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Why am I no longer able to print from xTuple?

If you have recently upgraded your xTuple version and you find you can no longer print reports from xTuple (but you could before you upgraded), you may need to reinstall your print drivers. Another thing to check is your user profile. Try creating a new user profile and test whether you can print from that new user profile.

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How far back does xTuple support old versions?

The older versions supported by xTuple will vary depending on the current shipping release of the product. To learn more, please visit xTuple's Supported Versions (and End of Life policy) page.

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Are transit sites required?

Yes, transit sites are required for all transfer orders. Transit sites keep track of your inventory while it is in transit (i.e., in a truck, on a container ship, etc.). Transfer order items are shipped from the shipping site to the transit site and then are received at the receiving site from the transit site. You can configure transfer orders to be automatically received—or you can require a manual receipt transaction.

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Can I change the contact number?

No, the contact number is a system assigned number that cannot be changed. However, you would typically search for contacts by name or other properties—so not having access to the contact number shouldn't be a problem. Examples of other search criteria for contacts would include phone numbers, address details, linked accounts and characteristics.

Hint: Use the advanced search feature or click the magnifying glass to refine your contact searches.

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Can I create a user on the xTupleCommerce website that is associated with an existing Customer in my xTuple ERP?

Absolutely. First, you’ll need to know the user's email address and first and last name from the ERP. Then, log in to your xTupleCommerce website and go to People > Add User in the admin bar. From there, enter their email address, create a password for them—they can and are encouraged to change that. Optionally, you can specify that they receive an email notifying them of their user account.

On the add user screen, it is very important to make sure that the "Create xTuple Association" checkbox is selected. This ensures that the information flows between this user and the user in the xTuple ERP database.

Next, start typing their name in the choose an existing contact field.  Once you start to type their first name, contact options should begin to appear after a short delay. Select the user from the list of options.

The rest of the fields should auto-populate based on the contact information stored in the ERP. To save, click CREATE NEW CONTACT at the bottom.

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Are sales categories required?

Yes, if you sell miscellaneous (i.e., non-inventory) products and services, then you will need to use sales categories. Miscellaneous items inherit their accounting assignments from sales categories.

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Why do items require units?

Items require units for two primary reasons. First, units are needed to fully describe item quantities. For example, it is not enough to say, "We have 25 sodas in stock." You would expect instead to hear, "We have 25 cases of soda in stock." Second, units make it possible for the system to convert items from one unit to another. If you stock items in one unit and sell them in a different unit, then the conversion is only possible if units are assigned in the first place.

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Are the advanced characteristic options required?

The advanced characteristics options—available only to text type characteristics—are not required. You may use text type characteristics without using the advanced options. The two advanced options are input mask and validator. An input mask creates a template to guide users as they enter values for a characteristic. It is a form of light data validation. For example, if you specify the input mask 00/00/0000, then users will be presented with the following template when they are entering values for the characteristic : "__/__/____". In this case, users will simply have to fill in the blanks between the separators. A validator is used to strictly enforce the format of data users can enter in a field. If you specify a validator for a characteristic, then users will have to conform to the format when entering values for the characteristic. Values which do not conform will not be accepted.

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Why can't I de-select a costing method?

If you have item sites using a costing method, you cannot de-select that costing method on the inventory configuration. Removing the costing method from item sites where it is used will release the costing method—and allow you to disable it.

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Can I create simple invoices?

Yes, if you don't want or need to use sales orders or shipping, you can create simple invoices and get them out to your customers quickly. Just enter an invoice and fill out your line items. You can even update your inventory when the invoice is posted, if you need to.

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How do I export data from xTuple?

The quick answer is you can right click and use the Export As option to export data from any list in xTuple ERP. The more advanced option is to use the xTuple API.

To learn more, please see the article about using the API to export from xTuple ERP.

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Should I use location control for my items?

