Ambur 2.0.2 is now available in the App Store – the 2.0 that we wanted to give you last Monday is available, and we’d love for you to give it a try. All customers can download it now, including people using Mercury for credit card processing, and this release was tested using our new protocol so you know it’s rock solid.
2.0.2 is a combination of the new features from 2.0, with the bug fixes for most known crashes in 2.0.1, and more bug fixes and some small new features in 2.0.2. The complete list of changes is available at the bottom of this post, as well as in the App Store update notes.
The major new features in 2.0 were a redesigned, modern interface designed to the standard introduced by Apple in iOS 7. The order screen was given extra attention, and it’s workflow was redesigned from the ground up to make it the fastest order taking experience on any point of sale. Grid pickers were added to maximize the use of screen real estate, and the app was converted to work with iOS 7 as it’s base, making it much easier for us to maintain and grow quickly. Support for Mercury transactions entered manually rather than swipes was added – please contact Mercury to set up support for that in your system. Time based reporting was also added, so, for example, you can compare your sales just during your lunch shifts from 1 to 4 PM.
2.0.1 fixed issues we saw with the major engineering effort of 2.0 once it was released into the world. We fixed a bug that caused many of our client’s secondary devices to be unable to link to a hub, we decreased login times significantly, fixed issues with splitting, and sporadic issues with sending items to the kitchen and opening cash drawers.
2.0.2 fixed every last bug we saw in 2.0, the most important ones being batching Mercury transactions, and a crash when adding payments on a setup that had devices linked together. One important major new feature is that now orders are assigned numbers by default. Practically, this means that orders will now be named “#1”, “#2”, and so on, instead of New Order. If you want to reset your order number to a lower value, you can change it in Settings. In a later update, we will make it so it wraps around to 1 instead of going from 999 to 1000. The table layout button is now an icon of a map instead of an iOS 7 button that just looks like “Layout”, so it’s more clear that it is a button. Categories are now ordered by their rank, and categories are displayed on iPhone. The menu item list shows prices on the right. Send and cancel buttons are displayed in a separate toolbar when adding items, so their appearance doesn’t put too many buttons in the title bar.
With 2.0, we made a very tough decision to throw out a lot of work we had done over the past two years in order to reboot 2.0 on top of the original 1.0 code. We did this so we could be more agile in responding to your feature requests, so as always, we’d love to hear from you. You can submit feature requests on this page. Requests placed there will go directly to me. I’d appreciate it if you left your contact information, especially email, so I can ask further questions about how your request would best fit in Ambur while developing it.
Once you’ve tried 2.0 and seen the hard work we’ve put into it and how transformative it is, we’d appreciate it if you could leave a review in the App Store. We’ve taken quite a beating there over the past week, and as a small independently run software company, reviews are very important for people’s impression of us. We don’t want their impression of us as a 3 year old company to be colored by one bad week.
Thank you for being one of our customers, and thank you for your patience over the last week. Once again, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURE: order numbers are assigned by default, new order names are now “#(insert order number here)” instead of “New Order”
FEATURE: send/cancel buttons are now displayed on a toolbar below the main one when viewing an order
FEATURE: Mercury manual processing works fully, in a mixed environment with swiped transactions as well
FEATURE: menu item list shows price on right
FEATURE: categories are now shown by rank in the list view
ADJUSTMENT: changed table layout button to use an icon instead of “Layout” (thanks to James Ehrmann)
ADJUSTMENT: searching now searches the full name (i.e. searching for “cord” used to bring up just “cord”, now it will bring up “cord” and “chicken cordon bleu”) (thanks to Jeffrey Su)
ADJUSTMENT: tapping “Done” while searching now clears search field (thanks to Rosanna Kyarunts for pointing out this could be confusing)
ADJUSTMENT: category buttons are orange tinted so they look the same as a tappable button (thanks to James Ehrmann)
ADJUSTMENT: global action button icon is now a globe
ADJUSTMENT: deletion is no longer allowed from lists that are pickers
BUG: batching Mercury swiped credit card transactions
BUG: crash when voiding a payment that doesn’t have an order
BUG: order list shows short unique ID on right hand side again
BUG: menu item list shows buttons for item descriptions again
BUG: actions are available for closed orders again
BUG: table names not ‘catching’ properly on linked devices, especially from table layout
BUG: manual entry of credit card transactions when the expiration month is less than 10
BUG: “+” button for adding a customer only shows when viewing customers instead of all the time
BUG: category picker added to iPhone
BUG: categories are now displayed by rank properly
BUG: “includes” checkmarks in reporting are now displayed properly
BUG: order action toolbar buttons are now always the right color
BUG: crash when linking, caused by settings loading from the Hub after Orders did, by forcing Settings to load first
BUG: crash when processing Mercury transactions with a username shorter than 10 characters
BUG: decrease login times by only loading remote data when the screen containing data is tapped (ex. don’t load closed orders until the user taps it). will decrease load times
BUG: add open order action to closed order viewer
BUG: # of orders shows as 1 in the bottom left, even after the last order is closed
BUG: printers not working after first send to a same printer
BUG: showing “can’t adjust to $0.00” alert when a void is executed
BUG: splitting an order that contains multiple items (wrong quantities being displayed, crash when splitting the first item)
FEATURE: complete redesign, done to modern Apple standards
FEATURE: portrait mode compatibility on iPad
FEATURE: landscape mode compatibility on iPhone
FEATURE: quick order functionality
FEATURE: time range reports
FEATURE: redesigned login screen with status message and bigger number pad
FEATURE: persistent navigation bar with quick access to basic functions (replacing “home” screen)
FEATURE: navigation bar shows count of open orders
FEATURE: create order by adding a new Item, Charge Type, or Customer
FEATURE: order details appear throughout ordering process
FEATURE: navigate between items, charge types, customers, and payments with ease
FEATURE: easy access order functions(former action key)
FEATURE: global “action” key
FEATURE: global Table Layout access
FEATURE: every list has a grid view option
FEATURE: confirmation added for voiding payments
ADJUSTMENT: remove confusing duplicate “total” line from “Item Sales to CSV” and “Item Sales” reports
ADJUSTMENT: don’t count an item’s tax in item sales report if the order is tax exempt
ADJUSTMENT: when splitting, there’s an indicator of where to drag and drop items to