updated 10:10 pm EDT, Thu July 14, 2011
New, open API and Magento support as well
Xsilva Systems, the company that develops the LightSpeed POS system, has announced a major new update to version 3.5 for their flagship product, changing the name of the company itself to LightSpeed to capitalize on its worldwide reseller network. The new version brings an open API to foster additional development, along with a new eCommerce package to support its own web-store option as well as the Magento platform.
LightSpeed is a Mac-based retail inventory and POS program for small and medium-sized retailers that allows merchants to digitalize their sales process and optionally build a web presence with a turnkey online shopping-cart storefront. The new v3.5 is now Lion-compatible, also updating LightSpeed Mobile with new transaction-editing features.
The new open API and LightSpeed Developer Exchange membership program is expected to foster development of customized B2B and other add-ons to LightSpeed, such as external loyalty programs, eCommerce plug-ins and integration with back-end ERP systems. Using web services, developers can leverage LightSpeed Server and frameworks used by the POS screen and the mobile app. The developer exchange will allow developers a direct channel to the company's technical staff.
LightSpeed eCommerce introduces a new eCommerce package, enabling retailers to easily upload products, images and other data to various online stores and then downloads orders back into the merchant's copy of LightSpeed, fully integrating with current invoicing and fulfillment workflows. The eCommerce package supports both LightSpeed Web Store and the widely-adopted Magento platform, including support, hosting and SSL certificates for either the Web Store or Magento. The LightSpeed Web Store has also been updated to v2.1, which now supports promotional codes, tier-based shipping and advances search functions. Web Store, like the API, is now an open-source project, making customization easier.
Version 3.5 also updates the PA-DSS certification that offers the highest security and anti-fraud protection, protecting customers' credit card data and retailer's businesses from security breaches. The company has issued a guide to help customers implement PCI standards.
Membership in the LightSpeed Developer Exchange will cost $500 annually, and the LightSpeed eCommerce add-on costs $899. The program itself starts at $1,098 for a one-seat license.