Do-it-yourself site launches new service for connecting with local repair shops
Electronics do-it-yourself repair resource Fixya is launching a new service that offers users the ability to connect with local repair shops and service providers. Named Fixya Pro, small businesses can generate traffic in their area through the site by listing what services they provide to what regions, and including their contact information. Businesses can post a free listing by signing up for a Fixya Pro account.
First one-hundred customers received a Wacom Stylus Pen
Wednesday marked the release of DODOcase's iPad mini Folio, the latest in its line of part-case, part-notepad tablet covers. Described as an "all-in-one solution for digital and analog needs," the case features traditional craft techniques in its production, including bookbinding practices. The interior of the iPad mini Folio includes DODOcase's signature bamboo precision-carved tray on the left side, with its right side occupied by a reporter-style twenty-four page refillable notebook.
Version 2 of the software provides several UI, usability improvements
Acclivity today announced AccountEdge Basic 2 for Mac and Windows. The new version of the accounting application includes improvements to sales, banking, and customer management, in addition to other features designed to make small business owners' bookkeeping tasks easier.
Monitor includes Eco-mode, carbon footprint meter
NEC has lined up a new monitor for the budget inclined. The AS192WM is a 19-inch AccuSync LED backlit display that offers a 33-percent reduction in power consumption, partly due to removing the Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp backlighting that its predecessor used. The Energy Star 6.0 compliance, EPEAT Silver rating, Eco-mode and carbon footprint meter tools also help it save power and be more environmentally friendly.
Facebook ad credits offered despite polled click-rate
Facebook is offering free advertising to small businesses in an effort to encourage more advertisement sales in Europe. Qualifying companies operating in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain can receive a free advertising credit on the social network through its Small Business Boost promotion. This comes at a time when the effectiveness of advertizing on Facebook is questioned, with General Motors dropping paid Facebook ads altogether.
Also brings support for Sparrow e-mail
Oranged Software's Studiometry, a business solution for client- and project-based small businesses, has been updated to version 9.1, a free upgrade for all 9.x users. The new version offers an all-new summary report called Assigned Projects, adds the ability to import entire iCal calendars directly into the program (including events and to-dos) and now supports Sparrow as a default e-mail client along with many other minor upgrades.
Mobee outs Magic Numpad accessory
FileMaker has released a new set of Bento templates designed specifically for small business owners. The Bento Business Organizer is a free set of customized database templates for managing orders and inventory, tracking products, coordinating events, and more. The eight featured templates include: Contacts, Products, Sales Orders, Inventory, Projects, Events, Tasks, Voice Memos, each offering a unique set of tools for different business management functions. The Bento Business Organizer weighs in at 10.9MB and can be found on Bento's website.
Accounting app tracks sales, banking, customers
Acclivity has released AccountEdge Basic for Mac, a slimmed-down offering of its professional software, now simply called AccountEdge. The AccountEdge Basic app, geared towards small businesses, tracks sales with customizable quotes, orders, and invoices, providing an accounts receivable tracking system while managing both banking and customer contacts. It uses command centers to organize sales, banking and accounts, with a card-file system to track customers, employees and vendors. The command centers and card file form the primary menu bar for the app.
Progress billing, retainer management onboard
Acclivity has released an update to its small business accounting software, launching AccountEdge 2011 today. The premier feature of the new update is integration with AccountEdge Mobile for iPad and iPhone, with the iOS apps launching alongside the update. The new iPad app is launching with the release of AccountEdge 2011 and the iPhone version will arrive shortly. The iOS apps will sync cards, items, jobs and activities, while creating quotes, orders, billing for services or time and record expenses. The iOS apps communicate with the desktop software via the online storage service Dropbox.
Google Checkout integration also expected
Google is reportedly preparing to equip a number of small businesses with mobile devices that can be used for social networking purposes and checkins, unnamed sources have told TechCrunch. The devices could potentially be used by customers for rating the businesses or finalizing purchases via Google Checkout.
