EaseSuite Release Notes

What's new in 1.2.0.0

Sage Cloud Links

Various links have been added when POs/Jobs/SOs are created in Sage Cloud (View Info), with the link taking you straight to the online record.

In supplier / customer areas links are shown on the record and in the search list to take you to Sage Cloud to view or add more suppliers / customers.

What's new in 1.1.9.5

Tablet Search Bar

The tablet search bar, accessible in the stock screen, makes stock taking easy with large buttons, quantity, and search box. It sets the quantity and last verified date and who by when the tick is pressed.

Tag Changes

Tags can:

  • Now be grouped. Tag groups allow similar tags to be grouped together and they will be kept together in search lists and when selecting. These can be set in settings.
  • Each tag group can dictate where a) one tag allowed or b) at least one tag is mandatory for the item to help ensure they are selected correctly.
  • Each tag can have a different colour, which can be set in settings.
  • Scanned document tags can appear over the top of scans like stamps, e.g.Paid, To Check, Faulty, and use the colour coding for easy status checking.

What's new in 1.1.8.6

Outlook Drag & Drop / Files

  • Email attachments, or even whole messages themselves can be dragged straight from Outlook into the files sections of a purchase order, sales order, job, product (or any other item with files) to associate them. Previously you had to save the attachments first before dragging them on.
  • We've started work on a "trainer" that can extract email content from the likes of Amazon/Ebay/Paypal into a purchase order and automatically attempt to create lines and fill in other info from the email, saving a lot of admin time transposing. We'll ship with Amazon/Ebay/Paypal trainers by default, but it will be possible to make your own after you've done it once for a supplier. (Beta)

Saved Search Updates

Saved search notifications have been improved.

  • Notifications can be specified when records are found or not found (and more)
  • A saved search can look against a related saved search, then notify/run based on it's results
  • The notification can trigger for one saved search, then lead to the results of another (on notifications/dashboard)

Here is an example of typical use for recurring sales orders:

  • For a sales order, add in a tag "Recurring Monthly"
  • Create a saved search "Last month's recurring sales orders", which should search for "Last Month" on order date and contain the tag "Recurring Monthly"
  • Create another saved search "Notification for this month's recurring sales orders", doing similar but looking at this month instead
  • For this saved search, pick the related saved search to be "Last month's recurring sales orders" and set notify when to "Related Record Count Greater Than This" and tick "Use Related Search For Notification Listings" (optional).
  • What this does is trigger a notification if you have more recurring sales orders last month than you do this month, then from the notification lists last months recurring invoices are shown.
  • You can then start cloning those that are missing into this months, or if they should no longer recur then you can simply remove the tag from last months to stop them recurring and the notification.
  • This is just one example. The feature is powerful and can be used for many more notification uses.


Tag Cross Search

In purchasing and sales search listings in the Tags search, there is now a new dropdown box that lets you do the following for example (purchasing):

  • Find orders containing one or more purchasing tag(s) (as before)
  • Find orders containing one or more product tag(s) by selecting "Has Products With Tag(s)" first
  • Find orders containing one or more supplier tag(s) by selecting "Has Supplier With Tag(s)" first

The same is implemented for sales orders.

Various

  • File types (Settings)
    • Can now have their own code prefix, so when you add a file, select type, it can code it by that type (for ISO9001)
    • Print out dialog now has option to attach associate files from a SO/PO/Job onto the email as well as the generated PDF (useful for e.g. statements, quotes that also need to be send with the item). The files that are to be emailed are set by file type in settings, so files of that type will be attached by default.
  • Various job/invoicing update enhancements, which allow for internal invoice templates to be used before or after Sage push
  • More search fields added to timesheet search
  • Complex accounts category population reworked into rules for greater flexibility
  • Various synchronisation and enhancements for mobile app, including customisable status filter option for what transfers to app and what doesn't
  • Staff map screen added in application for determining mobile app user's last location (updated every 5 minutes when has signal). This requires registration for a Microsoft key (contact us for info).
  • More placeholders added for various templates (viewable in Settings > Placeholders)