Location control should be used with caution and only if there are solid business reasons for doing so. Multiple location control (MLC) adds transactional overhead that is generally not required by every inventory business. With MLC turned on, every inventory transaction to/from an item site will require users to select from a detailed list of item site locations. This type of granular control is necessary for some businesses. However, many companies will find that storing inventory in an item site (without locations) is sufficient.

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What is an apply-to document?

The apply-to document is an original invoice which a return is applied against. If your billing setup is configured to only allow returns for items appearing on the apply-to document, then you can only return items which were on the original invoice. To issue miscellaneous returns, don't specify an apply-to document—or configure the billing extension to allow non-restrictive line items.

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My company has an xTuple support contract. How do I contact xTuple support?

If your company has a support contract with xTuple, you can reach the xTuple support team either by phone or by opening a support ticket using the online ticketing system. Each support contract with xTuple specifies two "named support contacts." The named support contacts are the people at your company who are eligible to contact the xTuple support team for help. If you are not a named support contact but still need help, you should address your questions to the named support contacts at your company. Your named support contacts will either know the answers to your questions—or they will be able to contact the xTuple support team to help get you the assistance you need.

Note: Ticket-only support is included for xTuple Cloud customers and also customers who have purchased Commercial PostBooks®. Ticket-only support allows for one named support contact per company and does not include phone support.

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How do I purchase support for xTuple?

Commercial support is available for xTuple products. Please see the support options page for more detailed information.

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Why can't I ship my order?

If you are having trouble shipping an order, make sure the order has been issued to shipping. Orders must be issued to shipping before they can be shipped.

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What's the difference between the bill-to and ship-to address?

The bill-to address is where you send customer invoices and other billing-related information. In most cases, the bill-to address will be the customer's address of record. The ship-to address is the physical address where customer shipments are sent. One customer can have multiple ship-to addresses. For example, let's say your customer is a retail chain—and the chain has dozens of outlets. If you ship to each outlet, then the address for each would be entered as a ship-to address. In this way, sales orders can be tailored to each shipment address.

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If I ship the wrong quantity, can I correct it?

Yes, if you ship an incorrect quantity, you can recall the shipment. When an order is recalled to shipping, you can correct the shipping quantity—either by returning stock to inventory or issuing additional stock. The order can then be shipped again using the corrected quantity.

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Can I sort columns in the inventory history report?

Yes, you can sort the columns in the inventory history report using the sort button found in the main menu. When using the sort tool, you have the ability to sort by multiple values at once. In addition to choosing which values you want to sort on, you can also specify ascending or descending order.

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On an item, what is the difference between inventory units and price units?

Inventory units of measure (i.e., UOM's) are the measure by which items are maintained in inventory. Price units, on the other hand, are the measure for items when they are sold. A single item may have different inventory and price units. Having two different units would apply if you sell items in different units than you stock them in. For example, if you are a beer distributor, you might stock beer in pallets but sell beer in cases. In this example, your inventory unit would be PALLET and your price unit would be CASE.

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Can I select multiple costing methods?

Yes, you can enable all of the available costing methods—if that's what your business requires. However, in many cases, one of the costing methods (average or standard) is generally sufficient. When you enable a costing method, that means item sites will be able to use that costing method. Inventory costing is specified at the item site level.

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Can I issue stock with a barcode scanner?

Yes, xTuple supports issuing stock to shipping with barcode scanners. Barcode scanners provide a great way for companies to expedite the shipping process.

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Can I create quotes for prospects?

Yes, you can create quotes for prospects. However, before the quote can be converted (to an order or invoice) the prospect must also be converted. Orders and invoices must be associated with a customer. Converting prospects to customers is an easy process.

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How do I handle customers who have multiple tax zones?

The way to handle customers with multiple different tax zones is to use ship-to addresses. Tax zones can be defined for each ship-to address. In this way, whenever you ship to a different customer address you can be sure the correct tax zone will be used.

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Where do sales categories get used?

The primary use for sales categories is to account for miscellaneous (i.e., non-inventory) line items on invoices. Sales categories may also be used optionally on the following document types: receivable credit/debit memos and cash receipts.

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