The 8.1 Release of Online Advantage sees a major upgrade to the fundamental underlying Microsoft infrastructure used by Online Advantage (OA) at the server. With this version of OA we have moved from v1.1 to v3.5 of the .Net runtime Framework. As part of this move our developers now use the Visual Studio 2008 Tools – a move from the 2003 version. There are many benefits to this, mostly very technical in nature, but they will have significant impact in terms of performance and reliability. In particular we have enabled the use of Ajax in our Wizard forms throughout the system which gives the browser the ability to talk to the server and refresh details without the need to perform what is called a Post-Back. The net result of this technology is a system that is faster with less screen refreshing making for a better user experience. This is most evident when running OA over the internet. It is so quick it feels like you are in the office!

Along with the technology changes across the board, there has been a significant emphasis put on the reporting tools for OA. This is part of an ongoing effort to give users continuous enhancements to the way they can access, report on and manipulate the data held in their business systems.

This release sees a continued push to our Wizard based user interface (UI) with the rework of many more application forms into this new method of data entry and maintenance. This document contains a detailed list of the forms that have been moved into this new style for this release HERE.

Along with this there have been a number of significant enhancements to the application functionality in this release along with a continuation of the reworking of terminal emulation based functions into the new Browser-Based format. The complete list of new “minor” enhancements that that have been implemented in this version are available can be found HERE.

Below is a summary list of the highlights of the 8.1 Release:

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8.1 Summary of New Browser Functions & Reports

November 1, 2011 Release 8.1

Below is a set of detailed lists of all the functions that have been redeveloped in the new Browser Based graphical format or re-worked into the new Wizard User Interface including reports that have been re-implemented using our new Reporting tools. Description Module Account Payable Invoice Accounts Payable AP Cancel Cheques form Accounts Payable Bank […]

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8.1 Minor Enhancements Summary

November 1, 2011 Release 8.1

This release includes a number of minor changes to the application designed to improve the speed, reliability or ease of use of the system. A summary of these changes is included below: Added the facility to allocate cash into Credit Notes form Added in additional filters to Invoice & Credit Note Reprint Added a Disabled […]

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8.1 Reporting Enhancements

November 1, 2011 Release 8.1

The first new reporting feature to mention is the inclusion of a Branch Logo facility across all the appropriate “stationery” formats. This means that if it exists, OA will put a branch image logo on the document when generating the print rather than using the standard “company” logo. The support documents are: Purchase Order Quotes […]

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New E-Commerce B2B functions

November 1, 2011 Business To Business

Two new E-Commerce functions have been added to the B2B portal in this release. Firstly, the ability to view a summary of all invoices on the system, including a reprint facility so a customer can see the detail of a selected invoice. Secondly the ability to view a summary of past statements and then select […]

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Read Only Mode on All Forms

November 1, 2011 Release 8.1

All wizard based data entry forms used for setup and maintenance throughout OA can now be set to Read-Only mode for a given user via the User Security system. Read-Only mode is a new “look but don’t touch” option for the browser edition so that a given user can enter and display the details on […]

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Inventory Reason Tracking

November 1, 2011 Inventory Control

Stock Reason tracking has been added to the Inventory Management system allowing users to setup and record the reason manual stock issues or receipts are made. The additional benefit of this is the ability to record default accounting postings for these reasons so you can be assured that transactions are being posted to the correct […]

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Customer Follow-Up function

November 1, 2011 Accounts Receivable

With the 8.1 Release sees the re-introduction to the browser edition of the popular Customer Follow-Up facility for recording and chasing debtor payments. This tool can be accessed via the Customer drill-down menu so is available through all OA forms and displays where customer is shown. There is an update facility and a view only […]

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Accounts Payable Payments and Bank Transfer System

November 1, 2011 Accounts Payable

This version sees the release of new browser based Payments system complete with Bank Transfer functions. The ability to pay suppliers by cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) via a payment run and to produce the necessary reporting and associated documentation has all been included in the 8.1 release. Of particular interest is the ability […]

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8.1 Major Improvement to Search & Input Tools

November 1, 2011 Release 8.1

With some reworking of the standard search tool on OA we have been able to facilitate a partial lookup function for any prompt in the system that is requesting input of some pre-determined code – note this includes Customer Numbers, Supplier Numbers, Product Numbers, Chart of Account Codes etc. So literally through OA we now […]

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8.1 New and Improved User Interface to all Display functions

November 1, 2011 Release 8.1

We have performed a complete re-vamp of all the standard OA displays functions (there are over 230 enquiries in OA) to improve the searching and drill through capabilities of these functions. To begin with, all the display functions now use the same search facility as all the wizard data entry forms thus giving a consistent […]

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