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A number of features like Shipping, and now Taxes, rely on Addresses on the transaction, so these are added and need configuration.

This Solution describes this feature. (6837)


Smart Prices will let you control Qty Pricing, including As Quoted Pricing, to take the rest of the order into account, or not. For Units you may want Case price to be different from Piece price, which is easily done. However, for partial shipments you may want pricing unchanged. Smart Prices will let you choose.

This Solution will describe this feature. (6834)


Smart Codes will allow new shortcuts for data entry.

This Solution will describe this feature. (6835)


Integrity can be a tough concept in business software. You want to put in an Address, once, and use it on multiple transactions. Then, when it changes, you want to replace it, once, without changing past transactions. The software does this for you. It helps you be efficient, while it preserves integrity.

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Units features are being updated to automate entering units of measure, quantity pricing, and optimize fulfillment.

This Solution lists the current features and can be used as a starting point. (6832)


A number of features like Shipping, and now Taxes, rely on Addresses on the transaction, so these are added and need configuration.

This Solution lists the current features and can be used as a starting point. (6831)


TaxJar Connect automatically connects Big Business to the sales tax system, TaxJar.

Ths Solution provides details. (6830)


Reports get frequent changes.

This Solution lists the current features and can be used as a starting point. (6826)


Taxes features are being reviewed and updated as the sales tax landscape is changing from where you have nexus to where you have substantial sales.

This Solution lists the current features and can be used as a starting point. (6827)


Warehouses features for tracking Qty's at multiple locations get continual changes.

This Solution lists the current features and can be used as a starting point. (6828)


Order Type can be used to mark transactions for special handling or reporting. You might assign entries like Special, Walk-In, or Online, to distinguish from your regular orders.

Order Type can be pre-set for the Employee and for the Customer. It works like Salesperson, filling in the employee, first, then replacing with the Customer entry if it not blank.

This Solution provides details. (682


Smart Date is a nascent feature. To start you can type Y for yesterday or T for today in date fields. This is helpful trnscribing from other programs that show Today or Yesterday instead of the actual date.

This Solution will be updated as this feature evolves. (6822)


Batch Delete is updated, that you must select the rows you want to permanently delete. This is easy to do with:
• Shift-click to select a range
• Command-A to select all
• Command-click to select, selectively.

This Solution provides details. (6823)


Big Business includes a growing number of Smart features. These options try to make the program better and faster for you. However they are not for everyone. So, you have the option to tell Big Business, Don't get smart.

This Solution provides details. (6821)


Inactive now includes instant updating of Lists. This makes it easier to mark Customers or Items as Inactive and bring them back when needed.

In Big Business 11.15 when you uncheck Inactive the record is added to List(s) to be immediately available for use.

This Solution details changes to Inactive features. (6820)


Refunds are getting improvements improvements to simplify their use.



This Solution will provide details. (6819)


Terms Changes include ongoing improvements to:
- Customer Terms
- Vendor Terms

Big Business 11.15 updates Terms conversion.

This Solution provides a starting point. (6817)


Channel features are being improved to automate workflow.

This Solution lists your choices for using Channels. (6818)


Smart Bundles will update calcultions for costs, to start, to help you manage profitability.

This Solution will provide details. (6815)


Smart Units will translate from your base unit to optimized Units that you sell. If you sell sodas, you might only offer cases (CS, 24 per) and packs (PK, 6 per). Enter an Order for 40 each (EA, 1 per) and Big Business will automatically replace this with:
1 CS
3 PK

Or, include EA (1) as a unit of measure for the Item and it will not be replaced.

This Solution describes this feature. (6816)


This Solution provides compatibility information for Big Business and macOS 10.14 Mojave, available September 24, 2018. (6813)


We can't say Compatible or Certified-Compatible until after a new Operating System has been released. And tested. And a Database update released.

So we are going with Copasetic.

