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Sage BusinessWorks Version 2013 and Version 2015 --New Features

Sage BusinessWorks version 2015--Enhancements

Sage BusinessWorks 2015 is an upgrade to version 2013 primarily to keep tax information current and to fix problems present in earlier versions. However several new reports and features are included:

New Reports – PR, Reports, Deduction Reports

Worker's Compensation Detail by Employee ID
Worker's Compensation Summary by Employee ID
New Reports – PR, Taxes
The following deposit tasks have a new "Snapshot" button. When this button is pressed, a report previews to the screen
that contains all of the information shown on the deposit task's form. The user can then print the report or save it to a
different location.
PR > Taxes > FICA and FWT (941) Deposits > Current Quarter > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > FICA and FWT (941) Deposits > Previous Quarter > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > FUTA (940) Deposits > Current Year > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > FUTA (940) Deposits > Previous Years > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > SDI and SWT Deposits > Current Quarter > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > SDI and SWT Deposits > Previous Quarters > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > SUI Deposits > Current Year > Snapshot
PR > Taxes > SUI Deposits > Previous Years > Snapshot

Order Entry
New Reports – Gross Profit reports

The existing Order Entry Gross Profit Report was replaced by six new style reports.
Much like reports in the General Ledger and Payroll modules, grouping/sorting options needed to be accomplished in
separate reports. A data generator was not necessary, making these reports fully customizable.
The "Paid invoices only" checkbox was replaced by the "Invoice status" dropdown selection (the user can view all invoices, paid invoices only, or open invoices only on this report).
Report Names:
• Order Entry Gross Profit Report
• Order Entry Gross Profit Report By Invoice Number
• Order Entry Gross Profit Report By Sales Representative
• Order Entry Gross Profit Summary Report
• Order Entry Gross Profit Summary By Invoice Number
• Order Entry Gross Profit Summary By Sales Rep

Download Sage BusinessWorks 2015 Release Guide (pdf)

Download Sage BusinessWorks 2013 Release Guide (pdf)

Sage BusinessWorks 2013: Enhancements

Below is a list of enhancements included in the release.

Unlimited number of cash accounts

Improved cash account management – Manage all your cash accounts in the cash management module instead of the AR, AP and PR modules

Enhanced Bank Reconciliation – Download cleared transactions from your bank and upload the cleared status into the bank reconciliation

Add an A/P Invoice on the fly in Manual Invoice selection – For vendors with a zero balance, you can now add an invoice on the fly in Manual Invoice Selection

Masked Credit Card Number on Orders/Invoices -
Undo Button Confirmation – In Maintain Sales Orders and Enter Invoices

Payroll Report Migration – Payroll reports are now in the new reporting system, easily customizable

Simpler reporting using the Payroll Timecard tables – valuable to those of you who have external reporting on the payroll timecard table

Ability to export reports without saving

– New reporting system: Added export to Excel functionality

– New reporting system: Ability to scroll through pages in reports

– New reporting system: Post Only button in Print and Post Invoices

– Order Entry


Enjoy easier, safer customer payments with new PA-DSS-compliant, integrated credit card processing

With comprehensive, integrated PA-DSS-compliant functionality through Sage Exchange, Sage BusinessWorks 2012 makes posting credit card transactions as simple as posting cash transactions. It's all done simultaneously so you save time, energy, and resources by eliminating the tiresome, error-prone chore of rekeying data. Not only do you get rid of the extra steps previously required to process credit card transactions and then post them, you reduce the risk of credit card security breaches that can cost your company significant dollars in Payment Card Industry (PCI) fines and also seriously damage your good name.


See the details faster with new, customizable General Ledger financial reports

Focus on obtaining the information you need with new drill-down capabilities in General Ledger while customizing standard reports, including adding/removing fields, rearranging fields, printing in landscape mode, and changing sort/filter options. You'll be able to drill down to the account detail on the Trial Balance and consolidate some accounts on the Income Statement while still providing full details on other accounts.

Sage BusinessWorks 2012 also allows easymanipulation of data to send many reports to Microsoft Excel® without formatting changes.


Better manage your payments with an upgraded user interface to the Accounts Payable manual invoice selection

Gain more control and visibility into your payment process when you select vendor invoices for payment. A single screen enables you to quickly and easily choose invoices from a list for a single vendor or multiple vendors, so you can take advantage of available discounts while ensuring invoice due dates are not missed.

When you finish, view all invoices selected for payment for all vendors along with the total number of invoices and the total dollar amount. Additionally, we've simplified the application of open credits. Now you can automatically apply open credits to the oldest invoices first or apply them to specific invoices of your choice.


Save time and reduce mouse clicks, thanks to the new Enter Payments user interface

Selecting invoices for a single vendor just got a whole lot easier now that you can choose from a list of all invoices for a specific vendor displayed on a single screen. Plus, you can decrease the mouse clicks previously required to complete the payment process. No more navigating to multiple screens to select your invoice; pay all invoices with a single click or opt for individual invoices by selecting the check box.


Stop tedious searching for a specific invoice with a new Find Invoice field in Post Receipts

Tired of what seems like endless scrolling through a long list of invoices just to find a particular one? Depending on the number of customer receipts you need to post, it can be a lengthy and monotonous process. Not anymore! With the new find feature, you can quickly locate the invoice you want, then easily post that receipt!


Improve the accuracy and timeliness of your tax reporting with Aatrix payroll tax form integration

Make your tax form processing more efficient and organized. With tighter integration between Sage BusinessWorks and Aatrix, you no longer need worksheets. Just select the form and fields autofill as appropriate—no more typing the forms. Sage Business Care customers can also take advantage of the free Federal W-2 eFiling offered to Sage BusinessWorks customers for additional savings. You'll have peace of mind knowing that your tax forms are accurate, up to date, and correctly filed.


Reduce printing, stuffing, and postage costs with direct deposit payroll check emailing

Go greener while saving more time and money! With the new email address field in Maintain Employees, you can choose to email direct deposit paycheck stubs to your employees if they have an email address. Think of the money and resources you'll save versus printing, folding, stuffing, applying postage, and mailing them!

Cut paper waste with new Preview function in Report Groups

Recycling is great, but isn't it even better not to fill the bins in the first place? The Report Groups task has added a Preview option so you can see how the report will appear prior to printing, so you no longer have to print a report to validate the setup options! Not only will you conserve paper, but time, energy, and frustration as well.


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What's New

December 2018
Important Act Software Notice: If you currently use an older version of Act, you should consider upgrading to a newer version by December 31st, 2018 to ensure Act continues to function properly after January 1, 2019.

Versions Impacted: 17, 16, Sage Act 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005
Why is this happening: A third party vendor made a change and you can read more here: https://www.act.com/important-notice

August 2018
Sage BusinessWorks 2019 is now available. See more details here.

July 2017
Swiftpage enters beta testing of ACT! version 20

March 2017
Swiftpage releases Act! version 19.1 (2017). Includes significant fixes to the initial release..

February 2017
Sage releases BusinessWorks 2017 service pack 2, with 2017 tax tables.

August 2016
Swiftpage releases Act! version 18.2. We have tested Sage BusinessWorks link through version 2017 with all desktop versions of Act! through 18.2 and found no issues--even though Sage no longer supports the link.

May 2016
Swiftpage releases Act version 18.1

March 2016
Sage releases Service Pack 9 for BusinessWorks 2015

July 30, 2015
Swiftpage releases statement about the compatibility of Act! with Windows 10 and the precautions to take before upgrading to it. See it here.

July, 2015
Act! version 17.2 released by Swiftpage. This release adds important new features and fixes issues with prior versions.

April, 2015
Swiftpage announces major product restructuring--Act! to be available on-site or in the "cloud", purchase or subscription.

January, 2015
Swiftpage releases Act! verson 17.1 to beta testers. This release has feature enhancements and solutions to problems found in prior versions.

November, 2014
Sage BusinessWorks 2015 is released. There are new reports, functionality enhancements, and problem fixes from the 2013 version. See release notes.

October, 2014
Swiftpage releases ACT! version 17: with integrated emarketing, which adds automation, send as, and more; the ability to attach documents from places like DropBox, Sharepoint and Google Drive, to fully connect you to where you store your documents; enhancements to web and mobile like CSV import and attaching a photo directly from your mobile device. - See more

July, 2014
Don Joseph announces merger of our Sage accounting with Sue Dunn at MicroAccounting Solutions and our ACT! practice with Brainsell Technologies, LLC to assure support for NCG's clients.

June, 2014
Northbrook Consulting Group forms alliance with Brainsell Technologies, LLC for ACT-related products and services. More to come.

May, 2014
Swiftpage announces future vision for ACT!, including summer release of ACT! Cloud and redesigned ACT! Hosted

April, 2014
Swiftpage releases ACT! version 16.1 with new features and problem fixes. Included is ACT! e-marketing, other new features, and maintenance upgrades.

March, 2014
Swiftpage releases beta of ACT! e-marketing and announces features for release 16.1 in April, 2014.

Febuary, 2014
Swiftpage announces plans for the all-new Act! Cloud, a direct-to-market, SaaS-only offering primarily targeted at entrepreneurs and micro/small business owners.

January, 2014
Northbrook Consulting Group's merger with Sue Dunn's firm (JDI Inc.) brings the gamut of Sage solutions to our clients. We can now sell and support Sage 100, Sage 200, Sage CRM in addition to Sage BusinessWorks, Sage 50, and ACT!.

July, 2013
Sage BusinessWorks 2013 is released

April, 2013
Featured Add-on of the month: QSalesData, allows connection of ACT! and QuickBooks--true CRM capabilities at a small business price.

October, 2012
ACT! HOSTED brings ACT! to the cloud. Northbrook Consulting Group brings it to you/

November 2011
Don Joseph receives certification as ACT! Premier Trainer and Sage BusinessWorks Certified Consultant.