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Why can't I view financial information for any date range?

Under the guidelines established by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), financial data —and by extension, financial reports—are organized according to accounting periods. Accounting periods create a pre-defined and repeatable structure for financial reporting. The accounting cycle itself depends on accounting periods to facilitate the (typically) monthly and also annual auditing and closing of the books. Accounting periods are usually defined as monthly, quarterly, and yearly time frames. Financial reports follow the structure of the accounting periods—and so you have monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. Ad hoc reporting outside the boundaries of the defined accounting periods is not generally supported.

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Why doesn't xTuple work on my PowerPC Mac?

As of version 3.6.0, xTuple no longer supports the PowerPC Mac platform. Only the Intel Mac platform is supported. Prior versions of xTuple did support PowerPC Macs, but beginning with version 3.6.0 xTuple no longer supports PowerPC Macs.

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Is there a report which shows shipment tracking numbers?

Yes, there are several reports which provide historical tracking number information. Look under Inventory > Shipping > Reports > Shipments. All of the reports in this section include a tracking number column. If you entered a tracking number for an order when you shipped it, then that information will be shown in all of these reports.

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What address do I enter in the billing configuration?

The address you should enter in the billing configuration is your remit-to address. This address is used in multiple reports, including invoices.

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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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What is the default location?

The default location is the location within an item site where you want your inventory to be put or taken from by default. Having default locations can simplify the process of handling inventory when multiple location control is being used. For example, users can transfer inventory into/out of an item site using a default location button—without having to pick a location from a list of available locations. Default locations are not required but they do help reduce complexity.

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Where are reason codes used?

The following document types can have reason codes associated with them: receivable credit memos, receivable debit memos, and return authorizations.

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Why don't my non-inventory receipts show up on the Uninvoiced Receipts|Returns report?

Because non-Inventory Items, by defintion, do not have Item Sites, you cannot view receiving information for them on an individual Site basis. That's why you have to select the "All Sites" option on this report to see your non-Inventory activity.

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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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What kinds of planning systems does xTuple offer?

xTuple offers four primary planning systems: material requirements planning (MRP); distribution resource planning (DRP); master production scheduling (MPS); and lean/constraint management. You must be running a commercial edition of xTuple to have access to these planning systems. For more information on which planning systems are available in which editions, please see the xTuple comparison page.

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What is landed cost?

Landed cost is the total price of a product once it has arrived at a buyer's door, including the purchase price plus all freight, tariff and any other handling charges. Often times, landed costs need to be added retroactively to a product after it has been received.

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Can I change a customer's customer type?

Yes, you can change the customer type a customer is assigned to. To do this, open the customer record for editing and select a different customer type. Once you save the change, the customer will be associated with the new customer type.

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Do I need to assign an incident severity?

No, severities are optional. They are not required when entering incidents. You can enter incidents without assigning a severity.

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How do I update the description of my item for xTupleCommerce?

After you’ve located the item master in the xTuple ERP database, navigate to the marketing tab. Make changes to the description content the description field, then save. After you've closed the item record in the ERP, refresh the item's page on the xTupleCommerce site. If the change does not appear automatically, you may need to flush the cache.

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Do site types have an impact on the function of sites?

Site types have no impact on the function of sites. A site type designation is informational only. Site types are different from the basic site classification—namely whether a site is an inventory site or a transit site, both of which do impact how a site functions.

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Why does the ship zone change on my sales order?

If you are using ship-to addresses, that would explain why the ship zone changed on your sales order. Each ship-to address has its own ship zone. When you change ship-to addresses, the ship zone on the sales order may also change. By default, the ship zone at the ship-to address level will be used.

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Can I delete an account?

No, once you successfully create an account, you cannot delete it. You can, however, mark accounts as inactive. In addition, you can detach contacts from accounts to free them up to be attached elsewhere. For example, in the toytrucks demo database you cannot delete the Tremendous Toys account. But you can detach Frank Farley's contact record from the Tremendous Toys account.

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Are incident categories required?

Yes, every incident must be assigned to a category. Because incident categories are the highest-level grouping mechanism available to incidents, they are required.

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What is the difference between incident status and incident resolution?

Status is used by the incident system to track the life cycle of an incident. An incident begins with a new status and then takes on various other statuses as it is being worked on. The final status (which all incidents are moving towards) is closed. Status selections are system-defined and not editable. Resolutions, on the other hand, are user-defined and not required.

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How is the xTupleCommerce product catalog structured in the xTuple ERP database?

The product catalog is a collection of categories which items may be grouped into. Think of it as being like the physical catalog department stores might use. The following terms are used:

  • Parent group: The parent group is typically a very generalized group of items. For example, if you had a shoe store, the parent groups might be men’s shoes, women’s shoes, kids’ shoes, etc.
  • Item groups: Item groups are more specific groups within the parent group. If the parent group is women’s shoes, the item groups may consist of sandals, sneakers, pumps, boots, etc.
  • Member items: Member items are the individual items within the item group. If we selected the sneakers item group, the member item would be the exact red sneaker that a customer may add to their cart for purchase. 
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My xTupleCommerce account is temporarily blocked due to 5 failed attempts to login. How can I get into my xTupleCommerce website?

Unfortunately, you will have to wait until the system clears your IP Address for access. We do not have access to manually do this. The system may take an hour, 4 hours, or even 8 hours to clear your IP Address as there is no standard amount of time for it to cycle through. This is one of the main reasons we encourage our users to change their password to something easy for them to remember.

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Does the size of the file matter?

There is no specific limit to the size of files you can store in the database. You can store everything from small files to extremely large files in the database.

Hint: Keep in mind that storing large files in your database will increase the size of your database and will require you to monitor your hard drive consumption.

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I use partial quantities on my bills of materials (BOMs), so why are my costs so inflated?

If this is happening to you, check your Item masters for the Items in question. Make sure the "Fractional" option is selected for any Items which you plan to use in partial quantities. If that flag is not selected, then the costs for the Item will be rounded up to the next whole number. This upward rounding would explain your inflated costs.

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What are incidents?

Incidents are typically tickets, cases, issues, requests or bugs. These incidents can be raised internally by staff or externally by customers. They can be about errors in products or services but they can also be used to request help or support for a product or service. If you use the xTuple Web Portal, then you and your customers can create, manage and track incidents on the web.

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What are to dos used for?

Most people use to dos to remind themselves of things that need to get done in the future. When combined all together, your to dos are known as your to do list. Using the advanced search feature, you can sort your to do list by any of of the available criteria: due date, CRM account, assigned to user, etc. In this way you can monitor the to dos that are most important to you. To dos are a useful tool for managers, as well. Managers can use the assignment feature to assign to dos to people on their team—thus creating a work flow management system.

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