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 v2205111638-(188.8.131.52-rc)
Build Date: 05/11/22
Release Date: 05/17/22
- Added support for item type #54: PCC now supports DairyComp item type #54, substring, which is commonly used to capture event remarks:
- Beta Testing PCC: We've made beta testing PCC more convenient! After you're done testing the app, you can smoothly revert to a production release without having to remove the beta app. (PCC-1047, PCC-1033)
- Phase 1 sound improvements: PCC now includes improvements to the four core phrases/sounds used in the English version of the app, as well as new sounds for the spoken phrases in Chinese, German, Russian, and Spanish. See Change the Language of PCC Sounds to learn how to implement the sound improvements, including the new spoken phrases. NOTE: If you don't like the new COWFOUND sound included in the updates, you can change it to a ping sound. See Change the PCC COWFOUND Sound to learn more.
- Add Batch/Expert Batch: An issue that occurred when you used Add Batch followed by Expert Batch has been addressed. The last animal added no longer shows as a transaction. (PCC-1047, PCC-1024)
- Clear Row function in breeding grids: The Clear Row function now works as expected in breeding grids. (PCC-1047, PCC-1025)
- Outdated alert code: We removed older messaging code to prevent an alert that was triggered for some users. (PCC-1047, PCC-1044)
- 2022/02/22 – Support for Android 6 OS and earlier ends on 8/15/2022: We will be ending support for older OS versions, so please upgrade or replace your device. Learn more at the VAS Support Community.
- 2021/12/31 – Version 5 cowfiles are not supported in PCC Android: We wish to remind users of Version 5 cowfiles that support for use with PCC Android ended 2 years ago. Changes we have made since then are not compatible with older version cowfiles like 5, 7, and 3.
Build Date: 08/06/20
Release Date: 08/10/20
PCC for Android - Version v2204111607-(184.108.40.206-rc)
Build Date: 04/11/22
Release Date: 04/12/22
- Improved Android 11+ performance: PCC now installs to and runs from device storage on Android 11 or 12 devices. This greatly improves app performance and speed on Android 11+ devices, including faster worklists and RFID scanning. If you are running Android 11+, you will be prompted to allow PCC to manage all files on your device. Be sure to update this system setting to Allow access when prompted:
See Update PCC on your Android Device to learn more about updating the app. (PCC‑999, PCC‑1029, PCC-1030, PCC-1034)
- New backup options on Android 11+ devices: Android 11+ devices are now equipped with backup options to make sure your transactions are saved in case your device fails or is damaged. To set your recovery options, go to Settings and scroll down to the Allow backup of transactions checkbox. Check the box and then tap PCCRecovery location to set the folder:
See Backup PCC Transactions to learn more! (PCC‑999)
One-time Sync Settings option on Android 11+ devices: PCC supports a one-time sync of your settings from the SD card when you upgrade the app on your Android 11+ devices. After the one-time sync, the app retains your settings for future updates automatically. Tap the Sync PCC settings option. Then tap the Copy PCC settings button and Yes to confirm:
A message displays to confirm the sync was successful. Press and hold the Restart PCC option to restart the app:NOTE: If you attempt to Sync the PCC settings a second time, the app will notify you that settings files were Not detected. This is due to the fact that the files were already transferred from the SD card to device storage:
- Reboot required after an update: A reboot is no longer required after an app update on most devices. We're continuing to investigate rare cases where a reboot may still be needed. (PCC‑1034,PCC-1040 )
PCC for Android - Version v2203161622-(220.127.116.11-rc)
Build Date: 03/16/22
Release Date: 03/22/22
- Pop-up message Yes/No button size fix – PCC‑1032, PCC‑1023, PCC‑1018: The Yes/No buttons on pop-up messages now adjust based on the device being used.
- Error on Scan button for internal RFID readers – PCC‑1032, PCC‑1021: Addressed issues and errors on devices with internal RFID readers, including the PAC-5000 and CopperNic C-One2.
PCC for Android - Version v2202151900-(18.104.22.168-rc)
Build Date: 02/15/22
Release Date: 02/22/22
- Improved home screen navigation – PCC‑1014, PCC‑276: Navigating the home screen has been improved. A pop-up message now appears when clicking the back button in the action bar.
- Online release note link improved – PCC‑1014, PCC‑976: The tab to the Changelog has been changed so that now it links to the online release notes (since the Changelog has been deprecated on the PCC HELPDESK server). You must be connected to the internet to view the online release notes.
- Users now being warned about support ending for Android 6 devices – PCC‑1014, PCC‑998: We have begun the process of notifying users through the In-App-Updater feature in PCC that we will no longer be supporting Android 6 (API level 23 or lower) devices after 8/15/2022 for PCC Android. Please upgrade or replace these devices going forward after August 15th, 2022. Contact your support specialist for more information.
- The "Prompt for remark Y/N" option in Alter\7 for protocols has been fixed – PCC‑1014, PCC‑995: The prompt was not working when set to "N" for both cows and heifers. This issue has been fixed so that the remark prompt no longer appears when the Alter\7 setting is set to "N" for cows or heifers.
