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.

Advisory Check Sheet Print

The ability to print an "ad-hoc" advisory check sheets has been added to the workshop job amendments screen.

Taxing Holiday Caravans

Platinum now supports the revised VAT treatment of caravans that are longer than 7 metres (m) or wider than 2.55 m, and which do not meet British Standard 3632:2005 (mainly static and large touring caravans). This change comes into effect as of 06/04/2013, and when Platinum is used on or after that date, the new rules will be applied.

  • If your business involves the sale of caravans as described above, you will need to configure your system to indicate which VAT rate to use for the "Reduced Rate" (5% at the time of writing). To do this you should navigate to "Vehicle Sales" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "Parameters" -> "Invoicing - Sale Vehicle", against "Reduced V.A.T. Rate".
  • The hopefully small number of new vans affected which were purchased prior to that date, but which have not been sold yet will need to have the purchase VAT manually adjusted on the vehicle details in order that Platinum can calculate sales VAT in the correct ratio.

If you have any queries please contact your Platinum dealer or contact our support team on (0116) 230 1500 or by using our website support contact page.

Workshop Invoicing Payment Method

It is now possible to list the methods of payment used when printing a "Workshop Management" invoice.

The following new tokens have been added to allow this.

Document Configuration - Vehicle Workshop Document

~120
  • Payments Tendered Layout
~713
  • Tendered Amounts Breakdown
  • See the configurable document format documentation for the full details of the above token(s).

Motorcycle Models

Catalyst is proud to announce the release of their Motorcycle Model File.

We have spent time creating over 3000 models to make life easier for our dealers. All these models have been linked to their corresponding eBay models to make sure your vehicle appears in the correct place. Your own models with all of their information can be easily merged with the Platinum Models.

  • If you are interested in this free file, please contact our support team so they can enable the download.

Regular Expressions

Regular expressions have been added to the Data Import and Report Generators for advanced pattern matching and filtering.

New Formula Operators

=~
  • Regular Expression comparison, returns TRUE for a successful comparison.
?~
  • Regular Expression search, Will return the string found in group 1.

Sales Ledger Dashboard

A new option designed to show information in simple graphical form. Focus is on display of the ongoing 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 and/or sales centre.

Platinum O+ Site Maintenance

Several improvements have been made to the Platinum O+ Website Management. These include:

  • You may now flag a page as 'Under Development'. Pages under development and any subpages of that page are not uploaded to the web.
  • On the "Items" page, you can now search for stock by analysis code.
  • The Categories/Pages can now be searched.
  • The Categories/Pages section will now scale with the width of the window. Stretch the window to see the full category descriptions.

Stock Search and Prices

It is now possible to display additional prices when searching for stock.

  • The configuration for this feature can be found in stock parameters, stock enquiries option.

Vehicle Sales Documents

Extra information is now shown in the list of "Vehicle Sales" documents on file.

New Columns

  • New/Used
  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Registration
  • Colour
  • Location
  • Due Date
  • Salesman

Order Processing - New Variables

Report Generator

Two new variables have been added to the "Order Processing" Report Generator, allowing you to access when and by whom an order or item were created, modified or last viewed.

Variables

O12
  • Order Data ID
I30
  • Order Item Data ID

Data Import

A new variable has been added to the "Order Processing" Data Import, allowing you to set the priority for a Sales Order Item.

Variables

OR53
  • Order Item Priority

Workshop Advisory Work

The concept of advisory work has been added to the workshop system.

It is now possible to log work required on a vehicle which has not yet been planned to be undertaken. The purpose of logging advisory work is two fold. Firstly it provides an additional service to the customer and secondly it is a potentially revenue earning resource for the workshop.

This major addition to the workshop software enables the printing of vehicle survey reports, has the ability to print advisory reports for customer information and is fully integrated into the customer retention centre in order to notify customers when work is required.

Vehicle Search by Manufacturer/Model

The vehicle search now has the facility to find vehicles by manufacturer or model description much more quickly.

  • Vehicles added after this update will take advantage of this new feature automatically, however for existing vehicles you will need to rebuild your "Vehicle Sales Cross Reference". The option to do this is found in "Reports & Parameters" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "System Administrator" -> "Rebuild Cross Reference Files".
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