Thursday
Dec292016

AgExpert Analyst 2017-01 is here!

AgExpert Analyst 2017-01 is here!

We’re excited to let you know the newest version of AgExpert Analyst is now available. And, to save you time, the software update will automatically install when you’re connected to the internet.  If you don’t have an internet connection, let us know and we’ll send you the manual update download link.

 

Some of the new features and enhancements, include:

 

  • We’ve updated the payroll tables from January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017. 
    • Make sure to update your employees’ TD1 numbers as AgExpert Analyst does not update this information for you. 
    • The income tax calculation has changed for Quebec residents. Make sure to wait to install this update until after your December payroll has been processed to avoid any employee income tax miscalculations.
  • If you have GST, PST or payroll that is unremitted when you create a new fiscal year, a warning will open to let you know that it still has to be done. Click ‘Yes’ to continue creating the next fiscal year or ‘No’ to enter the remittances right away. Note that if you click ‘Yes’, you can still set your fiscal year back to the prior year and save those remittances.
  • The suppliers and customers that you add to transactions will now appear on the General Ledger Report. This will allow you to see your contacts even if you don’t enter contact names into your memos.
  • A column has been added to the Edit/Reverse Transaction screen to allow you to more easily access the images you’ve imported with a receipt from AgExpert Mobile.

 

To learn more about all the new features and enhancements click here

 

Wednesday
Nov232016

What are the best options for storing your farm data?

What are the best options for storing your farm data?

 

Lately, we’ve had some customers call in and ask for help with corrupted data. After investigating possible causes, we found that sometimes USB flash drives (A.K.A. memory sticks and thumb drives) are the culprit.

There’s no question that memory sticks are great to use for storing digital files and backups because they’re portable, durable and have incredible storage capacity – but beware, they have some limitations.

Memory sticks have only a limited number of write or erase cycles before they stop working and corrupt the data stored on them. Depending on the quality of the memory sticks you’re using, they can withstand between 10,000 and 100,000 write-erase cycles. While this may sound like a lot, if you’re working off the copy you have on a memory stick and are saving often, it doesn’t take long to add up. This is the case with AgExpert Analyst files, where one record must be written to multiple tables – it doesn’t take long to max out the available writes and have the data get corrupted.

We encourage you to use your local hard drive, an external hard drive or an online storage solution instead of storing working copies of your files on a memory stick. Regardless of the storage solution you choose, backing up your data is the best thing you can do to protect your information, saving you time and headaches.

Thursday
Jul212016

Thanks for helping improve Field Manager PRO 2016-02

Thanks for helping improve Field Manager PRO 2016-02

 

Our software is designed to help make your job easier, for improved results in your operation. You’ve provided us with great feedback and offered suggestions to make our software even better.

Thanks to your recommendations, we’re happy to provide our latest update, Field Manager PRO 2016-02 – new and improved by you.

What’s new for this update? Well, if any of these bugs happened to you before, the new update means they won’t happen again:

Fixes for Field Manager PRO

 

  • Setup – Default Application Rate for seed treatments gives sync error if the measurement unit is not an Area
  • Reports – CanadaGAP H1 form is missing records between pages

 

Fixes for Field Manager PRO 360

 

  • CNH fertilizer/spray operations adding an extra zero to area in bulk import
  • Importing a .shp file boundary crashes if language is set to French
  • CNH harvests showing no yield in bulk import
  • JD 2600 Data not importing product name

 

Fix for FM PRO Mobile

 

  • now you can our install the Android app on an RCA tablet without errors

 

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Wednesday
Jun222016

Eight reasons to download AgExpert Analyst 2016-04 update

Eight reasons to download AgExpert Analyst 2016-04 update

Just eight reasons? Actually, there’s more. But first, an overview:

It’s time for our regular July payroll update. This update is vital for payroll users to ensure their tax tables are current. Of course, this update is not just about payroll – you’ve made requests, and we’ve delivered. We’ve used this opportunity to bundle in some improvements to existing features that users like you have asked us for. And let’s not forget, there are changes to HST in three Maritime provinces, so we’ve included instructions for those.

