Form 714 Viewer Software Overview
The Form 714 Viewer software is designed to provide the best performance, maximum availability, and the richest set of features to assist users in viewing Form 714 data that has been filed with FERC. The Viewer software is essentially a desktop application that can operate autonomously from FERC; a constant Internet connection is not required, and FERC resources do not have to be on-line, once data has been downloaded from FERC. The Viewer will permit the selection, viewing, and printing of any or all Form 714 submissions beginning with the submissions filed for the calendar year 2006.
The resulting Form 714 database downloaded to the local client may be manipulated for specific reporting or analysis needs using (1) Microsoft Visual FoxPro 8.0, (2) Microsoft Access using ODBC Driver for Visual FoxPro Databases, or (3) commercially available reporting software such as Crystal Reports that support the Microsoft Visual FoxPro database container structure.
The filing deadline for Form 714 submissions is June 1st following the end of the previous calendar year.
Before downloading and installing the Form 714 Viewer Application, please print the "Form 714 Viewer Getting Started Guide." You will save yourself a lot of time by referring to this manual first, before contacting FERC with problem issues. Most problems will involve Internet communication issues which are addressed below. Of course, we make mistakes and occasionally need to fix things on the server or with the software, so we do not mind emails, questions, and suggestions that are sent to the Form714 email address or FERC Online Support.
Download Problems - Potential Solutions
The user should not experience any trouble downloading and installing the Viewer application on your workstation. However, the component of the Viewer that downloads the database may not work properly with your workstation or network configuration depending on your local computer/network usage policies.
The Form 714 Viewer Data Download uses HTTP (to get the list of companies) and FTP Receive (to download the selected database data) and notify you of the availability of updated Viewer software. These common Internet Communication Protocols may be blocked by your Internet Firewall for security reasons. This will require intervention by your computer or network support personnel.
The easiest and most effective solution to Firewall access issues is to ask your Firewall Administrator to install a rule in the Firewall permitting HTTP Send/Receive and FTP Receive from DNS eforms1.ferc.gov. This presents a minimal or non-existent security risk since all communication requests are issued by the Client (your workstation). The FERC Forms Server does not "push" unsolicited information to your workstation.
Problem Reporting and Assistance
If you have any problems with downloading or using the viewer application, please send an email describing the problem to FERC Online Support.
In order to help in diagnosing a problem, please attach the file F714view.log to your email. In most cases, if you don't attach it, we will send you a reply email asking for it. This file should be found in the C:\FERC\Form714Viewer folder by default.