Megaventory Blog - Online Inventory Management Software, Order fulfillment and Control System
This is the company blog for megaventory, an online software that helps small businesses that buy, sell and manufacture physical products to manage sales, purchasing, manufacturing and inventory. We blog about new features and updates but also about enterprise software, small businesses, cloud computing and the industry in general.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Megaventory new exciting features!

We have been silent in the blog lately but that does not mean we are not active in megaventory. In fact it is quite the opposite: we are so busy developing megaventory that we do not find time to blog! Below you will find some of the major features of versions 2.1, 2.2 and the last 2.3 :

  • A new splash-screen (homepage) has been designed. The login page has been transferred to a clean separate page without images & brand logo
  • The live demo pages are now directly accessible from the menu (no typing is required)
  • All images have been added to an image sprite to increase the megaventory response time
  • All client side code (Javascript) has been merged to one file to increase the megaventory response/loading time
  • All Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) files have been merged to one file to increase he megaventory response/loading time
  • A backup number restriction has been set to restrict users from taking an indefinite number of backups
  • All grids and reports are now exportable by a single click in the associated export filetype button
  • The product Import now includes a default supplier and a product category column
  • More Product attribute columns have been added to the On-Hand availability page
  • When a new user is set-up by the administrator, the system can automatically email the new user with his/her username and password
  • The Transaction/Order/Invoice form has been completely redesigned to speed up the form filling process (60-80% faster data entry)
  • The drilldown details of reports have been made customizable (columns may be added) and exportable
  • A calendar filter has been added in reports. Users can now filter by Current Month, Previous Month and Today.
  • The report graph has been made exportable in PDF,Excel & Image (png) formats
  • A new searchbox has been added in the dashboard page. It quickly fetches SKU related information (availability and Orders/Transactions) from the database.
  • The User Permissions page has been improved in terms of usability and speed.
  • When the user selects Location and Supplier/Client, prior to an Order or a Transaction, a business workflow image gets populated automatically to assist the user in understanding the options chosen


Next but not last, we will be very busy developing a manufacturing related module (Work Order from raw materials to produce finished goods) during the holiday season. We'll keep you updated on that!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Megaventory v2.0 Upgrade

Megaventory is growing day by day and we are introducing new features together with improving the user interface so that our users -no matter how much of a computer experts they are-, they will nevertheless feel comfortable with any technical operation. Having said that, let us share our enthousiasm for our v2.0 upgrade. This is our biggest upgrade yet and we are proud to introduce some incredible features and improvements. As usual, we fix some bugs (!). Here is the long list:

