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SliQ Invoicing Plus Version 4 Released

February 17th, 2013

Version 4 of SliQ Invoicing Plus has now been released, 18 months after the release of version 3. Version 4 includes a range of updates requested by our users as well as a refresh in the look of the package.

In version 4, even more flexibility has been included and now customers can customise the standard reports or even copy the reports to create whole new reports. As with our previous versions, all our reports can be exported to Microsoft Excel. Reports can be customised by adding more columns, filtering and sorting any of the columns as well as adding custom groups.

Going along with the theme of increasing flexibility, all the major lists shown in SliQ can also now be customised, e.g. the Invoices & Payments tab list can be customised by adding the invoice delivery address.

The recurring invoices facility has also been overhauled and in V4 it is now possible to create recurring transactions. The new recurring transactions facility makes it easy to change tax rates in the middle of a recurring billing cycle, e.g. if the VAT rate changes.

Many more new features are included in V4 including sales receipts, a sales margin calculator, support for multiple addresses and delivery addresses per customer or supplier, multiple contacts per customer/ supplier, customer price bands and a wizard to help assign customer payments to multiple invoices.

As with our previous major releases, a program of updates is planned on a regular cycle over the new few months.

Version 4 is available for a one-off price and includes a free 30 day trial. V4 is 100% compatible with all previous versions from V1 to V3 and will automatically import and convert all data and settings from older versions when installed on the same PC as a previous version.

For more information on the new features in version 4, check out our Release History page.

Windows 8 Overview

July 3rd, 2012

Microsoft’s much anticipated Windows 8 is set to launch later this year. But how will it compare to its predecessor Windows 7, which launched three years ago? Take a look at our lowdown on all you need to know about Windows 8.

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Unlike Windows 7, which was brought out as a more focused, rework of Microsoft Vista and an incremental upgrade to the Windows series, Windows 8 has been “re-imagined from the chipset to the user experience”. It features a new user interface based on Microsoft’s Metro design language, designed to better suit touch screen input, alongside traditional mouse and keyboard input. Microsoft developers promise a more “fast and fluid” PC experience and say they have designed Windows 8 “for the billion people who use PCs today, and for the next billion people who will use them in the future.” Our summary of the new user interface is that it is clearly aimed at the tablet PC or iPad user. The riskiest part of Microsoft’s strategy in the way Windows 8 is presented is that they leave themselves open to alienating existing Windows users without winning over tablet PC users.

Here’s our summary of the key Windows 8 features…

Windows 8 will work on tablets and traditional PCs

The operating system’s home screen features big, touchable panels, similar to the live tiles in Windows Phone 7, which you can tap and swipe to other touch-based applications. Underneath the touch screen layer, is a more traditional Windows, with a task bar, file manager, app icons and more.

It will feature a clever touch interface

Users swipe upwards from the start menu to reveal the home screen and its tiles. Swiping from the right-hand side brings up a menu that can take users from an app back to the home screen. Users can multitask between open apps by swiping across from the left-hand side. And when swiping in a new app, users can snap it in place next to the app that’s currently running, allowing the user to view two apps at the same time.

There will be new Windows 8 apps

Microsoft has created a new kind of app for Windows 8 using HTML5 and Javascript, and they’re a lot like the apps you’d expect to find on a tablet. Out of the box, Windows 8 comes with an essential set of applications including Mail, Calendar, People, Maps, Weather, Music and Video players, plus a new release of Internet Explorer – version 10 – which is optimised for touch.

But you will still be able to use existing Windows apps

Although a lot of the early hype and information from Microsoft centres on touch capability and tablet or iPad-like features showing that Microsoft are clearly aiming to win over Apple customers, long time Windows users can be assured that existing Windows apps like Office and Photoshop will still work on Windows 8, although they won’t be optimised for the touch screen.

There will be a host of other improvements

Microsoft claim the software will need rebooting just once a month and that Windows 8 boot times are 70% faster than those of Windows 7. Previous Windows releases suffer from a gradual slowdown unless they are regularly rebooted so a reduced need to reboot coupled with a faster boot time will be very welcome.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 will drive sales

The Windows Phone 8 (WP8) OS is more competitive than its Windows Phone 7.5 predecessor and is likely to drive up Windows’ smartphone market share.

Windows 8 will come in three versions

Windows 8 is set to come in three different versions – Windows 8 (self-titled), Windows Professional, and Windows RT.

Are you looking forward to the launch of Windows 8? What are your views on it? Leave a comment and let us know.

