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.

Payroll Year-Start 2015/16

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to start processing the year 2015/16, including:

  • Printed report P11 has been updated for the new tax year.
  • Old printed report P32 renamed to "Annual Employer Payments" as government form P32 no longer exists and all employers will now be submitting Real Time Information (RTI) online.
  • Updated PAYE tax rates for 6th April, including the addition of "M" and "N" suffixes for the new "Marriage Allowance".
  • Updated PAYE tax calculation routines to support the 50% overriding limit for all tax codes (previously only affected "K" prefix codes). Some amendments to report P11 have been made for this too.
  • If you have an always-on Internet connection then any updates to the PAYE tax rates through the year will be downloaded automatically.
  • Updated Class 1 National Insurance Contributions rates, including the addition of new category letters added for the under-21s.
  • The system now automatically changes an employee's National Insurance category letter when they turn 16, when they turn 21, and when they reach state retirement age (which is determined automatically from their gender and date of birth).
  • Updated SSP rates.
  • Updated SMP/SAP/SPP/ASPP rates.
  • Added support for the new Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) which replaces Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (ASPP). Existing ASPP records are not affected.
  • Updated Collection of Student Loans threshold.
  • Operating PAYE in real time, aka Real Time Information - or RTI:

    • Full Payment Submission (FPS), which happens automatically when you close off a period, has been updated for the year 2015/16.
    • Employer Payment Summary (EPS), in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns", has been updated for the year 2015/16 (to clarify this, the year is now included in the option name).
    • If you have not yet submitted your final EPS for 2014/15 then you can still do this by selecting the "2014/15 Final submission for the year" box, or going to "Yearly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".

SMP/SAP/SPP/ShPP Properties

The "SMP/SAP/SPP/ShPP 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.

Attachment Order Properties

The "Attachment Order 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.

Payroll Year-End 2014/15

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to process your end-of-year 2014/15, including:

  • Printed report P60 has been updated for this year's stationary.
  • Old printed report P35 renamed to "Employee Tax and NI Summary" as government form P35 no longer exists and all employers will now be submitting Real Time Information (RTI) online.
  • "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns" is ready to support the final EPS for the 2014/15 year.

  • Look out for the 2015/16 Year-Start update coming soon! This will allow you to move on to start processing the new payroll year, including updates to the system of operating PAYE in real time, aka Real Time Information - or RTI.

Payroll Reports

The "Payroll Reports" 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.

SSP Properties

The "SSP 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.

Platinum Mobile Pull-to-Refresh

Pull-to-refresh has been added to Platinum Mobile and replaces the [Refresh] button in the "POD Manager" option. Future options for Platinum Mobile will also make use of this exciting feature.

  • To use pull-to-refresh, simply swipe to the top of the page and then pull the page down. When the arrow changes direction, let go and the page will refresh.

Platinum Mobile Workshop Activity Manager

The new Platinum Mobile "Activity Manager" option allows your technicians to record labour and add images, parts used and notes for parts required to a job even when they are not connected to the internet. Unproductive time can also be recorded from within this option. The recorded activities will be uploaded to Platinum automatically as soon as Platinum Mobile is connected to the internet, allowing your technicians to work in the remotest of locations.

Assigning Technicians to Schedule Records

In addition to allocating a Skill to a Workshop Schedule record, you can now allocate a specific Technician Labour Code. This will be shown in the Workshop Diary, allowing you to see who's assigned to work on what jobs.

Vehicle Deposits - Overhaul

The "Vehicle Deposits" has been given the windows look and feel.

In the new "Vehicle Deposits" and "Stock Deposits", you are now presented with the list of payment centres, simplifying the process of choosing the one you need.

  • 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.

Credit Charges

Platinum now supports the "Credit Charge" method of encouraging prompt payment of your invoices, by levying an additional charge after a certain period of time if payment is not received.

  • System parameters for setting this up can be found in "Reports & Parameters" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "System Administrator" -> "Add or Edit Credit Charge Options", and once enabled tuned by customer on a new "Credit Charge" tab in "Customer Properties".

Platinum Mobile

A secure Android application designed to collect data in remote locations where even a phone signal may not be available.

Once registered Platinum Mobile will operate with or without an internet connection, automatically downloading and uploading information when the internet is available.

  • Included in this first release

    Proof of Delivery upload with automatic status change for our Logistic & Haulage users.

    Working in a similar way to Platinum Online's "POD Manager" option, Platinum Mobile allows your drivers to take Proof of Delivery images even when there is no signal and are not connected to the internet. The Proof of Deliveries are then uploaded to Platinum automatically as the internet becomes available.

  • See here for more details.
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