This Solution describes compatibility of Big Business 11 and macOS Mojave. (6814)


Big Business is a desktop application that runs on Mac and Windows computers. This gives it direct access to the hardware and systems that you use when you mean business. This means mouse and keyboard, big displays, and your network of printers, shared files, and more.

If you are looking for lightweight and portable, for outside sales, onsite, trade shows, or point-of-sale, please ask about opt


Big Business includes Restricted Access settings on the Access tab of the Employee card.

Settings include:
• Cannot Modify Transactions
• Cannot Delete Transactions
• Cannot Modify / Delete Cards
• Cannot Adjust Negative Items
• Cannot Edit Credit Cards
• Cannot Edit Item Codes
• Cannot Edit Inactive Status
• Cannot Edit Reorder Qtys

This Solution provides details. (6735)


Update Products is the Mapping for copying Items in Big Business to Products in BigCommerce.

Once set, you can click Upload on the Items Search to instantly create or update Products in BigCommerce.

Ths Solution provides details. (6812)


BigCommerce Connect lets you connect to BigCommerce from Big Business. This can be automatic, such as getting new Orders real-time. It can also be interactive, such getting Categories to put on an new Item that will be uploaded.

If you encounter errors with one part (Orders are coming in but you cannot select a Category for a new Item), you may need to update the program giving you errors (in t


Woo Connect automatically connects Big Business to the ecommerce system, WooCommerce.

Ths Solution provides details. (6807)


BigCommerce Connect automatically connects Big Business to the ecommerce system, BigCommerce.

Ths Solution provides details. (6809)


Web API provides a REST API you can use from another application, like Magento, to send Orders to Big Business.

Ths Solution provides details. (6810)


If you mis-type an entry such a CCV Security Code, you may receive an unclear error, such as pictured. Re-check the data entered.

This Solution lists possible errors. (6805)


Square Setup lets you enter your Credentials for connecting to Square to get payments or sales.


Square Setup lets you enter your Credentials for connecting to Square to get payments or sales.


Auto-Import cannot safely run if import files are in the process of being transferred, saved, or edited. Big Business reports any errors and waits until the files are complete.

This Solution lists possible errors. (6803)


Click the Access tab in the Employee Card to assign Privileges and Access to different features in Big Business, including:

• Export - without the export privilege a user can’t save data or reports to a text file.
• Terms - control a user’s ability to change customer or vendor terms
• Change - control a user’s access to Quick Change (Update or Apply) in Searches
• Delete - control a user’s acc


Big Business allows you to limit employee privileges, which you assign in the Employee Card on the Access tab.

Settings for Cannot Modify Transactions and Cannot Delete Transactions prevent the user from modifying or deleting any saved transaction. (5517)


Big Business allows you to limit employee privileges, which you assign in the Employee Card on the Access tab.

The setting for Cannot Modify / Delete Cards prevents the user from modifying or deleting Customer, Vendor, and Item cards. (5699)


The option Cannot Adjust Negative Items found on the Access tab of an Employee Card prevents the Employee from creating Item Adjustments for Items that are or would overdrawn as a result.(5999)


Unlock Periods is a Special Access option on the Access tab of an Employee Card. Unlock Periods allows the Employee unrestriced access to locked periods.
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Big Business includes Special Access settings on the Access tab of the Employee card.

Settings include:
• Unlock Batch Delete
• Unlock Lists
• Unlock Periods
• Unlock Protected Accounts
• Unlock Protected Transactions
• Unlock Retained Earnings
• Unlock Status Inactive

This Solution describes Special Access settings. (6253)


Big Business includes controls to protect against the entry of incorrect dates, such as accidentally entering the wrong year after a new calendar year has begun, or trying to backdate a transaction. Date Entry Days displays an Alert, or with Lock prevents using a back- (or future-) dating error.

This Solution describes the Date Entry Days and Lock settings on the Access tab of the Employee Card.


Big Business 11.13 updates Memory Usage. This information is provided for reference in case you have an old computer that might need physical memory added, or you have a new computer that does not allow memory to be added. In general, though, there is nothing you need to do. The system will manage virtual memory to the best of its ability.


