Whenever you render services to a client, the next natural step in the process is to issue an invoice detailing any and all work accomplished in the job or milestone. You may also be a traveling sales person and have a fancy Windows 8 tablet on you to take orders. Whatever the reason, an invoicing application that is designed and ready for the new touch-centric Windows platform is sure to be a bonus. ConnectCode Pte Ltd. is trying out the playing field with their recently launched Invoice360, designed exclusively for Windows 8's new touch UI. The app can be found in the Windows 8 App Store and it's available for absolutely free.
- Title: Invoice360
- Author: ConnectCode Pte Ltd.
- Supported operating systems: Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro
- Price: Freeware
The app at the main screen
After a quick download of the product, I was greeted with a rather tightly packed interface, displaying the different parts of the invoice that could be customized, a list for storing both customers and items, and a comments, and invoice total section. At first glance, adding clients and items wasn't particularly clear cut. In order to carry out any additions, you need to tap or click on the three dots located in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen to pull up a menu bar. From there, you can add additional inventory or customer items for selection.
The inventory system is a no-frills setup
Whether adding a customer or inventory items, the entry area is simple enough. Just specify the name, address, and contact information for customers, or the name, description, units, price, and type of transaction (actual goods, a service or a simple charge like shipping). Once you click or tap the "Save" button located near the top right-hand corner of the display, a new record will be inserted in the region located to the left, alongside any other records added.
One thing I found interesting about Invoice360 was that you could have multiple companies available to choose from in the Settings menu. This way, you can write out an invoice from your "Company A" for one client, then change over to your "Company B" in order to invoice another client. You can even go so far as to add company location, the types of taxes any items or services sold would accrue through the entity for calculation purposes, invoice templates, and an area to specify a custom company logo. My only complaint here though is that there is no option to separate customers and items on a per company basis, which can add to some confusion when billing.
Once all of your invoice details have been entered in appropriately, as well as the pertinent items and comments, simply check your totals and tax, then click the "Preview" button to get a good look at what the invoice output will be. Once you are satisfied with how everything looks, you can print directly from the app or export out to a PDF file for emailing.
That's pretty much it for the most part. However, if a new feature should be suggested for a future version of Invoice360, I would like to see .doc / .docx or .odt export capability as an option in the event you want to have a document you can edit that doesn't require Invoice360.
For the most part, Invoice360 is a very nice tablet-interface friendly Windows 8 App that can generate properly formatted invoices for delivery to clients at no cost. Despite the small issues I had with the app here and there, it's still quite a solid offering and should be given some consideration for contractors and small business owners.
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