Planned Build Substitutions

Big Business 14 allows you to make Substitutions in a built item using Planned Builds.

If you are missing a component for a built item on an Order, create a Planned Build and enter a substitute. This will update inventory to correct allocations for the short parts.

This function will receive addtional automation in due course. Until that time, you will need to adjust the Cost of the built item for any cost variance due to substituted parts.

  Secure Credit Cards, Logos

Big Business 14.63 updates the logos used by Secure Credit Cards to use current logos.

After you Add a Card Number, Big Business displays the last four digits and the logo that shows you the Type of card: Visa, MasterCard, American Expess, or Discover.

  Barcode Update

Big Business 14 updates Barcode features for printing barcodes on printouts or labels.

Orders can print a barcode to save your shipping department time and help accuracy. Price Labels can print a barcode for scanning at checkout to reduce waiting and errors.

Barcode Settings on the System toolbar lets you choose the barcodes you want added. Big Business 14 updates the plugin that creates them and uses generic settings for now.

  Demo Sign-In

Try Big Business 14 by downloading and installing Single-User. On startup, it will open the default Demo File, Jillian Jellybean Company, and present the Sign In screen.

Sign In to the Demo File by choosing any name, like Administrator and leaving Password blank. To switch Data Files, quit, start again, and quickly hold Option/Alt.

  Bill of Materials

Big Business 14 renames the Build/Bundle Component tool on the Item card to BOM.

BOM stands for Bill of Materials which often means the complete list of components. The BOM tool for entering Build or Bundle Components on the Item card is one level. Options to Allocate or Auto-Build work across multiple levels based on your settings.

  Import Payment Comments

Big Business 14 adds Payment Comments to the Invoice Line Item Import field listing.

Payment Comments are only added if Paid is also mapped, to create a Payment record.

Shopify API docs show orders/financial_status is Payment Status listed in Dashboard. Importing Shopify Orders as Invoices lets you map Paid and Payment Comments, too.

  Import Payment Reference #

Big Business 14 adds Payment Reference # to the Invoice Line Item Import field map.

Payment Reference # is only used if Paid is also mapped, to create a Payment record.

Mapping an entry such as the Order # coming from another system may help Deposit.

  Import Payment Method

Big Business 14 adds Payment Method to the Invoice Line Item Import field listing.

Payment Method only applies if Paid is also mapped, and a Payment record is created.

The imported Payment Method must match an entry on your list. If not, a Default is used, such as Default Payment Method in Customer Prefs or in a tool like Ecommerce.

  Show Boxes

Show Boxes displays a column for Box in the Bill Of Materials Components window.

On an Item, you click the BOM tool to open the Component list and add components. The Components window shows Items and Qty's needed to Build or Bundle this item.

Box is an additional column for you to create packaging options to help with assembly. Click Show Boxes in Item Prefs and when you click the BOM tool it will Show Boxes.

  Employees Inactive Acess

In Employees Search you Add(+) columns to see settings for Inactive access settings, such as Show Inactive Accounts or Unlock Status Inactive.

Using the Update tool you can select one or more Employees in tht list and change their settings for Inactive access settings or other Special Access options.

  Show Inactive Accounts

Show Inactive Accounts is a checkbox on the Access tab of the Employee card

  My Prefs Updates

My Prefs empower you to set the look and feel you want while using Big Business 14.

Big Business 14 includes a variety of updates to keep features you like so they work the same and add new options to work different when you are ready or need a change.

  Contact Fields

Big Business 14 increases the size of contact fields to allow for larger addresses.

  Contact Icons

Contact is a new icon set that copies Contour and changes the coloring for visibility.

Pictured are Contour on top, which becomes illegible in Dark Mode on the second row, followed by Contact which is blue and easier to see using Light (3) or Dark (4) mode.

If you are using Contour but moving to macOS Sonoma and Dark Mode try Contact.

  Qty Pricing Options

Big Business includes several options for selling different Quantities at different prices.

There is a optional feature (for a paving stone distributor) that lets you key in one unit (square feet) on one row and converts to other units (pallets and eaches) on split rows. This works with Qty Pricing to automatically set bulk price (pallet) on bulk rows.

There is another feature (for beverage distributor) for splitting one item (drink cases) into other items (individual drinks) automatically, so the invent... (more)

  Shopify Discount

Product Discounts in Shopify let you create discounts for specific items. Options include using codes, for specific customers like B2B, and with purchase of other items.

Item Ext Discount has been added in import fields for invoices to receive this discount. This recieves a total discount for the line item used to reverse calculate the item price.

Please contact if you need this field elsewhere or any help.

  Qty Pricing Import

Big Business 14 renames the Qty Pricing Import (was Item Pricing) to improve clarity.

Qty Pricing is a complete feature set, turned on in Item Prefs, that lets you offer price breaks on quantities purchased. The import speeds the process of adding Qty Pricing.

Use the Update in the Items Search to delete old Qty Pricing before importing new. Use imports for items to change regular prices or assign Qty Group for mix & match.

  Qty Pricing Tab

Big Business 14 updates the Qty Pricing Tab on the Item Card to improve useability.

Qty Pricing is separated from Item Pricing for clarity. As pictured, you see your price breaks for Qty's (10, 100, 200) sorted in ascending order. Click Add (+) for a new blank row and it goes on top (highlighted).

Qty Pricing is one of many optional tabs for items along with Item MRP, Price Levels, BigCommerce, and Shopify, pictured. Each is turned on separately so there are only three tabs to start. Go to Item Prefs,... (more)

  Sonoma Beta

Big Business 14 supports Sonoma Beta, available for current Macs starting June 2023.

  Light Shading

Light Shading is subtle changes for shading Light Mode in macOS to improve legibility.

In specific, only Enterable Fields should display with a full white background (#ffffff). Non-Enterable Fields use the system's off-white background (#f4f5f6), ie transparent.

Search Lists and Quick Lists results are being updated to use Non-Enterable Shading.

  Dark Shading

Dark Notes are subtle changes for shading Dark Mode in macOS to improve useability.

In specific, only Enterable Fields should display with a lighter background (#1e1e1e). Non-Enterable Fields use the system's darker background (#25282c), ie transparent.

Search Lists and Quick Lists results are being updated to use Non-Enterable Shading.

  Modified Date

Modified Date shows you when a modified record was last changed and by whom.

This information is for reference and is by no means 100% accurate. For example, a Customer can be changed by invoicing (changes their Balance), or by Import (a batch change to Credit Limits), or by Update (the magic wand to reassign Terms, perhaps).

Modified Date shows the last time someone edited the record directly, such as by entering a new address on a Customer--what engineering likes to call a "sanity check". It is incred... (more)

  QuickSupport Update

QuickSupport is updated in Big Business 14 for new systems.

If you need help with Big Business go to About Big Business and click QuickSupport. This turns on TeamViewer QuickSupport with our logo and password pre-configured.

Big Business 14.50 updates QuickSupport to a version (15.43.7) for newer systems.

  Start Dates

Start Dates for Planned Builds can be shown on the Adjustments list as a new column.

Planned Builds defer changes to inventory until they are Completed and instead change Allocated so you can see what you need to buy or have available as you do for Orders.

Like the Ship Date on Orders, the Start Date on Planned Builds estimates when you will need the components. With reliable entries you can work from Adjustments list.

To see Ship Dates, go to Adjustments and click Add(+) to show Status and Start Date.