Having hit some pot holes on their recent development roadmap, you may be understandably skeptical about Lightspeed’s new version of their locally-hosted inventory management and POS system. Let’s talk about what we know…
Resellers were recently invited to a webinar in which they were shown the new version in an attempt to go farther than just words when releasing this new version. I can tell you from what I saw that existing users are in for a wonderful surprise when they start using the new version. Was it fast? The answer is a resounding ‘YES!’. Significantly faster, in fact.
What impressed me even more was their commitment to quality with this release. They’ve openly admitted that their last release was not a success. Rumours are that people lost their jobs because of it but even if that’s not true, it would seem that they’ve taken a more serious approach to the internal and beta testing of this release before posting it for the general public.
Not much. The list of improvements and bug fixes are numerous (I’ve included the list below for your convenience) but you may notice that this release doesn’t come with any major new features… and we’re ok with that. For those who have stayed at Lightspeed version 3.9.8 or lower because of fears of upgrading, this is great news and means that you can finally feel good about getting the latest version.
Should you upgrade?
The question of whether or not to upgrade may depend on a number of things. While I’m relatively confident that this update is safe enough to install in a production environment (as it has already been thoroughly tested), you still need to make sure that your computers all meet the minimum requirements and you must have a currently valid maintenance subscription.
Lightspeed 2015.2 requires Mac OS X version 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher which means that if you still have one or two computers that run 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), you’ll have to either upgrade them or replace them before you’ll be able to use them for Lightspeed tasks.
On the flip side of this, if you’re itching to upgrade to Apple’s new Mac OS version (code named, ‘Yosemite’)… or at least to make those annoying upgrade available messages go away… then you’ll most likely be required to update your Lightspeed system as the company claims that version 2015 and higher are required for Yosemite. Although I’ve seen examples that prove otherwise, I’m not sure I’d be willing to count on that stability.
October 1st, 2014 is the official cut off for anyone who wants to upgrade to Lightspeed 2015.2 but may have let their annual maintenance plan renewal expire. Call us immediately (905-337-5923) if this is the case for you and we’ll work with the folks at Lightspeed on your behalf to get you up to date and ready for the new version.
As always, if you have questions or need assistance with your Lightspeed system, just book a session and I’ll be happy to help.
Here are the release notes, as promised…
- The save time for Purchase Orders, Quotes, Orders, & Invoices with many line items is now faster.
- The save time for changed quantities on Purchase Orders, Quotes, Orders, & Invoices is now faster.
- The response time of Purchase Orders, Quotes, Orders, & Invoices has been improved.
- Performance optimization now takes place upon installation with a manual reset located in System Preferences.
- Performance increase for the Accounts Receivable Module.
- StoreMaster application now uses the Cocoa framework (was previously Carbon).
- Converted all side drawers to drop down sheets allowing for the removal of legacy code.
- Improved Help menu for faster access to my.lightspeedpos.com and remote support.
- An Invoice can now be voided in POS Mode to prevent Owing Invoices.
- Expanded the Accounts Receivable window for better navigation of customers.
- Product label barcodes are now printed off Product ID by default.
- Moneris messages have now been updated if the card is left in the machine.
- New Installer Window layout, Retina compatible, with Uninstaller included.
- Removing a customer from an existing invoice no longer removes discounts from the line items on the invoice.
- Pricing Levels now detect the proper quantity and set the proper Pricing Level.
- Fixed an issue in StoreMaster when selling a product with a pricing level applied, the discount would apply to the default price instead of the pricing level price.
- Fixed an issue where a user was unable to open the tills window in POS Mode.
- Fixed in issue where a sale label was incorrect for tax-inclusive environments.
- Fixed an issue where Importing a vCard failed.
- Fixed an issue where Transfer Inventory in Tools was disabled occasionally.
- Fixed an issue for 1.3 customers where inventory reserving or releasing would cause an inventory quantity issue.
- Fixed an issue where a jpeg photo could not be opened for a product, customer, supplier, or company logo.
- Fixed an issue where Lightspeed could crash when adding an item to SRO Additional Items.
- Fixed an issue where Lightspeed could crash when selecting Gift Cards in Tools.
- Fixed an issue when using a Moneris Terminal would display a “declined” message when the transaction was approved.
- Receiving a PO with a linked Order item now updates the Order status to received.
- Reopening an invoice with a product that has a 100% discount no longer ignores the discount.
- Fixed an issue where the Lightspeed Server may not start upon reboot of a computer running Mavericks.
- Selecting “Quantity” in the Set Product Info drop-down no longer results a timeout and crash.
- Creating a return with a sale offer applied no longer removes the sale offer price.
- Fixed an issue if a product is sold at a 100% discount that when re-opening the invoice the sell price would be incorrect.
- Fixed an issue where changing a line item quantity on an invoice would cause discounts to be removed.
- Fixed an issue where receiving a PO for a linked Order did not update the status to Received.
Mac OS X Yosemite
- Fixed an issue where a text box background color would display incorrectly.
- Fixed an issue where text could be cut off in the Company Setup Panel and GSX setup window.
- Fixed shading issues for document linked/related tabs, customer categories, and setup panels in tools.
- Fixed an issue where Label Designer would not function properly.
- Fixed an issue where the keyboard would become unresponsive.
- Fixed an issue where a Magic Mouse would cause Lightspeed to crash.