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Feature Mob 2 | Crowd-sourcing xTuple PostBooks®

Thursday, August 22, 2013


World’s #1 open source enterprise resource planning Software Company kicks-off second community development initiative — “Flash Mob” for new features [UPDATES]


xTuple CEO Ned Lilly queried the open source user community recently, asking what features were missing for xTuple PostBooks® to be "perfect." The result is Feature Mob 2, explained in this video with transcript below:

"I’m Ned Lilly. I’m CEO of xTuple, the world’s #1 open source ERP software company. Recently, I posted on our xTuple Community Blog about a friend of mine who was a producer of the Veronica Mars TV show. They used the Kickstarter online crowd-funding platform to raise money for a Veronica Mars feature film. It was fabulously successful — they had hoped to raise maybe $2 million, but ended up raising SIX, and that came from over 100,000 different individual contributors. So I thought, wouldn’t that be neat if we could do something like that on a smaller scale for xTuple open source PostBooks application. Well, be careful what you wish for! If we did such a thing at xTuple, what would you like to see, what improvements would you like to see to the software, what enhancements? What are the missing features that everyone would like to see? And, boy, did you let us know!"

"Your response was overwhelming. And, thanks to all of your input, we have put together a way for you to participate in what we’re calling the xTuple Feature Mob 2!"

Feature Mob 2 logo

"So the Feature Mob is similar to Kickstarter — it’s a social platform that enables micro-sponsorships from our own community for the features YOU want to see. We did something similar a couple of years ago that [Feature Mob 1 in 2010] resulted in the integration of email into the xTuple Connect product. That was Feature Mob 1 and here comes Feature Mob 2."

"All of your feedback was entered into the xTuple CRM Issue Tracker, rationalized with existing feature requests. What we’ve pulled together is — what we believe to be – YOUR top 30 most-requested xTuple features."

"This is a lot of work — a lot of development, testing, documentation. But, with your help, we can incorporate all thirty of these features into the next three major releases of the xTuple software. And we only need a little under 250 individual sponsors to make it happen."

"Similarly to Kickstarter, with the xTuple Feature Mob, there are different levels of rewards with different levels of contribution, ranging from an exclusive Feature Mob t-shirt to xTuple Lands’ End knit shirt, all the way up to a perpetual license to the xTuple Enterprise Edition."

“So, there are some big, exciting features in here, including:

  • Integrating xTuple with leading open source business intelligence solutions, payroll solutions
  • Expanded localization of VAT reporting and electronic payments, both issues that are very much top-of-mind for our users in Europe
  • Importing and reconciling electronic banking transactions
  • Better support for credit card purchasing, and
  • A supercharged search engine, which we’re calling a Regular Expression Wizard, to unlock the power of xTuple for maybe the less technical among us.”

“Hopefully, if you've been involved in the xTuple community for any length of time, you will see some of your favorite issues on this list!” "So, without any further ado, let’s roll the whole list here:"

Module: Feature and Incident Number [release updates]

  • Accounting
    • Finance Charges 20104 4.4
    • Payroll export wizard and optional TimeTrex interface 20114
    • Simplified use of credit card for Purchasing 20283
    • Expanded VAT localization — forms for UK, EU, CA, AU 20135
    • Ability to Reverse Bank Reconciliation 8891 4.3
    • Standard 1099 handling for US companies 11207
    • Apply Credit Memos to checks/payments 7518 4.2
    • Reverse Behavior on Miscellaneous AP Credit Memo 18174
    • Right-click on AR Workbench to open Customer 20281 4.3
    • Add "Open Customer Master" to right-click on A/R Workbench 16055 4.3
    • Right-click to see source Voucher on AP Workbench 16366 4.3
    • Add "Void" option to right-click on AP Workbench, Payables tab 17852 4.3
    • Improvements to AP Workbench 20279 4.3
  • External Interfaces
    • Online banking: import transactions 20112 4.6
    • Improve EFT payment tool 6887
    • Real-time Exchange Rate interface 20129
  • Reporting / BI Dashboards
    • Pentaho Community Edition integration 20131 4.6
  • Purchasing PO search by customer Purchase Order 20143
  • CRM
    • Make parent-child relationship in CRM meaningful 17846
    • Create TE filter to manage only timesheets of direct reports 15494
    • Allow re-open of Closed T&E Sheet 15975
    • T&E should prompt for Invoice Date when creating Invoices 18550
  • Sales
    • Show Local currency on Order Backlog 20147 4.3
    • Deposit when applying Credit Card payment on Sales Order (SO) 20141
  • System
    • REGEX Wizard Power Search 20753
    • Characteristics on Sales Orders/Invoices/Purchase Orders 19168 4.2
    • Search: Search email tabs 20136 4.2
    • Document Tab everywhere the Comment tab is 11304 4.2
    • Longer recent database list on login screen 16518 4.3
    • Add "Column" to "Copy to Clipboard" right-click on table view 17543


Contribution Level (USD) | xTuple "Thank You" gift | Limited Number of Contributors [SOLD OUT]

$100 | xTuple Feature Mob exclusive t-shirt | unlimited
$250 |
above, plus xTuple Lands’ End polo shirt | unlimited
$500 |
above, plus xTupleCon (2013 or 2014) admission | unlimited
$1,000 |
above, plus xTuple Connect package value $2,859.50 | Only 10
$3,000 |
above, plus Mobile Web & BI on-site install value $8,859.50 | Only 10
$5,000 |
above, plus Enhanced Commissions package value $19,859.50 | Only 10
$10,000 |
above, plus 5-user perpetual license, xTuple Enterprise value $31,415.00 | Only 5
Special Offer |
xTuple "X" Embroidered Logo Ball Cap | FIRST 100 only

Contribution amounts shown in U.S. Dollars


FeatureMob2: Incite a mob & Micro-sponsor NEW Features @xTuple PostBooks #OPENSOURCE LINK

FeatureMob2: Integrating @xTuple with leading #OPENSOURCE @Pentaho business intelligence & payroll solutions LINK

FeatureMob2: Expanded @xTuple localization of VAT reporting/electronic payments, both top-of-mind for EU users LINK

FeatureMob2 @xTuple: Importing/reconciling electronic banking transactions, better support for credit card purchasing

FeatureMob2: Supercharge search engine (REGEX) unlocks power of @xTuple for the less technical LINK

FeatureMob2 @xTuple Rewards: T-shirts, polos, xTupleCon VIP tix, add-ons & #Enterprise licenses LINK

FeatureMob2 @xTuple Rewards: Exclusive X-logo ball cap to first 100 pledges LINK


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RELEASE NOTES — Now managed in xTuple's GitHub repository for your convenience.

February, 2014 — If you are a #FM2 supporter and have not yet received our "Thank you" gifts, please contact xTuple Marketing Team. And for all supporters at the $500 sponsor level and above who did not use their complimentary xTupleCon ticket in 2013, save-the-date for xTupleCon14: October 6-11, 2014.

December 4, 2013 — "Thank you" gifts are on their way to #FM2 supporters!

November 8, 2013 — "Thank you" gifts are on order!

October 11, 2013 — Feature Mob 2 sells as inaugural xTupleCon, xTuple's global user conference. Read more on xTupleCon.

September 26, 2013 — New $3,000 level added: Your added perk includes installation of the full server infrastructure to support the new Mobile Web client and Pentaho BI tools (which normally sells for $6,000). And, happily for our $5,000 and $10,000 level sponsors, they receive the added reward, too.