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.
AbtracOnLine allows users to generate invoices and email them directly to their clients.
This month we’re releasing a change to AbtracOnLine which lets you choose the method by which your emails are sent.
Why are we making this change? It’s important to us that your invoice management and delivery with AbtracOnLine remains reliable, even as the global email environment changes. Mail Servers and email ISPs now have more rigid practices to try and shield their users from spam, and we need to adapt Abtrac to ensure your mail isn’t incorrectly bounced or blocked.
Read on for details about :
- How invoices are now emailed from Abtrac
- How to track whether your email has been successfully received, and
- What our plans are for emailing invoices in the future
There’s a difference between how to do things, and how things work.
If you are new to AbtracOnLine, be it coming to Abtrac from our desktop version or another system we have a few pointers to ensure you get off to the best possible start.
This article contains a lot of our tips and tricks about the Abtrac interface. When you are getting started it’s worth a read to learn all the little tweaks and tricks to ensure you have Abtrac looking, feeling and working in a way that suits you.
Read on to learn how to use AbtracOnLine, and how to…
We understand there is a trade off between choosing a complex secure password – and choosing a password that you can remember.
Regardless of the platform a secure and sensible password is a must. A professional hacker doesn’t really mind whether you are accessing cloud, server, or desktop data. The software professional hackers use to crack your password is capable of making one hundred billion password guesses per second. If your password contains 6 or less letters they could have access in 0.02 seconds.
But there are some simple things you can do to create and easily remember a complex, secure password.
In January Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Consumer Preview. The developer preview of Windows 10 has been available since September and we are already trialling it in the support office with the current Abtrac Version 5.
Microsoft reported that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft more than 800,000 pieces of feedback. And they’ve certainly listened to the feedback from Windows 8 too. The start menu is back and one theme from the promo last month was “The Windows you know, only better”. For those of you who struggled to log off Windows 8 this version is more ‘old school’ and certainly seems more intuitive for existing Windows users. (Yes Ed, we’re talking about you!)
The big news is they’ve also announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year of it’s release.*
From 2014 we will be running two versions of Abtrac.
Abtrac Version 5 is most likely what you now have, the data base is installed on your office server. Abtrac Version 6 is new, it’s the cloud version.
Please note. You have a choice between cloud and what you now have. Only choose cloud when you understand it and want to change to it. Keep using Abtrac as you know it until then.
Support for Windows XP officially ended on the 8th of April. (We talked about what this means last year in this article.)
However, Microsoft estimates there are more than 1,000,000 PCs across Australia and New Zealand still running Windows XP. These devices are will become increasingly vulnerable to cybercriminals. Their sick aim in life is to take advantage of businesses running software on machines that have little or no up-to-date security in place.
- The Abtrac data file is usually stored on the office server, or on a computer acting as a server.
- Each desktop throughout the office has a full version of Abtrac installed and links to this data file.
- Please confirm your computer meets the minimum requirements before installing Abtrac.
- You will also need Administrative rights on this machine to install Abtrac.
We recommend installing Abtrac on one machine only, until the installation is complete before installing throughout the office.
Windows 8 is being released October 26th 2012. If your office is planning on being an early adopter of Microsoft’s new operating system then rest assured Abtrac is compatible with Windows8.
Like Windows 7 we have noticed in our trials that Windows 8 has higher permissions and rights restrictions than older Microsoft operating systems. If you are installing Abtrac on a Windows 8 machine you will need the very latest Abtrac Install Kit. The ‘Abtrac Installation Manager’ replaces “Abtrac Install Step1” and “Abtrac Install Step2” files, and works more elegantly with Windows 8.
Abtrac KB# 2020
Abtrac has two items that will need to be backed up daily to keep your Abtrac data safe:
• AbtracShared Folder
To run Abtrac using terminal services each user will need the application files copied to their own individual folder.
Each user cannot use the standard Abtrac Quick Starter installation which installs files to C:Program FilesAbtrac. This would result in the sharing of one application file, and the potential for data to be lost after entry when another user opens the same application. This has happened!
In some cases your local Windows Firewall blocks Abtrac from opening and connecting to the data file on the server.
This is an intermittent problem which only happens sometimes on some machines and for this reason it is hard to diagnose.
What happens is when Abtrac tries to open, your Firewall scans the newly opened program and causes a timeout error, this timeout stops Abtrac from opening. Sometimes you can then try opening Abtrac again later that day with no problems.
The following steps show you how to add Microsoft Office Access 2007 as an exception to your Firewall.
Here we have included notes on the requirements for an Abtrac server installation.
The Abtrac development team aren’t server setup specialists but we do work with a large number of IT professionals installing and configuring Abtrac for client sites. We’ve also canvassed some of the IT professionals with whom we work and included some suggestions we’ve received to ensure Abtrac runs as smoothly as possible.
Abtrac provide maintenance, upgrades, and information services free of charge as part of your subscription agreement. These are delivered via telephone, e-mail and internet.