Software Africa Newsletter - February 2019

Autodesk Tip ~ Online Business Tip ~ Excel Tip


Heat still high, pollution unreal, governments unbelievable. Time to take control of our future.

Tax Filing time is on the way: Does your company really want to be deregistered?

The new CIPC mandate of filing Annual Financial Statements (AFSs) in iXBRL format has posed challenges to many companies.

If you have faced issues in filing your AFSs in the new format or are yet to choose an iXBRL provider, look no further!

Software Africa is partnered with IRIS CARBON - a leading XBRL product and services provider across the globe.

These are some useful links to use:

Why do I need to file in XBRL? XBRL: Do I -really need it?

And the easier one Four steps to a smooth iXBRL CIPC-filing 

With Software Africa and IRIS, you are in the safest hands for your iXBRL filings.

Our services are economical, hassle-free and guarantee a 100% successful filing with the CIPC in the first attempt.

Contact us for a quote today! email: or phone 082 389 3481.

IRIS: Trusted by CIPC to implement the iXBRL filing platform for South Africa

On-Line Business Tip #24: Google Hacks 2 - Specific Phrase:

Google is the world's most popular search engine. So it helps to know a bit more about using it than the average person.

It is easy to go to and type in words to search for. Google will then search for pages where all those words occur. Sometimes that is not good enough; instead we want to search for a specific phrase, or make sure that specific words occur on the page.

Say, for example, that we want to find a program to produce soil profiles and borehole logs (like dotPLOT, for example).  You could ask Google to search for soil profile borehole log (without quotes): That will produce about 787 000 results.  However if you search for "soil profile" "borehole log" (with quotes), it finds only about 7 450 more specific results (including dotPLOT).

ArCADia update

Here's an exciting link!

This is a "Buy outright  product" with upgrades available and excellent BIM.

Please contact Judith for more information


There are two useful actions that you can take with renewals. The first is moving from Maintenance Subscription to Annual.

Why is this a good idea?

The US Dollar pricing will be fixed until 2030 - does that sound good?

If you don't choose this option, maintenance renewals will go up by 20% per annum.

The second is looking at two or three year subscriptions when you renew or buy for the first time. This means that you have secured your subscription for those time periods and will save money. This has now been extended until the 29th March

Autodesk Developments.

Autodesk Knowledge Network (AKN)

AKN is the community content site providing tech support, training materials, product knowledge, and interactive discussion forums for you as customers. Please make use of it.

QuickBooks' Cloud Solutions

These become stronger and stronger, plus you can carry your accounting solution on your phone, your laptop or your tablet. This ups your customer service levels and boosts your business. Imagine sending your estimate immediately to your customer as you sit in front of them! Was at a great conference on 7th February, just built on my knowledge

Please contact Judith for more

Richard Armour CA(SA) :

Cell: 073 724 3371.  Website :  email address: and  

Try him for all your accounting needs as we can recommend him.

Excel Tip #174 -- Why Learn About Excel Macros?

Now for something completely different.

You're a proficient user of Excel, whether 2016, 2013, or 2010. You know your =SUBTOTAL function from your =SUM, and can write an =IF function in the right order without needing Intellisense. You can do complex operations without help.

However, you find yourself repeating the same operation time and again. Perhaps it happens every month-end.  Or you regularly have CSV files you need to process, maybe deleting unwanted columns, formatting column headings, and saving as an XLSX file.

Now is the time to up your game another level. Stop mindlessly repeating the same operation a dozen times!  Instead, record the operation as a Macro in code, and run that every time, while you get a cup of tea.  You'll save time and your work will be more valuable.

Next time, we'll start gently with the basics of using macros. Join us on this journey!

Computius Say:

Computer addiction, you might have, when you get up in the night to go to the bathroom ...and check your email, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Telegram before going back to bed an hour latter.

Remember:  We can make your business run better by:

All the Best from the team!
Judith and Rick

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