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Welcome to the CDX Technologies November 2017 Newsletter


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:


Free 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.


1.    Geocoding

2.    Reverse Geocoding

3.    Driving Calculations

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

11.  Closest ZIP Analysis


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 template




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 MapPoint.


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 made. 


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 this year. 


Latest Data Updates


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 this email.


The Team at CDX Technologies 

November 2017



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In This Issue 


Free Downloadable CDXZipStream Templates


New TLS 1.2 Encryption Requirement


Data Updates