Software Africa Newsletter - April 2016


April has brought wind and some rain.  Also some exciting developments.  Judith attended the Quick Payroll Key Player two day course and was impressed.  Yes it is more expensive than the old payroll, but it has many enhancements.  Also, mid-April Autodesk gave us back a product we have all been wanting for some time.  More below!

Sales Position

We still have an opening for a salesperson to sell QuickBooks and Autodesk products.  Come and work in an office which uses Cloud telephony solutions!  In addition, you get to use QuickBooks in your daily tasks and pass the Autodesk exams online.  Please send CVs to Judith.

Hot Tip -- Online Income!

On Thursday 21 April at 8pm South African time Peter Carruthers (editor of Petes Weekly, author of Crashproof Your Business, and overall internet-savvy guy) will share a bunch of ways he earns enough income online to live in Norway. The event is free. It will be recorded. If you have registered, even if you do not attend, you will get the video replay. Go here to reserve your free seat at "Learn to Earn Online Income while Living in South Africa".

QuickBooks - 2016

QuickBooks 2016 comes in three flavours - Pro, Premier and Premier Accountant.  QuickBooks have rationalised their pricing and now only support the 2015 versions as well as 2016.  We advise people to upgrade to 2016, not only because it works better than 2015, but because the cost is the same.

Green Tip

Still be waterwise, as we are definitely facing severe water problems. Some of these are caused by government's inability to maintain and extend infrastructure.  However, also impacting on our water supply and constraining it, are the continued granting of mining licences, the possibility of fracking licences being granted, and more coal-fired power stations.

Autodesk updates

Please note that from 1st February 2016, all maintenance subscriptions must be renewed promptly!

The Subscription Options

From the 1st February, only subscription offerings are available.  These are as follows:

AutoCAD LT subscriptions only come with Advanced Support!

Ironically, I discovered that some of the Design Suites are still available on permanent licence plus maintenance subscription.  If this is a direction you want to take - do it now!

You can pause your subscription if you do not want to renew at the end of the period.  This means you can renew when work loads justify doing so.

Revit Offerings

Revit has been released as a standalone product once more. It incorporates Architecture, MEP and Structure, plus A360 cloud rendering.  The latter frees up the designer's machine for other work as well as operating much faster.  It is available on Annual and Quarterly subscriptions.

Excel Tip #143 -  Reverse the Order of a List

Say for example that you have a list in no obvious order, and you want to reverse it.  You might, for example, have copied a list of bank transactions (which might have several on the same day) from Capitec Bank: While they now irrationally put the latest transaction at the top and refuse to fix it, you might want them in the logical order they used to be in, with the latest at the bottom.  Here's a way do it:

If you do this frequently, you might record a macro to do the job.  It would need to be modified to allow for a variable list size.

Computius Say:

No one is listening until you make mistake.

Remember:  We can make your business run better by:

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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