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Update Notes

This page supplements our release notes, providing additional detail on "breaking" and other important changes between versions. Before updating Macabacus software, be sure to check here to understand important differences and incompatibilities between Macabacus versions that may affect your deployment. These notes apply to all versions of Office, unless otherwise noted.

Macabacus Versions

8.8.3

This update removes support for linking between PowerPoint shapes.

8.7.0

This update introduces MasterShapes, which are now used to implement slide stamp functionality. Slide stamps are no longer configured using the Template Wizard, and can now be inserted from the MasterShapes menu rather than the Slides menu. In addition, the Text Box button used to insert a text box with formatting derived from the slide master has been moved to the MasterShapes menu.

8.5.9

This update reverses the increased dependency on chart names introduced in v8.5.5, while still allowing changes in worksheet names without breaking chart links introduced in v8.5.5. The net result of the changes to chart links introduced in v8.5.5 and v8.5.9 is simply that you can now rename worksheets containing linked charts without breaking the links.

8.5.5

This update changes how Excel charts are linked in PowerPoint and Word. Prior to this update, if you had linked to a chart embedded on a worksheet and subsequently changed the name of that worksheet, the link would be broken. This made chart links unacceptably unreliable, since worksheet names may change often. As of v8.5.5, chart links are independent of the worksheet name.

The side effect of this change is that chart links now rely more heavily on unique chart names (as shown in Excel's Selection pane). Since chart links are no longer scoped to a specific worksheet, greater care must be taken to ensure that Excel charts have unique names prior to linking. Also, Macabacus is now more likely to reference an incorrect chart for linking purposes when multiple charts have the same name.

Overall, this change gives users greater control over the integrity of chart links, while increasing the likelihood of mislinks if chart names are ignored. See the section of this documentation on how chart linking works for more information.

8.0.0

This major update primarily adds new charting tools and improved existing charting functionality in Excel. Additionally, this update implemented a new versioning convention using a single version number, replacing separate version numbers for Macabacus add-ins for individual Office applications.

Macabacus for Excel (legacy version numbering)

7.1.1

Macabacus keyboard shortcut settings are now combined with other Macabacus settings into a single file for better portability.

7.0.0

This update greatly simplified configuration of most cell formatting options by reducing the customizability of some options without an overall reduction in customization possibilities. For example, in prior versions you could include a style in the Percent Cycle that italicized and colored fonts blue, in addition to applying a number format. As of v7.0.0, pre-defined formatting cycles are more intuitive and purpose-specific—they modify only the cell property that their names suggest. For example, the Percent Cycle modifies only the number format, and the Row Height Cycle only modifies row height. However, you can still use Custom Style Cycles to create styles that modify multiple cell properties.

If you had previously configured pre-defined formatting cycles to modify multiple cell properties, your formatting cycles may no longer behave as expected after updating to v7.0.0. In this case, you can recreate your old styles and add them to a Custom Style Cycle, rename the custom cycle as desired, and assign your old shortcut keystroke to the custom cycle.

In addition, some formatting cycles that are rarely customized are no longer customizable as of v7.0.0, such as the Underline Cycle and Center Cycle. If you do wish to customize these cycles, you can create a Custom Style Cycle as described above.

This update also changes how materials are published to Macabacus libraries. As of v7.0.0, manifests (XML files) describing published content and templates include relative, rather than absolute, file paths. This change supports library portability and future functionality. If you publish to a Macabacus library using v7.0.0 or later, and other users are using older versions of Macabacus, those users will be unable to access library materials. However, you can safely publish to the libraries from an older version of Macabacus if other users are using v7.0.0 or later, as this version of Macabacus accepts both relative and absolute paths.

6.7.0

In this update, Macabacus' Chart Gallery was overhauled and merged with the Content Library. When upgrading to this version, you will need to publish your standardized charts to the Content Library by clicking the Macabacus > Settings > Libraries > Publish Content > Publish Charts button with your workbook that contains the charts to be published open/active. The legacy path to the Macabacus Chart Gallery where you can find your old charts is:

C:\Users\%USER NAME%\AppData\Roaming\Macabacus\Macabacus 20XX\Macabacus Chart Gallery.xlsx

In the legacy chart gallery workbook, each chart appears on its own chart sheet. Before publishing charts to the Content Library, you will need to move each chart in the chart gallery workbook to the same worksheet as the chart data.

Macabacus for PowerPoint (legacy version numbering)

4.3.5

This update changes how materials are published to Macabacus libraries. As of v4.3.5, manifests (XML files) describing published content and templates include relative, rather than absolute, file paths. This change supports library portability and future functionality. If you publish to a Macabacus library using v4.3.5 or later, and other users are using older versions of Macabacus, those users will be unable to access library materials. However, you can safely publish to the libraries from an older version of Macabacus if other users are using v4.3.5 or later, as this version of Macabacus accepts both relative and absolute paths.

4.0.0

A new method of designating "special" slides in Macabacus-enabled templates was implemented in v3.2.1. As of this update (v4.0), special slides in Macabacus-enabled templates created prior to v3.2.1 must be re-designated using the Template Wizard.

3.1.0

Macabacus-enabled templates now use text boxes (not text placeholders) on Master layouts (not slides) for section titles. If you are upgrading to Macabacus for PowerPoint v3.1 or later, you will need to redesignate section titles in your Macabacus-enabled templates using the Template Wizard. This change was made to support better interoperability with native PowerPoint functionality.

3.0.0

This update included a major overhaul of Macabacus' table of contents functionality, which is now referred to as "agenda" tools. While the new agenda tools still work with Macabacus-enabled templates created for use with older versions of Macabacus for PowerPoint, you must modify your template to take advantage of the enhanced agenda functionality. This change does not apply to PowerPoint 2007.

2.0.0

This update included a major overhaul of Macabacus libraries that simplified library management, improved performance, and laid the foundation for future functionality. The new library framework is not backward-compatible, meaning that you may need to rebuild content and template libraries created with earlier versions of Macabacus for PowerPoint.

Macabacus for Word (legacy version numbering)

1.6.1

Macabacus keyboard shortcut settings are now combined with other Macabacus settings into a single file for better portability.

1.5.13

This update changes how materials are published to Macabacus libraries. As of v1.5.13, manifests (XML files) describing published content and templates include relative, rather than absolute, file paths. This change supports library portability and future functionality. If you publish to a Macabacus library using v1.5.13 or later, and other users are using older versions of Macabacus, those users will be unable to access library materials. However, you can safely publish to the libraries from an older version of Macabacus if other users are using v1.5.13 or later, as this version of Macabacus accepts both relative and absolute paths.

This documentation refers to Macabacus version 8.8.11, and may differ from the PDF documentation
on your computer that installed with your version of Macabacus.