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Version 3 announcement

07/09/2017, category: General news

Hello all!

If you're an existing BaccS user, you may find that there were less updates during last month. I'm happy to tell that such silence has nothing common with period of vacations. Vice versa, I've used this time to work even harder than before, to prepare fully new version of BaccS. Version 2 was released just in July, and it was linked with adding of different integrations with ProZ.com. And now, after just only 3 months, a third version will be introduced. Can't predict exact release date, but hope to finish it during the month. And in this news post I'd just like to break long silence and write few words about ongoing work.

So, new version will bring incredible number of new features. Can't disclose all secrets right now, but really can't wait to do that! What is know for sure is that the application will get a new platform, and this will bring improved performance. You can see that the most complex forms, like Dashboard or Job editing forms, as the main application itself, require some time to be loaded, while user must observe loading indicator. This is in the past! Performance was significantly improved, and all forms and main application are now opened immediately! This brings refreshed user experience and makes our workflow much-much smoother. I really like the results!

Second feature is customization. Previously it was possible to customize BaccS in many ways, and some people said that BaccS is extremely customizable. Well, level of customization was so much expanded and I hope it will become a pleasant surprise for those who like to experiment.

Another direction of work is network access and features for teams. A lot of stuff has been prepared here!

Not forgetting about individual use, as it is main purpose of this program. Learning curve has been significantly lowered, and I hope there will be no more statements about complexity of the program. It is very easy and interesting to use it, while level of complexity can be easily adjusted to the user's needs. Want just run and start working? No problem. Want to customize? Easily!

Another important, but hidden addition, will be internal program composition. New platform will allow me to add new features in future much faster, allowing to avoid possible bugs. In general, the program became much more stable, and even if somethings goes wrong, it won't crash, but will just require to close the tab where a bug ocured.

Of course, I didn't list even half of improvements. All the details and full list of changes will be published on the day of release. Hopefully, it will be mini-revolution in the field of such kind of software.

Hear soon!

Eugene


Network version

17/08/2017, category: Update

Hello, dear translators!

Today I’m happy to inform about release of the network edition of BaccS. This feature was requested a number of times by small teams who needs to share single database between members. Since this feature was in work for a long time, waiting time wan’t too long.

The new edition is absolutely the same program, but with support of connection to remote databases. This database can be placed in a local network (requires to install Microsoft SQL Server), or in the cloud. There are a lot of providers who offer dedicated SQL database servers, like Azure or Amazon Web Services. You can use any of them, create private database and connect to it from BaccS.

If database server will be deployed in a local network, please follow a short procedure described in this help article. In a few words, you need to install SQL Server Express edition and provide details of the installed instance to BaccS. The program will automatically create a new database and prepare it for work. Detailed information about connecting to a remote database can be found in this help article.

This new feature will be interesting for individual translators too. While working on the network version, I’ve found that SQL Server Express database performs much faster than local version. Thus, I recommend individual translators to try new mode too. Especially this improvement is visible when using Recreate transactions command in the Settings window.

If someone switches from a local to network mode, then it will be possible to move old data to a new database. Detailed description of this process is provided in this help article. However, back conversion is not supported, so please decide which version you’d like to use in advance. Downside of network version is loosing of portability, as the program can’t be moved to USB drive or cloud drive anymore.

Chat.

For now, the only exclusive function of network edition is a built-in chat. This is a small window which is docked to the right side and expanded on hovering mouse pointer over it. Its purpose is very simple - allow connected users to exchange short messages. When someone writes something, the corresponding signalling icon appears on the chat header.

In future there will be more interesting features for small teams. The first planned one is possibility to get detailed information about works performed by each team member. After that, there will be more and more functions added. So, if you feel that it is to early to invest to this program, please come back later to see how it was improved - I promise to add a lot of new stuff until the end of this year. Can’t disclose all the secrets, but there will be a LOT of exiting functions.

Pricing.

License code determines a number of workstations allowed to connect. It was decided to set the price for each workstation on the same level of 120 USD with free upgrades for 3 years. So, just please select number of copies during purchasing. If you’re an existing user and want to expand the limit of allowed workstations, you can simply purchase additional number of copies, and in a few minutes you will get a new license key. In demo version, to evaluate networking capabilities, it is allowed to register maximum 2 (two) workstations.

What’s next.

Very simple - continue working and improve the tool. BaccS is not becoming a tool for teams, and I will continue to add features for individual translators too. For example, one of upcoming features is possibility to prepare bilingual quotes/invoices. I’ve promised it in previous post.

Since network version is only released, there could be some issues, which require corrections. Of course, there are a lot of plans to add functions intended for teams. One of those is quick and easy jobs assignments. Another one - detailed reports about work performed by each team member.

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading :)

Eugene.


Plans for August, monthly news

01/08/2017, category: General news

Hello!

Today I would like to share some news and impressions from the first month of cooperation with ProZ.com. There were different opinions about BaccS inclusion into Proz.Com Plus package, but a lot of translators tried the program and started to use it in daily basis. Our main thread on ProZ.forums (here) is more alive and full of useful suggestions and complimentary comments. Thanks to all who is interested in the program development!

