My Settings Window

Overview

My Settings window showing the User Info tab

The "My Settings" menu item of the Global menu allows you to set and modify various settings for the P3 system. There are two types of settings: User settings and Enterprise settings. The My Settings window allows users to manipulate their individual User Info settings.

User Settings

The User settings pertain only to the individual user. The User Info contain the following types of information:

  • Licensing
  • Biographical data

The User Setting Window includes the following information:

  • Measurement units (North American or Metric)
  • Currency symbol and type
  • Date Format (North American or Metric)
  • Quantity Allowances Overs/Unders Default %s
  • Automatic numbering parameters
  • Bids Due Default Deadline for New Jobs
  • includes a option for a prompt about turning off Bids Due Date
  • Send Email on Opwnership Change Policy
  • List Panel Font Size

The User Messages windows includes the following:

  • Default Messages and Text Blocks (found in the User Messages tab pane)

Tab Panes

The settings are divided into several groups of information listed on tab panes with the following titles:

  • User Info - Controls users biographical and license information.
  • User Settings - Controls many common user settings.
  • User Messages - Allows customization of default text messages used in emails and other areas of P3Expeditor.

Menus

In addition the tab panes the My Settings window has menus with additional functions for manipulating data and configuring settings.

My Settings window showing the My Settings dropdown menu

MySettings Menu

  • "View System Information" - Launches the System Information window.
  • "Clear Local DB Cache" - This is a rarely used utility that clears out locally stored copies of the data, which drives all the lists within the P3 system. Running this will do no harm, but may cause your next startup of P3 to take a little extra time.
  • "Cancel Changes & Close" - Closes the My Settings window without saving changes.
  • "Save & Close" - Saves changes and closes the My Settings window.

My Settings window showing the License dropdown menu

License Menu

  • "Update My License" - Connects to the P3Software server and updates the user's license with the latest license information available.
  • "Email My Password" - Connects to the P3Software server and Emails the user's P3Expeditor password to the user's email address.
  • "Change My Password" - Brings up a prompt to change the user's password.
  • "Show License Agreement"- Pops up a window showing the P3Expeditor license agreement.

My Settings window showing the Configure dropdown menu

Configure Menu

  • "Logo Images" - Launches the Import Images for Printed Documents window where users can customize their print reports with logo graphic files.
  • Accounting Integration (Accounting Integration License Only) - Opens special dialog for configuring Accounting integration.
  • "P3Temp Folder" - Opens a window that allows the user to set a different local folder for the P3Expeditor system to store temporary files.

User Info Tab

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Overview

My Settings Window showing the User Info Tab

The lefthand side of this tab pane is devoted to collecting the users biographical information. The right hand side displays the user's license information and Data File Location.

Biographical Information

This data is used to label Requests For Quotes (RFQs), reports and email messages so that the suppliers will know who is requesting the quote or order.

It is important that you fill in all fields on the User Info panel. Information entered in this section is used throughout the program and is vital for the program to work best for you. This information is used to speed development of job specifications and when sending electronic communications to your suppliers such as RFQs.

Editing Email Addresses

The email address is a critical piece of information for the P3 system. First, it is used on all outgoing email messages. In addition, the user's email address is used to identify the user for licensing purposes and as a member of an enterprise user group. Consequently, if a user needs to change their email address that change must be recorded in several places.

My Settings window showing the Edit Email button

Fortunately, the P3 application has a built-in tool for making email address changes. When a user clicks on the Edit Email button on the User Info panel, the Modify Email tool is invoked. A pop-up window is presented to the user to enter a new email address. Once entered, P3Expeditor attempts to connect to the P3Software Server to update the user's license record. If the license record cannot be updated, the process is canceled and the email address is restored to its original value. If the update is successful, the users "Enterprise User List" record will then be adjusted to reflect the new email address and the new email address will be recorded permanently in the user's settings file. After those changes are recorded, the user will be given an option to update the ownership of their jobs to the new email address.

Modify Email popup from the My Settings window

Email Password

If you forget your password, click on the Email Password To Me button. A window will pop up letting you know your password has been emailed to you. You can also get your password emailed to you by clicking on the License menu / "Email My Password" dropdown menu item from the My Settings window.

Emailing Password popup window from the My Settings window

License Information

In order to use all the features of the system you must be properly licensed. Your current license information is displayed here. You can also update your license here by clicking on the License menu / "Update My License" dropdown menu item. P3Software creates all licenses on our server; and the update license function connects to our server and downloads the license information. The key to your license is your email address and your password.

User Settings Tab

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User Settings

My Settings window showing the User Settings tab

This window controls individual user preferences. You can specify Measurements, Date Format, RFQ Currency and Currency Symbol, Default Job Quantity Allowances Overs % and Unders %, Automatic Job Numbering, Bid Due Default Deadlines, Email on Ownership Change Policy, and List Panel Font Size.

