PCC Release Notes
This page lists new features, enhancements, and bug fixes in the latest Pocket CowCard for Android and Pocket CowCard for Windows Mobile releases. Expand the sections below to learn more!
PCC for Android - Version v2107201313
Build Date: 07/20/2021
Release Date: 07/20/2021
- Fixed several issues regarding scan dates, scan times, scan methods, and pen validations when using the EXPERT BATCH feature and filtering it with lists – PCC‑930, PCC‑916, PCC‑664, PCC‑765: All animals now receive pen validation prompts and scan item data inputs while scanning or tapping their IDs, whether or not they are on the filtered list.
- Fixed disappearing "Scan" button when DairyComp PIN codes module disabled – PCC‑930, PCC‑526: An issue has been fixed in which a SCAN license was unable to scan when PIN codes were disabled for the new PIN codes feature in DairyComp.
- Fixed display of next values for EXPERT BATCH command – PCC‑930, PCC‑549: An issue prevented the next value to display when using ITEM=nnnn++ or ITEM=nnnn-- on the EXPERT BATCH command. This issue has been fixed so that the next value now shows properly:
- 2021/06/08 – List completion percentages on some devices: There is a known bug that affects certain OS versions of devices on the list's completion percentage. Re-installing the app solves this issue in the intermediary. This issue will be watched to see if a pattern develops, as it is presently difficult to reproduce across all devices..
- 2021/06/08 – PIN codes for PCC Android are here; your device ID may change: Please consider using the PIN codes in DairyComp for controlling the devices that refresh from your DairyComp Server. Specifications from Google require that we move to using Android ID, which may cause your device ID to no longer be available. PRO SCAN and Pocket Breeder Android users will retain their license but need a PIN code to access a herd that has PIN codes activated. Windows Mobile users are not affected by this change. See this video for more details.
- 2021/05/12 – IMPORTANT! Users must allow all permissions to use the PCC app: Please allow all permissions on any releases dated after 2021/03/31. The app will guide you through the permission process upon installation.
- 2020/12/23 – IMPORTANT! RFID scanning with outstanding prompts may cause crashes: VAS recommends responding to any screen prompts before proceeding to the next RFID scan. Continuing to scan animals with outstanding prompts causes known issues in the Vet Form, Hospital Form, and Breeding Grid. We are investigating these issues and will address them in a future release.
- 2020/11/17 – How to prevent an Android Device from auto-updating its OS: To prevent issues in the future, please turn off your device’s ability to auto update its OS, see basic example for 9.0 devices:
TIP: Click here for an archive of previous known issues.
- Swipe down from the top edge of your screen to reveal the quick settings menu.
- Tap the cog (also called ‘gear’) icon, which is usually in the upper right corner.
- Tap “Software Update” from the list of options.
- Deselect “Download updates automatically”.
- Make sure all options are deselected.
Build Date: 08/06/20
Release Date: 08/10/20
PCC for Android - Version v2106081933
Build Date: 06/08/2021
Release Date: 06/09/2021
- Support added for PAC-5000 at higher API levels – PCC‑915, PCC‑912: With assistance from Allflex, support has been added for their PAC-5000 model at higher API levels. Please note that support for this device and its integrated reader will be deprecated in the next 12 months or so, due to the QA and development time required.
- Set up automatic Enter key selection for imager scans – PCC‑915, PCC‑763: When using devices equipped with a data wedge feature (such as the Zebra TC-52), an improvement has been made to automatically select the Enter key for Export/Add Batch commands after receiving an imager scan into the batch field. For details on how to configure a Zebra device to send an Enter key, contact EQ support. The flowchart below shows how this feature is set up on a Zebra TC-52:
- Sound added to Expert Batch/Add Batch commands – PCC‑915, PCC‑913: An improvement has been made so that a "PING" sound is now emitted when a batch field is ready for input upon executing Expert/Add Batch commands. This now matches the PCC Windows Mobile experience. This "PING" sound also replaces the "FOUND HER" sound played under the Batch and Cows tabs:
- Support added for DairyComp PIN codes – PCC‑915, PCC‑907, PCC‑906: With the move to support higher versions of Android API levels, the device IDs of Android devices may change. This can cause issues for users that want to control who can refresh their DairyComp at will.