Big Business 11.12 updates Quit for new network features supported like Sleep and Hibernate.


Big Business Server supports a number of features, such as Warehouses, that are not availalble in the standalone, 1-User version of Big Business.

Big Business 11.12 extends Middleware by making it Server Only.

This Solution provides details. (6799)


Big Business 11.12 adds the option to include Vendors, PO's, and Bills in Middleware. This feature makes it easy to provide up to the minute vendor information to your shipping or other systems.

The Middleware Add-On is an option that allows Big Business to synchronize data with an external data source (MySQL) where it can be more readily accessed, repurposed, and manipulated.

This Solution pr


Big Business 11.12 adds the option to include Audit entries in Middleware. Audit shows Created and Modified dates for other records.

The Middleware Add-On is an option that allows Big Business to synchronize data with an external data source (MySQL) where it can be more readily accessed, repurposed, and manipulated.

This Solution provides details for use. (6798)


Big Business 11.12 adds new fields on the Expanded tab of the Bill:
• Received Date
• Entry #

This Solution provides details. (6796)


Accounts Receivable is a core function in Big Business, which includes features for:
Customer Terms
Customer Credit Checking
Auditing
Reporting

This Solution is a reference for auditing and reporting options.


Big Business 11.11 updates App Names for clarity and flexibility.

• Big Business Server 11

This Solution provides additional details. (6792)


Big Business Server 11.11 for Windows updates Permissions to fix:
• missing icon for Channels, Square, Batch Duplicate, Contacts
• missing TLS for Authorize.net
• missing PDF for Add PDF


Process Timeouts alert you when an operation appears to have stalled. The Alert asks that you email details to support@bigbusiness.com.

Big Business 11.11 adjust sensitivity for some of these.

This Solution describes this feature.
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Receive Payment lets you record a customer payment and apply it to their open invoices.

Big Business 11.11 updates sorting of columns.

This Solution describes this feature.
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The Windows 10 April 2018 Update to Version 1803 causes problems with Fonts in Big Business 10 and Big Business 11. Big Business 10.29 includes a fix but will not be updated for compatibility with Windows 10 Version 1803. Big Business 11.10 includes a fix and will receive a Database Update to be Certified for Windows 10 Version 1803.


Smart Rounding updates calculation rounding to reduce input errors.

This Solution will provide details (6788).


Edit Cost is previously hidden feature to allow the Cost to be edited on transactions.

Big Business 11.10 changes the Tab-order for Cost fields so they are easier to enter on the Profit tab of Sales Orders and Invoices.

This Solution provides details for using this feature.
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New Networking allows Big Business Clients to Sleep. For days. Custom Sleep lets you set how soon, in minutes, you want Sleeping Clients disconnected.

This Solution provides details for using this feature.
(6786, 31213, timeout)


This Solution provides compatibility information for Big Business and Windows 10 April 2018 Update available April 16, 2018. (6676)


Big Business includes multiple Plugins, which provide additional functionality. Plugin Updates are included in Big Business Updates and handled automatically. When you install an Update to Big Business Server your Big Business Clients automatically get the new Plugins.

This Solution just provides a quick refence for changes to Plugins. (6784)


The Channel tool lets you set your contact information for a channel.

For example, for "wholesale" (pictured) you might want:
- Logo or branding for your "wholesale" division
- Links to your B2B "wholesale" web store
- Contact info for your "wholesale" team

Then create a "retail" Channel as well and set Customers or Contact to their Channel. Quotes, Orders, and Invoices will automatically us


Last Four is a concept at this point. We are working on a new feature to support multiple account numbers, seamlessly. For example if you have a credit card (ending 2168) and add it to your phone it gets a new number (ending 4149). Then when you add it to you watch it gets another (ending 4156). This makes life hard for Accouting when submit expense receipts and the have three different Last


Big Business includes numerous features that are hidden until you turn them on. Past examples include:
- Discounts
- Docs tool for attachments
- Email