  • [Generic] (Design)
    • All buttons have been iconized
    • All buttons have a different font and background color according to their usage inside megaventory
    • Messages, Warnings and Errors have been styled as such with appropriate container boxes and icons
    • A loading class is added to text fields fetching data with the autocomplete so the user will know that something is happening in the background
    • The menu has bee redesigned and made shorter. It takes less vertical space and enables better visibility
    • The megaventory logo has been made smaller in size and repositioned above the menu
  • (Navigation and Textual Changes)
    • Page Names have been changed to exactly match those of the menu.
    • "Upload Language Pack" has been renamed to "Use Language Pack"
    • "Clear User-Defined Strings" has been renamed to "Reset All Strings"
    • "Customize Megaventory" has been renamed to "Localize Megaventory"
    • "Account Logs" has been renamed to "Activity Logs"
    • "Ordering" has been renamed to "Orders"
    • "Reporting" has been renamed to "Reports"
    • "Home" has been renamed to "Dashboard"
    • "Restrict to one supplier" has been renamed to "Restrict to main supplier"
    • "Past transaction invoices issued under this transaction" has been renamed to "Past transactions already issued under this transaction"
    • "My Inventory (OnHand Inventory)" has been renamed to "OnHand Inventory & Alerts"
    • "Transaction Number Or SKU" has been renamed to "SKU or Row Remarks"
    • "Cannot be changed once transaction is created" has been renamed to "Cannot be changed once transaction type is created"
    • "Cancel and get back to the supplier list. Do you want to continue?" has been renamed to "Cancel and get back to the supplier/clients list. Do you want to continue?"
  • [Grid Pages] (ALL)
    • The Grid Fields can be chosen with a checkbox instead of dragging and dropping each one separately
    • A hover effect has been introduced to the grid rows
    • A new style has been introduced to the grid column when the column is sorted
    • A new style has been introduced to the grid row when the row is chosen
    • Grid buttons "Export", "Edit", "Delete" display the number of grid rows chosen by the user.
    • In multiple edit or export button at least one checkbox should be selected. If not, a message is displayed.
    • The filter row now filters by "contains" instead of "starting with"
    • The search term is yellow highlighted inside the grid
    • The "Clear Filter" text has been changed with an icon
  • [Dashboard]
    • Complete redesign of the dashboard to include just the critical megaventory operations.
    • A new panel has been introduced with the user saved reports. Users can now access their saved reports from the homepage
  • [Reports] (ALL)
    • The "Show More Fields" in Reports has been moved to the bottom as in other grid pages
    • The Currency icon and respective dropdown has been made a dropdown and moved to the top
    • The Date icon and respective chackboxes have been made a dropdown and moved to the top
    • The Save Report block has been made a modal box
    • The Saved Reports block has been made a modal box.
    • The Report Fields can be chosen with a checkbox instead of dragging and dropping each one separately
  • [Products] (under Maintenance)
    • A default -no image available- image has been introduced in case the user doesn't introduce a URL for the image
    • In multiple edit, the supplier price needs is taken out and a bug with a disabled button was fixed.
  • [Transactions] (under Maintenance)
    • The transaction description has been made unique. This is checked when the user creates it
    • The invoicing info has been included in the grid
    • A tick icon has been used instead of the "Show" text
  • [Suppliers/Clients] (under maintenance)
    • When child products were chosen to be moved to another supplier the application was throwing an exception if no supplier was chosen
  • [Orders] Order List
    • The search button has been moved underneath the radios & checkboxes in the header
    • The radios and checkboxes have been moved to a new section, next to the search textbox
    • The search textbox searches for SKUs and Order Remarks (instead of SKUs and Order Numbers).
    • The search term (of the textbox in the header) still filters the page even if the user navigated away from the page. To clear the filter a link has been added
  • [Transactions] Transaction List
    • The search textbox searches for SKUs and Order Remarks (instead of SKUs and Order Numbers).
    • The search term (of the textbox in the header) still filters the page even if the user navigated away from the page. To clear the filter a link has been added
  • [Generic] (Functional)
    • A new "Return type Transaction" has been introduced. The transaction when issued gets items inside the inventory locations and updates costs and -probably- revenues (according to the outbound transaction used to send things out).
    • The Warehouse Receipt or the Consignment Note can now be invoiced partially.
  • [Onhand-Inventory and Alerts]
    • New page design
    • The header has been redesigned. Each searh operation has its own panel
    • The inventory location abbreviations have been removed from each row and added on the header to remove unnesessary repetitions
    • The commited SKUs have been made a link to the Order List page. The page opens up prefiltered with open orders including the SKU and the inventory location chosen.
    • Added the unit price -as a column- in the Onhand-Inventory and Alerts inventory page
    • In the autocomplete search textbox, a JavaScript error has been corrected.
    • The pop-up products, if invoked from the On-Hand Inventory and Alerts page does not close the browser window once the user presses update
  • [Sales Order] (InvoiceMid.aspx)
    • A short tooltip is added to explain the behavior of the drop-ship Sales Order. The Wikipedia link redirecting to an outside link is deleted.
    • A short tooltip has been added according to the selection of the transaction type the user chose
    • Drop Shipment Order is now converted to a label for the respective checkbox [applies in Sales Orders only]
    • The plus icons have been made small links so that users can add on-the-fly new entities (locations/clients etc)
    • A watermark has been added to dropdown controls to help users understand the behavior of the drop-down controls in this page
  • [Trace Inventory Changes]
    • Results are not displayed before the user conducts a search
  • [Activity Logs] (under Admin Settings)
    • fixed a bug where the onhand inventory changes had an image similar to the supplier inventory changes
  • [Localize Megaventory] (under Admin Settings)
    • The success image is not displayed on blur if the user did not change the text
  • [Manage Currencies] (under Admin Settings)
    • A tick icon has been used instead of the "Show" text
    • The update costs button make it available if an exchange rate takes place
  • [User List] (under Admin Settings)
    • A circle icon has been added to indicate when a user is online (instead of text)
    • A permissions icon has been added instead of the "permissions" text
  • [Data Import] (under maintenance)
    • The page has a new design
  • [Inbound/Outbound Transactions and Orders] (inout.aspx)
    • When a user clicks the last (x) in the inout form, then the server was throwing exception. This is fixed.
    • A new order/transaction form design is introduced. When the rows exceed a number of lined, then the from is bounded by a box to ease visibility.
  • [Supplier Inventory]
    • the button has been deleted. The drop-down menu is used for the postback of data