Now, in no particular order, here are the new features:

 

  1. There’s a new standard file type: .ofx (Open Financial Exchange) for exchanging financial information. Along with the current file types we use to import transactions from online banking, we’ve ensured this new file type will work as well.
  2. Now you can auto-populate the budget screen when entering the budget screen for the first time in any new year (as requested by you).
  3. As requested, you can now auto-populate the fair market value screen when entering the screen for the first time in any new year.
  4. New accounts will be automatically mapped to the cash flow report based on the account type selected when creating the new account (another user request).
  5. Journal entries to Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable can now be done through the General Journal entry screen. This will help when entering year-end adjustments from the accountant.
  6. You wanted more flexibility when sourcing payroll funds from multiple bank accounts – done. Now you can change the bank account on the fly when entering paycheques.
  7. The HST rates in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador will be changing on July 1, 2016. You’ll be ready to modify those rates in AgExpert Analyst.
  8. Some of you told us there a few things not working correctly in the software – now we’ve tweaked those bugs.

 

Want to see a complete list of all the awesome updates? Click here.

 

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Monday
Feb012016

Take a sneak peek at Field Manager PRO and 360 2016-01 update

Take a sneak peek at Field Manager PRO and 360 2016-01 update

Ready for the new year? Download the latest version of Field Manager PRO (2016-01) and you will be. Loaded with new improvements and fixes, you’ll manage your field and crop data better than ever.

Here’s a peek at the just some of the new features and enhancements:

Auto-update

Online Activation

  • Activate your software as soon as you’re ready. All you need is an internet connection, a serial number and the email address we have on file. Once the information is entered, just press the button to activate the system. It’s the ultimate in convenience: no need to call in, no need to wait for a disc.
  • Of course, you can choose to not use the online activation tool, or if your computer isn’t connected to the internet, you can call us during our normal business hours.

Enhancements

Harvest

GIS

Soil test observation

Reports

FM PRO Mobile

Do you have feedback? We’d love to hear. You can use the Send Anonymous Usage data to FCC (under the help menu) to help us to better understand how you use your software. Secondly, you can always post suggestions for Field Manager PRO on the discussion boards.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus you can always contact our FCC Management Software support staff.

To learn more about all the new features and enhancements click here.

Tuesday
Dec222015

Adding up the numbers with AgExpert Analyst 2016-02

Adding up the numbers with AgExpert Analyst 2016-02

There’s a number of improvements to the release of the latest version of AgExpert Analyst 2016-02, and they add up to better things for you. We don’t have the space to include all the upgrades, but here’s a quick look at some highlights in our latest version:

AgExpert Analyst 2016-03

 

  • Minor technical improvements were added

Auto-update

General enhancements

Setup

Transaction

Payroll

Reports

Management

Enhancements

Support

  • Find out what’s new in your software by using the What’s New button added to the Help menu.
  • The FCC Management Software online community is the place to get answers to your software questions 24-7. Access searchable discussions, blogs and the Knowledge Base. You can connect with other software users and with our support staff.

These are just some of the feature upgrades you can look forward to. When you’re in business for yourself, every little advantage matters and that includes using the latest and best versions of your software. Don’t forget to upgrade yours.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Monday
Nov092015

Download the newest version of AgExpert Analyst now

Download the newest version of AgExpert Analyst now

Update the way you do your accounting with the latest version of AgExpert Analyst. There’s so many improvements and upgrades we can’t cover them all, but here’s a brief glimpse of what you can expect:

Auto-update

Online Activation

  • Activate your software as soon as you’re ready. All you need is an Internet connection, a serial number and the email address we have on file. Once the information is entered, just press the button to activate the system. It’s the ultimate in convenience: no need to call in, no need to wait for a disc.
  • Don’t want to use the online activation tool? Or your computer isn’t connected to the Internet? No problem, just call us during our normal business hours. We’ll get you activated.

Setup

Transaction

Payroll

Taxes

Reports

Support

  • Find out what’s new in your software by using the What’s New button added to the Help menu.
  • The FCC Management Software online community is the place to get answers to your software questions 24-7. Access searchable discussions, blogs and the Knowledge Base. You can also connect with other software users and with our support staff.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Monday
Nov022015

Learn what’s new in your online community

Learn what’s new in your online community

Have you met the people in your neighbourhood? Specifically, the FCC Management Software Community?

For the past three years, your online community has grown and helped hundreds of customers with their software questions and sharing advice. Just this year, we hit 500,000 page views.

In case you’re new to the community, here’s a quick overview:

Knowledge Base

Search the Knowledge Base by topic and find answers to your software and mobile app questions.

Multimedia section

  • videos are an easy way to learn when it’s convenient for you
  • with each software release, you’ll be able to view what’s new in our software   

Blogs

Over 50 blogs are waiting for your reading pleasure. Here are some that may interest you:

Discussion Boards

We have an average of 3,000 visitors per month to the community. Join the conversation and ask questions, get answers and share your knowledge with other users.