International Measurements, Date Formatting and Currency

Measurements panel from the User Settings tab in the My Settings window

These controls determine the type of measurements and currency that will be associated with new jobs you create. Once created these properties are a permanent part of the job. After changing these settings, future jobs you create will have the new settings.

  • Measurements - choose from inches, centimeters, or millimeters.
  • Date Format - setting is not job specific. Changes to this setting will immediately be reflected in all jobs, reports and interface elements.
  • Currency Type - choose from 18 different currencies including dollars, pounds, euros, rands, yuan, or pesos.
  • Currency Symbol - choose from 12 different symbols.

Quantity Allowances Overs % and Unders %

Overs and Unders panel from the User Settings tab in the My Settings window

This item allows you to indicate an acceptable margin of overs and unders. This is very important as you are agreeing to accept as complete the "Unders" quantity and are agreeing to pay for any product within the "Overs" margin. Standard is typically between 5% and 10%.

This item allows you to indicate an acceptable margin of overs and unders. This is very important as you are agreeing to accept as complete the "Unders" quantity and are agreeing to pay for any product within the "Overs" margin. Standard is typically between 5% and 10%.

Options Panel

Options panel in the User Settings tab in the My Settings window

  • Personal Job Number Prefix - add a prefix to the automatic job numbering to help distinguish between jobs.
  • Bids Due Default Deadline for New Jobs - allows user to set a default deadline for bids on new jobs.
  • "Prompt about turning off Bids Due Date" - turns on and off a reminder that pops up to hide the bids due date when jobs are closed.
  • "Email on job ownership change" - tells the system what you want to happen when you change ownership of a job.

User Messages

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My Settings window showing the User Messages tab panel

Purpose & Function

The User Messages tab panel allows you to edit various text messages used throughout the P3 system. These text messages are used in several areas: Email messages, Purchase Orders, Terms and Conditions, Proposals, Invoices, Prepress Notes, and Shipping Notes. In the future, additional saved messages may be stored in this area. All messages can be edited using the Edit Message button in the bottom left corner.

Enterprise Messages vs. User Messages

Some messages are Enterprise messages. Only an administrator can change these messages. Each user has their own set of text messages used throughout the system. This allows each user to customize their messages to meet their individual needs. System administrators may save some of their messages as enterprise messages. This will allow all other users to access those text messages and adapt them for their own use. Any user may load a saved enterprise message, modify it and save it as their own message for that particular subject. This mechanism allows for the easy dissemination of standardized messages and, where applicable, customization of those messages to meet the end-user's needs. The Revert to Enterprise button restores the messages to the enterprise version of the messages. The Save to Enterprise button allows a message to be saved as the enterprise version.

Default Messages

There is an initial set of messages for email messages and purchase orders built into the system. You may edit and save your own versions of each or save to enterpize. Other message types start out blank. If a user decides they want to revert back to the system default message, the Revert to P3 Default button can be used to restore the initial default message.

Message Types

The purpose of the specific messages are described below:

Email Messages

There are a series of email messages that can be sent out during the production process. Each one of these has a default text message that appears in the Message Text column when a user triggers a particular email. There is a different text message for each different type of email these are detailed below:

  • RFQ - the RFQ text message appears when a request for quote is first sent out to one or more vendors.
  • RFQ Reminder - the RFQ Reminder message is sent to individual suppliers when they have not responded in a timely manner to the original RFQ request for quote message.
  • Job Award - the Job Award message is sent to the winning supplier after a job is awarded to them. It is intended to advise the supplier that they have won the job but not necessarily to proceed with manufacturing.
  • Bid Declined - the Bid Declined message, or Dear John message, is sent to unsuccessful suppliers when a job they submitted a bid on is awarded to someone else.
  • Job Order - the Job Order message is used when sending either a work order or a purchase order to a vendor from the Job Order window.

Purchase Orders

  • Top Advisory Note - this text message appears in a small area at the top of the purchase order document. It is intended to include the most important Terms and Conditions information that needs to be communicated to the supplier. Detailed Terms and Conditions for the purchase order should appear at the end of the purchase order in the Terms and Conditions area.
  • Terms & Conditions - users can set up a detailed set of purchase order Terms and Conditions which will appear at the bottom of the purchase order document after the main block of content is displayed.

Proposal

  • Introductory Note - the project proposal builder includes an area for an introductory note. Users can create a standard introductory note for their proposals.
  • Terms & Conditions - users may also set up a standard set of Terms and Conditions for their proposals. These appear at the bottom of the proposal document.

