xTupler #27 — Announcing our Game-Changing Mobile Web App

Saturday, December 1, 2012

xTupler #27  |  December 2012

Dear Community —

This is it. After years of research and development, we're happy - and proud - to release xTuple 4.0, the first version to include our new Mobile Web client.

xTuple 4.0 also includes over 400 new enhancements to what we now refer to as the "Desktop client" - including a new Social Desktop featuring integrated intra-company Instant Messaging, Cost Plus Pricing, Enhanced Job Costing and significant enhancements to Projects and Corporate Relationship Management.

But the Mobile Web client is truly a game-changer - a 100% JavaScript, HTML5-based application which works on any modern tablet, smartphone or desktop Web browser. Version 4.0 implements the entire xTuple CRM module in the Mobile Web framework, including contacts, opportunities and pipeline management, to-do lists, projects and incidents/trouble tickets. Over the course of the 4.x product releases, we will build out the entire xTuple application in mobile.

So, you're probably wondering, how can I get my hands on the Mobile Web client? Today, there are three ways. The easiest is to sign up for the next generation of our xTuple Cloud service. You can get started with just a single user running PostBooks and Mobile CRM - or we can upgrade your existing database, optimize it for the cloud and put it into production. We have a special promotion for "moving to the cloud" service which expires December 28, 2012.

Second way? Give it a test drive. We will completely overhaul our existing Hosted Demo service in early 2013 to more fully integrate the Mobile Web client into that experience - for now, you can sign up for a Mobile Web test account here.

Third? Head over to the xTuple repository at GitHub and dive into the code yourself. It's all open source, of course - and we are expanding the documentation. To make the Mobile Web client fully interoperable with the Desktop client - talking to the same PostgreSQL database - we had to get pretty creative with the architecture, and it's rather more complex than our previous two-tier system. We will eventually build a virtual appliance for people that want to host their own hybrid Mobile Web / Desktop systems in a private cloud, but that's a little ways off. We invite you to review our updated Cloud FAQ for more on this topic.

I mentioned the End-of-Year Promotion on moving to the Cloud & Mobile Web. We have two other exciting opportunities you might want to consider: Version 2.0 of xTuple Web Portal - coming early in 2013 - is a huge upgrade. For the first time, it will include our own Business-to-Consumer (B2C) e-commerce module. Current prices double on January 1st, so buy now at 2012 pricing and lock in current maintenance pricing for a full year.

Finally, if you have contemplated upgrading to our flagship xTuple Enterprise offering, we have a special deal there, too. It already includes Manufacturing, Project Management, Fixed Assets, xTuple Connect and Enhanced Commissions. Next year we will add more advanced packages at no charge, including an interface to externally maintained product catalogs. If you upgrade to Enterprise before year-end, we also include your choice of Web Portal modules - including the new B2C - absolutely free. Check out the details on these End-of-Year Promotions and contact us today before 2012 runs out.

Thank you for all your support over this past year - and all our best for a happy and healthy holiday season.


Ned Lilly
President and CEO



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Ben Thompson
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Ben joined the xTuple development team in March 2012 from xTuple customer Xikar, the world's leading manufacturer of cigar cutters along with a full line of premium cigars, lighters, humidification devices and humidors.

Ben's major work focus at xTuple is the B2C and B2B website integration for Web Portal 2.0 and the REST API for the new Mobile Web client stack.

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