Click to Chat

If you’re a current Essential or Premium plan subscriber, try out our click to chat functionality. Instantly message to get answers from our support staff. Sound good to you? Then maybe it’s time you switched to an Essential or Premium customer care plan. To upgrade, call 1-800-667-7893.

We’re always open to suggestions

This is your community – so if you have any ideas to share, we’d love to hear your feedback. If there’s something you’d like to see different or added, let us know.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Sunday
Nov012015

Top 10 things you can do to prepare for year-end

Top 10 things you can do to prepare for year-end

Whether you’re an early bird or a procrastinator, we all need to do the same things for year-end, so why wait? Here’s a list of things you can do now to make the annual process easier.

  1. Reconcile all of your accounts.
    • Not just bank accounts – loans, co-operative equity, investments, accounts payable – everything should balance.
    • Be able to back up each number with proof.
  2. Make sure you have a copy of all year-end statements.
    • Bank accounts and credit cards.
    • Vendor statements.
    • Loan statements.
    • Ties in with reconciling – if you reconcile an account, you should have the statement to prove the balance.
  3. Prepare an inventory list for the end of your fiscal year.
    • Quantity in the bin, head that you currently own.
    • Inventory still in the field does not count.
    • Make sure estimates are reasonable.
  4. Have all receipts available for all capital asset transactions.
    • Both purchases and sales need to be available.
    • Will assist the accountant in making sure CCA is calculated correctly.
  5. Enter all of your deferrals.
    • Assists in making sure current inventory is correct.
    • Required for AgriStability.
  6. Review your income tax account for accuracy.
    • Check your books to make sure that all transactions are entered.
    • Balance to what CRA says has been paid or is outstanding – check My Account on the CRA website to reconcile.
  7. Make sure you’re compliant.
    • Has all payroll been entered & payroll remittances been made?
    • Is your GST/HST up to date?
    • Is there any provincial tax filings required?
    • Did you miss any tax installment payments?
  8. Make sure all prior year adjustments have been entered.
    • Will ensure that all accounts are starting in a good position.
    • No sense in paying your accountant to do the same work twice.
  9. Backup your data.
    • If you run a computerized system of books, regular backups are required to ensure your data remains intact.
    • If you run a paper set of books, find a way to duplicate and keep it as safe as possible.
  10. Don’t wait to the last minute.
    • Year-end is stressful enough, completing your work early will ensure enough time to file your tax return and complete your financial statements.
    • Your accountant may not be able to remain compliant on your file if you do not give them enough time to complete the work.

Questions? Get answers about our software and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

 

Tuesday
Oct062015

Get ready for a new AgExpert Analyst update

Get ready for a new AgExpert Analyst update

Our latest AgExpert Analyst update is ready and here’s a quick teaser of what you can expect:

Auto-update

  • Get notified from within your software when an update is available. (You need an internet connection to use this feature.)

Transaction

  • Delete a previously selected Customer or Supplier from the Customer/Supplier field in the transaction entry screen.

Payroll

  • Added accrued vacation to the paystub.

Taxes

  • Fix for Line 101 issue of the GST/HST Report.

Reports

  • Changes to the Earnings and Deductions report to facilitate the foreign workers information reporting.

Tools

  • The Export to Caseware and Accountant’s drill will be brought back to the Tools Menu

Support

  • Find out what’s new in your software by using the What’s New button added to the Help menu.
  • The FCC Management Software online community is the place to get answers to your software questions 24-7. Access searchable discussions, blogs and the Knowledge Base. You can connect with other software users and with our support staff.

Watch for more details on the latest release coming soon. 

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Friday
Jul312015

Upgrade with Field Manager PRO and 360 version 2015-03 

Upgrade with Field Manager PRO and 360 version 2015-03 

It’s new and it’s here – Field Manager PRO and Field Manager PRO 360 2015-03, including updates for FM PRO Mobile.

Here’s a list of just some of the new features you can expect:

Auto-update

Online Activation

  • Activate your software as soon as you’re ready. All you need is an internet connection, a serial number and the email address we have on file. Once the information is entered, just press the button to activate the system. It’s the ultimate in convenience: no need to call in, no need to wait for a disk.
  • Of course, you can choose to not use the online activation tool, or if your computer isn’t connected to the internet, you can call us during our normal business hours.

Setup

Operation

GIS

FM PRO Mobile

These are just some of the feature upgrades you can look forward to. Give your business every advantage you can and upgrade to the latest version of your software.

To learn more about all the new features and enhancements click here.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Saturday
Jul182015

Celebrating three years with your online community

Celebrating three years with your online community

A big-shout out to all of you who are part of our online community. We’re celebrating three years and we couldn’t do it without you.