- Fixed the following error mesage: Fatal Exception: java.lang.NumberFormatException For input string: "118." on KeyPadWidget.java line 183" – PCC‑1014, PCC‑996: Fixed a situation in which someone would tap in a period (.) after a number on the herd id keypad.
- Fixed sorting of the DONE Panel – PCC‑1014, PCC‑1017: The DONE Panel was sorting from oldest to newest scan time on worklists, instead of the correct method of sorting from newest to oldest time. This issue has been fixed.
- Smaller YES-NO prompt on Android 11 devices when using the Breeding Grid – PCC‑1014, PCC‑997: The small box size for this area of the app has been fixed.
- Fixed automatic numeric increment and creation of ADD Batch commands – PCC‑1014, PCC‑1002, PCC‑1002: We fixed an incrementing issue for ITEM TYPES that are integer based in EXPERT BATCH commands and fixed an issue with ADD batch commands not making transactions.
- The In-App Updater reported some crash details – PCC‑1014, PCC‑1019, PCC‑1020: Some issues reported in Firebase from the In-App Updater have been fixed.
PCC for Android - Version v2201121734-(22.214.171.124-rc)
Build Date: 01/12/22
Release Date: 01/12/22
- The In-App Updater now ensures updates are not installed until unposted transactions are delivered – PCC‑991, PCC‑989: We have improved the In-App Updater process to check for unposted transactions before announcing any updates are available. Once you have delivered transactions, you will see a notification to apply an update (Picture 1). A message appears when you have no pending transactions to deliver (Picture 2):
- Show SIRE ID, SHORT NAME, REG, and eventually semen sort when picking a sire for BRED event and Breeding Grid – PCC‑991, PCC‑307: We have improved the search functionality for selecting sires in the BRED event. When using the Quick Pick Sire selection, you will see four pieces of information (SIRE ID, SHORT NAME, ISO IDENTIFICATION, and SEMEN TYPE) for each service sire. When searching, the filter shows the sire information as it is typed; the beginning part of the sire data item is used for the search. You can search for SIRE ID, SHORTNAME, or ISO IDENTIFICATION. See examples below:
- ABORT entry on PCC vetlist should show grey "Accept" button until RPRO Status is selected – PCC‑991, PCC‑986: This issue has been fixed so that you cannot accept an ABORT event until the RPRO STATUS is selected. Once the RPRO STATUS is selected the "Accept" button turns green.
- Wrong Pen unable to pick any pen, only those with animals from the worklist – PCC‑991, PCC‑971: The pen choice prompt has been fixed so that you can choose any pen defined in the ALTER\4 command in DairyComp (except for pen zero).
- Crash report for "MainActivity.java line 35" – PCC‑991, PCC‑983: We have fixed some crashes reported recently by Firebase.
- No warning for HOSPITAL events in the future – PCC‑991, PCC‑948: We have fixed the app so that it now warns when a PROTOCOL EVENT is dated after the SETDAY date used on a refresh. The app now plays the following sound: WARNING. TREATMENT DATE is in the future. Check your systems. Click here to hear what this message sounds like.
- Investigated two crash errors (line 308 and line 1620) – PCC‑991, PCC‑988: We have fixed some crashes reported recently by Firebase.
- Changed color or Accept/Cancel button font on ABORT event – PCC‑991, PCC‑658: The font color on the ABORT event has been changed to match the rest of the events.
- Item names for SIR1, SIR2, SIR3, as well as the phrase "Last Sire use the name of item #25" were missing when picking up the breeding sire – PCC‑991, PCC‑690: We have fixed the labels for some of the sire items on the BRED EVENT FORM.
- Expert Batch Command form for automatic increment of a value was broken in certain syntaxes – PCC‑991, PCC‑993: We fixed the auto increment issue for items like USDA inputs. Example: 93VAS0001++
PCC for Android - Version v2112070820
Build Date: 12/07/21
Release Date: 12/07/21
- New in-app update feature to replace current, non-working process – PCC‑978, PCC‑932: We've created a new method for being notified about and downloading the latest PCC releases, along with a link to the associated release notes. Other download pathways will be deprecated in the future:
- Parity support for Scan Device ID now available – PCC‑978, PCC‑686: You can now identify your Android device with a number from 0 to 250 in order to mark tasks for animals by the device used. This new feature allows you to define the Scan Device ID (SCDID) "item name" under the ALTER\2 and SERVER\3 areas of DairyComp. Then, on your PCC Android app, set a number of 1 to 250 (zero being the default) under the settings screen, as shown below.
Important: The ability to use this parity feature requires the upcoming December release of DairyComp, version 21.12.
- Entering a BRED event from the CowCard within a vet form caused "wrong" data line in journal file – PCC‑978, PCC‑847: This issue has been fixed so that herds without defined breeding codes can enter breedings anywhere within the app where breeding entries can take place. The previous release did not allow breeding to occur without a breeding code.
- Tap feature of bottom status bar unavailable on pen tab when four animals shown – PCC‑978, PCC‑920: This issue has been fixed so that the bottom navigation bar allows you to tap in an animal ID when the list gets down to four animals.
