JCMS Access is designed for medium size (1 to 30 people) work groups. More information on JCMS Access can be found in the comprehensive user guide.
You can download JCMS Access 6.1.3 or 3.4, here
JCMS Access 6.1.3 User Guide and Release Notes can be downloaded
- download the v6.1.3 user guide (pdf)
- download the v6.1.3 release notes (pdf)
- download the v6.1.3 ReadMe (pdf)
JCMS Access 3.4 User Guide and Release Notes can be downloaded. NOTE: version 3.4.3 runs only on versions of MS Access prior to 2007. It will not be supported much longer.
The JCMS Access application interface is a native Windows/PC application; however, it can be run on Macintosh computers (many of our users have Macintosh computers). There are three recommended ways to run JCMS Access on a Macintosh, as discussed below:
- Modern Macintosh computers run on Intel Microprocessors. These computers can run a virtual windows session by using software called VMware Fusion (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/overview.html), Virtualbox (www.virtualbox.org), or Parallels (www.parallels.com). When using VMware, Virtualbox, or Parallels, you can set up a virtual windows instance and install JCMS Access in that window. This method works great for single users’ instances, and for small work group shared instances. We have experience with both VMware and Parallels; both work very well and performance is excellent.
- Large and small workgroups will benefit from using a Citrix server solution. Many institutions already support Citrix, and it is thus relatively easy to leverage existing expertise and infrastructure. With Citrix, JCMS Access can be accessed from a web browser to launch the application on Macintosh, PC, or Linux computers. We use Citrix at The Jackson Laboratory to host JCMS Access to our research investigators.
Using handheld devices with barcode readers
JCMS Access has several functions designed for convenient use when using handheld devices. JCMS Access has a number of forms specifically designed to be used with handheld devices, by using a stylus and barcode reader for input. The handheld forms can actually be used from any computer, but they were designed with handheld devices in mind.
There is no “synching” after the fact. All transactions are immediate. The handhelds connect directly to the database.
The handhelds need a wireless connection while in use with JCMS Access. Any handheld that can run a Citrix session with wireless connections should work; however, we’ve only tested the Motorola MC55 and PSION Teklogix handhelds. In order to use handhelds with JCMS Access, you need to use a Citrix server type solution.
To take advantage of the handheld devices, you need to have wireless access from wherever you will use the handheld. Setting up a wireless hub is typically as simple as plugging the hub into an Ethernet port. Coverage across the mouse room can be spotty because of the metal racks; so strategic placement of hubs may be important.
You can get sophisticated and setup servers that manage encryption security, etc. Some users may need some support from their IT department to get setup.
The JCMS Access handheld functions are designed to work with barcode scanners. JCMS Access can print barcodes on cage cards. Using handheld devices with built in barcode readers you can quickly:
- Wean mice
- Remove mice from colony
- Update mouse life status
- Set up matings
- Record litters
- Print cage cards
- Move mice