One of the most significant events was a review by famous blogger and translator Emma Goldsmith. She not only wrote TO3000 3D and BaccS: side by side article, but created 2 greatest sort videos for new users (Getting started and Invoice customization - both can be found here. Thank you, Emma! Your opinion means a lot!

The coolest feature BaccS got during July is a Workload planner. The idea behind it is to get a clear picture of the current jobs and to get help with decisions about incoming offers. With 1 task for the day, that's easy to remember what is planned to do, but with 5-10 ongoing jobs it becomes easy to get lost. This planner is intended to help in such situations. Here is an example of visual workload representation:

You can find detailed presentation in this Facebook post or in the manual.

As for August, it may appear to be less updates-intensive, but anyway it will bring something new to BaccS users. For example, the first August update will add a possibility to customize keyboard shortcuts used to access the most used program commands. After this, there will be more performance optimizations, improvements in the mail sender, client editing form. Of course, will continue to fix found bugs. In addition, BaccS will get an option to generate not only localized invoices, but also bilingual. This feature seems to be awaited by few people.

The main reason of rarer updates in August is current work on a network version! Soon BaccS will be able to work in a network environments, with possibility to keep database on server (local or cloud, like Azure, for example). In the result, small groups (not agencies, but small teams) who share same data will be able to use the program. Initially, there will be no access rights, but this will be added with time. For now, at least chat window is planned :)

That's all for now. As always, thanks to all who sends suggestions, comments, bug reports, kind words and criticism!

Eugene


ProZ.com partnership and release of version 2.0

03/07/2017, category: Update

Hello!

Finally this day has come and I can share this news. Happy to announce about partnership between ProZ.com and BaccS!

Would like to express profound gratitude to colleagues from ProZ.com, who believed in this tool and made all this possible. Thank you!

To celebrate this, with latest update we switch from version 1 to version 2. As against to general approach, when new version brings a lot of new functions, BaccS will get them with time. New features and direction mean a lot of new things.

First of all, from today, all ProZ.com Plus package subscribers get unlimited free access to BaccS – the program is now included in this package. If you’re the one, than in addition to all benefits of this package you will get one more tool in the stack. Hopefully, useful tool.

For all other translators this partnership means a lot of new features. BaccS now supports connection with your ProZ.com account to perform certain actions. With this release, it includes ability to post and view WIWO entries (What I’m Working On now) and link clients with Blue Board records to get general details about them, view and post feedback. There is no more need to visit ProZ.com website to leave feedback for your customers or post a new record to the WIWO service – now these actions can be done in a few clicks.

Before starting to use these functions, please go to program Settings and connect BaccS with your ProZ.com account. This procedure is described in detail in a new help article, which is available here. Also, recommend to read another articles from the same topic.

Bottom right corner (status bar) of the program now has two easy accessible buttons:

Click on WIWO+, and a small popup window will appear to share something about ongoing work:

Click 'Add details' to provide additional details about created entry and even upload an image:

The feature also allows to view WIWO entries created by you, by BaccS users or by all users.

Blue Board button will open a popup window with recommended clients to leave feedback. These recommendations are composed according to a number of completed jobs for your clients during last year:

Select desired row, fill-in appeared row, and your feedback will be sent for vetting by ProZ.com staff.

Of course, this is only beginning. Later I will add possibility to set availability and take part in polls.

At the end I’d like to make 3 remarks which are connected with this new partnership:

  • As this is only beginning, some bugs may appear in new functions. If something won’t work, be sure it will be working tomorrow.
  • Again, as this is only beginning, a long road is still ahead – no doubt there will be a lot of new stuff in upcoming weeks and months
  • Usually I answer e-mails very quickly. Now, if there will be huge increase of incoming support messages, it may require more time to answer. Hope it won’t happen, but please don't take any delays with answers unkindly.

That’s all for now. All these news has no sense if you won’t like the program. We’re working hard to improve it, make easier, faster, handy, feature-packed. So, hope you’ll enjoy it and it will be become your invaluable partner for many years to come.

Regards, Eugene.


Plans for June

30/05/2017, category: General news

Hello!

This post will be short, but I'd like to share some information about upcoming month. It already became common to see new updates each week, which bring some new functionality. This happened almost each week from program launch in October 2016. And now this tradition will be slightly broken. But there is a good reason: I've started to work on exceptional, but complex feature, which will take more time to implement. But I promise - that's worth it!

In addition, as already announced, from the 1st of July the price will increase up to 120 USD. And, absolutely sure, the new feature will be exclusive enough to celebrate and justify this increase.

In the meantime, I will continue to release small maintenance updates. For example, the today's one fixes few small bugs, adds additional information in the job list and invoice list, and corrects built-in invoice templates. The next one will bring possibility to choose a source of currency rates download: in addition to the current source (OpenExchangeRates) it will be possible to use currencies from Central European Bank.

Can't wait to release the new feature! Hear soon!

Eugene


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