2019 Predator News

March 20th 2019 - Predator CNC Service v11.0.0.129 is released

Predator CNC Service v11.0.0.129 has been released. This minor update makes the following improvements:

  • Adds MTConnect version 1.4 support
  • Improves Empty state support in all custom tag protocols
  • Improves the logging of custom macro availability in Fanuc Focas protocol
  • Removes MTConnect version 1.4 specific details from MTConnect version 1.3
  • Fixes a logic bug with the End state in all custom tag protocols

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11.0.0.129 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator CNC Service should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

March 15th 2019 - Predator DNC v11.0.0.22

Predator DNC v11 Release History

Predator DNC v11.0.0.22 has been released. By design, this release is intended to improve overall communications with Ethernet based CNCs, CMMs, 3D Printers, Robots and PLCs. New Ethernet based Predator Secure DNC technology has been developed to support a wide range of Windows based devices. New Ethernet based Predator Secure PLC technology has been developed to support a wide range of OPC DA based devices. Improvements to FTP, Fanuc Focas and a number of other objects have been updated. Finally, an updated user interface is also included. Refer to the following details:

  • Adds 3D Printer support
  • Adds PLC support
  • Adds Windows 10 support
  • Adds Windows 2016 Server support
  • Adds Microsoft Access 2016 support
  • Adds Microsoft Access 2019 support
  • Adds Microsoft Excel 2016 support
  • Adds Microsoft Excel 2019 support
  • Adds Microsoft SQL Server 2016 support
  • Adds Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express support
  • Adds Microsoft SQL Server 2017 support
  • Adds Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express support
  • Adds Oracle 13 support
  • Adds Huge File support
  • Adds Predator Secure DNC support
  • Adds Predator Secure PLC support
  • Adds DMG Mori Seiki MAPPS Ethernet support
  • Adds Fanuc Focas Data support
  • Adds Cognex Dataman bar code reader support
  • Adds Cognex MX bar code reader support
  • Adds Danobat Fanuc Ethernet support
  • Adds Device Write support
  • Adds New File Transfer viewer
  • Adds Default Toolbar Layout option
  • Improves CNC, Robot, CMM and test stand support
  • Improves User Interface
  • Improves Fanuc Focas support
  • Improves FTP Client support
  • Improves FTP Server support
  • Improves COM Port HSM support
  • Improves Predator MDC for Access links
  • Improves Predator MDC for SQL links
  • Improves Predator MDC for Oracle links
  • Improves Floating Network Licensing
  • Improves Online Help
  • Improves Predator CNC Editor v11 Bundle
  • Reduces download size by 102MB

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11.0.0.22 of Predator DNC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator DNC should contact their local Predator VAR or Predator Software at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

March 14th 2019 - Predator PDM v11.0.214 is released

Predator PDM v11.0.214 has been released. This version fixes several Predator PDM Enterprise only bugs that were introduced with the previous v11.0.213 release. Refer to the following details:

  • Improves Error handling with loading a file
  • Includes PMDATA7.dll version 11.0.75
  • Fixes a bug with the Part Start dialog
  • Fixes a bug with the Job End dialog with the Access edition
  • Fixes a bug with Setup Start processing with the SQL Server edition

Customers on software maintenance can download v11.0.214 of Predator PDM from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator PDM should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

March 13th 2019 - Predator MDC v11.0.294 is released

Predator MDC v11.0.294 and Predator MDC Service Manager v11.0.22 have been released. This version fixes several bugs that were introduced with the previous v11.0.292 release. Refer to the following details:

  • Improves Machine Timeline Charts with really large datasets
  • Improves Data Collection Error processing
  • Improves Data Collection Error Counts
  • Includes PMDATA7.dll version 11.0.75
  • Includes Predator MDC Service Manager v11.0.22
  • Fixes a bug with Predator MDC Service Manager
  • Fixes a bug with the Part Start dialog
  • Fixes a bug with the Job End dialog with the Access edition
  • Fixes a bug with Setup Start processing with the SQL Server edition
  • Fixes a bug importing reason code attachments

Customers on software maintenance can download v11.0.294 of Predator MDC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator MDC should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

March 11th 2019 - Predator MDC Export Service v11.0.0.37 is released

Predator MDC Export Service v11.0.0.37 has been released. This update makes the following improvements:

  • Adds Certificate validation messaging to trace output to OPC UA
  • Adds IP and port configuration to OPC UA

Customers can contact Predator Software at sales@predator-software.com for details and pricing.

