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The Traffic Light - TV Radio Station Software

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Hardy Data Systems

New: Traffic Light - TV Version— the original Traffic Light modified for use with TV stations. 

 

The Traffic Light - TV – a complete traffic, billing, and accounts receivable package is available for the IBM compatible computer system – the DOS version has been in use since 1988. Rewritten in early 2009 as a Windows program,  and modified for use with TV stations supporting up to 12 streams in early 2015. it is designed for the small market TV station and  the software offers the following features:

  • Handles 4000 customers, 4000 start orders and 100 salesmen.
  • Provides for 12 Streams from one Start Order. Each Stream can have its own spot placement format.
  • Also available in two Lite Versions designed for small low power TV and non-profit stations. See below for details.
  • Prepares daily logs in minutes. Can create a spot file for automation systems. Can convert the Daily Log into mini-playlists for use with MasterPlay.
  • Handles both Broadcast and Calendar billing.
  • The Full Log Editor provides for drag and drop spot movements, adding or editing spots.
  • A complete customer accounts receivable is displayed when posting payments to his account.
  • An aging analysis is shown on each statement. A detailed (or short version) aging analysis display/printout is available.
  • Also A/R analysis for any given salesman.
  • Handles customer pre-payments, discounts (agency commissions), paid-on-account and invoice payments.
  • Provides for product separation for 200 different product codes when generating daily logs.
  • Start orders provide for 36 day parts with skipping weeks and delayed starting options. There is a maximum 7 spots per day part.
  • Spot Rotation for up to nine different spots.
  • Start Order provides for up to nine Bonus Spots
  • Start Order provides for 'Fill-In' Spots.
  • Start Order provides for 'BookEnd' Spots.
  • Start Order basic information is entered once in the customer’s file and is automatically entered into the start order, but can be modified in the Start Order module if desired.
  • Start order confirmation print-out and projected value of order.
  • A sales projection can be made anytime for Broadcast or Calendar customers or a combo. Also projection for one salesman of your choice. Also projection for each Stream.
  • A history file for all paid on account amounts. Can display/print for each salesman or a given period or customer.
  • Demand billing can be made at any time. Affidavits gives dates, times and rates.
  • Invoice contains spots ran for each Stream with one total price for each Start Order.
  • Options for various billing formats. Can  customize both invoice and statement formats.
  • Option to automatically add a specified service charge to selected or all customers.
  • 'Spot Ran When' routine displays times a requested Start Order spot has already ran during month or range of days.
  • Five year accounting code history for 9 different accounting codes.
  • Automatic start order rotation on logs – no two consecutive days are the same. Four different rotation plans based on day of month.
  • Easy format changes. Can copy one hour to another. The spot load can be different for each hour. Design the format exactly the way you want it.
  • Custom formats can be created for special broadcast events.
  • Log discrepancy program to make sure all scheduled spots are on the log. Points out left-off spots.
  • Many input traps to prevent entering wrong data. Most input routines also have a help window which gives info about that about that input.
  • Simplified back-up procedure run from the Backup menu. There is an Utility Menu for misc programs.
  • All major programs/modules available from one Master Menu. Right click on menu button for a popup Help file for that module. Each module has its own help file.
  • All programs that require a date input use a popup calendar. Supports both U.S. and U.K. date formats.
  • Provides option to add a local sales tax (VAT) and also 2nd option to add a local tax such as that used in Canada which has both a Federal tax and a Provincial tax.
  • Help screen available in all programs/modules. All individual Help files are combined into a full Help Manual in PDF format, viewable from within the Traffic Light.
  • Easy step-by-step installation and set-up procedure. A step-by-step printout is available for the end of month routines.
  • 20 city shortcuts saves retyping cities in customer records. One click with the mouse chooses the city, state and zip code.
  • The Traffic Light - TV has support for a 'Practice'  station, which can be used in the learning process.  NO YEARLY MAINTENANCE FEES. A demo is built into the program and can be run at anytime. No charge for downloadable updates.
  • Digital Commercial Interfaces included for many of the current automation systems. Others can be written with supplied file format. Two generic outputs for use with most automation systems that allow customer configuration. An Interface routine was just written for the Rivendell Linux Automation System (in Version 1.6a).
  • Statements and Invoices can be manually printed to a PDF file for emailing to a customer.
  • Sample printouts/screen captures can be seen at http://hds.net/TV/demofiles_TV.htm


Hardware Requirements and Pricing
All Windows operating systems are supported. The price of the Traffic Light logging and billing system is $595.00 plus Ga. sales tax, if applicable. Each program is customized with station’s business name, address and call sign. Station checks or credit cards (via PayPal) accepted. 

The Traffic Light - TV Lite Versions
Not all stations need the capacity of the full Traffic Light - TV, so a Lite Version was created for the Low Power TV and non-profit stations. The  price of the Lite-100 Version is $295.00, plus Ga. sales tax, if applicable. The  price of the Lite-250 Version is $395.00, plus Ga. sales tax, if applicable. Should the need arise to upgrade to the full version, then credit will be given for either Lite Version  purchase price. Many emails were swapped with an user of the MasterPlay Automation System to insure compatibility with that system. The Lite-100 Version has a limit of 100 customers and 200 start orders and the Lite-250 has a limit of 250 customers and 500 start orders 

PDF Creator Emailer - TV Optional Stand-alone Program
Info on the http://hds.net/PDF_Creator_TV.htm  web page. This add-on program will make PDF invoices and statements and email to your customers.  A great time and money saver.


Free Demo Program
A limited use (10 customers) version of the program is available that includes sample data of three customers. This will let you generate short logs and display/print out many of the reports. Additional customers and start orders can be entered. This is the full program with access only to the Demo files. The only difference between the full program and the demo program is that the demo needs no UserID file and has the limited capacity mentioned above. See link below to download. It is suggested that the Demo be downloaded and explored to evaluate the software.  Read all the help files to get familiarized with the software. Then once the UserID file is received, you will be ready to dig in and get started.


Download the Traffic Light - TV or updates on the Download Web Page . This is a self-extracting EXE file that can be downloaded into a temp folder and run or you can run from the web page by using the Microsoft Internet Explorer and choosing the 'Run' option instead of the 'Save' option. Once installed, click on the 'Help' label at the top of the screen for further instructions. NOTE: Updates will also be available on the Download Web Page with What's New info.

 

 


                       

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