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"A great idea, a modest price, but ..."
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I've been looking for this program for quite a while. There are some invoicing programs out there, but nothing that also helps you track who paid. And allows you to easily send out dunning notices.
So I'm willing to overlook a lot of flaws to use this, but alas I will keep on looking.
For starters, I'm spoiled by Cocoa programs, and this is written in Real Basic. No real menus, everything is in a Toolbar in the one main window. Not a show stopper for me, but not good either.
The second problem for this American is that the authors are in the Netherlands, and the wording, forced use of taxes, and other minor points don't translate well to how I want my invoices to look. And getting invoices to look "right" is very important.
Third I really want plain text invoices, in the body of the email. Maybe a pretty PDF with graphics as an option. The reason is that spam filters and users that don't have or know how to get Acrobat cause problems.
In my case, I don't need to wow my clients with a pretty invoice, I just need to get it delivered so they can read it. I already have too many people giving me the excuse that they never received my invoice.
While this program has a broad range of variables that you can drop in the invoice, I need to drop my client id into the invoice. And I couldn't figure out how to get that in there.
In summary, they hit the nail on the head with their idea, but their execution has room for improvement for my purposes.