Former SVAS Product FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)
(As of 1/1/2000)
- When did SBT acquire SVAS's "Master" former line
(Message Master, Form Master, etc.) of SBT add-ons?
The deal was closed in August of 1999.
- Was SVAS itself sold?
No, only some of our SBT add-on products. SVAS continues to operate as an independent
company; we provide custom programming services to SBT/ACCPAC
clients and dealers and also have developed new add-on products.
- I bought an SVAS product prior to the line being sold
to SBT. How do I get technical
As part of the sale agreement between SVAS and SBT, SBT agreed to
take-over supporting all customers who had purchased the acquired products
from SVAS. In other words, if you
bought a copy of Message Master, etc. from SVAS, you can now get
support on these products from SBT.
This support is provided by SBT free-of-charge, you do not need to
be on a support contract or otherwise pay to receive this support.
- I called SBT for support on my SVAS product, but was
told that I had to pay or that support wasn't available.
It is possible that perhaps not all SBT Support Technicians are fully
aware of the fact that SBT agreed to take-over support on the SVAS product
line. If you have any trouble
getting support for your SVAS product you should contact the head of
technical support at SBT, Bill Hoffman.
His email address is BHOF@sbt.com.
- How do I get an update for my version of SVAS Message
SBT has downloadable updates available for owners of the SVAS version of
Message Master. They also have
online all of the documentation.
You should download and install the updates if you do not have the
last version that SVAS produced (check your MM version number by going
hitting the "?" button on the main Document Transmission window).
The updates page can be accessed from:
- Which of the Master products are still available for
purchase from SBT?
Here is the current status of
the Master line, according to SBT:
Message Master for Pro 3.x -
discontinued due to SBT Pro 3.2
Message Master for Pro 5.0 -
available for purchase from SBT.
Message Master for Pro 6.0 -
bundled with Pro 6.0.
Message Master for
VP2000 - discontinued due to
VP2000 being obsolete.
Message Master for VP10 - available for purchase from SBT.
Note that if you really need a discontinued product you can always put in
a special request for it with SBT Sales Management; they may provide it to
you as long as you agree that the product will not be officially
- I have Pro Series 5.0 build 707. SBT tells me that SBT Message Master is
only supported on build 709. What
can I do?
Message Master for Pro 5.0 can actually be installed on any build of Pro
5.0. SBT is simply saying that to
be officially supported you need to be on 709.
- Which fax products can Message Master talk to? I'm told by SBT that now only Winfax is
Message Master, even the SBT versions, continue to contain routines
to interface with the following fax programs:
Symantec Winfax (at least
through version 9.x)
Cheyenne Faxserve for Netware
(not the NT version)
Note however that SBT only officially supports Winfax. Also, some of the other interfaces are
starting to get out of date, you should run your own tests before committing
to using a fax product other than Winfax.
Lastly, due to technical problems with the latest version of
Castelle I no longer recommend this option.
- I want to use XYZ Fax with Message Master. How can I do this?
Fax products that can be controlled from other applications unfortunately
all use proprietary APIs; this means that a custom routine has to be
written for each fax product supported. To talk to a fax product that
Message Master does not have a routine for, you have several options:
Purchase Message Master source (included with Pro 6) and
modify one of the existing routines. If
your fax program uses DDE calls then start with the Winfax routine. If it uses embedded commands in the print
stream then use the Hydra or Anselfax routines.
Hire the original author to write you a custom interface. The
original author of Message Master, having spent six months on the beach, is now
back at work and therefore available for contract projects. You can contact him
15030 Ventura Blvd., Suite 382
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403