March 8th 2019 - Predator CNC Service v11.0.0.128 is released

Predator CNC Service v11.0.0.128 has been released. This minor update makes the following improvements:

  • Adds Automatic alternative part counter to the Fanuc protocol
  • Adds End state to the JSON protocol
  • Adds End state to the Microsoft Access protocol
  • Adds End state to the Microsoft SQL protocol
  • Adds End state to the MTConnect protocol
  • Adds End state to the OPC DA protocol
  • Adds End state to the OPC UA protocol
  • Adds End state to the Oracle protocol
  • Adds End state to the Secure OPC protocol
  • Adds End state to the Secure Siemens protocol
  • Adds End state to the Siemens OPC UA protocol
  • Adds End state to the Text protocol
  • Adds End state to the XML protocol

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11.0.0.128 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator CNC Service should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

March 7th 2019 - Predator MDC for Android update

Updated part numbers for Predator MDC for Android and Predator MDC Enterprise for Android have been released. Refer to the following:

Part # Descriptions
20561920 Predator MDC Enterprise Android for SQL Server
20562920 Predator MDC Android for SQL Server
20581920 Predator MDC Enterprise Android for Oracle
20582920 Predator MDC Android for Oracle

Customers can contact Predator Software at sales@predator-software.com for more details and pricing.

March 7th 2019 - Predator File Parser v11.0.0.9 is released

Predator File Parser v11.0.0.9 has been released. This new command line Windows based Predator application is bundled with professional onsite services to simplify custom processing of CNC programs, CMM programs and other manufacturing files.

For example, the Predator File Parser can be used to convert CNC programs from one machine type to another. Another example is to modify CNC programs automatically for laser tool measuring within a tool change cycle. Another example would be processing ERP or MES data extracts prior to importing into the Predator database. Refer to the following main features:

  • Script host for vbscript
  • Single and multiple file support
  • Sub folder support
  • Binary and ASCII file processing
  • Per byte, character, line and file processing

Customers can contact Predator Software at sales@predator-software.com for details and pricing.

March 6th 2019 - Predator Import Service v10.0.0.62 is released

Predator Import Service v10.0.0.62 is released. This minor release makes the following improvements:

  • Adds an Always option to control processing
  • Adds an Always with Archive option to control processing
  • Improves logging of archive bit
  • Fixes an intermittent crash bug

Customers on software maintenance can contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

February 23rd 2019 - Predator PDM v11.0.213 is released

Predator PDM v11.0.213 has been released. This release primarily improves the New Events Touch dialog within the Enterprise edition. Refer to the following details:

  • Adds Require password confirmation before Logon Start event option
  • Adds Require jobs to be released to the shop floor option
  • Adds Finish Jobs automatically with Job End event option
  • Adds Release Jobs automatically with Job Start event option
  • Adds Customer and Part Type filters to the Job Start dialog
  • Adds Filtering based on the current job to the Part Start dialog
  • Adds -RemoteConnection vault option for testing
  • Improves PDM APIs to support source asset numbers for released vault items
  • Improves Editing jobs, even after they have been started
  • Improves Viewing Cutter and Insert Materials
  • Improves Online help
  • Includes PMDATA7.dll version 11.0.73
  • Includes PPDMAPI.dll version 11.0.17
  • Fixes a bug in displaying certain Job numbers within Edit Job with multiple parts
  • Fixes a bug importing cutter and insert material attachments

Customers on software maintenance can download v11.0.213 of Predator PDM from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator PDM should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

February 19th 2019 - Predator MDC v11.0.292 is released

Predator MDC v11.0.292 and Predator MDC Service Manager v11.0.21 have been released. Job management has been significantly enhanced with this release. Refer to the following details:

