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Welcome to SoftShell's presence on the Internet. We are a small agricultural software company based in central Iowa. The majority of our software is marketed through the Iowa Farm Business Association for use by its members. We also produce software for other farm business associations in other states and sell software to non-members. We also produce related software for small business. See Products page for a description of all the software available. We started in 1985 with the PC MARS accounting program for IBM compatibles (DOS based). We have sold over 4000 programs to date. Refer to our History page if you are further interested in our background.
In December 1997 we completed PC MARS for Windows - Full version, similar to our Pc Mars DOS program in many ways, but designed to run under windows. It combines all the features of the DOS version with all the added capabilities of the Windows platform.
Update fixes (patches)
Patches to Version 2.3 (latest)
Download the latest patch to Pc Mars 2.3 (184.108.40.206) What's in the patch
Download the latest patch to Pc Mars Plus 2.3 (220.127.116.11) What's in the patch
Patches to Version 2.2
Go here for a description of latest patch of Pc Mars 2.2 (18.104.22.168) Go to IFBA website to download the patch
Go here for a description of the latest patch of Pc Mars Plus 2.2 (22.214.171.124) Go to IFBA website to download the patch
Patches to Version 2.1 and prior versions
Go to IFBA website for prior years patches
Patches to Accounts Receivable Version 2.0
Download the latest update to Pc Mars Accounts Receivable (126.96.36.199) What's in the patch
New programs and versions
Advanced Payroll Module for Pc Mars or Pc Mars Plus is now available. It includes Federal and State tax tables (updated on a yearly basis), adds additional withholdings and custom pay types and much more. See Advanced Payroll Page for details and ordering instructions.
An upgrade to Pc Mars for Windows (Version 2.3) is now available. Many of your suggested changes have been put into place. See Pc Mars for Windows (Full) page for details. To upgrade from Pc Mars for Windows (full) version 1.0 through 2.2, click on the following: Windows Upgrade Letter. Print it out, follow the instructions, and send it to SoftShell. To order a new program by E-mail click on this link: http://www.iowafarmbusiness.org/PcMars/Price&Order.htm
PC MARS PLUS for Windows (Version 2.3) is now available. If you are wanting more from your Pc Mars, check out Pc Mars Plus. This enhancement will add complete inventory tracking, enterprise allocation, field production tracking, and livestock production data. See Pc Mars Plus page for details. To upgrade from Pc Mars Plus for Windows (full) version 2.0 through 2.2, click on the following: Plus Upgrade Letter. Print it out, follow the instructions, and send it to SoftShell. To order a new program by E-mail click on this link: http://www.iowafarmbusiness.org/PcMars/Price&Order.htm
Pc Mars Accounts Receivable for Windows 2.0 is now available. It now includes the added capabilities of the Windows 32 bit platform. See Pc Mars Accounts Receivable for Windows page for details.
An upgrade to Pc Mars for DOS (Version 2.7) is now available. See Pc Mars for DOS page for details.
Alert to PC MARS (DOS) Owners!
PC Mars DOS version is typical of most DOS based programs in that the print routine requires some 'intelligence' in the printer to interpret the print commands that the program sends each time a report is called for.
If you upgrade your printer, be sure the new printer has some resident intelligence! Windows only printers do not have this and therefore do not work with DOS programs in general.
So, don't upgrade and be disappointed. Keep the old printer or get one that can handle DOS programs. Ask the vendor before you buy!! See the printer Support page for further information.
Pentium II Problem - We've have been having problems with our DOS based programs working on fast Pentium II computers (300 MHz and above). We have recently figured out a fix for the problem. So if you have been having a problem with our programs working on fast Pentium II computers, contact us and we will send you a fix for the problem.
Related Web Links
Center for Farm Financial Management
Illinois Farm Business Farm Management
This site last updated on 3/19/13