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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Using Work Items to Track Deliverables and Quality Assurance Standards

Work Items are a list of things to do on a job. They are lower than tasks, (aka stages or phases). They are small steps of work that can be ‘ticked off’ as they are completed. If you already have a QA Check List of some sort for each project, then Abtrac Work Items are quite possibly the exact same concept. Examples of a work item might be a day-long site visit, or a 4 hour piece of work in the office to write a report. Each of these and more may be all under a task (aka stage or phase) of “Feasibility Planning”.

Most offices start the week and look ahead several weeks sketching out work to be done and spreading it around the office for people to do. Using Abtrac work items the benefit is everyone knows what is being done and how long it is expected to take.

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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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Actual vs Budget Reports: Data Glossary

Before you start using Actual vs Budget reports it’s useful to understand where the data they display comes from. We’ve included a definition for the relevant columns, (including an example calculation where applicable) in this article, to be read side by side with Creating and managing tasks, and Actual vs Budget Reports.

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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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Exporting Abtrac Data and exporting reports to Excel

You can export any data from Abtrac to Microsoft Excel for analysis via the reports screen.

In some instances, for commonly exported screens and reports the data is ‘pre-cleaned’ and will export in a similar format to the report preview.

In other instances the export may result in ‘messy’ data, where the formatting is not as expected. This export format depends on the report data, your version of Abtrac, and your version of Microsoft.

You may need to ‘clean up’ the exported file in order to remove blanks and groupings from the original report. Read on for tips on using excel to tidy your exported information, and how to export data from reports and other screens in both AbtracOnLine and Abtrac5.

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Using AbtracOnLine: Data Entry and Navigation Tips

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…

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Search, Browse and Find Contacts

In the desktop version of Abtrac, Abtrac 5 there are three options for finding Client and Project details.

Find Contact is a quick and simple pop-up, useful when you know what you are looking for.

The Search screen allows you to preview a wide selection of Clients, Contacts and Projects data. It also links to the Projects Snapshot Summary which is a handy quick view of the latest timesheets, invoices, notes and work planning for a project.

Browse Projects is focused more at the project than the client level and includes current WIP details and Project Listing reports.

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Flexible Timesheet Layouts with User Control Settings

We talk timesheets every day with our clients and we understand there’s often a bit of resistance to that dreaded daily data entry.

Some companies use incentives, and some use penalties to ensure that accurate timesheets are entered. But another technique for getting comprehensive timesheets – is just to make it really easy to enter the data.

We’re preaching to the converted a little bit here – if you’re reading this email then you’re already using a pretty flexible and simple timesheet entry system 🙂 But have you tailored your timesheet layout specifically for your staff and jobs? Or are you still using the ‘off-the-shelf’ layout?

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Password Security Tips

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.

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