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Megaventory Upgrade to Version 1.2

We just upgraded to version 1.2 of megaventory and we are proud to introduce some very exciting features such as the addition of Order Approval -which greatly simplifies procurement in large companies or organizations- or the mechanism to upload transactions by using a csv file. On top of those, we added two new account types to cope with the requirements of our large clients. As usual, we fix some bugs. Here is the long list:
  • New Account Types and discontinuance of the Basic (free) Account: (Generic)
    • Two new account types have been introduced to megaventory. The Enterprise Account supports up to 30 users, 20.000 SKUs and 15 Inventory locations. The Corporate Account supports up to 100 users, 50.000 SKUs and 20 Inventory locations. In the same context, the Basic (free) Account will stop to exist but users already subscribed to the Basic Account will still receive their services for free. Finally the Trial Account is now a 30 day trial (instead of 10 day trial) and creates a Premium Account (instead of a Premium+ Account).
  • New Order Approval Feature: inout.aspx (Purchase Order form page)
    • A Purchase Order approval is introduced to megaventory. This includes a complete approval history and an embedded alerting (by emails) function to notify users involved in the Order Approval process
  • New Transactions Import Feature and Bug Fixes: ProductImport.aspx (Data Import page)
    • Feature: We developed a simple mechanism to upload transactions to megaventory which is using an Excel Template to be saved as a csv file and eventually get imported to megaventory. This can be helpful in companies already using an invoicing/Ordering system since now, they can export their invoices/orders/transactions and import them to megaventory in under a minute!
    • Bug Fix: The Tax and email field is added to the excel files (in supplier/client import)
    • Bug Fix: Updated some text in the excel files (import) because of introduced changes in the customization strings of the application
  • New Feature and Bug Fix: inout.aspx (Transaction - PO/SO Form page)
    • Feature: A new design is introduced in the transactions/order form. The SKU textbox gets focus automatically when the row is opened (no mouse action is required). We expect this feature to speed up the whole transaction/ordering process. In the same context, the quantity is automatically set to 1 (the field was empty before).
    • Bug Fix: A user with slow connection could click save multiple times when saving an order or a transaction. This could result in availability discrepancies (Gross Profit was not affected). This is now fixed. Two transactions of one megaventory account were affected by this bug and respective stocks of 7 products were reverted to their correct values.
  • New Feature: EditUser.aspx (Edit/Delete User page)
    • The email field been added in the Edit User page and is now editable.
  • Tutorial Bug (Home Page)
    • The tutorial was still showing the 1st tutorial part even-though the user has completed all required tutorial steps. This is now fixed.
  • New Feature and Bug Fixes: OrderList.aspx/InvoiceList.aspx (Order List & Transactions List page)
    • Bug Fix: The Total Value was not displaying possible discounts and taxes. This is now fixed.
    • Bug Fix: The Total Value/Quantity (in the transactions list) text can now be customized by the user.
    • New Feature: A column that displays the link of the uploaded document/file has been introduced to the list.
  • Bug Fix: Warehousestock.aspx (My Inventory page)
    • The user was not able to export individual location stocks in 'my inventory pages. This is now fixed.
  • New Feature: Report1.aspx (Product Movement Report)
    • The weight is now added in the Products Movement report page to help businesses dealing with bulk quantities.
  • Bug Fix: PrintInvoice.aspx
    • The supplier code was not displayed. This is now fixed.
  • New Feature: InvoiceMid.aspx (Create New Transaction/Order page)
    • A user is now able to add a new supplier/client, a new transaction type or a new location on the fly by clicking the (+) image.
  • Bug Fix: StockTrace.aspx (Trace My Availability Changes page)
    • The clear filter option was not displayed in the grid. This is now fixed.
  • Bug Fix: Generic
    • A bug prevented the URL parameters to redirect the user to the correct page when the session was lost or if the user was coming from an external page. This is now fixed.
That is all for the time being. Next scheduled upgrade will take place in 2-3 weeks with some exciting new features!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

