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Buyers Guide – Timekeeping and Billing Software

Assessing timekeeping and billing software? Sam Glover at Lawyerist.com has written an excellent Timekeeping and Billing Software Buyers Guide talking about features to consider and comparing a number of programs including Tab3, Timeslips, QuickBooks, Harvest, Bill4Time, Chrometa, eBillity and Timesolv.
While it doesn’t cover every program it is worth a review. After reading the article please contact us. We can help you decide what’s right for you and maybe identify other programs worth considering.

Timeslips 2016 – Big Changes – Updated August 2016

Timeslips is changing. For years we have been limited by the Borland Database Engine and Paradox database. There were limits on slips and large number of simultaneous users could mean performance concerns. Timeslips is changing to Firebird SQL, offering far greater capacities and better performance in networked environments.

There is another big change, there will be two versions of Timeslips – Timeslips Premium and Timeslips 2016. There are two key differences in these versions. First, Timeslips Premium will use the new Firebird SQL offering greater capacities and better performance for larger networks. Timeslips 2106 will use the same Borland/Paradox we have used for years. The second difference is how the product is sold. Timeslips Premium will be sold on a monthly or annual subscription basis. There will be a provision for accessing your data if you discontinue your subscription but it will no longer be a one-time purchase. The subscription price will include technical support and updates and, depending on the level you purchase, e-center licenses. Timeslips 2016 will be sold as in the past where you purchase the software with the ability to purchase annual updates.

You can find more details in my article, including key excerpts from the license agreement, at the Insightful Accountant – Timeslips 2016

If you have questions about these changes, or would like a quote on upgrading, please contact Caren at 203-254-7736 or your local certified consultant.

Timeslips obsolescence policy change

Effective immediately, Sage has announced a change in the obsolescence policy for Timeslips. The new policy is quoted below. If you are running Timeslips v2013 this means that support will end in June. If you are using Timeslips e-center or merchant account you must be on a supported version of Timeslips.  If you would like information on upgrading please contact us for pricing. We will help you confirm system requirements and discuss options.

“The Sage Obsolescence Policy is to support the current Sage Timeslips product release and, unless otherwise indicated below, two prior releases of the Sage Timeslips product. Product support includes live customer support and compatibility with other add-on products or services offered, including connectivity with Sage Timeslips eCenter. Sage will only support an obsolete product until a customer’s support plan for that product expires. 

Sage Timeslips 2013 will remain a supported product until the end of the release month for Sage
Timeslips 2016 (June 2015). Any annual support plans purchased by customers for the Sage
Timeslips 2013 product before 6/30/2015 will be prorated and the product will be supported until
that support plan expires.

If you are using an obsolete version of Sage Timeslips, you are required to upgrade to the
current release in order to receive customer support and to ensure compliance with new
operating environments.”

Timeslips v2015 – Should I?

Like the seasons and taxes, new software versions are inevitable. If it’s May then Sage Timeslips is announcing a new version, which is expected to begin shipping in June.
Why should you be interested? Improved workflow and improved efficiency are promised by Timeslips 2015. If you are running v2012, your software will go off support next year. This means that purchasing upgrades will become more expensive. If you are running an older version of Timeslips, which is already off support, you should probably be thinking of upgrading for compatibility with new operating systems and other products.
Upgrading for support is okay, but not exciting. New features that can benefit you and save you time and money are the real reason to upgrade. So what does v2015 offer?
– Simplify the process of identifying draft bills with the new water mark on draft bills. This makes it easy to differentiate draft bills from final bills quickly. Some firms print draft bills on colored paper to help with this process, but that can require remembering to go to the printer and change paper before you start. This new feature can be an automatic part of your billing process.
– Need to track two different addresses for your client – perhaps billing and physical address or summer and winter. If you have been using the notes field or other fields for this you know that this offers no formatting and limited usefulness. With the new secondary address field, the address is easily setup and, there’s a quick “Swap” feature to make it easy to change which address is primary.
– Capturing your work as you do it means better tracking and capture of more billable time. The TimeCapture application has been improved. You can merge slips, drag and drop complete groups for easy merge functionality, more easily create slips and export rules for sharing across the network. You can also create and add filters based on custom search criteria to improve your capture. The speed of the TimeCapture application has been improved. All this helps you capture more of your time, more quickly; generating more revenue for your firm.
– Timeslips has long provided the ability to move clients from open to closed or inactive. As you do this you may receive warnings. With Timeslips 2015 the warnings provide more detail and clearer information to save you time in making decisions as to whether or not to proceed.
– Enhanced text search and conflict checking lets you select specific areas to search. This provided for faster searching.
– Do you have to submit bills to audit houses, e-billing? If not, you may have to soon as more and more we are seeing firms being asked to submit bills this way. With v2015 the workflow has been improved. You can have multiple templates for the same format, a real plus if you work with different audit houses. There is more flexibility with UTBMS codes if using Ledes 98B. Additionally you can create custom names for output files and Ledes customers can export output files to individual files with a nickname 1 or nickname 2 naming convention. These improvements can save substantial time in the electronic billing process, making getting paid easier.

Timeslips v2014 Service Release

While Timeslips v2014 has some great features, especially for those using the TAL Pro link, there were some issues. Now Sage has announced the release of Timeslips v2014 SR1.

If you use Timeslips v2014 you have probably been waiting for this service release. The Service Release and release notes are available at http://na.sage.com/Sage-Timeslips/Support/Product-Updates.

If you have questions, or need assistance in installing the service release, please contact us at 203-254-7736 or caren at timeandcents.com

Timeslips – Fixing Missing Toolbars – updated

Previously we have written about how to fix missing toolbars in Timeslips. The article can be found at http://www.timeandcents.com/timeslips-fixing-missing-toolbars/. This tip should also be used if screens or reports are not behaving the way you expect.

Since we wrote that article Sage has made some changes in Timeslips and in newer versions of Timeslips the path for the fix is slightly different.

Close all open windows in Sage Timeslips
Go to Setup – Preferences. If the Interface section is not expanded, please expand it.
Click on Appearance
Click on Restore All Dialog settings to their defaults
Click Yes and then OK to exit the Setup dialog