Recently, Windows released an update that prevents reports in BusinessVision and BVEssentials from exporting to a PDF. You’ll be glad to know that the update resolved problems for the Azerbaijani Monat and the Georgian Lair currency symbols; however it broke all software that uses ‘export as PDF’ functionality using Crystal 9 and 10 (which is what BusinessVision and BVEssentials use).
The following steps remove the offending update, and then prevent it from happening again. These steps are basically the same for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.
Spire 1.1 was released in July and included Payroll, POS, and batches for Accounts Payable.
Spire 1.2 is on the verge of release, just in time for the next big seminar (in Mississauga). This version includes two important features:
- Production Manager, which is used by manufacturing customers
- Spire REST API (Application Program Interface), which allows third party developers to easily link into Spire
The seminar will include brief updates from third party developers who have worked with the API already.
In early February 2015, Spire was released to a limited group of customers (almost on schedule!) in several provinces and the results are excellent! Customers are now able to enjoy the great user interface of BVEssentials with a much faster database.
This first version of Spire is almost identical to BVEssentials version 6 which was first released in 2012. BVEssentials works with BusinessVision but adds significant functionality to existing modules as well as adding many new ones; Spire is the same program as BVEssentials but uses a new and improved SQL database. My favourite features are listed in the article on this website entitled ‘BVEssentials Features’.
Spire will be released to a larger group of customers in the next several months so I will update when the next milestones are reached. Stand by! Feel free to subscribe to this blog by clicking on the follow button on the left side of the page to receive the updates automatically.
For more information about Spire, please see their web-site at www.spiresystems.com.
Along with the gradual demise of BusinessVision comes the rise of BVEssentials and Spire. BVEssentials works with BusinessVision but adds significant functionality to existing modules as well as adding many new ones; Spire is the same program as BVEssentials but works with a new and improved SQL database.
20 years ago when I started independent consulting, I chose the very boring but practical name RJB Consulting Services (the middle initial being Johanna, btw). Now that the first version of Spire is being released, I have been ‘inspired’ to change the name to ‘InSpired Consulting Services’. Although it may seem a little risky to name my business based on specific software, I am very confident that Spire is great accounting software, perfectly suited and priced to meet the needs of the small and medium sized businesses for which it is designed.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP or Office 2003, which means they will not be releasing updates which guard against known virus and malware attacks.
You may be aware that Sage, the company that owns the BusinessVision product, is no longer actively developing it. It is staying current with Windows releases and payroll updates, and will continue to do so for years to come.
BVEssentials is a third-party product that works with BusinessVision. Although it started out as an add-on utility over a decade ago, it has grown into a fully functional suite that now basically replicates BusinessVision and improves the functionality dramatically. It now has all major modules covered:
- Inventory, Purchase Order, Purchase History, Production Orders
- Order Entry, Accounts Receivable, Customer
- Accounts Payable, General Ledger