The roadmap for Abtrac is here. We would like to say a big thank you to all our clients who have helped us formulate this plan with your good ideas and suggestions on improvements and new features you want to see in Abtrac.
Without dragging this out, here are our plans for the future development of the software.
Password Managers are fantastic things when they do their job., They help you so you don’t have to remember hundreds of passwords. However when they try to be smarter than you have asked them to be it becomes very frustrating!
In Abtrac we have found more and more people are using LastPass (we use this also) but it has started to become a nuisance for people when it tries to fill information in the Grid search bars and also on some forms. Here is how to turn that feature off for Abtrac (and other sites if you wish).
Trying to get paid for the work you have delivered can be a headache. So that’s why we’ve teamed up to offer a service that makes getting paid not only pain free, but faster. Giving your clients convenient and easy options to pay is great for business and great for your cash flow. Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX payments are accepted.
This is a smart payment solution for your clients and the bonus is that you don’t need to go through the effort of setting up your own company credit card facilities.
Two Factor Authentication or Multi-factor authentication
When using Abtrac two factor authentication, a code will be sent to the user’s email address which is required to be entered before gaining access to Abtrac. This will confirm the device they are working on is a trusted device.
Each user can opt to remember this device for 30 days or they can get a new code every time they login in.
A Job/Project Task is the bit of the job you are working on – and can budget against. Sometimes they are called Stages or Phases.
What if I use the same tasks all the time?
When you set up Abtrac we recommend you create a non-billable client for your own company, and within that client you can setup some template jobs and assign the tasks which are structured with the details of the most common types of jobs you undertake.
Once you have template job and tasks created, each time you create a new client job you can choose to Copy Tasks from the template job to the new job.
If you find that you work on the same types of jobs/projects and some of the information is the replicated from one job to another, then you can use the Clone Job/Projectfeature in AbtracOnline. This will simply duplicate the job and selected details and save the job to the existing jobs client.
You can setup template jobs/projects for the different types of work you do and then clone these jobs when you have a real job of the same type.
If you find that you work on the same clients and projects from one week to the next you can use a previous timesheet as a template and save some data entry. Here’s how to clone all the clients, projects, and tasks from one week to the next.
Abtrac Job/Project Templates aka Proposals, Fee Estimates, and Mail Merge Documents allow you to create templates that contain information from Abtrac such as client, job/project and task details that can be intertwined with other information, such as your proposals or mail merge type documents.
How it works is you create the different report types that you use i.e. proposal, letter of engagement etc., and within those reports, you add different sections with the required information.
With the latest release in AbtracOnline, on some pages the whole screen width is now available so for people with bigger monitors you can see more information without having to scroll across the page or in some cases forgetting to scroll to see more information.
With a few simple steps, you can set yourself up so you can see what information you want to see on the device you commonly use the most.
Getting started with your invoicing normally starts with a few reports to see who you are invoicing and for how much. This can then be checked with job (project) managers to confirm they are ready to invoice the clients and if they are happy with the amounts.
There are two basic reports that can get you going. Unbilled Work Quick Summary and Timesheet Entries.