Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Multiple Accounts in Mulberry

Most of the times, its difficult to guess what your customer needs. We might be able to guess some of the times, but it takes a real knack and a lot of empathy to actually feel the pain. Especially for us who are not chartered accountants, the problem is deeper, since most of our customers are from this fraternity. One such issue has been the need to be able to invoice their customers as multiple companies, sometimes as a consultant and sometimes as a statutory body. We didn't see it initially when Mulberry went out of the door, but as soon as our beta customers started using it they saw it bright as a day.

Changing the underlying data structures is usually a tricky job. And I am glad to report that we have finished this feature to satisfaction. So here comes -
you can now create an invoice under multiple account heads (thats what we call). For those of you, who use Mulberry like a straight forward invoicing app, you will not see any changes (except the logo will not appear in the printable format yet.) If you want to use this feature, go to "Admin > Settings". Look for "Accounts". You can add a new account, or edit the current one.

Importantly, even if you don't use the multiple account feature, you can set a prefix for your invoice numbers and set the sequence number from which you want to start the numbering for your invoices.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Planning a new offering for Papilio

We propose Papilio to firms with more than 10 people, and we do so under the impression that the kind of pain Papilio resolves, appears when you grow beyond 10 in size. Surprisingly, we are getting a lot of requests from small firms which want to use Papilio and bake it into their culture so that when they do grow big, they would have a streamlined process already in place. So we are planning to bring out Papilio in a lighter package at a lower price with not many bells and whistles. We are still working on the details, but your input as always will be invaluable. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. If you have friends in this category looking to use Papilio and are hesitating because of the price, please let them know and ask them to register.

On a side note, effective 1st Jan 12, the price of Papilio is 200/-, per active user per month and the min. price per month is 2000/-. However, this increase is applicable only to new customers. If you are already using papilio, you don't have to worry. You will always be charged at your current rates.