So what’s happened over the past three years?

A maturing Knowledge Base 

More than 800 articles have been posted to the online community since the beginning of the website. We’re always posting new content and perfecting our knowledge. There’s over 70 videos posted to help you make the most of your software.

Building the blogisphere 

We’ve posted 50 informative blogs and the list is growing. More testimonials and tutorials are available on YouTube.

Discussion boards 

The online community is alive and well. There are more than 1000 posts on our discussion boards.

Numbers to celebrate 

  • 475,000 page views since the launch of the site
  • average number of visitors per month – 3,000 since the launch of our site
  • peak online traffic season is from January to April

Watch for these new features:

  • click-to-chat will be added for essential customers (coming soon)
  • improvements to the click-to-chat functionality (coming soon)
  • increased searchability so you can find your answer from within the discussion boards (coming soon)

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Friday
Jun192015

New AgExpert Analyst 2015-03, new enhancements for you

New AgExpert Analyst 2015-03, new enhancements for you

The latest AgExpert Analyst update is here. With this new release, you can expect many new features and enhancements:

Auto-update

  • Get notified from within your software when an update is available. (You need an internet connection to use this feature.)

Online Activation

  • Activate your software as soon as you’re ready. All you need is an internet connection, a serial number and the email address we have on file. Once the information is entered, just press the button to activate the system. It’s the ultimate in convenience: no need to call in, no need to wait for a disc.
  • No internet connection? No problem. If you can’t use the online activation tool, or if your computer isn’t connected to the internet, call us during our normal business hours. We’ll get you activated.

Transaction

Payroll

Taxes

Reports

Management

Enhancements

Year end

Support

Remember – this is just a glimpse of what you can expect from this new version. To learn more about all the new features and enhancements, click here.

Friday
Jun122015

A new solution for your business – Agriculture More Than Ever

A new solution for your business – Agriculture More Than Ever

As users of our various software products, you understand the direct value these types of tools can have on your operation.

Another way to have a positive impact on your business (that you might not have thought of) is to start talking about all great things going on in your operation and in ag overall. Not only will this help change perceptions the general public has about our industry, it will also go a long way to attract the skilled, energetic workers you’re going to need to keep your business growing.

For example, did you know, that from 2013 to 2022 there will be almost 74,000 projected job openings in Canadian ag, but only 49,000 projected job seekers. That means huge opportunities for workers and young people right across the country. The only problem is most people aren’t aware that a job in an ag-related field is even a possibility – but that’s where you come in.

Tell your story

A great place to start is to check out the resources available through Agriculture More Than Ever, an industry-driven cause to improve perceptions and create positive dialogue about Canadian ag. On the website you’ll find all sorts of tools to build ag awareness and learn about what others across the country are doing. Get in on the conversation – it’s easy, fun and will have long-term benefits for your business.

The impact of ag on Canada’s economy, communities and families is truly remarkable. And it’s time everyone knew about it.

Monday
May042015

Check out what’s new in Field Manager PRO and 360 2015-02 

Check out what’s new in Field Manager PRO and 360 2015-02 

Managing your field data has never been easier thanks to the latest upgrades to Field Manager PRO and Field Manager PRO 360. What’s new for 2015-02? New improvements, features and a few bug fixes. And of course, we’ve included a new FM PRO Mobile app release. Check it out:

Auto-update

Online Activation

  • Activate your software as soon as you’re ready. All you need is an internet connection, a serial number and the email address we have on file. Once the information is entered, just press the button to activate the system. It’s the ultimate in convenience: no need to call in, no need to wait for a disk.
  • Choose to use the online activation or simply call us – if your computer isn’t connected to the internet, you can call us during our normal business hours and we’ll get you activated.

Preferences

Harvest

GIS

FM PRO Mobile

Learn more about all the new features and enhancements.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Tuesday
Mar312015

Watch and learn with our How-to videos on YouTube

Watch and learn with our How-to videos on YouTube

Watch and learn. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard since childhood, and with good reason – it’s one of the best ways to understand new things.

That’s why YouTube rocks.

Through online resources like YouTube, we’re able to showcase our How-to video series to help you learn different aspects of our software, customer care plans, our apps and any related questions. Best of all, you can watch and see exactly what you’re looking for.

One of our most popular learning tools – our Getting Started webinars – will also be posted to YouTube. It’s a great way to show you how to begin using and navigating your way through our software.