If you are using “Goodwill Certificates” with DairyComp, you do not have to do anything more. With the May 2021 release of DairyComp (version 21.5), PCC Android can now be set to use PIN code permissions set in DairyComp. PIN codes will not affect Windows Mobile users; those users still need to be managed as usual.
To locate this feature in DairyComp, enter SERVER\3 at the command line and select the PCC Pin Codes tab. You can set up various users with a numerical PIN code of 1 to 999999. You can be granular to each device or not. DairyComp PRO users that visit your site should be given a PIN code to use across several sites, as PIN codes are saved per device:
Be sure to select the option to Require PIN Codes for using PCC-Android if you want to control which users of PCC Android can refresh. More information on setting up PIN codes for PCC Android devices is included below in the release notes.
There are three levels of access for PCC users (assuming they are on the current releases for both DairyComp and PCC Android), as well as a level for blocking access:
Read/Write—User has full features, can scan with RFID, and enter data.
Read Only—User can see animal data but cannot enter or send data.
Pocket Breeder—User is limited to the Breeding Grid under the Batch tab, has no access to lists, and can enter a subset of events.
Blocked—A way to stop access by a user without deleting their credentials. User will be unable to refresh, and users without a matching PIN code will also be unable to refresh.
For more information on setting PIN codes, see this video.
- Input and store PIN codes on refresh (for DairyComp Unlimited users) – PCC‑915, PCC‑906,PCC‑907 : DairyComp Unlimited users can now control who refreshes from the DairyComp Server, using a PIN code in the PCC app that's set up under the Settings menu:
- PCC PRO Android users that update will need to get permission from a customer that chooses to use this feature.
- Only one PIN code is stored, so users of multiple sites need to coordinate a unique 6-digit PIN code that can be used at each location they visit.
- PIN code activation does not affect users of PCC Windows Mobile or older versions of PCC Android. Those APK versions will eventually expire.
- By default, the PIN code is set to zero (0). One cannot refresh with a DairyComp Server that has a PIN code activated if the device PIN code is set to zero (0).
- Fixed issue with displaying newly added breeding techs – PCC‑915, PCC‑910: An issue has been fixed in which newly added breeding technicians failed to display within the Breeding Grid unless the app was deleted and then reinstalled.
- Fixed issue with movement of animals between TODO and DONE tabs – PCC‑915, PCC‑899: An issue has been fixed in which tapping an animal ID within a worklist failed to move the animal from the TODO tab to the DONE tab.
PCC for Android - Version v2105031251
Build Date: 05/03/21
Release Date: 05/03/21
- Warning for Android 5.x users – PCC‑905, PCC‑874: Users who install the PCC app from an unofficial source (i.e., "sideload") onto an Android version 5.x device will receive a "Parse Error" warning message that their device is no longer supported:
- New PIN code feature coming (for DC Unlimited) – PCC‑905, PCC‑880, PCC‑885: A new PIN code feature is being developed to allow users to control refreshes from their DairyComp server. Additional information about this feature will be provided in the near future. For now, you can view this upcoming feature in the PCC Settings menu:
To use this feature with the current version of PCC, users must have a goodwill certificate established on the VAS Licensing Server (CURTIS) for their DairyComp Unlimited license.
- This feature works with the current and future version of PCC for Android, but will not function until the upcoming version of DC305 is released (in approximately 4-6 weeks):
- Windows mobile devices are still supported via the DEMO certificate.
- PCC PRO Android users that update will need to get permission from a customer that chooses to use this feature. PIN codes trump PCC PRO Android users.
- Only one PIN code is stored, so users of multiple sites need to coordinate a unique 6-digit PIN code that can be used at each location they visit.