Application based on Billable, improves features
MacNN has reviewed ProfitTrain, an invoicing application rebuilt from Billable. ProfitTrain helps freelancers and small businesses keep track of their work and create invoices. Users can track payments and business expenses, generate reports, and input custom line-items for services/parts sold most often. Invoices can be customized with different text fields or logos, while several output options are available.
2010 version adds improved searching, auto-updates
Acclivity has released an update to its small-business accounting software, AccountEdge 2010. The software handles purchasing, payrolls, inventory management, banking, business contacts and sales tracking. It features over 100 business templates, all of which can be edited to match specific needs of various businesses. It can import and export files and work out budgets spanning several years. The utility also allows users to print checks and make electronic payments.
Citrix GoToAssist Express
Citrix has formally unveiled a two-tiered service for providing online technical support with screen-sharing capabilities. GoToAssist Express is a stripped-down and less-costly version of GotoAssist Corporate, but geared for small businesses or individual owners instead of larger corporations. The services support both Windows and Mac OS X, although the Mac version has fewer features.
Kerio MailServer: iPhone
Kerio says it has added wireless iPhone "push" compatability to its MailServer software, and the company says small businesses have been eager to embrace the iPhone 3G. In an interview with MacNN, Dusan Vitek, VP of Worldwide Marketing for Kerio Technologies, said he's seeing strong demand for iPhone support from typical customers in small to medium-sized companies.
AccountEdge NE updated
MYOB US has announced the latest update to AccountEdge Network Edition for Mac, which will enhance the speed of recording transactions in the small business accounting software's network version. The July 2008 product update is the first of two sets of major speed enhancements for the Network Edition. Benchmarking conducted by MYOB showed an average of 20x speed increases over six categories with the phase one changes. One transaction type reached 28x and the slowest of the six categories still reached 14x times faster than in Network Edition version 2008. The product update is free to all version 2008 customers.
iWeb themes for business
IPresentee is hoping to bring the simplicity of iWeb to small business. The company has released five iWeb themes -- Office, Global, Money, Illusion and Papery -- targeting small business entrepreneurs looking for an inexpensive Web presence. Each theme contains seven templates: Home, About Us, Services, Support, Clients, Contact Us and a blank template. The company says the themes can be built in minutes to “create a beautiful site with a minimum of effort."
Macs right for small biz
As Apple's popularity in the PC market grows, many in business are debating the switch, but some in the industry caution that while Macs have gained a lot of interoperability, the move may not be smart for some. CNN Money writes that the switch to Mac can be beneficial to some, even offering cost reductions in overall system price and maintenance over traditional Windows serving solutions. Writer Jonathan Blum also notes that there are some software hurdles in particular instances, which can sometimes be easily remedied.
IGG Software has announced iBank 3.1 the latest release of its personal and small business financial manager made exclusively for Mac OS X. Among the most important changes in the iBank 3.1 upgrade is the ability to preview direct downloads for matching transactions; users are alerted if a duplicate transaction has already been imported to iBank, or advised to proceed when no matching transaction is found. iBank's internal browser, which allows users to log in to online accounts without leaving the application, has been enhanced with improved page loading and more banks' websites available to users
Checkout 2.0 released
Werck BV on Thursday released Checkout 2.0, its point-of-sale solution for small- and medium-sized Mac-based stores. Werck, a joint venture between development studio Sofa and small business-focused MYOB US, lets retailers process credit cards real-time and create and manage purchase orders. It also supports multi-user access to the solution over a network and can integrate Checkout data with MYOB AccountEdge or Intuit's QuickBooks Pro for Mac. Checkout 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and is priced at $400; it is a free upgrade for existing users. In the United States and Canada, Checkout 2.0 is sold as MYOB Checkout and will be sold by MYOB US.
Ricoh GX2500 gel printer
Ricoh recently introduced the GelSprinter GX2500, the first in its line of gel printers meant for workgroups of up to three users. The GX2500 is capable of printing 28 pages per minute in both color, and black and white, using a viscous ink formulation to provide waterproof, smear-less images that don't bleed through paper. Ricoh says the printer is ideal for cost conscious organizations such as schools, real estate firms, and insurance offices. The GX2500 is currently available for $170 through Ricoh's online store, and through select retailers nationwide.