NEW: Receive a notification when monthly invoices run low

We realise that occasionally some users on our Basic and Plus plans can sometimes run low on invoices before their next monthly cycle, to help our users be informed as to when their limit is nearly reached, we have introduced a new feature that will warn you when you are running low, letting you know how many invoices remaining, how any days until limit is reset, and well as your included allowance for the plan you are on.**

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Low running notifications can help you prioritise and manage your remaining invoices, and if you are in a bind you can click Account at any time and select a topup from  $9.99 (10 invoices) to tide you over until the end of your monthly renewal cycle, this saves you the expense of having to upgrade your subscription plan in the event you only need a few more invoices to see you through until the end of the month.

** This does not apply to anyone on a monthly or annual Unlimited plan, as you have unlimited invoices on these types of account.

NEW: Backup all PDF invoices

By far our most requested feature, and of course we have done it again and catered to our customers needs as is part of our ongoing mission  to make our auto repair software as reliable, solid, accurate and user friendly auto repair management software on the market.  You can easily download a full archive of all your invoices created, paid and due, the ZIP archive will contain all invoices in a compressed file for you to download and store locally on your PC or office network.

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Exporting your ZIP backup couldn’t be easier, another magic button, just click on the download link, and your download will begin; it is important not to abort the download as it cannot be resumed (at this time), meaning you will have start download again and if you have a lot documents that may take some time to download.

If you are using Google Chrome, which we highly recommend, then your backup is saved locally to Chrome, and you can access your most recent backup with great ease and convenience whenever you need it.  If you are not using Chrome, an alternative download link is presented, which is just a regular ZIP download link. If you receive errors about mutli-volume archive, please ignore, it does not affect the archive contents, we are working on a solution to this as we know the popups can be annoying.

We also have plans for cloud backup service such as Google Drive and Dropbox, we will likely implement Google Drive first.

Improved Sage Export features

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Using Auto Repair Bill and Sage together makes perfect sense, you have the ease of use of managing your business with our auto repair software, whilst having the flexibility to finalize your accounts and taxes in Sage, without having to enter all your customer transactions by hand, let us do the hard work for you!

Due to the nature of companies and some individuals having multiple vehicles coming in for work, there emerged a need to link these accounts to allow for proper client statements within Auto Repair Bill.  Our Sage export had not taken this into account, until now.

Integrating with Sage is a breeze, and we supply full guided instructions on the files you need to export, as well as the information you need to import the data into Sage in the correct manner.

Please ensure your version of Sage is listed as a supported version on the guide for a successful import.

Improved Repair Orders, full timelogs

We have revamped our Repair Order time tracking and management feature of our auto repair shop software, and given it a complete overhaul.  It is now more detailed and more flexible, you can now resume a job a clock-in again after previously clocking out; up until now once clocked-out, a repair order was deemed closed.  This has changed now and you can easily clock-in again to resume work, e.g. after a lunch break, or resuming the next day.

Full time logs are now available for all RO’s, showing timestamps of each clock-in/out.  This gives you great flexibility to monitor employee/business performance on jobs, such as estimate vs actual time taken on a job, and allowing for you to bill more accurately if a job takes shorter or longer than estimated.  Time logs also add accountability as to who was working on what and when, always useful in dispute resolution!

Date & time localization

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We are happy to roll-out proper date/time localization, due to many requests to alter the default display format of the date on printed/emailed documents.  We have also added the ability to set your preferred timezone.

Current options for the date allow for US and UK standard formats of MM/DD/YYYY and DD/MM/YYYY repectively.

Your timezone gets detected automatically when you sign up, but in some instances this is not accurate, e.g. if your computer clock is not set to right time, then you can now easily manually correct this and select the zone you want to use.

The corrected timezone feature allows for more accurate timing across the board, from correct timings on clock-in/out for Repair Orders in the right time zone.  Bookings will now be guaranteed to be in the right time zone also.

You can find both these new options in the Settings page under System Settings in our auto repair shop software.

AT&T on mission to get every car online

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The United States’  second-largest wireless carrier said on Thursday that it had signed a multi-year deal to provide a cellular connection to Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicles. AT&T said it began offering a wireless connection to Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models this month. AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie is set to talk about the deal in his keynote address at the CTIA Wireless industry trade show later today.

It’s the latest win by AT&T, which has aggressively pushed to add a wireless connection to several major auto makers, including General Motors, Audi, Tesla and others. AT&T sees connected cars as alternative growth engine as its core smartphone business starts to cool down amid mounting industry competition.

Like other connected car deals, AT&T will provide a cellular connection to power Jaguar Land Rover’s navigation and suite of apps, as well as provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for its cars. Passengers with smartphones or tablets could ride on that Wi-Fi hotspot.

Personal security

AT&T also said it was building upon its Digital Life security service by offering a Personal Security app, offering monitoring services and support on the road.

The app allows customers to trigger a one-click alert to contact a Digital Life security-monitoring center in case of an emergency. The security center will be able to dispatch emergency services, as well as provide additional information such as specific medical conditions like allergies.

Users can also opt to let the monitoring center view live audio and video of their condition to get a better sense of the situation. You will also be able to set a timer that will trigger an alert unless cancelled, which might provide someone with an extra measure of comfort when walking through a dark, deserted parking lot.

There’s also a messaging feature that allows people to alerts with status updates along with location information, as well as a mapping feature that shows your location and the location of your family members.

AT&T will offer the service as a free trial to existing Digital Life subscribers starting in November.

Source: CNET