Going forward, we trying to make these hidden features. (6781)


Any API is our initiative to offer free connectivity to any api, such as any:
• software as a service (SaaS)
• CRM
• web store

Big Business is already wired to connect to a number of REST API's such as:
• Big Commerce
• Shopify
• Square

These connections are built-in and available with Big Business Enterprise. If you have another service you would like to connect instead, please let us kn


Big Business Server 11 is easy to deploy on Amazon Web Services. You can do proof-of-concept on a free trial (t2.micro with 1gb) or go straight to a usable amount of memory (t2.large with 8gb or better). You must allow access to aws (security group) and to windows (advanced firewall) for Ports 19812 - 19814 before you can connect remotely.

This Solution provides details. (6779)


Not Optimized is a new warning in macOS High Sierra. Apple is telling us that in the macOS after macOS, this app may not run because only 64-bit apps may be allowed.

Optimized, 64-bit versions of Big Business are being tested. This Solution provides details. (6775)


For Big Business 11, Servers are optimized for 64-bit.

For Big Business 12, Clients will be optimized for 64-bit.

This Solution provides details (6776).


Ship-To Lookup is a new feature to simplify:
- choosing a location for customers with many Ship To addresses
- choosing a contact for customers with many buyers
- B2B ecommerce from companies with multiple purchasers
- importing Orders for customers with multiple Ship To addresses

This Solution provides details (6767).


Ship-To Lookup is a new feature to simplify:
- choosing a location for customers with many Ship To addresses
- choosing a contact for customers with many buyers
- B2B ecommerce from companies with multiple purchasers
- importing Orders for customers with multiple Ship To addresses

This Solution provides details (6778).


There are many, many hidden features in Big Business. Starting Easter Sunday 2018 we are working to list the hidden features including:
• Easter eggs - bonus features that are not documented
• Customizations - customer-specific features
• Options - features that do not appear until enabled

This Solution provides a list of hidden features. (6774)


This Solution describes Auto-Import Settings. (6773)


Currencies is an add-on for Big Business Pro that lets you buy or sell in another currency. It makes it simple to print or email quotes or invoices in another currency. And it automatically handles the accounting when the exchange rate changes.

This Solution tests settings for Bitcoin. (6772)


Auto-Import lets you post files to a folder to have them automatically imported to Big Business. The basic setting is to put CSV files for Orders into a folder and have them automatically appear as New Orders. Advanced options include creating Customers, first, using a share like Dropbox, and so on.

This Solution describes this option. (6771)


Show Import Type lets you set Imports to Auto-Import.

This Solution describes this option. (6770)


Big Business lets you control the cascade of settings and data. This usually takes some thought to optimize. You might choose System Settings to Hide features that you then Show only for select users. Or you might choose workflow that automatically sets Tax Status when a customer orders to an alternate Ship-To Address. This usually comes down to a personal, or personnel, decision about what wo


Drop-Ship Warehouse is a customization that automatically sets the Warehouse when switching the Ship-To. This lets you set the best Warehouse to use for each of your customer's Addresses.

This Solution provides details (6768).


Ship-To Lookup is a new feature to simplify:
- choosing a location for customers with many Ship To addresses
- choosing a contact for customers with many buyers
- B2B ecommerce from companies with multiple purchasers
- importing Orders for customers with multiple Ship To addresses

This Solution provides details (6767).


Big Business 10.25 and 11.5 update TLS for connecting to secure systems.

This Solution provides details. (6766)


Smart Tax allows custom Tax calculations.

This Solution provides details (6765).


Smart Inventory updates inventory. By looking more closely at transactions, Smart Inventory is able to correctly interpret anomalies such as having switched an Item from Inventoried to non-Inventoried, or vice versa.

Big Business 11.16 allows changing the Inventoried checkbox when Smart Inventory is on. Earlier versions require setting the Item to Obsolete, first.

This Solution provides detail


Shipping Method lets you create a List of the ways you ship. Shipping Method can be assigned on Quotes, Orders, and Invoices and included on all printouts.

