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How can I learn more about job costing?

The topic of job costing is covered in some detail in the manual Managing Projects with xTuple. The book can be read online for free or purchased for download through the xTuple MarketPlace.

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What are projects used for?

Projects are a tool used to plan and track activity related to specific jobs. The are built primarily using project tasks, which serve as a container for time and expenses related to the project. You can link projects to various types of orders (Sales Orders, Work Orders, Purchase Orders, etc.) and in so doing generate order activity reports by project. The Project Accounting add-on package for xTuple offers additional accounting features for building robust financial reports for your projects.

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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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How are shifts used?

Shifts are used to track employees' weekly hours, including break periods and overtime hours. Shifts get assigned to employees on the employee master record. When employees clock into a shift—or to work orders during their shift—the rules of the shift are applied. The rules of a shift include pre-defined start/end times, break times, labor rate, etc.

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Why are product categories needed?

You need product categories for both reporting and accounting purposes. On the reporting side, it's helpful when analyzing sales activity to have product category data as one of your available options. Running reports by product category allows you to monitor how groups of sold items are performing. It also enables you to evaluate how groups compare to each other. For accounting purposes, the product category is one of the key factors which determines how sales transactions are accounted for.

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What is a characteristic role?

Characteristic roles define where characteristics can be used. For example, if you want a characteristic to be associated with contact records, you would select the contact role. Item characteristics would require the item role. And so on. Individual characteristics may be associated with multiple roles. The same characteristic might apply to contacts and addresses and opportunities. If you are having trouble finding a characteristic to associate, it's likely the characteristic role isn't defined properly.

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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 shipment numbers get generated?

Shipment numbers are generated as soon as you issue stock to shipping for an order. The shipment number is pulled from the shipping configuration panel. During configuration, you define the initial shipment number—and then every shipment automatically increments the base shipping number by one. For example, if your starting shipment number is 60001, the second will be 60002, the third 60003, etc.

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What is the goal of project accounting?

The Project Accounting add-on package for xTuple is a solution especially designed for professional services companies, non-profit groups who need fund accounting and manufacturers or distributors with advanced project accounting requirements. At the heart of Project Accounting is the concept of the "virtual" General Ledger (G/L) Account. With Project Accounting, virtual G/L Accounts are built dynamically or "on-the-fly" using a combination of existing G/L Account Numbers and the linked Project Name. Transactions flowing from Project-related Sales Orders, Purchase Orders and Work Orders are generally supported by Project Accounting.

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Why can't I ship my transfer order?

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

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Can I add PDFs to an item and have them show up on my xTupleCommerce website?

Yes, you can add documents, such as PDFs, to individual items in the same way that you would add images linked to items. Like item images, the PDFs need to be stored on a separate web server, with a unique URL for each PDF. However, the ERP should contain cross references to these PDFs, via their URL.

To enter URLs for PDFs in the ERP, go to the item master for the item in question and follow these steps:

  1. Select the documents tab
  2. Choose the ATTACH button
  3. Next to the "related to" option, choose the "website" option from the list
  4. Enter the URL for the PDF
  5. Specify a name to identify it

The PDF will show up on the product page as a link for the user to view and download.

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Are opportunity stages required?

Yes, an opportunity stage is required when creating an opportunity. That means you must have opportunity stages defined before you can successfully save an opportunity.

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Our xTupleCommerce website is down. What do we do?

If you are hosting your website on your own web server, we suggest you try rebooting your server. If your website is being hosted on the xTuple cloud, please report an incident and we will reboot it for you.

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Why do item sites require a planner code?

Planner codes are required on item sites for reporting purposes—and also to support the advanced planning and forecasting capabilities found in commercial editions of xTuple. For example, with planner codes you can create different reports and schedules for raw materials and finished goods.

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How do I drill down into inventory history?

