Latest Changes to
We've added some neat new features and made other improvements to Postage $aver Pro and Lite. Here are the details. Note that each update includes all previous updates, so you only need to download and install the latest.
Postage $aver Pro and Lite
What’s new in Version 11.1.11 – July 2020
- Updated for July and August USPS routing changes required for mail sent on or after August 1, 2020. (May be used before then).
- USPS now has special "service codes" within the Intelligent Mail barcodes to indicate political mailings and official ballot and election mailings. We have added checkboxes on the mail categories screen for you to indicate if your mailing is either a political campaign mailing or an official ballot/election mailing.
A political mailing is "any material mailed for campaign purposes by a registered political candidate, campaign committee, or committee of a political party, or political message mailing by a PAC, super PAC, or other organization engaging in an effort to influence or drive voter mobilization".
Ballot/Election mail is "any item mailed to or from authorized election officials or local election offices that enables citizens to vote, such as official ballot materials, voter registration cards, absentee applications and polling place notifications".
If you are mailing either of these kinds of mail, you should check the appropriate box on the Mail Categories screen. These boxes appear on your screen only if you have selected Marketing Mail or First Class Presort, since they do not apply to Periodicals or Bound Printed Matter.
- We have added a new "no forwarding" option for Periodicals, which is allowed only when using "Or Current Resident" or similar wording in the address.
- For Periodical mailers using in-county rates, your in-county zip code list will be automatically checked for updates each time you update your copy of Postage $aver. If there are any changes (which do not occur often), you will see a message showing any zip codes that have been added or deleted, after your update code is accepted.
- Fixed a bug where the Move Update Options screen did not appear when using the Preparation Wizard.
- Fixed a bug where a new bundle was sometimes not indicated on the separator label when a new sack was started.
- Fixed a bug that would cause a crash if printing was attempted when no printer or default printer had been specified. (Mac only)
- We changed the error detection routine to allow a -9999 +4 code for General Delivery addresses.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a crash if non-standard characters were found in a mailing list file. (Mac only)
- Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when using a csv or tab mailing list file that did not have column names in the first row.
- Fixed a bug that allowed a Delivery Point Code column to be identified for a nonbarcoded mailing.
- Fixed a bug that prevented the mail merge option from being selected on the Preferences screen after the "I'll use other software to create barcodes" was selected on the Mail Categories screen.
- Fixed a bug that could cause in-county pieces not to be included in Periodical mailings under certain circumstances.
- Fixed a bug that caused incorrect results when using an "in-county" column when the address printing option had been selected.
- Fixed a bug where Periodical flats in tubs were shown as letters on the first page of the postage statement.
- Fixed a bug where Periodical flats in tubs could show an incorrect count for a zone under certain circumstances.
- Fixed a bug for Periodical flats in tubs where bundles were indicated for certain tubs that did not allow bundles.
- Fixed a bug where Periodical flats in tubs appeared on the sacks page of the bundle charge section of the postage statement, instead of the trays page.
- Fixed a bug that could cause nonbarcoded 5-digit trays to be incorrectly created in a combined barcoded/nonbarcoded Marketing Mail letters mailing.
- Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when printing the postage statement for a combined barcoded/nonbarcoded Marketing Mail letters mailing.
What’s new in Version 11.1.10 – May 2020
- Updated for May and June USPS routing changes required for mail sent on or after June 1, 2020. (May be used before then).
- Print your addresses directly from Postage $aver! Postage $aver Pro and Lite can now print directly to labels or mail pieces, without needing to do a mail merge to another program! Select from three of the most popular label sheet formats, or set dimensions for where to print directly on your mail piece.
Of course, if you still want or need to do a mail merge, you can continue to do so, just like always.
Here's what you'll see on the second screen of the preparation wizard:
You can choose whether or not to add separators between trays or between bundles and sacks. You can also choose whether to print rejected addresses so those pieces can be corrected, if necessary, and sent by regular mail.
You can automatically add "OR CURRENT RESIDENT" or similar wording to your addresses, if that's the Move Update method you choose.
And, Optional Endorsement Lines (OELs) are automatically added where required.
Here are your address printing options:
- Sack numbers are now included in Mail Preparation Instructions report.
- You can now include leftover nonbarcoded pieces in mailings of Marketing Mail barcoded letters. The nonbarcoded pieces will be included in separate trays, per USPS rules, and postage will be included on the same postage statement as the barcoded pieces.
To choose this, where Postage $aver asks "Will you be using barcodes on this mailing", choose "Some of Each" (on the first screen of the preparation wizard).
- Postage $aver now supports preparation of Periodical Flats in tubs (flat trays) in addition to sacks. Many mailers find tubs easier to handle. Plus, for 5-digit tubs and sometimes for others, bundling is not required, saving a handling step.
If you choose Periodical Class flats on the first screen of the preparation wizard, you will see the option for sacks or tubs.
- Postage $aver now calculates an additional discount for Marketing Mail letters. For 5-digit trays mailed from a local post office, you are entitled (under USPS rule 246.4.2.1b) to use the DSCF rate for that tray if:
the post office where you are mailing handles that specific 5-digit area;
your permit is at that post office;
your entire mailing has fewer than 2,500 pieces; and,
it's the only bulk mailing you're sending that day.
This discount will automatically be calculated if your mailing qualifies.
- For Periodical letters, we removed a restriction that did not allow an additional ADC tray to be started after completing a full ADC tray unless the additional tray could be entirely filled. That restriction is no longer in USPS rules.
- The Rejected Pieces list (on the Mail Preparation Instructions report) now shows each rejected address' new location in your mailing list file after sorting, in addition to its original location, to make it easier to find and fix.
- Military addresses are rejected if using the "or current resident" Move Update method, per USPS rule.
- We fixed a bug where missing leading zeros are automatically added to zip+4, but which worked if one or two zeros were missing, but not if all three were missing.
- Error checking now rejects addresses with -0000 or -9999 as zip+4, as these are never valid and USPS will reject the piece.
- We fixed a bug in the Rejected Pieces list where the reported record number was one number too low, on .csv and tab-separated files that have column titles in the first row.
- We fixed a bug where the Rejected Pieces list could print off the bottom of the page.
- The updated mailing list file is now saved before reports are printed, for smoother operation.
- If the mailing list file cannot be saved (for example, if it is open in another application), the user can now fix the problem and retry, or proceed to print reports and labels, without starting over.
- The column headings for columns automatically added to .csv and tab-separated files now say tray or sack, and bundle or group, as applicable, rather than just assuming tray and group. Same change was made for the column headings on the separate file created under second option of "how to save sorting info".
- Fixed bug where crash could occur when scrolling on customer selection list (on statement information screen) (Windows only).
- Fixed bug where customer selection list was not in alphabetical order (Mac only).
- Fixed bug where the sorted Excel file could have extra blank records added to the end of the file.
- Fixed a bug that prevented entering a weight of over 16 ounces for Periodical Parcels.
- Fixed various other minor issues.