Timeslips 2018

The following was written by 3545 Associate Caren Schwartz and was originally posted on her blog. Thanks for sharing, Caren!

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
      • 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.

Do you think the Timeslips 2018 upgrade is for you? Contact 3545 Consulting today to find out how we can help.

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