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.

Non-stock Part Exchange Vehicles

You can now store additional properties for vehicles which are being offered, or may be offered, in part exchange, in order to more accurately value the vehicle before it comes in, and confirm the vehicle when presented is the one described. These properties may also be printed and reported on.

  • See our Knowledge Base for the full details of the above report generator variables(s).

Windows "look-and-feel" - Job History

The "Job History" option, available from the "Job 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.

Images

New features have been added to the "Stored images" that can be stored on stock items, vehicles, jobs etc.

  • It is now possible to choose the order that these pictures appear in.
  • You can now choose whether or not a certain image is "Published"; whether it can be viewed by the outside world (eCommerce, Vehicle export etc).

Nominal Reconciliation

A new option "Nominal Reconciliation" has been added to the "Nominal Ledger".

This "Nominal Reconciliation" can be used to make sure debit and credit amounts posted to a nominal centre can be matched correctly allowing you to identify and correct any conflicts.

See this Knowledge Base article for information on how to set a nominal centre to be reconciled this way.

Credit a Previous Sale

The "Credit a Previous Sale" function has been added to "Invoicing and Customer Orders".

This function was previously exclusive to the "Point of Sale".

Extra Vehicle Types (EAPC, Bicycle)

Two new vehicle types have been added.

  • Electric Assisted Pedal Cycle (EAPC).
  • Bicycle.
  • Tagging your vehicles with the appropriate types places them in the correct area of catalyst-findit.com and helps potential customers find them easier.

Payroll Year-Start 2016/17

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to start processing the year 2016/17, including:

  • Printed report P11 has been updated for the new tax year.
  • Updated PAYE tax rates for 6th April.
  • Added support for the new Scottish Rate of Income Tax.
  • 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 apprentices under-25.
    • The removal of old category letters for contracted-out pension schemes, which have now been abolished, plus the removal of all related parameters (ECON, SCON, contracted-out rebate pension contributions, etc).
  • The system now automatically changes an employee's National Insurance category letter when they turn 16, when they turn 21, when they turn 25 (if they are using the apprentice under-25 category letter) 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/ShPP rates.
  • Updated Collection of Student Loans thresholds, including the addition of new "Plan 2" student loans.
  • 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 2016/17.
    • Employer Payment Summary (EPS), in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns", has been updated for the year 2016/17 (to clarify this, the year is included in the option name).
    • If you have not yet submitted your final EPS for 2015/16 then you can still do this by selecting the "2015/16 Final submission for the year" box, or going to "Yearly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".

Payroll Year-End 2015/16

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to process your end-of-year 2015/16, including:

  • Printed report P60 has been updated for this year's stationary.
  • "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns" is ready to support the final EPS for the 2015/16 year.

  • Look out for the 2016/17 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.

Sales Order Invoicing Notes

You can now print selected lines from the Order's general notes on your Sales Order Invoices, using new configuration token '~52'.

Icons in Lists

We have introduced support for icons in enabled lists.

Icons in lists are currently implemented in "Tasks Outstanding", "Personnel Planning Diary", "Order Processing" and the "Stock Search". We will be adding support to other lists going forward.

  • See our Knowledge Base article for more details on how to add and amend icons in lists. There are currently over 600 icons to choose from.

Import Stock Quotations

The facility to read items saved as a quotation in the "Stock Control" module, "Invoicing and Customer Orders" option, into the extras section of a "Vehicle Sales" document has been added.

This will allow your sales people to pull in lists of items set up by your parts department without having to look up all the part numbers involved.

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