What's new in 1.1.7.5

Various jobs/timesheets/purchasing updates

  • Sales orders
    • VAT Exempt dropped (now goes by 0 rate VAT instead, if 0 all lines 0, if not lines will pick up VAT regularly)
  • Jobs
    • Total purchase amount now totalled on jobs, alongside sales orders and timesheet totals
    • Recalculate job totals button added
    • Option to turn off timesheet billing (for e.g. fixed price or using service sales orders only, staff timesheets are counted as normal but not billed).
    • 3 new status's added - Enquiry, On hold & Awaiting Invoicing (a state before complete)
    • In progress status can either be set manually or automatically by switching on a setting (when automatic, job put into in progress when the start date arrives)
    • Job invoice options enhanced with many new options for filtering what you want to bill and how it's laid out
  • Timesheets
    • Added charge and hour adjustment with reason, allowing billable hours to be adjusted from actual staff hours before invoicing
  • Purchase orders
    • Added sales price rule selection on reservations, making clear what markup will be added and allowing the chance to change on the fly before converting to sales order
    • Supplier invoice no / supplier invoice date added as search columns
    • Showing created sales order(s) as search column and additional reservation info
    • Reservation search field enhancement
  • Payment areas / information can now be turned off/hidden (when fully dealt with in Sage)

Rule-based Engine

We've introduced the initial version of this and will be shipping with some inbuilt rules that can be enabled.

Create rules, such as:

  • Auto-lock a sales or purchase order when invoiced (when locked, no more changes can be made)
  • Automatically set & progress statuses based on other information
  • Apply discounts on a line when customer & product tags match, for example creating flexible loyalty/contract-based discounts
  • And a flexible amount of other rules on various items achievable
  • The setting of accounts categories on lines can now be achieved by rules/tags

What's new in 1.1.7.4

Login/Locked Computer

The EaseSuite login form, which if enabled appears after a timeout or computer lock, is now less intrusive. It appears with a minimise button now and may be minimised. The application will also now no longer display until credentials supplied or cancelled (to close).

Bulk Update

We've added Update Field & Update Value to the bulk update option, available on several search screens.

After selecting one or more records, you can pick a field such as status, then choose what to change it to, which will affect all selected records at once.

Goods & Services

The concept of goods & services has been added throughout the system.

  • A product can be goods (i.e. physical stock) or a service (i.e. utility bill, 3rd party service purchased or service sold)
  • On each sales order & purchase order line, there is now "Supply Type", which can either be goods or service
  • Customers & suppliers can have a default supply type set (goods or service) and this will default onto the so/po lines when creating a new order (note when selecting a product, it's supply type is used instead)
  • Customers, suppliers & stock/products can now be searched by supply type
  • Supply type can be set in bulk using the "Bulk Update" functionality, which is available in the 3 areas mentioned for quick population
  • Goods/service lines carry onto Sage cloud invoices for European customers & suppliers and thus onto ECSL submissions

Sage Cloud integration

Features:

  • Create sales orders/credits, both full invoices and quick entries
  • Create purchase invoices/credits, both full invoices and quick entries
  • Supplier download/sync
  • Customer download/sync
  • VAT rates and accounts category/sync

What's new in 1.1.7.2

Autonumbering (all areas)

Based on customer feedback we've modified the way codes auto generate (sales orders, purchase orders, jobs).

Instead of supplying a provisional number that may change if it is allocated elsewhere in the interim by another user, we're now only generating this number at time of save and it will only appear then. Whilst the previous approach was OK for infrequent orders, in a multi-user situation it lead to showing a number that may not be final and be wrongly supplied before items were finalised, so we've opted to hide it until final, which also solves number conflicts.

Along with this we've left in the flexibility of different prefixes, since often customers use prefixing as a categorisation. Numbers run sequentially per prefix.

The generated number can also be manually changed after save, retaining this functionality, for cases where e.g. a purchase order number book is being followed and they need to match/ be aligned.

Other Issues

  • When a listing refreshed after saving, occasionally fields would be blank when the list immediately refreshed (the workaround was to re-search to reflect up-to-date list). This happened in slower network conditions but should now be resolved.

What's new in 1.1.7.1

Record Counts

All grids now show record position and count (searches, sales/po lines etc.)