  • Adds Require password confirmation before Logon Start event option
  • Adds High speed part processing within a single cycle option
  • Adds Require jobs to be released to the shop floor option
  • Adds Finish Jobs automatically with Job End event option
  • Adds Release Jobs automatically with Job Start event option
  • Adds Customer and Part Type filters to the Job Start dialog
  • Adds Filtering based on the current job to the Part Start dialog
  • Adds UnRelease Job wizard
  • Adds UnFinish Job wizard
  • Adds Predator MDC Service Manager v11.0.21
  • Adds Online help to the Predator MDC Service Manager
  • Adds History to creation of new jobs, parts and operations via the MDC Service
  • Adds History to release and finish processes via the MDC Service
  • Adds UnFinish and UnRelease right mouse menus to View Jobs
  • Improves Swiss and automatic style machine support
  • Improves Editing jobs, even after they have been started
  • Improves Finish Job wizard to default to quantities collected
  • Improves Predator MDC permissions
  • Improves Fix Data Collection wizard to display better details
  • Improves Fix Data Collection wizard to fix more errors automatically
  • Improves Data collection error counts
  • Improves User downtime processing
  • Improves Online help
  • Includes PMDATA7.dll version 11.0.73
  • Fixes a bug in displaying certain Job numbers within Edit Job with multiple parts
  • Fixes a bug in processing user downtime errors

Customers on software maintenance can download v11.0.292 of Predator MDC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator MDC should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

February 17th 2019 - Predator CNC Service v11.0.0.127 is released

Predator CNC Service v11.0.0.127 has been released. This minor update makes the following improvements:

  • Adds Fanuc 31 specific processing to the Fanuc Focas protocol
  • Adds High and Low style C string support to the Modbus protocol
  • Adds Address support to 99999 to the Modbus protocol
  • Improves Xpath support to MTConnect v1.1, v1.2 and v1.3
  • Improves Error handling to MTConnect v1.1, v1.2 and v1.3

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11.0.0.127 of Predator CNC Service from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator CNC Service should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

February 15th 2019 - Predator CNC Editor v11.0.36 is released

Predator CNC Editor v11.0.36 has been released. This new v11 release primarily improves backplotting. Refer to the following specifics:

  • Improves Default font to Courier New
  • Fixes a bug with the read only Compare view
  • Includes Predator Virtual CNC v11.0.0.288 for 60+ backplotting improvements

Customers on software maintenance can download v11.0.36 of Predator CNC Editor from our web site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator CNC Editor should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

February 14th 2019 - Predator Virtual CNC v11.0.0.288 is released

Predator Virtual CNC v11.0.0.288 is released. This update makes the following improvements:

  • Adds Horizontal scrolling for several panels
  • Improves Axes gnome driven rotations
  • Improves Stock rotation buttons
  • Improves Default light colors
  • Improves Stock preview to support textures
  • Improves Stock preview of selected component
  • Improves Turning repeat cycles
  • Improves Turning cycle support
  • Improves Saving the Predator Header
  • Improves Edit Preferences dialog
  • Improves Exporting Jobs with multiple CNC programs
  • Improves Exporting file error reporting
  • Improves Exporting DXF files
  • Improves General error reporting
  • Improves Resources to be more consistent
  • Improves Online Help
  • Fixes a bug with stock rotation preview
  • Fixes a bug with displaying some tooling details
  • Fixes a bug with tool names
  • Fixes a bug with very small cutter oompensated arc turning motion

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11.0.0.288 of Predator Virtual CNC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator Virtual CNC should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

January 30th 2019 - Predator Virtual CNC v11.0.0.286 is released

Predator Virtual CNC v11.0.0.286 is released. This update primarily focuses on improving the Predator Header. Within this update over 50 improvements have been made. For the details refer to the following:

