2018 Development Roadmap

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Another new year, another development roadmap for the year ahead.  Most of our planned 2017 upgrades were successfully carried out and implemented, with a few hiccups along the way as our more regular users were great in highlighting and reporting to us.  We hope you all have reaped the benefits of the new features.

So, what to expect in 2018?  More third party integrations are at the top of the list, particularly with parts suppliers, but also with other online services that may be relevant.  We hope to move on this soon, within the next few weeks to get the ball rolling.  This will be part of a larger upgrade to our inventory system and tracking, which will bring many new features such as invoice-level profit reporting and many other exciting new developments.

In the near future we will be offering live chat customer support, and customers on our unlimited plans will be able to message our support team directly. We will roll out live chat support to other customers for an additional monthly fee later in the year.

Online payments are another area we are looking at in a big way, and the adoption of cryptocurrencies as a payment method both for our software and for you to get paid from your customers.  We anticipate this generating much interest, and we are waiting a little while for the markets to settle, we will be option for a high-speed transaction currency, at the moment Ripple is most suited to this, but the tech changes fast.

Other plans for this year include revising the VIN decoder and providing better data sources for this information. More reporting and cost analysis is on the way too along with useful information on shop performance and profitability, these new features will make your auto repair shop more efficient, part of these upgrades will involve a smoother flow through the system as work is being carried out.

Many of you will be happy to hear that a full upgrade is planned for our Android app, to iron out the bugs and bring it up to date with latest version of our web app. We still currently hold no plans for iOS development as of yet.

As always, stay tuned for updates here on our blog, facebook and twitter.

New & improved Sales Reporting and Inventory Management

July has been a busy month here as we roll out some nifty new features and improvements.  Our new Sales Reporting suite is now a lot more comprehensive, and includes a long requested feature of being able to view sales data over a date range, but we decided to take it a step further and give you a little more.

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Our new Sales Reporting also shows your tax liabilities, and can be calculated for any range of time you need. Our auto repair software now also the addition of the new parts sales and profit reporting, currently in beta, the parts sales are calculated on pre-markup and pre-tax figures and profits are calculated with addition of labor costs to profit on markup of parts.

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Our Inventory system has seen some refinements and usability improvements, you can see the total cost tied up in stock, including by vendor or search, so you can easily  see everything in stock any way you like it.

Vendor management now has the much needed and requested ability to edit, sorry about the delay on this one folks!

NEW! See your tax due on Sales Reports

We are making our way through our many planned upgrades this summer, and getting  through some of the more popular user requests for upgrades to our auto repair software. We are happy to announce the launch of reporting on sales tax for the current and previous month on the Sales Reports.

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The tax liability area shows two totals for the current and previous month, on the left is the total for all invoices created in the period and on the right there is the total for payments received in that period.

New: Statements can report on multiple vehicles

As you may have recently seen, we added support to link customer accounts, and access all customer vehicles from the client dashboard.  Now that the ability to link accounts exists, it made sense to use this to produce full customer statements. You will need to link the required accounts you wish to merge, using the provided link on the client dashboard to select the other clients you wish to combine.

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When logged in to the client dashboard, and clicking on Client Statement at the top of the screen.  You will see a screen similar to above, where you select the date range you wish to produce a report on, here you can select the linked client accounts you wish to see in the statement.  The currently active client is highlighted on the client list selection, you are free to select/unselect any of the individual accounts you wish to include. All Transactions are grouped and sorted by date over all transactions to give an overall clear view of a client’s complete account in full detail, including useful information on each vehicle, such as mileage and last service date.

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This is the latest in the pipeline of additions on the way for our auto repair invoice software. We have also slightly modified the format of the customer statements to display client and vehicle details more clearly.

New feature: Sales and income reporting

Our auto repair invoice software now includes fulls Sales reports, showing detailed breakdown of work invoiced, and payments received.  You can see payments received in cash, check or by card.  The data is displayed monthly for the past rolling 12 months.  You can choose the type of chart that is  easier on the eye the read, as either a curved line chart, or a comparative bar graph. You can hover over any item on the chart to get the precise value for that month.

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