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"DATASMITH PAYROLL 9.5" (the newest version
of DATASMITH Payroll) is here! Watch this space for weekly updates
on new features! Some of the exciting new features already demonstrated
NEW SYSTEM FEATURES
MOM's here to help!! Our unique Mouse-Optional Menu system
tames the "accountant's least favorite peripheral device" (Accounting
Use a mouse if you want to: no problem.
Use your keyboard and touch-type through the program if you're
not yet a member of the "click clique": no feature is inaccessible or
made awkward; operation is convenient and natural. Touch-type operation is
provided for comfortable and efficient data entry.
New features accessible from pull-down menus via keyboard or mouse
Change working data path
Change current password. Once in a while you need to access
protected critical functions: these require the Master (or Security Officer)
Password. Now you can change the password being used for the current session
right from a pull-down menu and continue (no need to exit the program and log in again!).
Printer definition. The printer definition screens are accessible
from each major menu in payroll.
Master File status. This screen is even more useful now, with
displays for the current User, Help, and Program directories.
What Next? Tells you where you are in the Payroll Cycle
and what the next major step is.
Print line count
Repeat detail n times
Unattended Operation control
Five Kinds of on-line HELP! DATASMITH Payroll 'REAL HELP'(tm) adds the equivalent of 160 new manual pages
...all on-line and available at the touch of a key!
The DATASMITH REAL HELP(tm) system is a true context-sensitive Help system. It "knows"
where you are in the payroll cycle and what you are doing now!
Current Menu Item definition This kind of HELP answers
the question "What does this selection do?"
Table of Contents search Look up a topic of interest and
find out "how to..."
General Help (navigation, etc.) Don't remember what the
highlighted letters mean? Start here...
Specialized Help (state-specific tax notes, etc) Select the tax table for a state
and activate Specialized Help to get notes on state withholding, notes on any peculiarities in withholding rules or methods,
and instructions on how to set up employees for withholding in that state.
Local Practice: Help for doing things YOUR way Create your own HELP using only
a text editor. A great way to remember special instructions for a particular client!
A great new print manager!
Handles output to printer, screen, or text file on disk.
SCROLLING SPEED CONTROL lets the operator actually read the
screen no matter how fast your CPU is!.
New!! PAGE UP to redisplay the part you missed as it went by
on the screen...even when the report is hundreds of pages long! Review the
part you missed and then scroll back to the end...or cancel if you've seen
New!! Support for high-end laser printers with PJL
(Hewlett-Packard's Printer Job Language) capability! Some of the new
network printers need extra control codes to tell them what language you're
speaking: DATASMITH Payroll can automatically handle these
Supports up to four printers. You don't have to use
laser checks just to get laser-quality reports from the system: you can use
both!! This feature greatly simplifies operation...cuts down
on paper changes, check stock inventory, etc.!
PAUSE allows time to fix a printing problem without starting
all over again!
CANCEL allows you to kill the job immediately if you want to.
Great Network Support!
Each Printer can be designated and automatically handled as
a Network/Shared printer or a Local/Dedicated printer. Once set up, the
operator need not be concerned about the difference: DATASMITH Payroll will
automatically take extra care not to tie up shared printers for one second
more than absolutely necessary, and will always put the printer back the
way it found it.
Two or more workstations can share a payroll data file for
Two or more workstations can share "smart" program modules
across a LAN...even if the workstations are using different desktop operating
Runs in as little as 384 KB of RAM! We've all been through
the pain of an upgrade to a "bigger" machine with "lots" of RAM only
to find out that our old programs will no longer run...not enough RAM!!?!
The real problem is that more and more "system overhead" for
sound, FAX, modem, network connection, etc. is being crammed into "conventional
memory". We'll help you out by bringing out a new version which actually
requires LESS memory than its less-capable predecessor! Sure, we'll
use any extra memory you have available to improve performance...but payroll
can be run successfully even when your system is mis-configured or severely
Powerful new utilities for installation, update, uninstall cover
virtually any environment, including Windows 95 and OS/2-Warp, and network
installations. specific installation utilities make installation and
configuration of your desktop easy.
DATA PATH AND VIDEO MENU CHANGES
Data Path Library contents can be displayed BOTH alphabetically
by Select Code AND alphabetically by User-Assigned Payroll Name.
Browse through existing directories or create new payroll data
paths...right from Data Path Library selection.
BROWSE for Employees if you can't remember their employee ID!
Instead of entering the employee ID, you can browse through the employee file by
Name, Social Security Number, Zip Code, or Department...OR by ID in order to make
your selection! This feature operates quickly and easily whether you have 10 or
Extended Accounting Journal Preview Reports now show the SOURCE
of each account number!! No more hunting through the Company, Department, and
Employee screens to find that number with the wrong digit: one glance and you KNOW
where it was entered!
Deduction Report is now available for old periods as well as the
current pay period. Select the subject pay period from a convenient list which
displays all the pay dates within an operator-chosen time frame.
INITIALIZE AND UTILITIES
Employee Master List is now available in handy one sheet/employee
form as well as the original all-in-one list.
TAX TABLE MAINTENANCE
The new KEYFILE MAINTENANCE program allows you to build ALL keys
with one selection!
JOB COST REPORT
A new screen shows you the "last revised" date on each tax table so
you can quickly determine whether your tables are current.
Specialized HELP gives you convenient, on-line access to tax notes for all states at the
touch of a key!
A new job list preparation/edit facility makes this report easy to use.
Convenient REPRINT selection allows you to obtain as many Job Cost Report copies as
you want without processing delays.
Now you can view the entire Job Cost Report on the screen! The new
print manager allows you to scroll LEFT and RIGHT in order to see all the columns
of this 130 column report!