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Can quotes be converted to invoices?

Yes, if you have the billing features of xTuple installed, then you can convert quotes to invoices. To convert a quote to an invoice, navigate to the list of quotes. From the list, select the quote you want to convert and then choose the convert option from the menu. All the quote information will automatically transfer to the invoice. To locate the invoice you created from the quote, navigate to the list of invoices. By converting quotes directly to invoices you can bypass the sales order process. This may be desirable for service businesses and others where inventory management, tracking, and shipment is not a core part of the business.

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Do I need an opportunity type?

Yes, the opportunity type is required when creating an opportunity. That means you must have opportunity types defined before you can successfully save an opportunity.

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Do I need more than one cost category?

You can certainly run your business using only one cost category. That's all you need to set up item sites and track inventory movements in the general ledger. If you want more detailed inventory accounting, though, you should consider implementing multiple cost categories. For example, you might have a cost category for finished goods and a different one for raw materials. In this way you can track particular item types or groups by different accounts—thus leading to more detailed financial reporting.

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Do I need to assign priorities?

No, you are not required to set a priority when creating an incident. Priorities are optional. If you don't want or need to assign priorities to incidents then you can simply ignore them.

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How are characteristics used?

Characteristics provide an easy way to add layers of user-defined information which you can later access for reporting purposes. For example, let's say you want to keep track of birthdays for your most important clients. To do this, create a contact characteristic for birthdays. Then, in the value field for each, insert the contact's date of birth. After this information has been entered, you can run a contact report to see all your contacts' birthdays. Characteristics can be used in many other ways, too—to configure items at the point of sale, to characterize details of sales opportunities, and more.

 

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How can I make items tax exempt?

The easiest way to make an item tax-exempt is to make sure it is not linked to a tax type. For an item to be taxable, it must have a tax type associated with it. If there's no tax type linked to an item, then tax won't be charged.

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What are some examples of sale types?

Because sale types are user-defined, you can set them up any way you want to. Some examples of sale types might include in-networkout-of-networkretailwholesale, etc. Depending on how granular you want your revenue reporting to be, you can link your sale types to different revenue accounts using the sales account assignment interface.

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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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Are freight classes required?

Freight classes are only required if you are using pricing schedules to automatically calculate freight charges during sales order entry. Pricing schedules include freight classes as one factor in their pricing matrix. Using this matrix, it's possible to define pricing schedules by freight class.

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Can I transfer inventory between sites?

Yes, you can transfer inventory between sites using either transfer orders or an inter-site transfer transaction. For bulk operations, the transfer order is by far the best method for transferring inventory from one site to another. Both transfer orders and multiple sites are features of xTuple commercial editions. You can read more about the different xTuple editions on our comparison page.

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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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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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Why should I enable customer deposits?

Enabling customer deposits makes it possible to account for deferred revenue—that is, cash receipts that are not applied to open invoices when they are received. When this option is enabled, two things will happen: 1) a customer deposit option will appear on the cash receipt screen and 2) your receivables account assignments screen will include a deferred revenue account option. This deferred revenue account will be used when customer deposits are posted. If you don't enable customer deposits, unapplied cash receipts will be distributed to a credit memo, which can be applied to an invoice at a later date.

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Can I change the sequence for incident numbers?

Yes, by simply typing a new number in the incident's next number field, you can change the incident number sequence. Keep in mind that incident numbers must be numeric—and you cannot use the number of an incident that already exists.

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Does the sale type impact pricing?

No, there is no correlation between sale types and pricing. The sale type is used to declare how sales revenue will be accounted for in the general ledger.

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How is the start date of a work order determined?

The start date of a work order is determined based on the due date minus the lead time. The lead time for an item is found on the item site record. For example, if the due date is February 15 and the item site lead time is five days, the start date for the work order would be February 10.

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What is an opportunity source?

An opportunity source describes the lead source for an opportunity. For example, if the lead originated from an existing customer, the source might be "Customer Referral." Similarly, if the lead heard about you on the radio, the source might be "Radio Commercial." And so on. Using the advanced search feature, you can filter on opportunities by source.

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What's the difference between an item and an item site?

An item is the definition for a product, describing things such as what item type the item belongs to, its unit of measure, whether it's sold, etc. Item sites, on the other hand, define an item's physical location within a site. You need item sites if you want to track inventory. The movements of inventory, planning for inventory, and inventory accounting are all tied to the item site.

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Are opportunity sources required?

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

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What is a terms code?

The terms code is the primary identifier used to describe billing and payables terms as they appear throughout the application—in drop-down lists, etc. For example, if one of your terms is net 30, then you might use the code NET30 to identify it. Similarly, if your terms are 2% discount in 10 days, net 30, then your code might be 2-10N30.

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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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Which file types can I add to the database?

There are no restrictions on the file types you can add to the database. Everything from office documents to image files to CAD drawings and more is supported.

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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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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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Why do some privileges appear greyed-out?

If a user privilege is greyed-out, this means the privilege belongs to a user account role. Bold-colored checkboxes indicate a privilege is assigned individually to the user. It's possible for users to have a combination of privileges—both individual privileges and privileges inherited from user account roles.

Hint: If you manually select a greyed-out privilege and make it bold, that privilege will remain with the user even if the underlying user account role is removed from their user account.

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