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ACS Technologies is pleased to announce the August 2010 release of Membe= rship Plus Version 12.0! This release is a full upgrade from previous versi= ons of Membership Plus. It includes comprehensive enhancements, innovative = new features, user-friendly design, and much more.
All grids in Membership Plus are now customizable. With this new f= eature, you can choose which fields to display, change the order of co= lumns, group the column fields to show only the information you want t= o see, and use an autofilter for any column. This upgrade affects nearly ev= ery module and window in Membership Plus, so please read detailed instructions on how= to use the new customizable grids.
Now you can filter any grid to display only the information you want to = see. You can filter using any data entry field, including birth year, membe= rship status, gender, employer, and many more. Additionally, you can save a= ny filter you create to use over and over again.
Click the images below to vi= ew an example of filtering data
Instead of scrolling to enter member information, separate areas now exi= st in Families, Individuals, and Organizations data entry windows. See the = example data entry example for families.
In response to our user's requests, it's now possible to add Individuals= , Families, and Organizations to groups, classes, and small groups without = first changing modules.
For your convenience, birth date is now a standard data entry field for = individuals and is available on the grid. Quick sorting, filtering, and pri= nting of birthday lists is one of the most frequent requests we've had so f= ar. So, now you don't need to add birth date as a user-defined date field.<= /p>
The core module for adding and maintaining your organization's contribut= ions is redesigned to offer improved, user-friendly data entry navigat= ion and also a new customizable data entry grid.
Membership Plus Accounting modules better conform to the Generally = Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) established by the Financial Accounti= ng Standards Board. These improvements help to ensure that your organizatio= n's accounting practices are accurate, organized, standardized, and compreh= ensive.=20 =20 =20
Adding Transactions is more user-friendly now that enhancement= s to functionality and design can help you to work faster, easier, and with= greater accuracy. The Register screen now offers a customizable grid= so you can include only the fields that you want to see. You can sor= t by check number, date, amount, payee, or any active field, and you can fi= lter quickly to find specific transactions without scrolling through many p= ages. Transaction detail displays in the lower part of the window so = you can avoid opening multiple windows.
The Welcome Screen is now called the Home Page. This term is more =
familiar to many users. Additionally, the Home Page is updated to disp=
lay the Auto-task list and Calendar Reminders in an easier-to-read format.&=
nbsp; Both your organization's site number and name also display at the top=
of the window, above the chart.
Previously, administrators of Membership Plus were only able to assign a=
ccess rights for the entire module of Member Notes.
Now, administrator= s and pastors can set the access rights of individual Member Note Types.
New reports, more options, and cleaner report formatting of reports make= the Report Generator more useful to you than ever before.
To clarify the differences between Groups and Small Groups, the names of= these modules are changed to Groups & Activities= and Classes & Small Groups. The new names i= ndicate the purpose of these two modules. Read more about the differenc= es between Groups and Small Groups.
For clarity and conciseness, these two modules are referred to as <= strong>Groups and Small Groups in = the User Guide and all help documentation.
The Membership Plus Accounts submodule is now named Account Management. This name indicates tha= t you can do all necessary account management in this one module. = ; From there, you can create your chart of accounts, edit accounts, ad= d budget amounts, and group amounts to better track you organization's= finances.
To conform to GAAP, designated accounts, also know= n as restricted accounts, are included as an account type. You can now use = designated accounts to delegate your organization's financial assets to its= various activities and funds.
To make things easier when linking contribution funds and general ledger= accounts, you can now select the appropriate income, designated or li= ability account from a drop-down list in the newly added Account field= when you add or edit a fund in Financials. However, you can no = longer link a contribution fund and general ledger account from the Ac= counts module.
Previous versions of Membership Plus used the terms "deposit" = and "payment" and "increase" and "decrease" t= o denote when funds were added to an account and removed from an account. T= hese are not the most accurate terms, so in order to conform to GAAP, the t= erms "debit" and "credit" are now used in Transactions.==20 =20
To enhance usability and effectiveness of other Membership Plus modules,= the Workflow module used in in previous versions Membership Plus is remove= d from Version 12.=20