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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 XTN?

XTN (xTuple Network) is a commercial business continuity service, featuring off-site backup and xTuple ERP version upgrades. Please follow this link to learn more about xTuple's XTN service.

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How are units used?

Units exist so the system can automatically convert items or other objects to the correct measurement when necessary. Items provide a good example for why conversions—and also units—are needed. Let's say you stock an item in units of ea (i.e., each). This is your inventory unit of measure. However, you might sell the item in a different unit. Let's say you sell it by the cs (i.e., case). Because the system sees different units for the item, it will automatically convert the ea to cs when the item is sold.

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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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How are the change log options used?

The change log options, if enabled, provide a mechanism for recording changes made to item site and/or site records. For example, if a user modifies the parameters on an item site, the change log for that item site would include a record of who made the change and when it was made. If these options are not enabled, changes made to item site and site records will not be tracked in the change logs.

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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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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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Do returns update inventory?

Yes, returns will automatically return stock to inventory, assuming the return line item has the update inventory flag selected. If that flag is not selected, your inventory will not be updated.

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What is included in inventory history?

Inventory history records are generated any time quantity in an item site is changed, either up or down. For example, when quantity is received into inventory, an inventory history record is created. The same is true when quantities are issued to shipping or work orders. Any inventory movement is tracked in the inventory history report.

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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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Do you have any product category examples?

Let's say you sell home products. Your product categories might include furniture, bedding, bathroom products and appliances. By contrast, if you sell only one type of product, like toys, you could categorize by the material the toys are made of (i.e., wood, metal, plastic, etc.). Services you sell also need product categories. Sample service categories might include consulting, repairs, and cleaning.

Hint: Consider using the characteristics feature available on items to allow more detailed, custom reporting on the products you sell.

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Can employees belong to more than one employee group?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of employee groups an employee can belong to.

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How are returns and return authorizations different?

The primary difference between returns and return authorization is their relative complexity. Returns are quick to process and complete. They are designed for simple scenarios. Return authorizations, on the other hand, are far more complex. They support complicated business processes in a way that simple returns do not.

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What does this error mean: "connection to specified xtuple erp server cannot be made"?

We have spoken with various users who encountered this error and discovered something in common with both. Both had prior installs of other Open Source solutions on their computer, prior to installing PostBooks®. In both cases the the other product also installed an instance of PostgreSQL. It appears the two installations of Postgres are conflicting, and preventing the PostBooks® installer from finishing the install. If you are done for the moment evaluating the other Postgres-powered application, try uninstalling it, and then running the PostBooks® installer again

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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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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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