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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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Are departments required?

No, departments are not required. You don't need to define departments—and associating them with employees is optional.

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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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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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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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Are employee and user the same thing?

Employee and user are not necessarily the same thing. An employee is a person who works for your company. A user is a person who has an account allowing them to access your xTuple database. There are scenarios where database users would not also be employees. For example, you may give user access to people who are not your employees (e.g., IT consultants). Conversely, there are also scenarios where employees wouldn't need user accounts. For example, you may have employees whose job doesn't require them to use a computer—and so there would be no need for them to have a user account.

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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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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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Can an item have more than one item source?

Yes, since you might purchase an item from multiple different vendors, it's possible to have multiple item sources for a single item. Use the vendor ranking option to sort your item sources from best to worst. The vendor ranking comes into play when you release planned purchase orders. At the time of release you will be asked to select an item source. The item sources having the highest vendor ranking will appear at the top of the list.

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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 receive my purchase order?

If you are trying to receive a purchase order but it doesn't appear in the list of orders to be received, there's a good chance the purchase order has not been released yet. Purchase orders must be open/released before they can be received. To release a purchase order, change its status from unreleased to open.

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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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Are shifts required?

No, shifts are not required. If your company doesn't use shifts, then you do not need to add them—or assign them to employees.

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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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Are employee groups required?

No, employee groups are not required. Only use them if you find they will help you organize your employees into different categories.

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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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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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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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What are project tasks?

Project tasks are used for budgeting and tracking time and expenses associated with particular project activities. When combined, project tasks present the total time and expenses for a project. The Project Accounting package adds expanded accounting functionality for tracking time and expenses related to project tasks.

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When are expense categories used?

Expense categories are used to automate the accounting for non-inventory transactions. The following transaction types use expense categories: non-inventory purchase order line items; miscellaneous vouchers; miscellaneous payables checks; and expense transactions.

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Where can I find reporting by department?

The employee search screen allows you to filter employees by department. You can also write custom reports to include department and other employee information.

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