- Updated target API level for Android – PCC‑905, PCC‑873, PCC‑898, PCC‑881: The API level of the app is being upgraded to support the release of the app in the Google Play Store. In the near future, this method will be used to install and support the app. The previous method will be deprecated due to inefficient notifications and server instability during downloads. This version of the app must be allowed access to the areas shown in the example below:
Note that the following screen may be presented after updating the app, showing the permission allowances. In this case, select Continue to proceed:
You can review these permissions under the Settings menu of your device:
As shown in the example below, these settings can be enabled post-install:NOTE: During testing, no changes were observed to the device's ID on Android 9 or 10 systems. This may not be the case depending on the model of your device or once the app is live on the Google Play store.
- Repaired crashing issue on Administration screen – PCC‑905, PCC‑898: An issue caused the app to crash when tapping the About tab on the Administration screen. This issue was traced back to the use of PIN codes in the PCC settings and has been resolved.
PCC for Android - Version v2103191053
Build Date: 03/19/21
Release Date: 03/24/21
- Improved display of protocols on event entry – PCC‑887, PCC‑541: During event entry, protocols are now shown by display order instead of protocol number order:
- Added support for longer protocol remarks – PCC‑887, PCC‑873: You can now enter protocol remarks as long as 16 characters. The previous limit was 8 characters:
- Repaired use of multiple worklists – PCC‑887, PCC‑541: Users can scan animals across multiple open worklists while not focused on the Cow tab. This provides a "short term" way to combine worklist actions into a single worklist for the long term. Note that this method is considered experimental and may not be sustainable for future versions of the app or for DairyComp mobile.
- Corrected error when scanning with an open prompt – PCC‑887, PCC‑861: An error occurred within the breeding grid when RFID scanning while a system prompt was open. This issue has been resolved. However, it is still best practice to not scan while a system prompt is open or when inputting data.
PCC for Android - Version v2102091450
Build Date: 02/09/21
Release Date: 02/09/21
- Improved animal scanning speed with worklists – PCC-878, PCC-868: The time it takes to process an animal in a worklist has once again been improved (down from 100 to 35 milliseconds), allowing you to scan more animals in less time with fewer app crashes:
- Updated version of Firebase in the app – PCC‑878, PCC‑859: The version of Firebase used by the app has been updated from a version previously deprecated by Google.
- Updated End-User License Agreement (EULA) for the app – PCC‑878, PCC‑866: A revision has been made to the EULA as of January 11th, 2021:
- Show all "day details" on the hospital form – PCC‑878, PCC‑464: The "Day" field on the hospital form now shows details on event protocols that have designated day details defined after the treatment days of a protocol are complete:
- Pocket CowCard app file available through DC305 Web Updater – PCC‑871: Users who are downloading/installing the PCC app from an unofficial source (i.e., "sideloading") can find the latest version of the app after performing an update to DC305 from the Web Updater. The file name is PCC-ANDROID.APK and is located in the DC305\AXIM or DC\AXIM folder:
See Update DC305 to the Latest Release to learn more.
PCC for Android - Version 2012231001
Build Date: 12/23/20
Release Date: 01/05/21
- End of Life for Android 5.x devices coming in March! – PCC-862, PCC-848: Support for PCC Android 5.x devices will end on March 19th, 2021, and this release includes a notification that your devices should be running Android operating system 7.x to 11.x before that date. Be sure to upgrade or replace your devices before March 19th!
- Improved scanning speed with worklists – PCC‑862, PCC‑856: The app now processes scans more quickly (down to 100ms from 300ms), allowing you scan more animals in less time and with fewer app crashes.
- Increased battery life with worklists – PCC‑862, PCC‑860: The app now requires less battery power while processing worklists. As part of our effort to improve scanning speeds, we also made code enhancements that increase battery life and boost app stability.
- Scanning issues with unanswered PEN validation prompt – PCC‑862, PCC‑853: Repaired unexpected crashes that occurred when continuing to scan animals while the “Wrong Pen” prompt remained unanswered. VAS recommends responding to any screen prompts before proceeding to the next RFID scan.
PCC for Android - Version 2011161600
Build Date: 11/16/20
Release Date: 11/17/20
- Android 11 Support – PCC‑845, PCC‑852:PCC Android now supports devices running the Android 11 operating system.
