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Traffic Scheduling & Billing

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Natural Log
Traffic Scheduling & Billing

nlog_smallNatural Log is an integrated solution for radio stations requiring Traffic Logs and Billing that will interface with their radio automation software.

Natural Log is sold on a 'buy-out' basis and includes interfaces for most computer automation systems at no extra charge. There are no additional charges!

Natural Log for Windows has the features most broadcasters need. Natural Log doesn't claim to have every bell-and-whistle imaginable, but Natural Log does have the features needed by most broadcasters like:


* Compatible with most computer automation systems, including BSI Simian


* Unlimited number of customers
* Unlimited number of active orders
* Specified week & Alternating Week Scheduling
* Specified Time & Time-Class Scheduling
* Multiple Price & Length spots on same Order
* Multiple Scripts/Cuts on same Order
* Multi-Event "macro" scheduling [for linked items like intros]
* Specified position in spot break allowed [first,last,etc]
* Dual Product-Type protection
* Special Log Templates available for sports
* Special Log Templates can be automatically scheduled in advance
* Broadcast orders can be linked to Special Log Templates so the order runs anytime the template is scheduled
* User Specified spotset Fill Sequencing
* Automatic "Fill-to-Length" spotsets for satellite formats
* On-Screen Log Editor with drag-and-drop editing
* On-Screen Log Diagnostics
* Copy manager with Script Affidavits printed with invoices
* Complex copy scheduling/substitutions based on day/time, etc


* Calendar Month / Standard Broadcast Month
* Weekly / End-Of-Flight / Demand
* Invoice types: Detauil, Summary, Times/Rates, Coop
* On-Screen Invoice Editor
* On-SCreen viewing of Customer's account,history,etc


* Customer & Order lists sorted as desired
* Effective Spot-Rate report for Orders & Salesmen
* Billing-Error report available before bills printed
* Aged Accounts-Receivable sorted as desired
* Account Transaction-Summary [reconciliation]
* Invoiced Sales & Collections reports with Sales Commissions
* 6-Month Projected-Sales [booked sales] report
* 52-week Inventory-Management [avails] report
* All report layouts can be user modififed and memorized for install recall

Technical Requirements
Natural Log for Windows is designed to run on a standard PC using Windows 2000 or Windows XP. The system described below should be considered the minimum acceptable system for running Natural Log for Windows at an acceptable speed. Faster machines will give better performance.

* At least a 1.8 gHz Pentium [or compatible]
* At least 256 megabytes of RAM,
* A hard drive with at least 10 gigabytes of free space
* Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating system [NOT Windows-95 or Windows-ME!]
* CD-ROM for installation of the program,
* Windows compatible mouse,
* To print invoices, statements, and logs, any Windows compatible printer, (fast) laser printer is highly recommended
* Minimum 800 x 600 Windows video display [preferred 1072x768]
* USB-Drive, Zip-Drive™, CD Burner, tape backup, or other device for data backups.
* If running across a Local-Area-Network 100mbps minimum is recommended for best performance

NOTICE: NL8 installs new Microsoft Access2000 database drivers that overwrite older Access97 drivers and are not 100% compatible with Access97. NL8 will work fine but some Accesss97 functions may be lost. The only work-around is to upgrade to Microsoft Access2000.

For more information on this known incompatibility problem review the following Microsoft document: