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Sage BusinessWorks Version 2018--Enhancements

That’s right!  The Sage BusinessWorks Version 2018 is now available for download on the Sage Customer Portal.   A portal logon is required to download the product. 

  • Make sure to watch the video outlining the new features included in Sage BusinessWorks Version 2018. 
  • This is a regular product upgrade and you should follow the Upgrade Installation Instructions included with the download.
  • A database update is required after an upgrade. Please allow time for the database update when planning your upgrade.

Payroll Features

  • PR, Taxes, Print W-2

Options have been added to allow for a default Kind of Payer selection on a company (PR, Utilities, Maintain Payroll Parameters) or an individual employee (PR, Employees, Maintain Employees, Status) basis. Selecting the appropriate option will populate the 943 with the correct 941 filer option. By default, 941 filer (company) and regular (employee) will be selected.  This change can also be made globally on each employee by using PR, Employees, Employee Global Change

  • PR, Utilities, Maintain Payroll Parameters

Option has been added to “Restrict accrual” to a set max accrual per year for vacation and sick time.  When the option is selected sick/vacation time will no longer calculate if the max accrual per year has been reached.  

  • PR, Utilities, Maintain Deductions

Deduction for a percent of hourly rate after a set limit is now available.  The method drop box now includes “Percent of base hourly pay (exempt)” to allow for this calculation.

  • PR, Employees, Maintain Employees

Date of Birth field has now been added to Maintain Employees.  The field is available to be added to reports and exported through custom exports.  This field cannot be sent over to Aatrix for tax report filing at this time.

  • PR Tax Table Updates for Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas

 Inventory Control Features

  • IC, Purchasing, Maintain Purchase Orders

A parameter has been added under IC, Utilities, Maintain PO Preferences to “Allow reprint of purchase orders”.  This option will be selected as default and affects Automatic Purchase Orders, Maintain Purchase Orders, Purchase Order Inquiry and the Create Purchase Order from Sales Order tasks.

General Ledger Features

  • GL, Reports, Trial Balance

A new report XLS Trial Balance – Detailed has been added to GL, Reports, Trial Balance that will allow exporting of all report data, including GL Account numbers, to an Excel data file.

Accounts Payable and Cash Management Features

  • AP, Reports, Check Register / CM, Reports, Check Register / CM, Reports, Cash Account Register

The report option now has a checkbox to “Include payroll checks.” The default for this option is checked.  If the user DOES NOT have access to Maintain Employees in Payroll, the checkbox will be automatically unchecked and it cannot be edited.

Accounts Receivable and Order Entry Features

  • AR, Transactions, Invoices / OE, Orders, Maintain Sales Orders / OE, Invoices, Direct Invoicing

A new combo box “Default Payment Type” has been added to AR, Utilities, Maintain AR Parameters.  The default payment selection affects invoicing and sales orders tasks: AR Invoices, AR Quick Invoices, OE Orders, OE Direct Invoicing, OE orders to invoice and OE select orders to invoice. 

  •  OE, Reports, Part Sales by Customer

A new report XLS Part Sales by Customer Report has been added to OE, Reports, Part Sales by Customer, to give users a method of exporting all data including part number and customer ID, to an Excel data file.

  •  OE, Reports, Gross Profit Report

A new report XLS Gross Profit Report has been added to OE, Reports, Gross Profit Report, to give users a method of exporting all data including customer ID and Invoice #, to an Excel data file.


For more information on what is included with this release please log in to the Sage Knowledgebase and view article 77983

View the overview video.

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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.