Receive Partial Payments Online

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Peep into your Zoho Invoice or Zoho Books account and you’ll spot our
brand new addition, “Online Partial Payments”. Earlier, we had the option
to record partial payments manually for invoices, we’ve extended that further to
online payments as well.

Most often in businesses, by mutual
consent from both the seller and the buyer, the payment is accepted in
installments. If your business works this way, then you have some real
good news here. To keep up with your customers’ installment payments could be
rather difficult. With the introduction of partial payments, this issue would never resurface again.

Send an invoice out to the
customer, choose the option to let the customer make partial payments
for that invoice. As the customer pays, the amount due for the
invoice is deducted and closed eventually; when the customer pays up the
entire amount due for that invoice.

Get to know more about this feature from our help section.

Enjoy receiving payments, while we get back with another feature to rant about. Until then enjoy invoicing and accounting with us. Follow us on Twitter for quick updates.

Just Launched: Zoho BugTracker (with GitHub Integration!)

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About a year ago we added bug tracking functionality to Zoho Projects to help software teams easily submit, track and fix bugs. 

Fast forward to now, and we’re pretty happy with the uptake it has gotten among customers. Many people have tried it, used it and purchased it. Many people also shared with us their feedback and how we could better tailor it to meet their needs. We were frequently asked to have bug tracking as a separate, stand-alone product, decoupled from the rest of Zoho Projects – and to make it even more affordable.

So we took those requests to heart and today we’re launching Zoho BugTracker, a standalone product that helps teams fix bugs fast.
Zoho BugTracker has all of the now-familiar features. For example, it makes submitting a bug report dead-simple. You can even attach screenshots or documents of the offending behavior for the team to analyze. BugTracker also allows teams to easily organize bugs and automatically change severity, priority or other data based on certain rules. And all of that is customizable to fit what you want to track.

Teams can keep tabs on the bugs and their progress. Reports and dashboards make it easy for team members to focus on what’s important for them. And just like in Zoho Projects, Zoho BugTracker displays the stream of the most recent activities and progress in the team.

But that’s not all. With this latest update, we’re also adding one very cool thing: GitHub integration. With it, you can link a GitHub repository to your Zoho BugTracker space. Code checked-in in Github, will be displayed as a changeset in BugTracker. If, while commiting the changes in Github you specified a bug ID, it will also be linked to that particular bug in your database. The GitHub integration should be up in about a week.
Express edition for Bug Tracker starts at $40 per month for an unlimited number of users. Includes submitting bugs through email, customer workflows, notifications, custom views and much more. You can upgrade to other plans to get business rules, custom fields and other very nice features. 
You can signup and start using Zoho BugTracker today at: www.zoho.com/bugtracker. Here’s to fixing bugs fast!

Zoho Recruit features Custom View and Bulk Update

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At Zoho Recruit, over the last few weeks we’ve been working on two new features – Custom View and Bulk Update. Today we are happy to announce the availability of both these features.

Custom View

Zoho Recruit’s Custom View helps you to filter data with multiple criteria and save it for future reference. For instance, lets assume these two scenarios that you often get requirements from your clients/department heads:

1. Candidates who are located in Newyork with 5 years of experience with Java
2. Candidates Age (no:of:days since the candidate is created/updated in Zoho Recruit)

In such cases, instead of keying in the details everytime into the Advanced search, you can quickly create a custom view by specifying these criteria, which will list all the related candidates. The custom view that is created is automatically saved, so you can quickly refer to it whenever required. And not only that, the custom view content is automatically updated each time when you open to find the details.

 


Zoho Recruit allows you to create multiple custom views, providing the edit, delete and clone options along with it. 
Let’s also take a look at the other options available in Custom View:

Displaying Custom Views
You can choose to display each custom view either in Gird or Summary with the required fields.

Specifying Criteria
Zoho Recruit allows you to create custom views with multiple criteria by specifying the field name, condition and value. You can also define the criteria using the AND OR combinations. The Criteria pattern helps you get a glimpse of the custom view result for the defined criteria.

Sharing Custom Views
Zoho Recruit provides three different custom view sharing options, which helps you to define the users accessibility. 
  1. Allow all users to access the custom view 
  2. Keep the custom view private to yourself
  3. Share the Custom view to users individually or based on the roles 

Bulk Update

The bulk update feature enables you to simultaneously update information to a group of candidates, job openings, clients and client contacts. 


For example, lets say you want to associate multiple tags for a group of candidates. To perform this action, previously you had to associate only one tag at a time for a group of candidates, but now with bulk update you can associate multiple tags for a selected group of candidates in one go. 


Apart from this you can also perform the Bulk Update action for 
  • Publishing and un-publishing job openings
  • Changing clients primary contact
  • Removal of tags
  • Changing the owner
  • Changing the candidate source and many more.  

