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 Option Packs

Platinum's "Model Option Packs" have been expanded and improved so they can be associated with manufacturers, with multiple models, or left non-specific so they may be sold with any vehicle.

You can set the price of individual pack items, set them to be free of charge, or leave them to pick up current pricing when loaded to Extras and Accessories as they do at present.

You will also be able to manually select option packs to add to your vehicle sales order, from the sale vehicle details or extras and accessories tab, regardless of whether the current model itself has an associated pack.

  • This update will involve a file conversion, which will run once only: the first time Platinum is used after this update. It may take some time, depending on how heavily the relevant area of the system is used, but will only be necessary the first time you use the software after this update.

Stock Associations/Components

The popups for Stock Associations and Stock Components from "Stock Properties" have been converted to Windows "GUI" format.

  • 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.

Add or Edit Sales/Purchase Centres

The "Add or Edit Sales/Purchase Centres" has been given the windows look and feel.

  • The date and time details were last changed are now recorded.
  • Centres can now be given general notes.
  • Centres can be assigned 'Attributes', these can be set up in "Reports & Settings" -> "Maintenance Options" -> "System Administrator" -> "Platinum Settings" -> "Module Settings" -> "Sales Ledger/Purchase Ledger".
  • Centre details can now be duplicated by using the [Duplicate] (Shift+F9) button.
  • 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.

Add or Edit Users

The "Add or Edit Users" has been given the windows look and feel.

  • The date and time user details were last changed are now recorded.
  • The date and time passwords were last changed are now recorded.
  • Users can be assigned to a department.
  • User details can now be copied by using the [Copy] (Shift+F9) button.
  • 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.

Personnel Planning Report Generator

Two new variables have been added to the "Personnel Planning" Report Generator, allowing you to report on a user's department.

Variables

E10
  • Department Code
E11
  • Department Description
  • See our Knowledge Base for the full details of the above report generator variables(s).

Setting Platinum Passwords

Setting your Platinum and Platinum Online passwords is no longer restricted to the "System Administrator". Individual users can change their passwords from the "Help" -> "About Platinum" -> "Login" menu option.

  • New Platinum passwords are now scored against weak passwords (A combination of characters, digits and symbols must be used).

Diary & Tasks Outstanding by Department

You can now filter appointments in the "Diary" and tasks in the "Tasks Outstanding" by department allowing an overawe of all user's in a department.

  • Use the F9 [Advanced] search to filter entries by department.

Add or Edit Sites

The "Add or Edit Sites" 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.

Local Currency Values

It is now possible to store and amend local currency values for sales, purchase and nominal transactions. The local currency of the account needs to be stored on the account and the feature is available anywhere that the account has been selected throughout the software. As well as the individual transaction values an ongoing rolling balance is stored. The transaction and balance can be marked to reflect that it has been reconciled against third party information.

The feature is accessed from within the existing "Currency Exchange" option accessed either from the "Options" pull down or the quick key Alt+E.

Vehicle Replicator

It is now incredibly easy to replicate vehicles by copying a vehicle multiple times. You can enter the unique chassis, VIN and engine numbers for each of the vehicles to be created in a simple tabular form.

This handy tool is intended to aid users dealing in high volumes of similar vehicles and can be accessed from the "Vehicle Search" within the "Vehicle Sales" -> "Add or Edit Vehicles" option.

Stock Location Delete Check

Platinum now protects against deleting Stock Locations that are currently in use. If you attempt to delete a Location that is in use, you will be presented with the list of places that the Stock Location is currently used.

Pensions Automatic Re-Enrolment

The pension Automatic Enrolment system in Platinum's "Payroll" module has been updated to deal with three-yearly re-enrolment.

This update will help you to re-assess your workforce on your re-enrolment date and auto-enrol any eligible jobholders that previously opted out.

A new payroll report has been added "Pension Re-declaration Info" to help you fill in your online re-declaration of compliance.

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