We are hiring!

We are looking for the best junior guy/girl to market and sell megaventory. We offer a 6-month contract (initially) to someone who:


So, if you pursue the job security that a large company offers more than the job excitement that you get working for a startup company, please apply here: http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/careers/

If not, send us an email at: info-at-megaventory.com with your CV and references. Don't forget that you will be getting more points if you have a relevant university degree, speak many languages and provide good references. You will be working from your home and your location is irrelevant to the selection procedure.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Megaventory upgrade to version 1.1b

With a small delay (version 1.1b went live 10 days ago), we are listing below the new features and fixed bugs of the release of megaventory version 1.1b. This release mainly introduces the addition of discounts and taxes to megaventory inbound/outbound transactions (or PO/SO forms). As usual, we fix some bugs. Here is the list:
  • New Page: Taxes.aspx
    • A new page is introduced where Taxes and Discounts can be defined. These are available as a drop-down option when creating inbound or outbound transactions or Purchase/Sales Orders.
  • New tutorial design:
    • A new simplified design is introduced when starting a fresh megaventory account. This shall make the initial process simpler since two options have been removed (Purchase Order & Create new user).Finally, the user has now the option to hide the tutorial.
  • New design: Transaction - PO/SO Form
    • A new design is introduced in the transactions/order form. The 1st row of the form is now editable by default (user does not have to click to edit the 1st row). We expect this feature to speed up the whole transaction/ordering process.
  • New Feature: Report3.aspx (Inventory Value)
    • The weight field been added in the inventory value report
  • New Feature: Suppliers.aspx
    • Two new fields have been introduced: Tax ID and supplier Contact Telephone. Users may now also search their suppliers or clients by those new fields
  • Bug Fix: AccountDetails.aspx (Account Profile page)
    • Added a field for the telephone number of the megaventory account holder. This also appears in printinvoice.aspx when a goods inbound/outbound transaction (or a SO/PO) is printed or emailed.
  • Bug Fix: Warehousestock.aspx
    • At page load all items were shown as zero stock. When a postback to the server took place, the stock was appearing normally. This is now fixed
  • Bug Fix: Hardcoded value in the Database regarding the date a user has signed up
    • A database field that is used to hold the date field of the users sign ups was storing the wrong value. This is now fixed.
  • Bug Fix: PrintInvoice.aspx
    • The form was appearing distorted in the printout and in the email when a movement type transaction was loaded. This is now fixed.
    • The email was appearing distorted when some specific columns were present in the transaction form. This is now fixed.
That is all for the time being. Next scheduled upgrade will take place in 2-3 weeks with some exciting new features!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Megaventory v1.1

We are very happy to announce the release of megaventory v1.1. This release mainly introduces transaction types with specific behavior, design improvements and a feature to email a transaction/order to an email recipient. As usual, we fix some bugs. Here is the list:
  • New Feature: New Transaction types:
    • Goods Transfer (Reduces Stock from one Inventory Location and Adds stock to another Inventory Location. Can be edited or deleted.)
    • Warehouse Receipt (Adds Stock without Updating Product Costs. Once its status is set to Invoiced, it must be bounded to a Purchase Invoice. Can be edited or deleted and the associated Purchase Invoice will be edited or deleted automatically.)
    • Consignment Note (Reduces Stock without Updating Product Revenues. Once its status is set to Invoiced, it must be bounded to a Sales Invoice. Can be edited or deleted and the associated Sales Invoice will be edited or deleted automatically.)
    • Purchase Invoice (Does not Affect Stock - Updates Product Costs. Cannot be issued independently but is bounded to a Warehouse Receipt having status set to Invoiced. Can be deleted. Can be edited only by editing the associated Warehouse Receipt.)
    • Sales Invoice (Does not Affect Stock - Updates Product Revenues. Cannot be issued independently but is bounded to a Consignment Note having status set to Invoiced. Can be deleted. Can be edited only by editing the associated Consignment Note.)
  • New Feature: Emailing of transactions and order
    • The emailing of transactions and orders has now benn made possible. Users can send transactions and orders by email to a recipient and may choose to send a copy of the email to themselves.
  • New design: Form editing
    • A new design is introduced when adding/editing products, product categories, transaction types, supplier/clients, inventory locations and users
  • New design: Transaction Form
    • A new design is introduced in the transactions/order form.
  • New Feature: Existing SKUs (next SKU suggestion)
    • When the user inserts a new product in megaventory, the system returns all similar SKUs already used in the autocomplete form so the user can select the next one in turn
  • New Feature: Clean login page
    • A new page is introduced, where users can use just the login form while all other elements in the page remain hidden.
  • Bug Fix: InvoiceMid.aspx
    • An exception was thrown in case no transaction was specified at page load.
  • Bug Fix: Default.aspx
    • The progressbar had an issue when localization was set to separate decimals with the comma character.
  • Bug Fix: Report1.aspx(Product Movements), Report2.aspx(Availability Levels), Report3.aspx(Inventory Value), Report4.aspx(Gross Profit), Report5.aspx(Order Report)
    • A bug was fixed that prevented the export of the reports to various formats (excel, pdf etc)
That is all for now! Happy MVing!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A sneak peek of whats to come in megaventory v1.1

At steady pace -as always- we will be upgrading megaventory to introduce some new features and fix some bugs(!). The upgrade was scheduled last week but we postponed it in order to do some extra testing and solve some issues that came up in the surface. So, here is what you should expect to get introduced any time soon.
  • New Transaction types:
    • Goods Transfer (Reduces Stock from one Inventory Location and Adds stock to another Inventory Location. Can be edited or deleted.)
    • Warehouse Receipt (Adds Stock without Updating Product Costs. Once its status is set to Invoiced, it must be bounded to a Purchase Invoice. Can be edited or deleted and the associated Purchase Invoice will be edited or deleted automatically.)
    • Consignment Note (Reduces Stock without Updating Product Revenues. Once its status is set to Invoiced, it must be bounded to a Sales Invoice. Can be edited or deleted and the associated Sales Invoice will be edited or deleted automatically.)
    • Purchase Invoice (Does not Affect Stock - Updates Product Costs. Cannot be issued independently but is bounded to a Warehouse Receipt having status set to Invoiced. Can be deleted. Can be edited only by editing the associated Warehouse Receipt.)
    • Sales Invoice (Does not Affect Stock - Updates Product Revenues. Cannot be issued independently but is bounded to a Consignment Note having status set to Invoiced. Can be deleted. Can be edited only by editing the associated Consignment Note.)
    As always you may create your own custom transactions and set their behavior and appearance.
  • New design in form editing
    • A new design is introduced when adding/editing products, product categories, transaction types, supplier/clients, inventory locations and users
  • SKU suggestion
    • When the user inserts a new product in megaventory, the system returns all similar SKUs already used so the user can select the next one in turn
  • Clean login page
    • A new page is introduced, where users can use just the login form while all other elements in the page remain hidden.
Well, that's about it.. more to be announced soon!