How to Archive data (make items non-current)

How does making items non-current help you

Simple, fewer pieces of information to load means you will have a faster system.

Screens such as the searches, timesheet entries, invoices, and some reports all load with the current data that is available in the system, so it’s pretty straightforward to think that making items non-current will give you a quicker response for all these pages.

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How to Disable and Clear your browsers AutoFill features

Modern browsers are getting smarter (or scarier) and can remember the information you have put into forms on websites and this is not just AbtracOnline but any form you fill out.

Sometimes this information will be automatically put into AbtracOnline if the browser thinks that it’s saving you time by adding the information for you.

Here are the instructions on how to turn that off if you find it more of a hindrance than helpful. (n.b. these instructions are accurate as at September 2018 and may change as the browsers change. Feel free to call us for assistance if they don’t make sense.)

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The benefits to our clients who move to AbtracOnline

Use it anywhere

AbtracOnline can be used anywhere you have an internet connection.

If you have people working on-site, in different offices, or working from home they can all access Abtrac without needing to connect to your local network via VPN.

Greater connectivity to Accounting packages, 12d and others

With API connections available from MYOB, Xero, 12d Synergy and others you can easily sync your information from Abtrac with these other packages.

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Activating your Abtrac Subscription

When you Go Live with AbtracOnLine you’ll be sent an email confirming your site is live, and letting you know your login details.

Once you’ve logged into Abtrac you’ll need to go to the subscriptions page and enter your payment details to activate your site.

Part of this activation includes a digital confirmation that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions of use.

Once we receive your credit card details your monthly subscription will then be activated and will continue for as long as appropriate and timely payments are being made. Read on for instructions on how to activate your site.

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Managing changes to your subscription

From September 1st 2017 we are changing the way we manage adjustments to your Abtrac subscription.

We’re moving to a more automated licensing system, leaving you in control of your licensed employees and your monthly licence fees.

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When you make a change to your employees (or add-on modules) you’ll now be asked to confirm this change – and acknowledge any resultant change to your subscription fees. Read on for more details on what’s involved in the new system, and how it may affect your current AbtracOnLine subscription.

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Using Home page widgets

From Friday Aug 25th, 2017 there will be an update to Abtrac involving a noticeable change to the home page.

Your current home page will change from this

To this

We have introduced a small number of dashboard items as “widgets” which you can control for each user group in your office. This is in response to several requests for more dashboard-like features.

Read on for a discussion of each of the new Home page widgets, and details on how to control them from Administration > Employees > User groups and Privileges.

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Abtrac Notifications

From time to time we send important information regarding Abtrac to all users via internal notifications.

AbtracNotificationsWhen there is a new notification you will see a red alert next to your login name, which will remain until the message has been read (or the message has expired).

This is also where you will be alerted to any unsent mail or email issues when sending invoices via email from Abtrac.

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Linking your Accounting System with AbtracOnLine

Abtrac integrates easily with all popular desktop & cloud accounting software packages.

At the click of a button, upload your contacts, sales invoices and other information from Abtrac to all these packages and others.

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Double entry is a thing of the past now that data between our systems connects and synchronises so elegantly. And managing two systems which work together as one has never been easier.

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Invoice Design and using the AbtracOnLine Report Designer

The forms and documents that are sent to your clients from AbtracOnLine can all be styled to suit your corporate image.

The invoice layout is the most commonly modified form, if applicable you can also customise your Purchase Orders and Accounts Rendered.

This article details modifications to the invoice layout, but the process is similar for all other instances.

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Creating and managing tasks

A Project Task is the bit of the job you are working on – and can budget against. (Sometimes they are called Stages or Phases)

Tasks are the most efficient and effective way to measure and manage your projects.

Generally your project tasks will match those items detailed on your original fee proposal letter.

If you’re not sure whether you should be using tasks or activities then this article is a good place to start.

This article refers to the process of creating and assigning tasks in AbtracOnLine follow this link for the Abtrac 5 version

There are quite a few key details to get your tasks set up and working they way you need them.
If you’re new to tasks and budgeting in Abtrac then it’s a good idea to read through this article from start to finish, but we’ve also summarised the key components below for quick reference:

About Tasks, Sub Tasks

Where to enter project budgets, as fee estimates, percentages or building the scope with detailed estimates by employee

Template Tasks

How to set up templates and clone frequently used tasks when creating new projects

Configuring the layout of the Tasks screen

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Making Tasks Mandatory in Timesheets

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Renaming Tasks to Stages – Phases – or something else

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Task Threshold Warnings

Scope Creep Notifications. How to enable a warning on timesheets when task budgets are exceeded

Entering Progress Assesments

For project management and billing estimates

Managing Variations

And reporting on variations by using the Actual vs Budget by Project, Task and Additional Values report

Click on the links above, or read on for details

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Tasks or Activities, Which should I use?

One Frequently asked question from new Abtrac users is whether to use Tasks or Activities in their timesheets.

Here’s the difference between the two: Tasks are Quantitative, Activities are not.

Tasks are where you enter the budget for the job.

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They should be exactly the same as budget items on the fee agreement you document to the client.

You give each task an estimate of both time and fees, and then analyse them later using reports such as Actual vs Budget by Task, or Invoice Preparation Information Report. These reports compare your proposed amounts, time spent, and amount invoiced.

You can learn from them over time to see how good staff are in getting through work allotted to them as well as how good you are in your estimates. If necessary you can modify your thinking and estimating to more correctly budget the next job based on what you’ve learnt from previous jobs.

Examples of Tasks (depending on your line of work): Concept Design, Feasibility Study, Developed Design, Media Monitoring

Activities are not Quantitative.

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Really activities are to save you typing the same comments over and over again.

There are limited reports based on activities other than those used when reviewing timesheet entries and preparing descriptions for invoice lines.

Activities are generic across all jobs whereas tasks and the values associated with them are very much specific to a particular job, especially when there are variations and extras on a job by job basis.

Examples of Activities (again depending on your line of work): Office Work, Travel, Research, Meetings, Site Visit

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Tips for using Abtrac Tables (also known as Data Grids)

Most of the high use screens in Abtrac are data entry tables (data grids).

The support team are often asked simple questions about searching, filtering and getting things just right  – particularly when you are starting out using AbtracOnLine.

  • The way the grids and columns in each screen are displayed can be customised for all users by an administrator
  • All grids can be filtered and sorted as a one-off at any time
  • Some grids (like timesheets) can also be customised at a user level
  • Each Abtrac user can also choose how many rows they see  – for all the grids accessed under their login
  • Using Grid Layout anyone can save their own specific layouts (including filtering and grouping) on certain screens

In this article we’ve included some tricks to filtering and sorting, and a few handy ‘everyday use’ tips for using Abtrac Grids…

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To Print/PDF multiple invoices enable pop-ups

In most cases AbtracOnLine is ready to go with Google Chrome and doesn’t require any additional configuration, however on occasion a browser may block AbtracOnLine downloads.

If you are having trouble downloading multiple pdfs from AbtracOnLine – such as invoices – you may need to enable abtraconline.com as an exception to your browser security settings.

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