Newsletter Format, Archives
This issue is the first we've published in
HTML format (i.e., viewable in a Web browser, and in many email
programs). This makes the newsletter file larger than if it were
text-only, but we think the extra download time is worth the wait and
hope you'll agree. Besides being "prettier", having live links
into our Web site will make the newsletter much more useful to everyone.
Another plus, is that HTML format lends
itself to being archived, so this is the first of our newsletters that
will be archived on www.goflagship.com.
From now on, you'll be able to go to the News
tab on our Web site and look up prior newsletter issuess.
If you have comments on the new format
or any problems with it, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Web Site News
& Info Directory Continues to Grow!
Need QuickBooks setup or
accounting assistance by phone? On-site help? QuickBooks training? A
label printer that works with QuickBooks? Read on...
Continued growth of our new Consultants
& Information Directory (www.goflagship.com/links.htm) makes it a
great place to connect with consultants and others who can meet your
needs for QuickBooks information, software, and related products. Several
consultants and other businesses have recently added listings to the
Here's a current count of listings in
various Directory categories. Clicking on any entry in this table lets
you jump to the corresponding Directory page on our Web site.
If you know of someone with QuickBooks-related products or services
that you feel should be in the Directory, please let them know about it.
They can add their own listing to the Directory, and it costs nothing!
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Up in the Discussion Forums?
If you aren't visiting our Web site's Discussion
Forums, you're missing out on some good QuickBooks information. While
there hasn't been an overabundance of messages posted since we installed
the new (easier to use) forum software, the quality of the posts has been
Here are some recent message topics posted in the Farm
Accounting with QuickBooks forum. (Note: if any of the following
links don't work it's because they're "dynamic" and subject to
change every few days...but you can find any of these topics by starting
at the main Discussion
Our forums are a great place to ask your QuickBooks and farm
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Can I Know When there are New Forum Messages?
it's easy. Just register
as a forum member--it costs nothing. To register, you set up a forum
"nickname" or "handle" to go by (so you can stay
anonymous in the forums if you wish), choose a password to use, and
supply your email address--which lets the forum software send you email
Other settings let you choose the forums and message types you want to
be notified about. For instance, maybe you only want to know when
messages are posted in the ManagePLUS General Information forum. Or maybe
you only want to be notified when someone posts a reply to a question
Where do I go to register? Every forum page has box in
the upper left corner that says "Log in now or Register",
and clicking on the Register link will take you to the registration page.
Will I have to "log in" every time I visit the forums?
No. If your Web browser is set to accept "cookies" the forum
software can automatically recognize you when you visit the forums, so
most of the time you won't be bothered with having to enter your
What if I want to my change settings later? At the top
of every forum page is a menu of forum command items--Topics, Profile,
Help, Member List, etc. Click on the Profile
command to make changes to your member account settings.
If I register, won't everyone else be able to see my email
address? No. The forum software keeps it private. Only the forum
moderators (which for now is limited to Flagship Technologies' staff)
have access to email addresses in the member list. And those addresses
are used only for forum message notification and forum-related
Privacy Note: We're very serious about email
privacy and want you to have control of the email you receive from us.
For this reason forum membership does not automatically
include your email address in the list of people who receive this
newsletter, and vice versa. For details on how we handle your personal
information, review our Privacy
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Progress on the New ManagePLUS?
can hardly produce a newsletter without addressing the question that so
many are asking: "When will the new ManagePLUS be ready?"
As we've said for some time now, we
still expect ManagePLUS 2.0 to be released late in 2005. Our position is
that software "isn't ready until it's ready": we cannot
accurately predict the release date if we want to release a quality
Though it won't get the new ManagePLUS
into your hands any sooner, might a few feature details at least give you
something to anticipate as you wait for ManagePLUS 2.0? Sorry, it's the
best we can do for now. Here goes...
The old ManagePLUS could only work
with one date range--one accounting period--at a time, and that period
was defined by the current set of transactions you had imported from
QuickBooks. This wasn't so bad if you mostly worked with the current
accounting year. But what if you wanted to go back and examine a report
for "last year"?
Unfortunately, this meant you had to obliterate your current-year
entries for Accounts and Classes--things like the amount of production
(bushels, pounds, etc.) or consumption (gallons of fuel) in various
enterprises--and replace them with entries that pertained to "last
year" (crop yields, etc. for that accounting period). Then, when
you were done looking at the "last year" report, you had to
re-type the Account and Class entries for the current period.
Well, you won't have to do that with ManagePLUS 2.0. It maintains a
database of any number of accounting periods you may define, retaining
all of the Account and Class (enterprise) entries for each period. So
you can go back to any prior period and get a report, with little
effort. And you can define accounting periods however you like--as
months, quarters, years, etc.
ManagePLUS 2.0 will also maintain a
database of all transactions imported from QuickBooks. So getting a
report for any accounting you've defined will be quick, because only
new and changed transactions need to be imported from QuickBooks, not
"all" transactions for the period.
Having a "live" database of
QuickBooks transactions (and reference lists such as Accounts and
Classes) offers a number of benefits, plus potential for several
additional ManagePLUS features.
One of those features is the ability for ManagePLUS users to create
their own custom report layouts, to meet reporting needs beyond the
base set of reports ManagePLUS provides. If feature does not make it
into ManagePLUS 2.0, it will be high on the priority list for
We appreciate everyone's patience, and
we hope you'll find the new ManagePLUS was worth the wait!
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