- App crashed when using vet lists – PCC‑978, PCC‑969: We fixed several lines of code related to the crash details reported in Firebase. Please note that we have no easy way to test or replicate these changes. We need to wait and see if the crash details stop reporting with the changes that have been made:
PCC for Android - Version v2111021024
Build Date: 11/02/21
Release Date: 11/02/21
- Improved process for marking animals as DIED – PCC‑967, PCC‑797: The process for marking an animals as DIED when refreshing the herd with a non-current setday has been improved. Now, users can bypass the acknowledge prompt by clicking outside of it or by using the Android back button.
- Entering a Bred event from the CowCard inside of the VETFORM caused a "wrong" data line in the journal file – PCC‑967, PCC‑847: This issue has been fixed so that herds without defined breeding codes can enter breedings anywhere within the app where breeding entries can take place.
- Russian localization issue on Pen Validation button – PCC‑967, PCC‑949: A display issue has been fixed that impacted the settings screen for Russian localizations.
- Small YES/NO button for some Android versions – PCC‑967, PCC‑944: A modal screen issue has been fixed that resulted in small YES/NO buttons on PCC APK for Android 11 and some Android 10 units:
- Added support for ITEM TYPE 121 – PCC‑967, PCC‑944: We fixed the app implementation for showing weekly milk totals (WMLK1) for 4X milking schedules:
- Worklist Column ID view crash issue – PCC‑967, PCC‑972: An issue caused the app to crash when viewing worklists in the Column ID view. This problem was introduced in version 2110051153 on October 5, 2021 but has now been corrected.
PCC for Android - Version v2110051153
Build Date: 10/05/21
Release Date: 10/05/21
- Improvement to new animal records creation procedure – PCC‑959, PCC‑956: The app has been improved to no longer create records of new animals found while RFID scanning in the LISTS and COWS tabs. These transactions will now be held in the SERVER cache of DairyComp for review, as is done in the BREEDING GRID area. These changes now match more closely how PCC Windows Mobile handled these types of entries. We are allowing EXPERT batch to add them to the herd, because many users have not yet migrated to ADD\Z since that parity was added about two years ago:
- PCC scan failed to recognize item #5 when posting data – PCC‑959, PCC‑955: An issue has been fixed in which the term "EID" was transmitted instead of the RFID item selected (such as "CREG" or REG1") during an ADD/EXPERT batch routine to add new records.
- App crash when selecting "No" button in the "No Read Permission" window – PCC‑959, PCC‑961: An issue has been fixed related to app startup and the PIN code feature introduced a few months ago that caused the app to crash in some instances.
- App crash in Firebase PCCService.java line 119 – PCC‑959, PCC‑958: An area of the app related to some crash recently reported by users has been fixed. This area is difficult to test and our hope is that these changes have solved the problem.
- App crash related to large worklists on certain devices running Android 11– PCC‑959, PCC‑953: The part of this issue that caused the app to crash while waiting for large worklists to synchronize has been fixed. Previously, the delay might have led users to think that the app was not working. A spinner notification now informs users that the app is working while data is being surfaced the first time after a refresh. The speed issue will be addressed in a future release. For now, the app should no longer crash while data is being surfaced:
PCC for Android - Version v2108241329
Build Date: 08/24/21
Release Date: 08/24/21
- Changed "PING" sound to "HORN" sound for found animals – PCC‑950, PCC‑947: The "PING" sound used to announce found animals under the Cows tab or when using Expert Batch has been changed to a "HORN" sound. This was done to make the sound easier to distinguish from sounds made by BT Scanner. The long-term goal is to allow users to place their own sound file preference into the workflow:
- ISO tags beginning with 0 (zero) failed to record properly in DC305 – PCC‑950, PCC‑925: Fixed the ISO values that look like an integer of 14 digits to include a 0 at the beginning. For example: 032123456789012 would store as 32123456789012 and DC305 would sometimes show it as 320123456789012.
- Scannable RFID items display choices were changed to RFID assignable item choices – PCC‑950, PCC‑924: Fixed an issue where SCANNABLE ITEMS choice were displayed instead of the ASSIGNABLE ITEMS choice when scanning in the app.
IMPORTANT! Users CANNOT exclude ITEM #5 from being scanned, and it is recommended that users DO NOT select ITEM #4 (when it is a TYPE #31) as an ASSIGNABLE or SCANNABLE item in order to maintain genomic import routine mappings and milk meter interfaces. Best practice is to maintain a match of each item on each side for RFID assignments.
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:
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.
- 2021/10/29 – Android 11 runs very slowly with the app installed on the SC card: There is a known issue that affects PCC Android when using devices with Android 11 with an SD card and large worklists. Our current recommendation is to only use devices in the 8.1 to 10.0 versions of Android while working with large worklists. We are working on alternatives for handling the changes Google is making with apps that are installed on the SD card. Please refer to the chart below for which devices to use for PCC Android. You can learn more about this on the Reddit forum:
- 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.
- 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.
- 2020/11/17 – 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:
- 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.
- 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.