The advanced search panel gives you the most control when trying to locate specific records or groups of records in inventory history. Click on the advanced search button in the main menu to open the advanced search panel. Using advanced search, you can specify multiple different parameters—making it possible to drill down and reach the specific records you are looking for.

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What's the difference between a context and a source?

When using Qt Linguist for translation work, you will see references to "contexts" and "sources."

  • context is a business object, like the contact screen or the bill of materials screen.

  • source is a specific string of text within a context. For example the “Bill of Materials” context contains 56 sources, including “Print”, “Save”, “Revision Date”, etc.

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Do you have basic project management information?

The topic of project basics is covered in some detail in the manual Managing Projects with xTuple. The book can be read online for free or purchased for download through the xTuple MarketPlace.

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How do I handle deferred revenue?

To handle deferred revenue, enter a cash receipt and specify you want the balance applied as a customer deposit. Doing this will ensure the cash balance is posted to the deferred revenue account, as defined in the receivables account assignments setup.

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Can I use abbreviations for state names?

Yes, you may abbreviate state names. However, before manually adding a state (or province) you should check whether the state already exists in the database. (Hint: If you enter the country first, the corresponding states, if available, will appear.) For example, the default list of states for the United States uses the standard two-letter abbreviations. New York appears as NY and Virginia appears as VA in the list of U.S. states.

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How do I get started with sales analysis?

To get started analyzing your sales performance, follow these steps:

  1. Select a cube
  2. Select a dimension (e.g., customer)
  3. Select a dimension level (e.g., customer name) or drag the level to columns or rows
  4. Select a measure (e.g., amount, booking) or drag the measure to columns or row

You should now see a table of measures organized by the dimension you chose. You can continue selecting dimensions and measures to analyze your data in other ways.

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I updated information in the ERP, but it’s not showing up on my xTupleCommerce website. What could be happening?

Some information may not show up on the xTupleCommerce website immediately. Instead, it stays in the cache. Think of the cache as a net that holds on to some of the changes.

To manually flush the cache (release the net of changes), log in to your xTupleCommerce website. Then navigate to Admin > Icon > Flush all Cache and select to flush all the cache.

Note-If after flushing the cache the formatting of the site looks like it has changed, refresh the page and it should go back to normal. 

 

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When will the next xTuple ERP release come out?

See our Product Roadmap for a general idea of when xTuple ERP will be released next and what the major upcoming features will be.

Our goal is to have two features releases a year (x.y.0), one in June and the other in December, plus a few bug-fix releases. This schedule is not exact. Feature releases will be published when their defining features are complete. Bug-fix releases will be published as needed. Between August 2007 and July 2016 we published a release on average every 8 weeks, not counting betas and release candidates. That included 21 feature and 38 bug-fix releases (on average a little more frequently than 6 months and 3 months, respectively).

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Does Connect support SSL or TLS?

Yes, beginning with xTuple Connect version 3.8, support is available for SSL and TLS encryption for email sent over SMTP.

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What API keys and fields are required to use FedEx with xTupleCommerce?

If you want to include FedEx in the list of shipping options for your xTupleCommerce customers, you'll need to acquire API keys from FedEx, for both your production and development environments. Once you have the information and have added the keys to the ERP, the keys will need to be added to the xTupleCommerce website.

Here is an outline of the fields you need for both the production and development keys: 

Production Keys

  • Account Username
  • Account Password
  • Authentication Key
  • Meter Number
  • Account Number
  • Production API Password
  • Production URL

Development Keys

  • Account Username
  • Account Password
  • Test Key
  • Test Key Password
  • Test Account Number
  • Test Meter Number
  • Test URL
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What are item characteristics?

Item characteristics are used to create additional layers of information about items. For example, let's say you sell toy trucks. You might use item characteristics to define the various options available on your toy trucks—such as paint color or decal kit. Taking the color example, your toy truck characteristics might include "Red," "Green," "Blue," and "Yellow." Item characteristics are useful for reporting purposes. They also play a key role in the assemble-to-order configuration system.

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