Old News

September 1, 2023


Big Business 14 is adding features to save and show thumbnail pictures on Item cards, first, and in other places, asap.

Thumb Images will be automatically created for fast display of pictures added in Upload for eccommerce or Docs for attaching and emailing.

Thumb Image on the Item card will accept Paste or Drag & Drop to automatically save any full-quality image or original file and automatically create the thumbnail for display.

August 19, 2023

Unwavering Upgradability

Over the years, Big Business has gotten better and better at upgrades, doing more internal conversion, keeping all your options, updating all your forms, at the speed of your new computer, and as simple as install, start, and open your Data File.

Big Business 14 is all new with modern architecture and native support for new processors and modes, but keeps classic ease of use, compact or zoomed windows, and still converts your data from any previous version in just a few minutes.

The core of Big Business is a commercial database, built-in for less than it sells separately, along with plugins for connecting, sharing, emailing–all upgraded, installed, and set up with just a few clicks.


July 28, 2023

Shopify Editions

Shopify aims to add more features, more quickly. This is helped along by scheduled iterations to store and connection, with changes to store rolled into an Edition, like their "Summer '23 Edition."

API Versioning means a connection, such as using Big Business Shopify Connect, can specify a version to plan updates or use a new change like "poNumber."

Big Business 14 updates Shopify Connect to support new changes in Shopify and support old settings, too. This makes for a seamless upgrade. New stores use new connections, covered in new Setup, and options for multiple connections support multiple stores and coordinated transitions.

July 17, 2023

Automated Planning

Big Business 14 has added deeply customized options for Materials Requirement Planning (MRP).

It is now time to road test these features for general use, with or without Warehouses, with or without Builds, for your setup.

If you need automated planning to help with purchasing, building, and delivering on time, look no further.

Automated Planning is putting your orders in order by ship date, adding planned builds if needed, and calculating the schedule that informs your decisions to buy, to expedite, to build, and to ship on time.


June 19, 2023

Double Click

Double Click to Add is a new feature that leverages new system integration in the newest Database. Really an old feature, hand-coded in places, it is now available automagically in many more places.
Give support@bigbusiness.com your suggestions where.

Double-click to Drill Down is also added throughout. This lets you double-click on a line item and go to the Item, just as if you clicked once to select the line item and then clicked the GoTo button. Double-click to drill down is more versatile, though, as it works on locked records, too.

Some cannot handle this newfound power, or cannot break the habit. Not a problem, as Double-Click Prefs let you set your Company Prefs for all users or My Prefs for just youself, with the option to Select instead of Drill Down. Then, double-clicking reverts to selecting a word and triple-click selects a blurb. FYI, you can single-click on a Date or Number and it is automatically selected but not so with many web apps, hence the habit.

May 24, 2023

Big Business 14 Complete

Big Business 14 is ready for all current systems.
The latest Database is certified for the latest Mac systems— macOS Ventura, Monterey, and Big Sur— and the latest Windows 11 (22H2), Windows 10, Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016.


May 12, 2023

Web Site

bigbusiness.com moved to a new server and there may be content anomalies, let's say. This was a ground up rebuild with current data. Some content may be missing. Older versions are for users with ongoing Support for those versions and not verified.

April 28, 2023

Shopify Updates

We are working on options for Shopify Connect. Currently Big Business gets Customers and Orders from Shopify, automatically or in batches. New options may include using a Default Customer, putting Billing Info onto each order, and bringing in as Invoices instead of Orders, to simplify workflow.


April 19, 2023

All Current

Big Business 14 is ready for all current systems. macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey, macOS Ventura, Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2022

April 18, 2023

Sideloading iOS 17

Apple's iOS 17 will support Sideloading—installing apps outside of Apple's store.

Awkwardly, Big Business on Mac is non-notarized (includes Windows code).

More awkwardly, iOS installs for BizApp that connects to Big Business are by email.

Sideloading may be the beginning of something Big.


April 10, 2023

Start Up!

Big Business 14 is updating building new Data Files to be ready for launch.

1 Database is now a modernly modular 47,647 Files to run at rocket speeds.

Entry-level laptops like MacBook Air now have 8 cores to take advantage of this.

Dell Latitude laptops are 13th Gen Intel packing 10 cores, so buckle up.


April 1, 2023

New Version

During April, Big Business 14 will become the current version. No kidding.

There are ongoing fixes for New Data Files, System Colors, and display issues.

But the latest Database is in, and state-of-the-art design changes are complete.

New Intel and Apple chips have even more cores, and Big Business 14 takes advantage.


March 27, 2023

Code Copy

Big Business 14 now has its own code base to skip conversion and speed development.

This limits changes in Big Business 13 but removes limits for Big Business 14.

New changes go into Big Business 14, and Data Files move forward perfectly.

Code changes can copy to Big Business 13, while structure changes cannot.


March 7, 2023

Outlook for Mac

Microsoft Outlook for Mac is now free with in-app purchases from the App Store.

We will try connecting Big Business email features to Outlook for Mac, asap.

Currently, Apple Mail is the Mac default and Microsoft Outlook is the Windows default.


March 3, 2023

Windows Windows

Big Business Client SDI is back by popular demand—with no background window.

Big Business Client keeps it together—everything in one application window.

Install one or both and find your best visibility or focus or control. Be sure to change your Toolbar Prefs to optimize.


February 23, 2023

Services by Subscription

A perpetual license is perfect for installed software. For Services, a subscription that lets you pay as you go makes more sense.

Subscribe to an E-Commerce Service and you may be tempted to buy a new Edition of Big Business that connects to your store.

Big Business may try offering turnkey connections as a subscription.


February 3, 2023

Big Business 14

Realistically, it could take some months to finish cosmetics in Big Business 14.

To accelerate this, Big Business 14 will shift to the fore for development.

Big Business 13 should keep pace, but staggered instead of concurrent as before.

Some customization projects may be deferred due to design constraints.


January 14, 2023

Original Price

Despite new components for new features and higher costs for Built-In Database, etc, Big Business will return to Original Price.

$595 per User, plus $200 per Edition, you pay only one time for one version, with annual Support and Updates optional.

Support and Updates are $119 per User, $40 per Edition. Support entitles you to Upgrade Price, $357 per User, $120 per Edition.


January 9, 2023

Service for Two

Big Business 13 and Big Business 14
are now updated at the same time.

Your changes are added in one place
and end up in both, so the choice is yours,
and a seamless transition awaits.


January 1, 2023

Windows Release

Big Business 14 is available for Windows.
It is Big Business 13 with a new Database,
now native for Intel and Apple Silicon.

Big Business 13 remains current
and enjoys reduced pricing from July.
Big Business 14 will get new pricing.


October 19, 2022

Silicon Release

Big Business 14 is available for Macs.
It is identical to Big Business 13 but has a new Database, native for Apple Silicon.

Big Business 13 remains the current product with reduced pricing from July. Big Business 14 will have new pricing and support for Windows in 2023.