Invoice

  • Introductory Note - the Project Invoice builder includes an area for an introductory note. Users can create a standard introductory note for their invoices.
  • Terms & Conditions - users may also set up a standard set of Terms and Conditions for their invoices. These invoice Terms and Conditions appear at the bottom of the invoice document.

Job Specifications Notes

  • Prepress Default Note - This text can be inserted into the comments area of the Prepress section of the detailed spec. This is useful if you have particular requirments for proofing and other prepress activities.
  • Shipping Default Note - This text can be inserted into the comments area of the Shipping section of the detailed spec. This is useful if you have particular requirments for shipping activities.

User Logo Manager

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Purpose & Function

User Logo Manager window from the Logo Images menu item in the Configure menu of the My Settings window

The P3Expeditor system contains features that allow users to add their company logos or other graphics to printed reports and emails produced by the system and the supplier response page hosted by the P3Expeditor system. There are six different graphic images which can be added to the system by the user:

  • Supplier Response Web Page
  • RFQ/Order Emails
  • Purchase Order
  • Bid Report
  • RFQ/Job Order
  • Proposal/Invoice

These are the user logos, there is a set of enterprise-wide logos that apply to all users. Logos should first be loaded by an Enterprise Administrator for system-wide logos. The User Logos should only be added if they have an individual user's name and phone number on them to further customize the reports. In order to learn how an Administrator can upload images, go to the Enterprise Logo Manager page. Within the User Logo Manager Window, the user will see the source of the image. This can be used to quickly see if the image is from the administrator or from the User's Private folder.

The images must be prepared outside the P3Expeditor system and then loaded into it. The images may be either .gif or .jpg files. Each of the six images has a different set of size and resolution requirements which are specified on the User Logo Manager window. This page contains a set of blank image files that can be downloaded and used as size and resolution templates for the various images.

Typically, customers will put their company logo in the images. Some users also personalize the images adding their name, address, phone number and other contact information in the graphic. The graphics are stored in each users personal settings, so they may be personalized for each user if desired. It is also possible to save some of the images as Enterprise Images, which can be used by all members of an enterprise group.

The User Logo Manager window lets you import images to customize certain P3Expeditor printed reports. To display this window, click on the Global menu / "My Settings" menu item / Configure menu / "Logo Images" menu item.

There are currently four different types of report images that are basically displayed as banners at the top of certain rerports. Clicking on the Manage button will display a dropdown list of image management functions:

  • "Load Image From File" - Allows the user to locate an image on their computer to be used for the report.
  • "Remove Image File" - Removes the image file from the user's settings.
  • "Save As Image File" - Allows the user to save the selected image as an independent file outside of the P3Expeditor system.
  • "Enterprise Image Admin" - (System Administrators Only) allows a system administrator to install the selected image as an Enterprise image file.

Only images of type GIF or JPEG can be used. If JPEG is used, the file extension must be JPG.

The dimensions for each image are displayed below the Manage button. These dimensions are enforced when the report is previewed or printed. If an image is smaller or larger, the image is stretched or shrunk to fit. It is highly recommended that the images have a 300 DPI resolution.

Supplier Response Web Page

The Supplier Response web page can be customized with a banner to provide your suppliers with an RFQ response web page that has your company's logo, name and address in your style.

The banner is either a GIF or JPG image file that you upload to the P3Software server using the Supplier Response Page Logo button / Add/Update Supplier Response Page Banner selection on your P3Software Website Login. Your GIF or JPG file must be smaller than 160,000 bytes and have dimensions less than or equal to 750 pixels wide and 80 pixels high. We recommend the images be exactly 750 pixels wide to give the best look to the page.

Once your banner image file is uploaded, your Supplier Response page will change immediately. If, for some reason, you no longer want your custom banner to appear on the response page, just use the Delete button to delete your banner from the P3Software server. Your Supplier Response Page will revert back to the generic format.

Logo Templates

The empty images shown below are templates for each of the six customization banners that can be used in the P3Expediter system:

  • Each file is set to the correct size and resolution to display and print optimally.
  • Right click and "Save Picture As..." for each of the files you want to modify using Photoshop or whatever image manipulation software you choose.
  • Keep the image size and resolution the same, and what you see in Photoshop will be what you get on your reports, emails and supplier response page.

Supplier Response Web Page:

Online - Supplier Response Page

RFQ/Order Emails:

Online - Email Logo

Purchase Order:

Image 1 - Purchase Order

Bid Report:

Image 2 - Bid Report

RFQ/Job Order:

Image 3 - RFQ/Job Order

Proposal/Invoice:

Image 4 - Proposals and Invoices

System Information Window

System Information Window

Purpose & Function

This window displays key diagnostic information that may be helpful in trouble-shooting problems you may encounter.