What's new in 1.1.7.0

Sage Improvements & Sage Cloud initial integration

  • Sage Line v50 (desktop)
    • Sage customers & supplier import now much faster and it only processes records from Sage that have changed or are new
    • Importing occasionally stopping mid way now fixed
    • Percentage indicator added
    • More customer/supplier fields coming through, such as website
    • Address handling now much improved by hooking into new Sage fields, plus address fallbacks e.g. the contact address is used instead of registered if registered is not found (usually a legacy data issue)
    • As a consequence of improvements, support for early Sage versions is now dropped. Was backwards compatible to v12, but now from around v19/20 to match customers
  • Sage Cloud initial release
    • This can pull in accounts categories, VAT rates, customers and suppliers from online Sage Cloud
    • Invoice and purchase order pushing is currently in progress, but all the groundwork has been set for it. We will be implementing quick entries, which push straight to the ledger.

Minor Changes

  • Customers, suppliers, recent activity and staff planner added to "Start Area" (individual users can choose what area they wish to start on when the application opens)
  • Minor bug fixes
  • The DirectX issue mentioned in the previous release has been resolved and the setting can be turned back on in Settings (essentially when on graphics card hardware acceleration is used for faster rendering)

What's new in 1.1.6.8

Find text issue & minor bug fixes

  • Currently there are minor issues with cells overspilling text or top aligning text when they contain highlighted regions after using search. To solve this in the interim there is a new option in Settings > My Settings > Force DirectX. Turning this off fixes these issues at the expense of slightly slower rendering if you find this is affecting you. It can be turned on again in a future update once the DirectX component rendering issues are resolved.
  • Minor bug fixes in purchasing & timesheets, additional timesheet search fields


What's new in 1.1.6.6

Stock Miscellaneous

  • When viewing product images in the product dialog, there is now a right click > Export option on the image which allows it to be exported. This is useful if you want to re-use the same image elsewhere but have lost the source file.
  • Next to the +/- buttons in search is now an info "i" button. This shows flyout information on the product now instead of the timed hover over delay, which could be annoying.

What's new in 1.1.6.5

Usage Stats

These supply us with a number of useful information about a PC to help troubleshoot and individual computers issues quickly.

  • As well as send usage stats, a view usage stats is also available under the top-right help menu.
  • Some network speed metrics have been added, which report network card speeds (states if below recommended) and packet loss, as well as timings for a query to the database. This gives insight into network conditions and allows comparing the metrics of fast PCs with slower one in order to troubleshoot specific circumstances.

What's new in 1.1.6.4

Multiple Purchase Orders from "+" button

  • When clicking the "+" button in the stock search area to create a new purchase order from a stock record, it will now look for PO windows that are open for the same supplier and add the item to that order (if multiple open for same supplier, it will prefer the last one you had focused).
  • If a window is not found, it will create a new purchase order for that product's supplier, allowing you to start (or add to existing, see next) multiple purchase orders from the stock search screen.
  • You may open any existing order(s) first that you want added to from the stock search and the "+" button will add to them if they are the set to the same supplier as the product (otherwise it will create a new order per previous).
  • If there are multiple suppliers supplying the product, you will be asked to select which supplier you want.
  • This removes the one PO window/same supplier limitation of the "+" button. 
  • Used in combination with barcode scanning/tablet you can go around stock isles and build up multiple purchase orders for different suppliers by visibly finding low stock and scanning items to build up quantities, which will be correctly directed onto any open purchase orders (or new created).
  • Note you cannot create a sales order from "+" button until all purchase order windows are closed (once one or more purchase orders are open, the stock search goes into purchase add mode, likewise if you begin with a sales order).
  • Note the "-" button in stock search will now attempt to remove from the last focused window when multiple purchase orders are open.
  • Note there are no changes to sales orders when clicking "+", they are still singular when adding from the stock search screen (one at a time, which makes sense).
  • Note clicking "+" from a stock item will now focus/bring into view an existing line with the stock item when adding to it (PO and SO), useful for large orders will many lines.

Timesheet Approval Process Added

  • Timesheets can now be approved (or unapproved). This is for the forthcoming mobile application where you may want to assume staff time is unapproved first before someone checks it off/tidies it up and approves.
  • One or more timesheets can be selected and approve/unapprove buttons used on the left to set their status.
  • The default behaviour for a new timesheet can set in Settings > General > Jobs, i.e. they can automatically go to approved if you want to assume correct before unapproving by default.

