What has changed from Key Manager 7 to Key Manager 8?
- KM8 was release 1 February 2021. It is a 100% rewrite of the KM7 product.
- It is available as the Basic edition with a single user and a partial feature set.
- It is available as the Premium edition with multi-user and the full feature set.
- The Basic and Premium editions are equivalent to those in previously offered in KM7.
- KM7 released in April 2011 and had 69 version updates in almost 10 years.
- KM5 released January 2004.
- KM4 released October 2001.
- KM8 has a new modern interface.
- Menu tabs are used for grouping of functionality.
- Most functions are available from a single button click with less common via drop down menu.
- Some functions repeated on multiple menu tabs for ease of access (e.g. Doors, Keys are on the Issues tab also).
- Search windows integrate with main window to reduce screen clutter.
- The UI is dynamically created so controls shown are determined by key systems present and that the user has access to.
- Much improved display of search results.
- Popup menus with hotkeys shown throughout the program.
- Checking for program updates is easy. When an update is available it is shown in a banner at the bottom of the main program window.
- Direct access to see what has changed in the program update and to download it.
- Expired Support and Maintenance is shown in a banner at the bottom of the main program window so you know when it needs to be renewed.
Huge improvements system import speed – important for cloud hosting
1001 keys, 1000 doors: KM7 import 13m33s, reimport 9m30s, KM8 import 3m46s, reimport 3s.
See the article Cloud server installation performance.
Can use the PM8 publishing service to transfer systems from PM8 (The locksmith) to KM8, fast and convenient.
PM8 (The locksmith) and KM8 support and maintenance must be current.
Checks for updates from the locksmith and shows in a banner on main window when available.
¶ KM8 New features – New and improved
- Many more security permissions and security groups for more granular security.
- Unbreak key - for when you incorrectly marked a key as broken.
- Improved move keys into key cabinet.
- Fewer ‘admin’ functions – now done by users with appropriate permissions.
- Can restrict key holder categories to selected key cabinets.
- Easier setup for user -> system security and for user -> key cabinet security
- Email now can be encrypted SMTP and uses HTML (SMTP or Outlook).
- Improved wizards for deactivating key holders and removing key holders.
- Much improved for self-maintained systems (CSV imports, keying matrix functionality etc).
- Supports new PM8 (The locksmith) features (Internal keying, mandatory signatories).
- New database engine – Firebird 3.0.x
New, removes any known vulnerabilities.
Encrypted data transmission – major corporate and university consideration.
- Basic edition uses ‘embedded’ engine so database engine not installed as a service
- Installer puts on minimal file set depending on options (basic, premium, new, upgrade).
- No components shared with KM7 so can be run side-by-side for testing.
- Product brochure PDF available.
See the article Product brochure
- Product help file – like in KM7 but better.
- Product help is available for download as PDF.
See the article Product documentation in PDF format
- Knowledgebase - kb.whsoftware.com
Updated frequently to reflect tech support questions