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Spark v5.9.5 – it’s here!

Mar 5, 2013
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We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our popular job management software.
Spark v5.9.5 is to be released April 2013, this update will feature –

• Xero API – this is a biggie for all the Xero users out there!
• Changes to reports
• Even more is recorded in the transaction log
• Set up your own default submenus
• A new search display option for Tasks
• And more…

Check out further details in the release notes here. We’ll be in touch over the next few weeks with Spark administrators to book in preview sessions.

Spark – New release of our Job Management Software

Jun 6, 2012
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We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our popular Job Management Software. Spark v5.9 is to be released July 2012, this update will feature –

• Easier, quicker closing of jobs
• Improvements in Print Options
• Enhancements to Project Proposals
• Google maps and more…

Watch this space over the next few weeks for further details and we’ll be in touch early July with Spark administrators to book in preview sessions.



New team member

Jun 27, 2011
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We would like to welcome Liam Collins into our software team while Gemma takes some time off for maternity leave. Liam comes to us from the UK and will take care of all the support for Spark going forward. Gemma leaves us until early next year from mid July onward. Good luck Gemma! Welcome Liam!

Spark Manual updated for v5.7

Jan 10, 2011
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We have just updated the Spark Help to include an updated manual for version 5.7. This is accessed through the Help icon in Spark on the top/right.

It is a PDF and can be printed for circulation in your office, but if you would prefer us to provide you with a printed and bound copy, please email us here and we will get a copy out to you.

MYOB GST upgrade?

Oct 17, 2010
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For those who don’t want to upgrade their MYOB for the GST change, be aware that you have a bit of extra work to do to get it right.

If you do not upgrade, you will need to manually:
* Calculate your GST Returns
* Manually create a new 15% GST Code (S15)
* Manually change default code in Chart of Accounts
* Manually update default codes in Suppliers & Customers
* Manually update default codes in Items on both I Buy & Sell
* Manually update GST Inclusive Codes
* Manually calculate GST Return Adjustments

We recommend you upgrade to AccountRight 9.5 for Mac – or if you have a PC, AccountRight 19.5

More information from MYOB here.

Or, just upgrade to Xero!

GST Changeover

Sep 29, 2010
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MYOB updates should be making their way around to you all by now ( users don’t have to do anything – it is ready now) and the new GST tax code seems to be S15. When you let us know that you have finished your September invoicing and we switch your Spark over to the new rate, be aware that we will also be pointing Spark at your S15 code for GST. If you haven’t updated your MYOB and are going to update the codes and reports yourself, please make sure you create your 15% GST code as S15.

Spark, GST Codes and your Accounting

The GST change is coming up soon. Your accounting application provider (MYOB, Moneyworks, Xero etc) will have updates and/or advice on how their product will be affected by the GST change. We are following their recommendations on what the new GST code will be.

For example, MYOB uses the code S as the 12.5% GST code. We have unconfirmed reports that the new code will be S15. If this is the case, then Spark will be outputting S15 as the official GST code in its transfer files. (To be confirmed)

MYOB say their latest update takes care of the GST changeover. If you don’t do the upgrade, you MUST create codes and alter the behavior of your MYOB to work with the 15% change.

If you have any questions about the GST change in relation to Spark, please give Gemma or Marcus a call on (09) 477 0396.

New Spark update in development

Aug 7, 2010
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We are currently developing a new update to Spark which should be out in the September timeframe. The direction of this update is around workflow, resource management, timesheets and general usability! We are very excited about it and think you will be too.
(Our first beta site said – Wow, this is AWESOME!)

Some notes:

  • The ability to put notes against a job to display in the WIP with an ETA and responsible person
  • Formatted WIP PDFs!
  • Project Proposals so you can have one PDF with multiple proposals summarised onto it.
  • More improvements to timesheets including comments on Multi-Time entry and “last 7 days”
  • Re-ordering of Materials in your Proposals and Invoices
  • Improvements to the user interface for easier training
  • Lots of small fixes and touch-ups

We will be sending out release notes closer to the time which will detail all the improvements – and then arrange to come out and walk you through the update so you get good use out of the system!

For more information contact Gemma Hurst or Marcus Radich on (09) 477 0396

New face at Digital Arena

Jun 14, 2010
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We would like to welcome Gemma Hurst to our Software team. Gemma will be a name many of you will recognise as she previously held a position at Digital Arena providing training in Spark.

Gemma has been working client-side in Spark for a number of years and brings her knowledge and experience to help you maximise your Spark.

More new staff announcements to come…

Spark – Time/Material move

Spark 5.5 has a new Purchase Order move feature in the Admin which enables you to move purchase orders from one job to another – but we also enhanced the Time/Material move. Previously you could only move the entire block of Time/Materials from one job to another – now you can choose. It is best illustrated by a picture!

To use this feature, you must have Administration rights.