Fixed Price Jobs / Stats

  • Jobs can now be fixed price, with eiher fixed price labour, materials, or both. This tails of the maximum that can be billed.
  • Fixed price can be set and adjusted (or even removed) at any time.
  • Associated labour (timesheets) and sales orders (stock/hire) will be totalled individually on the job as a separate statistic. This allows you to see at anytime how the fixed price is looking compared to what the costs/charges would otherwise be on a non-fixed price job.
  • The "Cost Analysis" section on the job form breaks down costs/charges/profits and now adds extra information for fixed price labour/materials. This is hidden in "sensitive mode" or for users with non-access to sensitive information.

Error Highlighting (General)

When you save a record and there are errors due to invalid or missed entry, affected fields will now be outlined in red as well as have the small cross (and appear in the popup dialog as before). 

If the field is in a tab, the tab will also now be outlined in red with a small cross. 

These changes make it easier to locate where the validation problem is in complex forms and to fix.

Flyovers Info Button Added

Flyovers, which show usual information and imagery in several areas such as when hovering over a staff members name, or a product line in a purchase or sales order, are now also available with an "i" icon in some places. This allows the information to be shown instantly instead of waiting a couple of seconds for it to be displayed when hovered over.

VAT change on sales order lines (breaking change)

The behaviour of VAT on sales order lines has changed to be closer to Sage.

  • If a customer is VAT exempt, each line will now take on the customer's VAT rate and code, i.e. T0/0% for example, and the lines will not calculate VAT.
  • Previously VAT was calculated per product but then removed at the sales order total stage and also on the Sage invoice lines for VAT exempt customers. This meant the invoice produced in Sage was correct and sales order final totals were correct, but workings on the sales order lines displayed incorrectly for a VAT exempt customer.
  • Our "VAT Exempt" checkbox is loosely equivalent to "Use Default Tax Code for Sales" and the "Default Tax Code" pairing on the customer record in Sage, but behaves slightly different (generally reaching the same result) in that:
    • When "VAT Exempt", the customer's tax code is put against product lines instead of using the products (e.g. T0, 0%), it is the equivalent of "Use Default Tax Code for Sales". In this case, it is best the customer's default tax code is an exemption tax code, otherwise they will take on whatever is there and the line(s) will need manual adjustment.
    • When not "VAT Exempt", the product's VAT rate is used (e.g. T1 20%, T5 5%).
  • Note VAT Exempt is set per customer (then is the default for the sales order when they are selected), but there is also an opportunity to uncheck it at sales order stage should a different VAT setup be needed for a particular case and VAT rates are selectable per line there. This is also left in for edge case scenarios.
  • Please note (breaking change): any sales orders that have been created for VAT exempt customers but yet to be invoiced will need line adjustment to the 0% tax rate to go through to Sage correctly (or they could be corrected afterwards in Sage). This is because in this release we no longer correct the invoice line for Sage afterwards, instead we respect what the selected tax code is per sales order line (which is now set correctly for new orders) for a straight push through. This solves various edge cases and consistency issues.
    • The easiest way of dealing with these pending sales orders is to open them and toggle the "VAT exempt" twice (once to change, once to move back to what it was). This will correct the VAT on lines, then save the record and invoice as normal.

StockEase has now been rebranded EaseSuite

  • This means you have a new desktop shortcut icon EaseSuite. The StockEase icon will no longer work but can be deleted.

Quick Launch (CTRL +L) for opening areas or new items

  • Pressing CTRL + L in the application will open up a quick launch text entry top left. From here you can start typing the first few letters of the area name e.g. "sales" then press enter to go directly to that area. Similarly you can type e.g. "new sales order" to open a new sales order. This works for all areas and can be a very fast way of navigating. 
  • We will look to extend it with more entries in later releases.

Asset Servicing & Testing

  • Each asset can now have an unlimited number of services or tests associated with it, with different frequencies, start dates associated with each
  • More complex case test/service logic can be specified for greater frequency control, e.g. a service every year but on the 4th this is replaced by a test

Hire Price Rules & Scales

  • An extremely detailed price rule structure is now implemented allowing for the most detailed customisation of price degrading over time. For example, a hire item can be X on day one, Y on 2-5 days, Z on 5 days plus etc. Units can begin from hours, go to days, weeks, or even into years. 
  • All periods and prices are customisable, starting from after 1 hour onwards
  • A clever percentage system allows bulk price updates should price rules be revamped at any time