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Re: Performance Trends Newsletter (updates)

To: Visitors to Performance Trends Website

Subject: Product News/Updates, Jan 2007 


  1. Engine Analyzer Pro v3.5 Released
  2. Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show Recap & New Products
  3. Engine Build Log Book Updates/Bug Fixes
  4. Circle Track Log Book Bugs
  5. Windows Vista
  6. Recent Media Coverage
  7. Last December's Newsletter


1)  Engine Analyzer Pro v3.5 Released  We delayed this newsletter a couple weeks so we could announce that the Engine Analyzer Pro v3.5 is now officially released.  We'll start shipping today, Monday, Feb 5.  As with any software release, once lots of users try all their combinations, we'll probably find a couple more bugs.  Currently we are at v3.5 A.022.  (In your program, click on Help, then About Engine Analyzer Pro to see the complete version number.)  Keep watching for newsletters and updated "readme.doc" files for EA Pro to see what the latest version is and what recent changes have been made to v3.5.  

Click on this link for the most recent Readme.doc file for EA Pro v3.5: http://www.performancetrends.com/text-files/EA%20Pro%20v3.5%20Readme.doc

Click on the following link to view "Appendix 10 New Features in Version 3.5" from the Pro's User's Manual:  http://www.performancetrends.com/PDFs/EAP%20Supp35.pdf

Click on the following link to download a demo of this new program:  http://www.performancetrends.com/download.htm#eapro

Version 3.5 will not overwrite your older v2.1 or 3.3, but will be installed to a different folder.  This will be a free update to anyone who has purchased v3.3 since July 2006.  For owners of v3.3 purchased before July 2006 it is a $60 update.  


2)  Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, Dec 14-16 Well, the show has come and gone.  Thanks for all that stopped by to say Hi and see what new products we've got coming, which include:

The new, automatic, pneumatic valve spring tester got lots of attention.  Click here for some specs and pictures.  Click here to see some recent data from the automatic tester on our Valve Spring Tester page.  If you're familiar with valve spring data, you'll know that getting about 0.25% repeatability on 8 tests is outstanding.  This is especially true for Spring Rate (as opposed to just seated or open forces) and for such big springs.  We haven't released this tester as we put some final touches on it.  It is expected to sell for $2999, which includes the Plus version of the Valve Spring Tester software.
The new automatic valve opener for flow bench testing got more attention than we though it would.  If your bench has a motor controller, this opener would let you start the flow test, and the Port Flow Analyzer software and opener would step the valve through all the lift points, recording and averaging data at each lift, and then close the valve at the end of the test.  This is all done automatically, exactly the same each time, and allows you to walk away and return with the test done.  It will be released soon at a price of $899.
We just got the prototype of our new Blow By Sensor finished for displaying at the show.  This was another product that got more attention than we thought it would, so we're working to get it tested and released soon.  The Blow By Sensor is too new for pricing yet, but it should be under $600.

Click here for some pictures from the PRI tradeshow:  http://www.performancetrends.com/news.htm#PRI_2006

Click here for the brochure we handed out at the show, talking about our latest products (including the 3 above) and updates:  http://www.performancetrends.com/PDFs/PRI06%20Latest%20News.pdf


3)  Engine Build Log Book Updates/Bug Fixes  A couple customers found some bugs in this program and we've published fixes for downloading on the website.  These included the calculations to find piston skirt to bore clearance for individual cylinders were not matching up the appropriate cylinders, problem deleting files, etc.  You can review all these fixes from the program's Readme.doc file at this link:  http://www.performancetrends.com/text-files/Engine_Log_Book_Readme.doc

You can review all this program's features at: http://www.performancetrends.com/Engine_Log_Book_v1.htm   

You can download these bug fixes by reinstalling the complete program from this link: http://www.performancetrends.com/download.htm#Engine_Log_Book

Important: If you got an Unlocking number when you purchased your program, you can unlock this latest version yourself. Just be sure to use exactly the same Registered Name when you install this new version and then the same unlock number will unlock the update. You can view your Reg Name by clicking on Reg To: at the top of the main screen on your current version, before you download and install the new version. 


4)  Circle Track Log Book Bug  We've heard that some users of the Circle Track Log Book have reported the program shutting down when they do "something", but can't remember what they did.  If this has happened to you and you remember what you did, please call 248-473-9230.  We can't reproduce this error, but if we can, we can fix this bug and publish a fix on the website.

You can review all this program's features at:  http://www.performancetrends.com/Circle_Track_Log_Book.htm


5)  Windows Vista  Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista, has just been released.  Vista has increased security, which basically translates into more hassle getting programs installed and running.  It appears that after you install one of our programs in Vista, you have to run it at least one time as an administrator.  This involves right clicking on the programs' desktop icon and selecting "Open as Administrator".   After this it should run fine by just double clicking on it with the normal, left mouse button.

As we learn more, we'll try to inform you of how things must be run in Vista, or design fixes directly in the programs so you don't have to worry about Vista compatibility at all.  If you find compatibility problems with a Performance Trends' product and Vista, please email us at:  feedback@performancetrends.com  We'll get on it as soon as we can, as all our products will have to be compatible with Vista.


6)  Recent Media Coverage  There's been a couple magazine articles recently about our products, which include:

Car Craft, March 2007, pages 51-52  "What's your problem?" column with answer "Flow Benches for Everyone".  It discusses flow benches in general, and how the Performance Trends EZ Flow System can be used, and includes a big picture of the EZ Flow System.

Circle Track, March 2007, page 23 discusses our Black Box II for dynos.


7) Last December's Newsletter Here are the topics covered in our previous newsletter.  If you would like another copy of December 2006's newsletter for detail on these topics, visit our website at: http://www.performancetrends.com/news.htm#newsletters

  1. Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, Dec 14-16
  2. Engine Analyzer Pro v3.5 Update
  3. December Schedule
  4. Christmas Is Coming
  5. Last October's Newsletter