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Welcome to the CDX Technologies November
In this issue we discuss easy-to-use automation
templates that are available for CDXZipStream. We also preview
a new encryption standard for our servers and products going into
effect in February 2018.
Here is our latest blog posting:
Downloadable CDXZipStream Templates
Many users are not aware of the preconfigured templates
we have available to help automate CDXZipStream. So far we've
developed 11 of these applications and they are available for download
from our website here. They are particularly
useful when trying to automate bulk calculations where entering large
arrays of formulas is cumbersome.
The following applications are currently supported.
4. Driving Calculation Matrix
5. Geocode and Sort by Distance
6. ZIP Code Radius Analysis
7. Route Optimization By Address
8. Route Optimization using Geocodes
9. Bing Maps Location Data (including
postal code by address)
10. Census Tracts FIPS template
The templates will open to an instruction/help screen
explaining their use. Just press the "Get Started"
button to begin. Typically you just need to cut and paste your
data into the template and press a button to start an analysis.
There is no need to learn the details of the CDXZipStream
formulas. Here is a sample video describing our ClosestZip
The templates automatically make direct calls to the
CDXZipStream add-in (using Visual Basic for Applications) rather than
embedding formulas in the worksheet. This can be a faster and
more reliable method of getting your data, especially for large data sets.
The report is calculated in linear fashion and generates a text output
which is easy to sort and filter. Templates involving geocoding
or routing will work with either Bing Maps (recommended) or Microsoft
We urge you to take advantage of this free resource.
New TLS 1.2 Encryption Requirement
This is a very "nerdy" but important topic: We
will be eliminating support of the older https encryption standard TLS
1.0 and TLS 1.1 on our servers in February 2018. These older
standards have been identified as not being as secure as the latest
standard TLS 1.2. With this change we have updated both
CDXZipStream and CDXStreamer to default to this protocol.
Please download and install the latest versions of our software before
February 2018 to be compatible with this change.
Most credit card processing sites will stop processing
transactions made with the older protocols shortly. If you run an
online business you may wish to check that your website is compatible
with this change. This new standard isn't being automated by
Microsoft updates and often requires major application
changes. Here is a more
detailed article describing why this change is being
Also as a reminder: As announced in the September newsletter, we will
be ending support for the classic version of CDXZipStream at the end of
Canadian and U.S. data feeds of
CDXZipStream were updated as of November 27. There were 19
changes made to the U.S. database this month. If you would like
to update your database to reflect these changes, select the
"Account" option on the CDXZipStream commandbar and click on
"Check for Available Database Updates". You can then
update each database as required.
CDXZipStream updates are a
part of the one-year software maintenance subscription included with
your purchase. If you would like to extend your
subscription, please sign in to the CDX Technologies website and from
the account area for CDXZipStream, select "Buy Data Update".
As always we hope you find the
information here helpful for you and your organization. You
can contact us with your feedback and suggestions by replying to
The Team at CDX