Try these new features and let us know what you think!

Accounting for Bad Debts

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In any business, customer is king. When an invoice
is sent out to our customers, we always predict that the customer is
going to pay us back. There are times when we know that the payment
isn’t going to come through, like when the customer goes out of
business or has a rough patch.
It is a good practice to write off the amount due, when it is unlikely that customer is going to pay us back. Hence, we included “Write Off” to Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice recently. 

The
process behind writing off an invoice is simple. Let’s see how this
works with an example. Consider that Mark, your customer has an
outstanding balance of $500 from a single invoice. Mark has gone out of
business and he’s told you he wouldn’t be able to pay up. Your reports
keep including the balance due from Mark on all important reports.


Now
all you do is simply go to the “Invoice Details” page and click the
Write Off option. Once the invoice is written off, the balance due for
Mark shows up as $0 and your reports give you the actual figures.
Besides this, when
an invoice is written off, the amount is
recorded as an expense. Hence your profit and loss figures are accurate
and you wouldn’t need to go through the rigmarole of transferring
balances etc
.



In Zoho Books, the amount written off from an invoice is added on to the Bad Debts account.

This
is a neat little way to deal with bad debts, which we hope our customers must seldom use.
We will be back with loads of product updates in the coming weeks.
Until then, keep up with what’s cooking with us via Twitter and
Facebook. We are quite the social junkies these days.

Zoho Invoice’s iPhone app clinches the deal for Pesav.com

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You would have earlier read the Zoho Invoice customer success stories of M2i3, SAMTEQ Limited, etc.

Today, we are proud to present Mr. Davide Peri, Owner,


pesav.com
, an IT Services and Consulting firm. He would be reminiscing on why he chose

Zoho Invoice
 for his company’s invoicing needs.

Head straight to Mr. Davide Peri:

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The Challenge


Before Zoho Invoice, we invoiced our clients using a software that we created on our own for our internal use. Over time, most of our clients began requesting for an invoicing solution as well. So, our development began to focus on meeting our client’s needs instead of our own. Our goal was to create an invoicing application that was easy to use, simple to configure, required no maintenance and included some basic functionality.
Given
the scope of our business, our fundamental challenge was, finding the
time to develop and refine a consumer-oriented invoicing application.
The project started to take on a life of its own, and began to intrude
on our other projects and development work.


Zoho Solution

At some point during our own development, we found Zoho Invoice through a search on Google.

Simply put,  Zoho Invoice met our design goals and had better prices than we would be able to offer our clients. We shut down our own invoicing application project and migrated to Zoho Invoice (internally) and began recommending Zoho Invoice to our clients who had expressed interest in our invoicing app.

The best features for us, are the mobile access via Zoho’s iPhone app and the integration with Google Apps. The

Zoho Invoice iPhone app
 gives us access to all our accounting information, everywhere we go.

Continue to

read
 on how Zoho Invoice created an impact in his organization.




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Announcing Zoho Docs – Google Chromebook integration

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When Google launched the Cr-48 Chrome notebooks, they invited Zoho to be a part of its pilot program. We even gave away Cr-48 notebooks to some of you. We do hope that you have been putting your Cr-48s to good use and have been getting the most out of cloud computing :)

Today, the first commercial Chromebooks have started shipping in the U.S. Those of you who missed out on the pilot program can get your own Chromebook now.

Here’s how Zoho is a part of this launch. If you had followed the Day 2 Keynote at Google I/O you might have noticed that Google’s Chrome operating system now includes some major updates and newer features. The most notable among them is the addition of a file manager. The file manager is a very simple one and looks a lot like the file manager systems in Windows or Mac.

We’ve come up with a Chrome extension, that allows users to upload and view their documents in Zoho Docs. This applies not only to the downloaded files, but users can also upload files from their pen drives to Zoho Docs. As you know, we do let users login to Zoho with your Google credentials which means you try this extension with your Google credentials.

You can learn more about this extension from this page. As always we’d love to hear your feedback. If you’ve any questions please post it here. We’re all ears!

Thanks to Google team for their wonderful API and documentation which has made this extension possible!!

Capture Bank Charges for Invoice Payments

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You can now capture the bank charges for payments in both Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books.

Most often, when you receive payments from your customers via bank remittances or transfers, you may not have received the amount in its entirety. Most banks deduct a charge for the transaction. For instance, if you had sent an invoice for $300 and your customer pays back via a bank remittance, the bank may deduct a $2 or $3 as a transaction fee for this remittance. Until now, there was no option to capture these bank charges.

With this introduction, you will be able to capture the bank charges right at the time of recording a payment as you see in the screen capture below. You can also read more about this in our product help section.

It takes only a minute for you to try the feature and another minute to let us know how much you like it. We’ll be back with another addition very soon. You can network with us and other Zoho users on Twitter and Facebook.