions of Microsoft Windows.
RTG Bills Version 2 includes the latest relational database software, Version 4.0 of the Microsoft Jet database engine. Previously, RTG Bills used Jet 1.1, a much older version of the same database engine.
RTG Bills Version 2.01 was released on September 1, 2000.
The major new feature in RTG Bills Version 2 is the spell checker. You can check the spelling of a single transaction with the new Check button in both RTG Bills and RTG Timer. In addition, RTG Timer can spell check all fees and expenses at once, and RTG Bills can check either all fees and expenses or all payments and adjustments. If you wish, you can limit the spell check to a particular matter or to a range of dates.
The spelling dictionary has been tailored for use in a legal billing program. We have omitted many words that are unlikely to appear in the description of a transaction, such as scientific terms and slang. On the other hand, we have included many legal terms.
You can both add and delete words from the dictionary to tailor it to your needs. You can add words, such as client names and business names, that appear frequently in your descriptions. If the dictionary contains a word that you believe is misspelled, or you favor an alternative spelling, you can delete the word.
You can see a screen shot of the spell checker window in the July 2000 issue of RTG News.
In Version 2.01 you can select a printer and change the paper orientation from within RTG Bills and RTG Timer. It is no longer necessary to go to the Printers folder to perform these tasks.
Installation has been improved in several ways. The installation program lets you install RTG Bills, RTG Timer, or both at once. Desktop shortcuts are created automatically. And you can uninstall Version 2 in the standard way, using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
Browsing for files or folders will now show long filenames.
Each of these features was made possible by the change to 32-bit software. We also expect fewer problems with network printers, which required special settings in Version 1.
The following problems are fixed in Version 2.02.