So grab a drink, a snack and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and watch:

  • How-to videos
  • Software release videos
  • Software and application overview videos
  • Recorded webinars

One more thing – if you have a great video idea, let us know. Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post. We love hearing from you. Your feedback gives us ideas for new videos. Check back often as we add more videos throughout the year.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus you can always contact our FCC Management Software support staff.

Monday
Mar162015

A few quick updates for AgExpert Mobile

A few quick updates for AgExpert Mobile

Now that many of you have downloaded and use AgExpert Mobile, you’ve suggested a few tweaks and we’ve listened. As part of this update, you’ll see a few differences to make your experience even better.

Password Recovery

  • Forgot password feature has been added.
  • Reset password capability has been added.

Bug fixes

  • Some Android smartphone users were experiencing the app crashing at startup – but it’s been fixed.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Thursday
Feb262015

How to sync your mobile app and desktop

How to sync your mobile app and desktop

If you’re new to our apps, or just need a little clarification, you’re in luck. We’re talking about the synching process, and demystifying how the cloud works. Whether you use AgExpert Mobile or FM PRO Mobile, the process is similar – check it out:

Sync process

  • In AgExpert Mobile, enter your receipts on the app, and then click the cloud button. This sends the information to the cloud.
  • In FM PRO Mobile, enter your data and click the cloud button on your app. This sends your data to the cloud.

What happens to my data once it’s in the cloud?

  • The information stays in the cloud until you retrieve it on your desktop computer.

How to retrieve your information from the cloud

  • Using AgExpert Mobile? Open AgExpert Analyst and go to the Transaction menu. There you simply click on Import from AgExpert Mobile. For more details about the process, click here.
  • Using FM PRO Mobile? Open Field Manager PRO or 360, and go to the File menu, then click on Sync. For more details about the process, click here.
  • Once you follow through with the synchronization process, your data will be retrieved from the cloud and will appear on your desktop software.

Requirements to retrieve the information from the cloud

  • Be sure you’re running the latest version of the software and the application.
  • You must have on a current service plan subscription to retrieve information from the cloud.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Tuesday
Jan272015

Update your Field Manager PRO, 360 and FM PRO Mobile now

Update your Field Manager PRO, 360 and FM PRO Mobile now

The new updates to Field Manager PRO, 360 and FM PRO Mobile are here.  Take a look:

Online Activation

  • Now you can activate your software as soon as you’re ready. All you need is an internet connection, a serial number and the email address we have on file. Once the information is entered, just press the button to activate the system. It’s the ultimate in convenience: no need to call in, no need to wait for a disk.
  • Of course, you can choose to not use the online activation tool, or if your computer isn’t connected to the internet, you can call us during our normal business hours.

Reports

GIS

FM PRO Mobile

  • Graphics have been added to the Storage locations to show how full a bin is
  • Weather observation has been added
  • Other observation has been added
  • Irrigation operation has been added

Support

Your Online Community is here to help. The FCC Management Software Online Community is the place to get answers to your software questions 24-7. You can access searchable discussions, blogs and the Knowledge Base. Connect with other software users and our support staff when you need them.

Learn more about all the new features and enhancements.

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.

Friday
Jan092015

More improvements to your online community

More improvements to your online community

FCC Management Software is changing the layout of the Knowledge Base, making it easier to find content. We also added a section where we’ll be archiving our Tip of the Month articles.  

With so many enhancements to the online community, we only have space to share a few with you – check it out:

Knowledge Base

  • We’ve separated our apps from our software in the Knowledge Base. If you have specific questions about our apps, you can search the apps Knowledge Base.
  • We reorganized all the content to make it easier to find.
      Note: Looking for something specific in the page and not quite sure what to find? You can always press CTRL + F on your keyboard and type a keyword. Or you can do a search (in the top right corner).

Tip of the Month

  • Missed the last Tip of the Month article? You’re in luck. Every issue has been archived in the online community and will be updated with every new article.

Click to Chat

  • Click to Chat is a quick and convenient way to get in touch with our support team.
  • Instead of using the phone, simply type your question and one of our support team members will start chatting with you to find your answers.
  • At the beginning of the Click to Chat session, you’ll need to provide your phone number to validate you qualify for this new feature. (i.e. Premium Plan Subscribers)

Watch for a How-to series coming to your online community

  • A new How-to web series is being developed by our Support Analysts to better help you use our Software. If you have any topics you’d like to see in a web series, email your idea to support@fccsoftware.ca. (COMING SOON)

Questions? Get answers and share your comments with other software users on our Discussion Boards or search the Knowledge Base. Plus, our FCC Management Software support staff is always just a click away.