Access - This window can be accessed in two ways:

  1. By clicking on the license information text at the bottom of the Home panel on the Main Application window
  2. Through the Global menu / "My Settings" dropdown menu / My Setting menu item / "View System Information" dropdown menu item.

Server Request Queues - The System Information window has one to four buttons on the right side for accessing the Server Request queues. They are labeled:

  1. Comm Requests
  2. Comm Server Trace
  3. NetPlus Requests
  4. NetPlus Server Trace (Only NetPlus users will see these two buttons)

Comm Requests

Server Request Queue

The Comm Requests button opens the Server Request Queue Window. The Server Request Queue tracks the most recent communications with the P3Software server communications scripts. These scripts update your license, send email messages and retrieve supplier price information. The first column of data is the sequence number of the transaction the second number is the number of milliseconds it took to send the request and receive the response. The third column indicates the type of transaction. The buttons allow users to email, copy, or clear the Server Request Queue

Comm Server Trace

Diagnostic Log Viewer

The Comm Server Trace button opens the Diagnostic Log Viewer Window. This window allows the user to run a trace route diagnostic process. The button on the bottom allows the log to be emailed to P3Expeditor Support.

NetPlus Queue

NetPlus Queue

The NetPlus Queue is only shown for P3 NetPlus users. This queue tracks communications with the P3Software NetPlus server. The first column of data is the sequence number of the transaction. The second number is the number of milliseconds it took to send the request and receive the response. The third column indicates the type of file, and the fourth column indicates the file name.

NetPlus Server Trace

Diagnostic Log Viewer for NetPlus

The NetPlus Server Trace button opens the Diagnostic Log Viewer Window. This window allows the user to run a trace route diagnostic process. The button on the bottom allows the log to be emailed to P3Expeditor Support.

Setting the Default Temp Folder

Change the Default Local Directory

You have the ability to set a temporary folder that is to be used for temporary file storage. Files stored in this folder are only needed for a brief time and when P3Expeditor exits, they may be destroyed without consequence. This is mostly used for files that make up reports and associated images. There may be other temporary files that P3Expeditor needs to place there as well.

Most users should not need to modify the default setting of this folder's location. Both the Windows and Macintosh operating systems have a default already defined and P3Expeditor will use that folder by default. Although rare, some computers have been configured in such a way that P3Expeditor is unable to use the default folder sucessfully and you will need to specify an alternate.

Change the Default Local Directory

  1. From the Main Screen, click on the "Global" menu and select "My Settings".
  2. In the "My Settings" dialog menu click on the "Configure" menu and select "P3Temp Folder".
  3. In the dialog that appears there should be 2 buttons labeled "Set New Folder" and "Done".

You may also find a button labeled "Clear Current Setting".

You may click on the "Set New Folder" button to select a new temporary folder or click the "Clear Current Setting" button to revert back to using the default setting. You may continue setting or clearing the temporary folder setting and when you are satisfied you may click the "Done" button.

Import Images for Printed Documents

User Logo Manager

This is the page where you will import logos for your email messages, personal supplier response pages as well as Purchase Orders, Bid Reports, RFQ/Job Orders and Proposals/Invoices. You can display this dialog from the My Settings dialog by clicking on the Configure menu and selecting Logo Images.

There is more information available at: Report Logo Customization

Loading images

The screen shot at the right is what this dialog should look like if you do not have any images installed. There are four different images to consider. They will probably all look pretty much alike except for the actual dimensions. The differences are to accomodate the differences in the report layouts. The image that you Load is sized to fit so it is possible for you to utilize a single image for all four images. If the image you choose has a different aspect ratio than the recommended, the displayed image will exibit distortions.

Each image has an Manage button that displays a drop down menu when clicked. The following are the available menu selections and their description.

  • Load Image From File opens a dialog box that allows you to browse the files on your computer and select one to use for your branding. When the file is selected, you will see the image displayed as it will appear on your report.
  • Remove Image File removes/deletes the your current image. Once removed, that report will no longer display the image. Loading another image will establish that image to be used by the report. If all you want to do is change an image previously Loaded, there is no need to remove the old image before Loading the new one.
  • Save As Image File will display a dialog box allowing you to browse to a folder on your computer and save the image file in the folder you choose.
  • Enterprise Image Admin (administrators only) allows an administrator to examin, load and delete enterprise images. This selection will display a popup dialog box to perform these actions.

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NetPlus

NetPlus is our term for cloud storage. Cloud storage is the default setting. As a P3 Expeditor user your data is automatically stored within our cloud system. NetPlus continuously backs up your data to protect you from system crashes. The data is kept highly secure within our NetPlus system to protect you and your clients.