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Timeslips 2018

It’s July and it’s time for a new version of Timeslips. Timeslips 2018 is scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

We are often asked “Should I update?”. The answer is usually “it depends”. Factors like what version are you currently running, and what is your operating environment are as important as looking at the new features. While you may have heard rumors that Timeslips is going to a subscription model, this is not true. As Timeslips certified consultants, we can sell you a perpetual license version, with or without a support plan, or a subscription version. The choice is yours and we can help you choose.

This year there is an additional factor. Sage has announced that they will only be supporting the current version and one version back. Therefore, as of August, only Timeslips 2018, 2017 and Premium (subscription version) will be supported. If you are running E-Center or accepting credit cards through Sage Timeslips, you will need to be on a supported version. Upgrading while on a supported version is also less expensive. If you are on an older version of Timeslips and running Windows 10 or Office 2016, or planning to, it may be time to upgrade. Similarly, for larger firms that have not yet upgraded, the additional capacities and performance benefits of the newer versions mean that it may be a good time to upgrade.

Timeslips 2018 also offers some new features.

  • Quick Bills allow you to build a bill all in one screen. When you are billing a one time client, or just trying to get one bill out, this feature can speed up the process.
  • Fee Allocation expanded. Previously Timeslips was limited to three categories for fee allocation reporting. With Timeslips 2018, this has been expanded to 10 categories, adding more power and flexibility in reporting.
  • Set the start day of the work week. This setting affects reports that total amounts by week and lets you set a work week that matches how your firm measures a week.
  • Timeslips shows hints in name lists when My Lists are active. While a small thing, this will probably save many calls to consultants. Have you ever looked at the client list and known that people were missing but can’t determine why? When my list is active, your lists are filtered based on your assigned names. This was sometimes activated by mistake or activated and forgotten leading to frustration in finding those missing names. Now a simple reminder will help you know to change to all, and “find” those missing names.
  • Option to show contact email addresses on pre-bill worksheets
  • New bill layout options to control page break before consolidated bill summary
  • Improved performance
    • If your database includes a lot of consolidated bills, opening the Reprint Bills list (select Bills > Reprint
      Bills ) could be slow. You can now unmark the ‘Show consolidated projects separately’ option to
      improve performance.
    • You can use the Split Billing Rules dialog box (select Bills > Split Billing Rules ) to maintain split
      billing. If you have a lot of rules, this list could open slowly.
    • When working with timesheets, the list of timesheet templates (select Slips > Time Sheet > Slip
      Templates ) loads much faster.
    • Fee Allocations report and Fee Allocation by Period report have been optimized to generate much
      faster.
    • Timekeeper Collections report and Timekeeper Collections by Period report have been optimized to
      generate much faster.
  • eCenter Data Transfer Utility is now part of Timeslips, making it easier to use.
  • View all reports on one list and “search for report” field. This can be especially useful if reports have been moved from default locations

Many of these features were previously added to Timeslips Premium, so they have already been tested. If you would like to review the system requirements, please go to Timeslips system requirements

If you want to know if upgrading is right for you, get pricing or have questions about the new features, please contact us at http://www.timeandcents.com/contact-us/. We are happy to help.

 

Timeslips 2015 Obsolesence

Sage has announced that Timeslips 2015 will become obsolete effective July 31, 2017. This is in keeping with past policies but is important to note, especially if you are running Timeslips ecenter.

The policy is stated as “If you are using an obsolete version of Sage Timeslips, you are required to upgrade to the current version to receive customer support and to ensure compliance with new operating environments.”

While we will always provide support to the best of our ability, regardless of version, there are some things we can’t do. If you are using Sage Timeslips eCenter or Sage Timeslips Electronic Bill Delivery these functions will not work after July 31, 2017 unless you are running Sage Timeslips 2016, 2017 or Premium.

If you have questions, or would like pricing on upgrading, please contact us.

 

Timeslips and Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Did Windows update your computer and now Timeslips won’t run? No need to panic, we have a simple fix.
The problem is that Windows has “removed” the default printer and Timeslips needs this.
To fix the problem, go to Control Panel > Devices and Printers. Pick a printer and right click. Choose make this the default printer. You will have to confirm. Once done, go back to Timeslips and it should now run correctly.

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 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.