Having either (or both) offline and backup functionality added to LiveAccounts would be great points of difference for a web-browser based accounting package.
MYOB prides itself with the AccountRight Live software being the only cloud accounting package which can be used offline should the MYOB server go down or the internet connection lost. This needs to be applied to LiveAccounts.
A lot of people won't use online only software because
The LiveAccounts servers have gone down on multiple occasions stopping us from accessing our financial data and we have no idea how long the outage lasts until the solution/(s) have been found.
If a offline or backup functionality was added to LiveAccounts then we'd still be able to access our accounts when we need to. Being locked out of your accounting file for hours is not acceptable.
"Backup functionality required for LiveAccounts so we can still access accounts when server crashes"
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[This message assumes a level of technical understanding of e-mail headers. So, apologies to the general reader.]
I'd like to make a very imporant, but basic, suggestion for an improvement to MYOB Essentials: the address in the "From" field of the e-mail sent to customers with an invoice attached.
It is a 'bad look' for the invoice to arrive, somewhat confusingly, with the From field thus:
From: "My Business Name" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
So, although my business name is there, the e-mail address is this 'black hole' address for the Essentials service! Why can't that just be my business e-mail address?
The e-mail standard actually has another field called "Sender" where the address of the actual sending service can be inserted, so if MYOB wants they can have their address there. That is what that field is for. But, seeing that they have an address that simply throws away anything sent to it, I don't they would care to do so.
There is a very important reason for my request. Upon receiving the invoice via Essentials, a customer can choose Reply in their e-mail software and respond. Although the "Reply-To" field is set to my address, I've discovered that certain Android phones ignore this! So, any of my customers responding from a badly written e-mail software will respond to the MYOB black hole address.
If they don't notice the "noreply" address (and even if they do, they must be cluey enough to figure out what that means), they will think they've e-mailed me and that I never responded.
Yes, I could state in the body of the message to reply to my address, but why have this unnecessary manual step? And that still assumes the recipient notices my request and follows it -- people usually just habitually hit the Reply button, especially if quickly responding on a smartphone or tablet.
And here is the kiler: should an auto-reply out-of-office message be set (for example, the recipient of the invoice is away on leave and the auto-reply states the colleague who is filling in), I might never know! This is because I'm now at the mercy of whether the auto-responder software sends the notice to the From address or the Reply-To address. After my experience with some smartphones, now I'm not so sure!
What do others here think? Cyd.
"MYOB Essentials: Emailing invoices with *my* address in the From field"
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When we are setting our new clients up on Liveaccounts it is very difficult to predict when the livefeed will start.
We have some clients who don't want to go back and enter in the first part of the year (they will just collate their data from both systems at 30 June).
For example, if we could set a date at least 2 weeks into the future (such as start of month, or BAS period) then it would be easier to merge the clients onto liveaccounts.
"Bank Feed as at a particular date"
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Could we try get a feature implemented where as a single invoice quote can be created, but then partial invoices can be produced from the single quotes line items.
For example, I run a consultancy, and will sometimes have 3-4 items on the quote, but generally only work on one item and invoice that separately. Currently i need to create invoices and delete the lines I don't want to invoice, i think there should be an easier way to do this!
"Create partial invoices based on single quote"
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