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.

Chart Enhancement

Charts have now been give the ability to output the data behind the chart.

  • Under the chart you will see "[+] Chart Data", once clicked the chart will collapse and you will be presented with a table of the data that was used to create the chart. It order to see the chart again click on the "[+] Chart Name".

This chart data is available from any chart created by the Report Generator as well as charts presented throughout Platinum.

  • As before printing the chart is available to users with Internet Explorer 9 or above, the chart data can only be printed by users with Internet Explorer 10 and above. See How do I Print a Chart? for further details.

Workshop History Report

As individual vehicles can be stocked under differing vehicle codes as they are re-encountered over time, this report now has an added option for a deep search.

If deep search is used then information for vehicles with matching chassis, vin or registration is also listed along with that for the current vehicle code.

Report Generator Functions

Some report generator functions have been enhanced.

  • $ENV{} can now set the value of an environment variable to allow values to be passed to other reports.
  • $FORENAME{} can now return the initials of forenames.

A new function has been added that allows a string to be capitalised.


  • Will capitalise the first letter of each word.

Prospect Vehicle Interests

It is now possible to assign an outcome code to vehicle interests. This is mostly of use for reporting purposes in order to produce statistics about the sales success level.

  • It is now possible to view vehicle stock and select a specific vehicle from within prospect vehicle interests.

Stock Search

Specifying a "Supplier" in the [Advanced] range could return repeated occurrences of the same stock code.

Changing Sites

Clients with Platinum configured for Multiple Sites can now quickly change sites by using a new hot key combination (Alt+T).

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

  • Payments Tendered Layout
  • 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.

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