SliQ Article Submitter

June 29th, 2012

SliQ Article Submitter version 1.4 has now been released. For version 1.4 a number of performance improvements have been included making SliQ and even better means of submitting your articles to directories.

SliQ Article Submitter includes support for all the major article directory scripts including Article Dashboard, Article Setup, Article MS and PHPLD. With support for WordPress, SliQ can not only post to WordPress-based article directories but can be used to post to your own private blogs.

SliQ supports creation of unlimited author accounts at directories and will automatically create or sign up for the author accounts as well as handle any confirmation emails returned. SliQ’s ability to extract passwords from the directory confirmation emails alone can save hours of your time.

For each author account, SliQ will let you write and submit unlimited numbers of articles making SliQ an ideal way to increase exposure for your website, services or products. To save you even more time, SliQ also includes a scheduler that can be used to spread article submissions over days or weeks. With the scheduler you can line up as many articles as you like to be submitted over a period you specify on SliQ’s intuitive scheduler tab.

To try out a free trial of SliQ Article Submitter before deciding whether to purchase, please visit http://www.sliqtools.co.uk/article-submitter.aspx and download a copy. SliQTools’ article submitter is available at a very reasonable price (starting from $24.99) and can also be purchased in a package deal with SliQTools’ directory submitter, SliQ Submitter Plus, for an even more affordable way to help you build links to your website.

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Improvements in Version 1.4

SliQ Article Submitter is now much quicker to load if you have added your own custom directories. Some users had added several 10s of thousands of directory URLs into their own custom article directory lists which could cause loading times to get fairly long. We have improved and optimised loading times so that SliQ is now quick to starts even with very large article directory lists.

We have also improved the processing of adding custom article directory lists so that SliQ makes large lists more manageable, requiring less user interaction to delete unwanted URLs.

SliQ Submitter Plus V3 Released

June 23rd, 2012

SliQTools has released version 3 of SliQ Submitter Plus, our web directory submitter.

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SliQ Submitter Plus

V3 of SliQ Submitter Plus includes all the features of the old version 2 and adds a number of significant improvements making it an even better directory submitter:-

Improved User Interface

V2 already had a reputation of being easy to use but we felt that over time new features had been added in less obvious places. The new user interface layout makes features more discoverable and keeps only the most relevant items on display when performing tasks.

Fully Automatic Submitter

A number of users had requested fully automatic – one-click – submission to directories. Although the Fast submitter from V2 is still present in V3 and can still do automatic submissions, a new Auto submitter has been added that makes a single button click complete submissions to the full directory set in SliQ. The older Fast submitter still allows the greatest precision when selecting directory categories during a submissions run but the Auto submitter offers the highest submission speed and convenience to the user. One of our tips to make the submission process more successful is to use the Fast submitter for 30 to 50 submissions so SliQ can intelligently learn the types of categories you like, then switch to the Auto submitter to let SlQ do the donkey work of completing the remaining submissions for you.

Scheduler

A scheduler was the no. 1 requested feature from our users. V3 contains a scheduler that lets you queue up websites, letting SliQ automatically take care of submissions, email confirmations and live link gathering. You can add as many directory campaigns as you like to the scheduler and leave SliQ to spread your submissions over days, weeks or months as you feel is necessary.

V3 contains many more improvements including support for more recent directory scripts, the ability to specify category words as well as keywords, increased numbers of threads for submissions and an improved directory analyser for adding customer directories. As with V2, SliQ Submitter Plus still lets you submit to 100 directories for free. To take a free trial of our directory submitter, check out the directory submitter product page.

SliQ Invoicing Plus Version 3 Released

September 18th, 2011

After a number of months in development, SliQ Invoicing Plus V3 has been released.

The new version includes a number of features requested by our customers including:-

- Support for Purchase Orders and Supplier Data

- Optional Password Protection on Company Files

- Tax or VAT Summary tables on invoice templates

Over the next few months we have a new development plan for SliQ Invoicing and will be adding a number of new features into version 3 on a one or two month release cycle into the middle of next year.

As with previous versions, version 3 is available for a one-off price and includes a free 30 day trial. V3 is 100% compatible with V2 and will automatically import and convert all data and settings from V2 when installed on an existing user’s PC.

For more information on the new features in version 3, check out our Release History page.

Note: For information on the release of SliQ Invoicing Plus V4, see http://www.sliqtools.co.uk/blog/releases/sliq-invoicing-plus-version-4-released/.