Release ABM 8.1

There are a number of fixes in ABM 8.1 for issues arising since the release of ABM 8 which are listed in the spreadsheet available at:-


We have also developed Stock Taking for sites using the Warehouse module:

It is now possible to enter a stocktake and allocate, or confirm the quantity on hand in individual bins. This feature will now allow companies using warehousing to process a stocktake as at a particular date. It will also facilitate the movement of stock within the warehouse during the stocktake process.

Job retentions:

Job retentions can now be set up with up to three different percentages for increasing thresholds of total invoice value. For example, the first $100,000 of invoices has a retention of 10%, the next $200,000 has a retention of 7.5% and any further invoices have a retention of 5%. These stepped values are used to automatically calculate retentions when processing sales or project invoices for jobs.

Job Stage Status and Percentage Complete:

New fields have been added to the Job costing maintenance screen so that you can now keep track of the percentage completed for a particular stage, as well as recording the status of that stage, such as in-progress, or completed.

Create Purchase Requisitions from Job Estimates:

As well as the option to create a purchase order from a job estimate, you can now create a requisition from a job estimate so that they can be approved prior to creating the purchase order.

Version Checking of ABMSystem:

Previously if a new version of ABMSystem was being installed but it had an earlier date than the ABMSystem that existed in the programs folder (due to the ABMSystem being opened manually), then the ABMSystem may not have been updated correctly. Service Pack 1 now checks the version number of ABMSystem and ensures that the correct version is updated at all times.

Upcoming Releases:

We intend to release ABM 8.2 just after Easter. The key changes in this version will be:

Structured Stock Sequence:

Structured stock will now properly retain the sequence of sub-products as defined initially in the sub-product ranges. When setting up a structured stock product the user may select a range of sizes/colours to use and the order that these are displayed in the matrix will be based on the defined order in the selected range(s). Further the user may use drag and drop to change the order of sizes/colours for that product, and this order will be retained and used for that product when entering quantities in the matrix on transaction entry. The sequence will also be written to the transaction records in the database to allow the correct order to be used on printed forms.

Further enhancements to the way sub-product ranges are used in ABM are expected after the release of ABM 9.

Performance Improvements for Large Lists: The amount of time required to display large lists in ABM 8 has been improved by changing the SQL drivers being used and retrieving only a portion of the record set initially before the list is made visible to the user. This results in the list being displayed initially much quicker, but then a small delay if the user searches the list or scrolls down as the remaining records are retrieved.

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