- Scanning Issues in Latest Version – PCC‑840, PCC‑852: Repaired unexpected crashes that occurred while scanning animals in the previous PCC Android app version released on October 6th, 2020 (V2010021354).
For release notes prior to August 2020, please see the Pocket CowCard Release Notes Archive on the VAS website.
- 2021/04/22 – IMPORTANT: Users must allow all permissions to use the PCC app; Device ID may change: When installing the PCC app, users MUST allow all permissions. The app will guide you through the permission process during installation. Also, many users will be informed that their device ID is no longer valid when using higher versions of Android devices. Users configured for PCC Unlimited (i.e., those using goodwill certificates) should not be impacted. Please contact VAS Support to update your PCC certificates if you are not using goodwill certificates or are a PCC Pro user.
- 2020/12/03 – Must use the COW tab when using multiple TODO lists: We have encountered issues when processing multiple worklists from outside of the COW tab, as the app only finds animals on the list that you currently have open. VAS recommends only working from the COW tab when processing multiple lists. Or, an even better solution is to redo your worklists into a single list. The option to process multiple lists concurrently is becoming increasingly complicated and is not sustainable on the Mobile Platform in the long run. This feature will be deprecated in favor of speed, dependability, and simplicity.
- 2020/08/04 – Android 10/11 no longer supports the display of (IMEI) DEVICE IDs: Customers who are affected will need to contact support in the event their device is not registered and are not using “Good Will” PCC license certificates.
- 2020/05/26 – DC305 license and application upgrade required: Future improvements for the Android version of PCC and the VAS Platform will require that you upgrade your Version 5 DC305 licenses to Version 8. An application upgrade to the XE version of DC305 will also be required.
- 2020/05/26 – Ending PCC Android support for the DC305 Version 5 Cowfile/License: To streamline programming and improve the support experience with PCC Android, we are announcing an “End of Life” in supporting data exchange with the DC305 Version 5 Cowfile/License. IMPORTANT: Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Version 8 Cowfile/License by December 31st, 2020 to continue using PCC Android in 2021. Please contact your Sales/Support Specialist for assistance in making the needed upgrade to Version 8.
- 2020/05/19 – Update to Google's security regarding apps from unknown sources: This is the first release where a new Google security notification has popped up for PCC APK. Users must click Install Anyway, or else PCC will not install.
- 2020/01/13 – CAUTION: Uninstalling the PCC app will remove it and all associated data from your device: This means you will lose all your custom settings, herd folders, unposted transactions, and archived transactions on the device if you uninstall the PCC app. If you must uninstall your app, please deliver any unposted transactions to DC305 first, and then consider renaming your app folder COM.VAS.PCC. We are looking at ways to preserve some of the content, if possible, based on how Google’s Android handles the uninstall process.
- 2020/01/13 – The server that handles the distribution of the PCC Android app will be discontinued soon: We are planning to use the Google Play Store as the new method for distributing the PCC Android app.
- 2019/12/12 – Scanning new animals into the herd from a TODO list or AD-HOC event: Scanning of a new animal into the herd currently adds that animal to DC305 immediately. In a future PCC Android release, we plan to match the current Windows Mobile functionality and instruct the DC305 Server to hold those new "add" transactions rather than immediately adding them to the system.
- 2019/11/13 – Scan method overwrite: Scan method items may be changed inadvertently from their original values when tapping on animals from the QUEUE or DONE tabs in worklists. For instance, an R or V method may update to a T. This issue will be addressed in an upcoming release.
- 2019/10/11 – DC305 license and application upgrade required: Future improvements for the Android version of PCC and the VAS Platform will require that you upgrade your Version 5 DC305 licenses to Version 8. An application upgrade to the XE version of DC305 will also be required.
- 2019/03/07 – Android Nougat 7.1.2, 8.1.0, and other newer versions cannot read 8-digit SD Card – PCC-315: Google has removed the ability to read the 8-digit SD Card ID on newer versions of Android. The current method is to use the Device ID for the licensing of Pocket CowCard at the time of registration.