We regularly make small changes to Red Sky so that it provides a more relevant and usable result. Most of these changes do not require a new release of the software but you receive the upgrade the next time you synchronise. Listed below are some of the most recent changes that may be of interest.
CHANGES DELIVERED WITH VERSION 5.03.01
The most significant format change with this latest version is the translation of the software into Spanish via a language selection in the Options screen. This results in all reports and entry screens being presented in Spanish. The other significant addition is a currency conversion function so that any year of data can be reported at a chosen foreign exchange rate, with this exchange rate entered in the General screen of each Year. This provides an opportunity to compare farm business performance between countries as well as comparing benchmark performance in a single currency such as USD.
CHANGES DELIVERED WITH VERSION 5.02.01
This version is written in an upgraded software language but appears similar in almost all regards to existing users. The main changes of note are in the reports area where the formatting of reports is both simpler and more flexible. This includes having 'Align Data Columns Right' and 'Align Rows Top-Bottom' tick boxes that fit reports to the page, attempting initially to fit to 1 page and then to as many full pages as is possible.
There is also the ability to number pages with a 'Starting Page Number' entry field. And there is also now a 'Save' button that allows you to save data to a wide range of formats. This provides the opportunity for instance to save data to Excel so that it can be further manipulated.
Another improvement is that logos no longer need to be sized correctly in the Options screen. Once you have selected the logo, Red Sky will size it appropriately for all reports.
Also in the Options screen you have the opportunity to hide certain reports if you are not generally using these. For instance if you rarely use the Financials reports this could be hidden, or if you always use the Market Balance Sheet report rather than the Rolling 4-Yr Average Balance Sheet report, then this could be hidden.
Another change of note is that future updates of Red Sky will be completed by selecting 'Check for Updates' from the Help menu within Red Sky. This eliminates the need to download and save files from the Red Sky website as the process is now automated. There is also a tick box in the Options screen that will remind you weekly to check for updates.
FERTILISER USE & FARM GATE NUTRIENT BALANCE - The Fertiliser/Farm Gate Nutrient Balance is available. This provides an overview of the nutrient balance of the business and a guide as to the effectiveness of your fertiliser program. It is not designed to replace a full nutrient balance for a business which should be done on a number of areas over the property.