Shipping Method can be assigned for Customer so it is automatically set for their new Quotes, Orders, and Invoices. Shipping Method can also be assigned to Contacts so that it is automatically set when changing the Ship-To on Quotes, Orders,


You shouldn't have to suffer the latest software "improvements" without being able to disable them. As much as possible, new features in Big Business start as options that you turn on and transition into features you can turn off. So if you see you see a change you don't like, odds are there is a Feature Undo for it.

This Solution provides some examples (6762).


Big Business 11 updates Button Labels.

This Solution provides details. (6761)


Big Business 11.4 fixes a problem with Search Startup for Customer Search on Refunds and Customer Reports.

This Solution provides details. (6758)


Big Business 11.4 fixes Server Registration, where earlier updates could ope

This Solution describes this feature. (6759)


Big Business 11 offers New Networking to support new features like:
• 64-bit Server
• Sleeping Clients

Big Business 11.4 updates settings to optimize performance.

This Solution provides details. (6760)


The Refund tool automatically creates refund checks for:
• Unapplied Payments - unused customer deposits and overpayments
• Negative Balance Invoices - unused credit memos and returns

This Solution describes this feature. (6545, 30123)


Batch Duplicate is being tested to automate recurring sales.

Ths Solution will provide details. (6755)


This Solution provides compatibility information for Big Business and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available October 17, 2017. (6676)


Batch Selection uses selected entries instead of all found for Batch operations like:
• Batch Delete
• Batch Duplicate
• Batch Printing

This adds flexbility and reduces errors. This Solution provides details. (6754)


Square Connect lets Big Business get all orders from Square, from:
• Point of Sale - Square's free app for invoicing on iPhone, iPad, or Android
• Web store(s) - using Weebly, Woo, Square, etc.
• Square Invoices - entered in a browser on your computer

Items sold on the go, on the web, or in your shop, are added to an Order in Big Business for fulfillment. This is a terrific solution for distr


Bundle Price is a custom, calculated Column for Items Search.

This Solution describes using this option. (6751)


Attach a screen shot of a window to any transaction in Big Business. This video shows how to capture a screen shot of a window on macOS or Windows. (6750)


You can use macOS Numbers to edit a spreadsheet and Export as CSV. Big Business imports CSV. This video shows how. (6749)


Big Business 11 adds the Contacts tool for quick access to phones, emails, and shipping addresses, where you need them.

This Solution provides details. (6747)


The Authorize.net Add-On processes credit cards using the Authorize.net gateway just like your web store. Security Updates on your computer can block or delay processing.

Big Business 11.2 fixes timeout issues on High Sierra.

This Solution provides troubleshooting tips. (6746)


Big Business 10 adds the Docs tool allowing you to attach External Documents to any transaction in Big Business. This is handy for PDFs of POs, scanned docs, and more.

Big Business 10.22 fixes File Names with slashes.

This Solution provides details. (6745)


Big Business 10.6 fixes a regression bug that changes for Refunds can cause blank columns for Date and Invoice # on a Payment.

Big Business 10.22 fixes the pulldown to show Refund where Payment or Prepayment are shown.

The problem can also be fixed by turning On the Refund tool. This Solution explains how. (6607, 30123)


The Multi-Currency Add-On is an additional module for Big Business that supports transactions in foreign currencies.

Big Business 10.22 and Big Business 11.2 fix a problem with the auto-correction that occurs when a Discount is added and an Applied amount needs to be changed, which causes a discrepancy between Balance on the Customer card and what is reported on an Accounts Receivable Aging.

Thi


The Multi-Currency Add-On is an additional module for Big Business that supports transactions in foreign currencies.

This Solution describes Search features. (6743)


BizApp Connect is an Add-On for Big Business Enterprise to connect a custom app for iPad, iPhone, iPod. (6742)


BizApp11d is for iPad for completing an Invoice on-site and saving changes to Big Business. (6741)



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