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.

Vehicle Search in the Workshop

The "Workshop Job Search" facility has been extended with the option to search by Job Due date range. Restricting by due date is particularly fast and can be used to considerably reduce the time taken when searching jobs using a "Filter".

The "Workshop Job Search" by "Completed" status option has been extended to allow searching for all jobs except those that have been invoiced and fully paid.

Automatic Prospect Creation

A prospecting parameter has been added to make the automatic creation of prospects as customers are added optional.

  • This setting may be found in :

    • "Sales Prospecting" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "Parameters" -> "General".

Goods Received Option (BMW Support)

The "Goods Received" option in "Purchase Order Processing" now supports BMW's combined Stock Code / Quantity barcodes, saving further time booking in orders.

Platinum Online

A suite of secure Internet browser applications which compliment mainstream Platinum Software. Designed as a browser application this software runs anywhere that internet access is wirelessly available. Internet on mobile phones and wireless networks are both commonplace. Access information from Platinum anywhere where the internet is available which means populated areas of the planet.

The extra functionality added by Platinum Online takes advantage of the special features specific to mobile devices. Modern mobile devices have excellent cameras and displays and provide a platform for mobile computing. We use this functionality to gather images and information where it's either impossible or inconvenient to use conventional computers.

Platinum Online communicates in real time with mainstream Platinum Software providing information and updating Platinum Software in seconds.

Security

In common with other browser applications access is via industry standard encryption and is limited by password and users have to identify themselves and their organisation.

Availability

All of the software necessary for Platinum Online is available free of charge for currently maintained or rented systems on the first device. Use on multiple concurrent devices is simple but extra licences will be required. It is essential that mainstream Platinum Software is updated to the latest version in order to access the latest features of Platinum Online.

  • Included in this first release

    • Sales Dashboard.
    • Stock Enquiry.
    • Vehicle Image upload.
    • Vehicle Dashboard.
    • Report Generator Charts.

Vehicle Sales Dashboard

A new option designed to show information in simple graphical form. Focus is on display of the ongoing vehicle sales progress for the current month and year. In order to provide perspective for the current information comparison graphs for average and best periods are also displayed.

A range screen is provided for users requiring historic or more specific information by site; new, used or all vehicles; and manufacturer. You can also choose how to view the results: by turnover, profit or units sold.

Dashboard

Stock Deposits

Stock deposit entry and maintenance has been given 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.

Vehicle Search by Location and Status

The "Vehicle Search" facility has been extended with options to search by vehicle location and to limit results to "current" vehicles only - referring to vehicles with any status having "In-stock": 'Yes'. Previously it was only possible to search for vehicles with a specific status, but there can be many different statuses that indicate a vehicle which is in stock.

Faster Vehicle Chassis/VIN searches

If you commonly search for vehicles using the last few characters of the Chassis or VIN number, you can now speed up your search times by including that information in what we term the "Vehicle Cross Reference File".

  • Before rebuilding your vehicle cross reference to include this information, you should check the setting in "Vehicle Sales" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "Parameters" -> "General Parameters" -> "Chassis/VIN Search Digits" which defaults to '6'.

Date of Birth - Vehicle Sales Documents

In response to user feedback, the system will now only check the customer's "Date of birth" at invoice time, where the sale vehicle has a registration number filled in, and the system is UK based (using 'GBP' base currency).

Sales/Purchase Ordering

If you run a multi site operation, you may now specify a site code for each order. This can be used to print a different logo on order processing documents, and in the range for "Add/Edit/Process Orders" and "Order Invoicing".

The site is also available in the "Report Generator" and the "Data Import".

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