Our user group meetings are usually held in the spring of
every year. Last year's meeting was held on Tuesday, June 18
in Denver. During our user group meetings, we demonstrate upcoming
enhancements and answer questions from our users. The meetings
also provide an opportunity for our users to voice their opinions
about enhancements that are important to them.
For many years now, Howard Stevens of the Bureau of Public
Debt has been one of our featured speakers at our user group
meeting. During the 2002 User Group meeting we had an excellent
discussion that centered around the format of the daily SLGS
rate table that is maintained by the Bureau of Public Debt.
Previously SLGS rate information was not in a format that could
be loaded directly into Mun-Ease. Instead you had to perform
a few intermediate steps: (A) Start Excel and import the SLGS
table into Excel through the Data | New Web Query menu option.
(B) Save the spreadsheet as a comma-delimited file. (C) Start
Mun-Ease and import the SLGS rates from the comma-delimited
file through the Settings | SLGS | Import menu option. Also
while in Excel, you must disable the automatic date recognition
feature since Excel will incorrectly convert the SLGS table
if that capability is not disabled.
Recently Howard telephoned to inform us that the Bureau is
undertaking a software project to convert the daily SLGS rates
to a format that is more readily accessible by third-party programs
like Mun-Ease. We suggested that the data be converted to comma-delimited
file and provided the Bureau with a sample template of how data
should be formatted. We also helped the Bureau of Public Debt
test the interface. The 11.0 version of Mun-Ease supports this
important new feature!