  • Adds FA and NF Predator Header commands for flute angle and number of flutes
  • Adds SRD and SRH Predator Header commands for shank recess diameter and height
  • Adds a STLH Predator Header command for STL based mill and lathe holders
  • Adds HR and HTIPD Predator Header commands for extension radius and tip diameter
  • Adds TA and TS Predator Header commands for turret angle and station
  • Adds a HA Predator Header command for lathe holder angle
  • Adds HW and HH Predator Header commands for lathe holder width and height
  • Adds HX and HZ Predator Header commands for lathe holder X and Z axis clearance
  • Adds TPX, TPY and TPZ Predator Header commands for lathe turret position offsets
  • Adds X and Z Predator Header commands for lathe X and Z offsets
  • Adds Copy and Paste of more than 256 characters within a CNC program
  • Adds OPEN and CLOSE alias options for UNCLAMP and CLAMP manual operations
  • Adds Special character filename support to Save Header
  • Adds Tool and fixture drawings to online help
  • Adds Tool color support to Setup Sheets
  • Adds Job Name support to Setup Sheets
  • Adds Exit confirmation when the Alt+F4 shortcut is used
  • Improves Alt+Key menu keyboard shortcuts
  • Improves Tool tips for some of the toolbar buttons
  • Improves the size of part and stock images within Setup Sheets
  • Improves the automatic filname within Setup Sheets
  • Improves Register display to support 5 and 6 digits
  • Improves Micro machining support
  • Improves Wireframe inspection and selection with multiple models
  • Improves STL fixture collision detection
  • Improves large STL stock and fixture support
  • Improves CNC program examples with better Predator Headers
  • Improves Inverse time feed rates
  • Improves Clamp and Lever automatic fixtures
  • Improves XYZ gnome display with multiple views
  • Improves Saving more options within the Predator Header
  • Improves Cursor focus with Search, Goto and Replace dialogs
  • Improves Scanning CNC programs
  • Improves the Default machine to default.mch within the default folder
  • Improves Multiple demo CNC program Predator Headers
  • Reduces demo mode prompts
  • Removes the ability to create a Job file without a .job file extension
  • Fixes a bug that prevented disabling backstep
  • Fixes a bug with Fanuc G53
  • Fixes a bug with Setup Sheet creation
  • Fixes a bug with certain work and cutter compensation combinations
  • Fixes a bug with multiple CNC program style jobs
  • Fixes a bug with CW and CCW verification

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11.0.0.286 of Predator Virtual CNC from our ftp site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator Virtual CNC should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

January 29th 2019 - Predator MDC Export Service v11.0.0.35 is released

Predator MDC Export Service v11.0.0.35 has been released. This update makes the following improvements:

  • Adds Trace Log option within the Help menu
  • Adds Missing manifest file to the install
  • Improved logging of IP binding errors
  • Improved logging of DNS errors
  • Improved DNS permissions
  • Improved Save flag within XML and JSON protocols
  • Improved Part Name text within OPC UA, XML and JSON protocols
  • Fixed a intermittent SQL crash error
  • Fixed an OPC UA configuration bug
  • Fixed a logging bug

Customers can contact Predator Software at sales@predator-software.com for details and pricing.

January 5th 2019 - Microsoft SQL Server 2017 support

The following version 11 Predator applications officially supports Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express:

  • Predator CNC Editor Enterprise
  • Predator MDC Express
  • Predator MDC
  • Predator MDC Enterprise
  • Predator PDM
  • Predator PDM Enterprise
  • Predator RCM
  • Predator Tracker
  • Predator Travelers Express
  • Predator Travelers

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11 of any Predator application from our web site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator applications should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.

January 4th 2019 - Microsoft Access 2019 compatibility

The following version 11 Predator applications are compatible with Microsoft Access 2019:

  • Predator CNC Editor Express
  • Predator CNC Editor
  • Predator CNC Editor Enterprise
  • Predator MDC Express
  • Predator MDC
  • Predator MDC Enterprise
  • Predator PDM
  • Predator PDM Enterprise
  • Predator Tracker
  • Predator Travelers Express
  • Predator Travelers

NOTE: Microsoft Access licenses are not required to run the Access version of Predator applications.

Customers on software maintenance can download and install v11 of any Predator application from our web site at any time. Customers running v10 or older of Predator applications should contact us at sales@predator-software.com for upgrade details and pricing.