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  BigBusiness Database

BigBusiness Database helps keeps your data safe and scalable and instantly accessible.

New BigBusiness versions use the newest Database, updated for the newest systems. Keep your installed software for years and leap forward when you get new computers.

Pay once for your version and get it working in every detail to maximize productivity. Then bide your time until new computers offer a new level of power you cannot resist.


  Mac Backup

Mac Backup lets you leave BigBusiness Server running and make valid backup copies.

To automate, use Built-In Backup to have BigBusiness Server make its backup copies. Then use manual backup or automated backup, or cloud backup of those files to finish.

This makes backups on the same computer for instant access and offsite backups, too.


  Chapter 149 Dark Mode Admin

Dark Mode on macOS is automatically supported in Big Business and needed changes.

This chapter lists changes so you know what to expect and can identify any problems.


  Line Numbers on Imports

Line Numbers are automatically added on Imports such as Quote, Order, and Invoice.

Updated imports include Bill Line Items, Invoice Line Items, Purchase Order Line Items, Quote Line Items, and Sales Order Line Items.


  On Hold

On Hold helps you manage orders by keeping the order safe without having any effect.

Saving an Order, you choose whether it is Placed or On Hold. You might put an order On Hold if it is waiting for a PO from the customer and is therefore not yet committed.

Once the order is Placed it updates inventory to show allocated items and components. For planning, you may want to put an order back On Hold if it is delayed or uncertain.


  Order Status

Order Status helps you track customer orders and inventory availability automatically.

Basic order statuses include Placed, Partial, and Filled, which change when you invoice. An order which is Placed can be invoiced in full or partially to become Filled or Partial.

Additional order statuses include On Hold and Closed to handle delay and cancellation. Optional order statuses include Released, Picked, and Shipped, to see work in process.


  Chapter 194 Order Admin

Order Admin helps you manage sales orders by using Statuses and Ship Dates to plan.

By choosing settings in Big Business, you elevate inventory tracking from very manual to highly automated to help with purchasing, planning, and fulfillment to grow volume.

When you save an order as Placed, you can see immediately how it affects purchasing. This works for built items and their components, automatically, with the right settings.


  Custom Forms for Item Adjustments

Item Adjustments help you build or correct inventory when a change needs recording.

To build, Item Adjustment removes components and adds the built item to inventory. To correct, Item Adjustment adds or removes items to adjust to your inventory count.

Custom Forms for Item Adjustments let you create forms to show your warehouse the components to assemble for planned builds and record any changes they need to make.


  Custom Forms, Item Adjustments, Item Fields

Custom Forms for Item Adjustments let you include Item fields on printouts of builds.

Create a custom form to send to the warehouse to pick, pull, assemble the components for your planned build and include helpful details such as an item Vendor Part Number.

Go to Reporting toolbar, Forms, Add New, and select any Item Adjustment template. Double-click a field and choose Item, Vendor Part #. Close the form to name and Save.

Your new form will appear in Print Options when you click Print in Item Adjustment.


  Going Infinite

Big Business handles infinite values in various ways, mostly by replacing with a zero.

This is our April Fool's joke for 2024, Add Infinite Changes. It is no laughing matter, though, as changes were needed for divide-by-zero to transfer to MySQL or Postgres.

Big Business 14 adds filtering of infinite values when sending to MySQL or Postgres. Additionally, values such as Landed Cost Percentage have new filters to save as zero.


  Inactive Components

Big Business checks the Components of Built and Bundle Items and prevents sales of items with components that have been marked Inactive.

You can mark Sold Items as Inactive and Big Business will disallow selling them. You can also mark component items as Inactive and Big Business will disallow selling Built Items that include them.


  Inactive Removed

Big Business helps prevent accidental sale of items that have been marked as Inactive.

For new transactions, Inactive items are not available. On Duplicate transactions, they are automatically removed.



  Inactive Items

Items that are Inactive cannot be sold and are removed from Duplicates and Imports.


  Search & Select

Search & Select helps connect Client by trying both a search and a remembered Server.

Search lets a newly installed Big Business Client search locally for Big Business Server. Select remembers the address of a Server and tries it next, twice. This covers the bases.

This is the default setting for Remember Server and the best overall choice for success. To optimize for Remote Client, Wireless Networks, or Remote Server, see the options.


  BigBusiness Networking

BigBusiness Networking helps you easily connect all computers at your main location.

Big Business is designed to start fast on your office network running Server and Client. If Big Business Server is running, Big Business Clients should see it and connect easily.

There are many options for Firewall, Remote Client, and Cloud Server. To start, check that the Big Business Server is running on your network and start Big Business Client.


  Export Sorting

Export Sorting updates exports with Line Numbers to keep Line Numbers in order.

Prior to this change, using Export for Orders or other entries with Line Numbers


  Contacts Search

Contacts Seach helps you find your Additional Contacts for Customers and Vendors.

Contacts Search includes new fields such as Store, Ship Attention, Ship Address 3/ Department, Ship ID 1, Ship ID 2, Ship ID 3, Comment, and Ship Method to search.

Use the Add (+) button on Contacts List to include these as Columns to sort or filter.


  Contacts Ship Attention

Contacts Ship Attention helps you coordinate shipping information to fields such as Attention, Address 3, Department, and so on when selecting Ship To's for new orders.

Ship To on an order shows company name and address, while Contact details are sent to shipping, such as UPS, using Attention, Email, and Phone for delivery notifications.

To easily coordinate orders from customers with multiple buyers, you can Add or Edit on Orders, assign automatically with Ecommerce, and review in detail in Contacts List.


  Contacts Ship ID

Contacts Ship ID helps you track additional information about a contact for lookup and to carry through to orders or invoices, on to shipping systems, or back to your CRM.

Ship ID 1, Ship ID 2, and Ship ID 3 are identifier fields. Imagine "store code" for your customer with many stores, or "shipping account", which must be included on Orders.

If Contacts have Ship ID 1, for example, you can Add (+) a Column on Contacts List. There you can search, sort, filter, export and update-import, and much more to control.


  Contacts Filter

Contacts Filter helps you narrow the list of contacts by adding a filter in the top row.

Find All was used in the picture, and then the word "customer" was typed in to filter. Now we see 4 of 10 Contacts. Linked To "Vendor" or blank for individuals are hidden.

You may have a feed of individual prospects coming from HubSpot, and you may have Contacts added daily in options like Orders, Ship To, Other button. Filter them here.


  Backup Update

Backup Update is an automatic feature to keep the backup settings when you Update.

This feature has changed with new security settings for new operating systems to date.


  Tool Tips

Tool Tips help you get the most from BigBusiness by showing text or a link for a tool.

If you hover over any Toolbar button in BigBusiness this will show a text description. If you turn off Tool Tips by setting My Prefs, Tool Tips, Don't Show, they will not.

Also, if you hover over an Info (i) button in BigBusiness it will turn blue and you can click. If you turned off Tool Tips, Info buttons will be hidden on data-entry screens.


  Client Connection

Client Connection is updated to be quicker and remember your server for each Client.