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.

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Extra Details listed on the Vehicle Search

In order to provide more useful information to those searching for a vehicle, the following have all been added to the list while searching for a vehicle.

  • Build Year.
  • Body type.
  • Target Price.

Cash drawer "No Sale" button

A [No Sale] button has been provided at Point of Sale to open the cash drawer.

For security reasons a print of user, date and time is produced as the cash drawer is opened and a log of these details stored.

The feature works on modern silent receipt printers. Older dot matrix style printers (noisy) do not support this feature.

Transaction Properties

The "Transation Properties" has been given the windows look and feel.

  • 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.

Settlement Discounts

New government legislation has altered the way Settlement Discounts, also known as Prompt Payment Discounts, must be accounted for. Platinum has been updated to accommodate these new rules, as well as correctly process outstanding documents posted under the old rules.

Vehicle Deposits

The "Vehicle Deposits" could warn about existing deposits for vehicles when there weren't any has been allocated.

Payroll Adjustment Properties

The "Adjustment Properties" in the "Payroll" has been given the windows look and feel.

  • 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.

Workshop and Personnel Planning Integration

If you have the Platinum "Personnel Planning" module, by enabling "Personnel Planning Integration" in your "Workshop Management" system parameters, under "General Job Parameters (2)", you can now use the "Personnel Planning" diary summary screen to assist in planning out the allocation of technicians to jobs. The function may be accessed using Ctrl+F6 from the "Workshop Diary", "Job Properties" and "Job Schedule" screens.

  • This feature depends on the allocation of a "User code" to each technician in "Labour Code Properties". Only users linked with a labour code will show up in the diary summary screen in this mode.
  • "Personnel Planning" diary appointments may now be marked "Unavailable for work", and any appointments marked in this way will show up as an "appointment clash" if they coincide with a "Workshop Management" job time allocation.

Site Specific Supplier Priority

It is now possible to configure stock supplier priority prices for individual sites. This is important as stock purchasing can now be configured to reflect local supplier relationships.

Stock Reordering (Stocking Levels)

The ability to set maximum and reorder stock levels based on simple stocking period parameters has been added. This makes the setting of these key levels very simple and means that they can automatically follow sales trends thus optimising stock held with the minimum of input.

  • The parameters which control maximum and reorder levels can be found and altered in "Stock Parameters".

Stock formula maintenance has been moved to the ""Stock Control"" -> "Stock Parameters" for better security.

The ability to run report generator reports within a formula has been added. This adds incredible flexibility to stock ordering.

Site Specific Stock Pricing

It is now possible to configure standard stock prices for individual sites. This is important as standard stock prices can now be set to reflect the local sales conditions.

  • To make use of this feature it is necessary to set a parameter on the site file to indicate a price range to be used to store prices specific to a site. It is then necessary to set prices in the stock amendments option for the stock lines requiring site specific pricing.

Employer Payment Summary

The "Employer Payment Summary" now shows monthly breakdowns of the amounts paid to HMRC.

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