Electronic Program Updates

As a user of our software you are probably entitled to update it to the latest version at any time, the only proviso being that the software is covered by current software maintenance. To have current maintenance, the software should be within it’s original cover period from sale (usually a year), under maintenance contract or under a rental agreement.

  • We are continually refining and developing our software. Updates can be done on as much as a daily basis. We don't 'hold back' software for specific release dates - our software is released as and when it has been written and tested.

Click here for instructions on how to install your program update.

  • Keep up to date with the latest software changes with our news.

Stock Enquiries

The "Stock Enquiries" option has been given the Windows "look-and-feel".

You can now search for stock items by their location.

  • As this part of Platinum has been given the Windows look-and-feel the Home (on-line help) and End (functions) keys now work the way Windows uses them (i.e. Home goes to the beginning of whatever you are accepting and End goes to the end) so you should use the alternative help keys listed below:
    • The F11 key should be used for the on-line help.
    • The F12 key or the "Functions" menu should be used to access the function keys available.
    • Buttons have been given a shortcut key (F?) for use in Macros and anyone not wanting to use the mouse.
    • Windows may be repositioned and changed in size - these changes will be remembered from one Platinum session to another.
    • The columns in lists can be moved or resized by dragging the heading for the column you wish to configure - these changes will be remembered from one Platinum session to another.
    • Any tabs can be moved by dragging the heading for the tab to the new position - this new position will be remembered from one Platinum session to another.

Making Tax Digital for Business

Platinum "V.A.T. Reports" online V.A.T. returns can now submit data to the new Making Tax Digital for Business engine, mandated for businesses above the V.A.T. threshold from April 2019.

  • In order to use this option you will need to sign up for Making Tax Digital. You or your accountant should contact H.M.R.C. for details.

Vehicle Sales renamed to Unit Sales

Vehicle Sales renamed to Unit Sales --

Our "Vehicle Sales" module is now known as "Unit Sales".

Functionality stays exactly the same but options on your menus will be renamed to "Unit ..."

Invoicing Sales Orders and Workshop Jobs via Stock Invoicing

It is now possible to invoice workshop jobs and sales orders via the stock invoicing option. This enables production of a single customer invoice covering multiple areas of the business. A single invoice makes for simplified accounting with fewer transactions.

  • If you want to take advantage of this new feature there are two new settings available, one for workshop and the other for sales ordering. In either case simply set "Compressed invoices used" in your "Reports & Settings" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "System Administrator" -> "Platinum Settings" appropriately.

Stock Location Sorting

The stock location is now shown as one of the columns for the Stock Search allowing for sorting the results of a search by location.

Follow Up Contacts

It is now possible to add a follow up to an existing contact. The contact created inherits information from the original contact and follow up to the original contact is removed.

Sales Order Dispatch

A new menu option has been added to "Sales Order Processing", "Sales Order Dispatch", designed to assist you in packaging your orders going out to your customers.

You can pick out items on a variety of criteria, divide them into packages, nominate carriage if not already set up on the order, complete any outstanding standard order processes and even raise the invoice for inclusion with the outgoing items.

agroparts Import/Export

We have added stock list import and export support to Platinum for use with the 'agroparts' website.

This website is used by many Agricultural manufactures and parts suppliers including Krone, Kubota, Kverneland, Lemken, Pöttinger.

Export from Platinum

  • Using the Shift+F3 (Order export report) in the "Add/Edit/Process Purchase Orders" at the order or order item listing will output items on the current order for uploading to the agroparts website.

Import into Platinum

  • Using the Alt+F6 (Add Pre-Built List) option throughout Platinum entry screens (Purchase Orders, Point of Sale, Invoicing & Customer Orders, Workshop and Vehicle Sales) you can use the Online Parts Finder on the agroparts website to create a list of parts to import into platinum.
  • For more information see the agroparts section on the Knowledge Base.

Vehicle Interests

In order to add functionality to the prospect vehicle interests we have added the ability to store addition information about potential clients requirements.

  • Sales person, vehicle category, investment and vehicle features have are now all available.

Reporting on this additional information has been added in the sales prospecting report generator, which now has addition variables to facilitate this.

Sales Prospecting Variables

E20
  • Interest Vehicle Category
E21
  • Interest Vehicle Category Description
E22
  • Interest Investment
E23
  • Interest Vehicle Feature Assigned?
E24
  • Interest Sales Person ID/Code
E25
  • Interest Sales Person Name
  • See our Knowledge Base for the full details of the above report generator variables(s).

Media Tab Previews

When you select attached files on "Media" tabs throughout Platinum, it will now show a preview on screen of the file, if supported for that file type.

Images, videos, PDFs, documents and spreadsheets can all usually be previewed, although for some files it depends on you having associated software installed on your PC. For example :

  • PDF files can be previewed only if you also have Adobe Reader DC installed on your PC.

For more information see Viewing Previews on the Knowledge Base.

Booking & Hire Module

A new booking & hire module has been added to our suite of Platinum modules.

This module allows you to manage and hire out the assets of your business; including "Unit Sales" vehicles and "Stock Control" stock items.

  • At the heart of the booking & hire module is a comprehensive solution for managing customer bookings including:

    • Viewing all current and upcoming bookings.
    • Enquiring about the hire items that are available to be hired.
    • Taking deposits.
    • Printing booking agreement documents.
    • Producing invoices.
    • Taking payments.

Please contact your Platinum dealer or our sales team on (0116) 230 1500 or by using our website sales contact page to find out how you can add this brand new module to your Platinum system.

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