IMPROVED: PayPal Website Payments Basic.  When using the PayPal payment gateway, your clients’ payments will automatically appear inside Táve Studio Manager so you’ll no longer have to manually enter the payments.

NEW: PickPic payments.  You can now process payments through your PickPic system.  When enabled here, users will be sent to your PickPic cart with the amount already added to their cart.   You’ll then be able to process the payment as you normally would inside PickPic.  These payments will not automatically appear inside Táve Studio Manager, so you will have to log the payments manually.

NEW: Google Checkout.  Basic Google Checkout support has been added and can be enabled here.  Once the “integrated cart” feature is completed, payments will automatically appear inside Táve Studio Manager.  Until that time, you’ll need to manually add the payments. 

While several users have voted for Google Checkout support in Idea Bank, there has been some debate in our users-only forum about using Google Checkout because of potential issues with their seller policies.  Also, if you wish to only accept the retainer through Client Access, you’ll find a new setting for that in the page editor.

To celebrate the photographers investing in their craft this week at
the WPPI convention in Las Vegas, we’re offering a huge discount to all new annual subscriptions created through February 22nd.

Save 20% on an annual subscription!

To take advantage of this great deal, just register for your free 30-day trial now and then subscribe before the offer ends.  

Already a monthly subscriber?

Existing
monthly subscribers are welcome to take advantage of the annual
subscription special too!  If you’d like to upgrade your monthly
subscription to an annual to save 20%, sign in and cancel your existing PayPal subscription (if you paid inside Táve Studio Manager instead of with PayPal, you’ll need to use the Contact page to ask us to cancel that subscription)

Once the existing subscription is canceled, you’ll then be able to take advantage of the offer.  You won’t lose any days either, as the new annual subscription won’t take affect until your next scheduled monthly payment was to go through.

Be sure to act by Sunday! 
This special will be history on Monday and we’re not planning any other specials in 2009!

We just released a small but extremely useful update to default work and tasks, the feature located in the Product Editor that lets you automatically create work, events, or tasks for a job when a client books a quote with the product in it.

You can have Táve Studio Manager automatically set the due date (or for events, the start date) based on the Job’s event date or when a Job’s phase begins.

This feature alone can have a significant impact on your business!   Examples include scheduling a pre-wedding phone consult with the bride a week before the wedding or creating a task to upload their photos to your blog shortly after the session.

Visit the Settings section and you’ll see we’ve added a link to the blue Client Access module, called “Track agreements.” Click on the link to create contracts and amendments.

Once you publish a contract for use, you can attach it to a job, mark it as signed, and print it from the job editor’s Financials module.

When the full Client Access system is released in the coming days, your clients will be able to electronically sign their contract online!

If you’re a fan of all the great ways Táve Studio Manager can help your photography business succeed, why not join us around the web and share your enthusiasm?

These four testimonials are straight off of our facebook page.   If you have a facebook, just cilck on “Become a fan” on the right side of the page once you’re signed in.

Have you jumped into the world of microblogging?  If so, don’t be shy, go ahead and follow our brand-new twitter account and say hello with a tweet starting with @tavestudio in the message!

It’s time to join!

We’ll be announcing a special trade-show rate for Imaging USA next week!

Go ahead and register for our free 30-day trial now, so you’re ready to take advantage of the one-week-only sale, and then follow our twitter or facebook so you don’t miss out!

Táve Studio Manager is rather versatile, allowing you to use it in whatever way you find best for your needs.  This tutorial is meant to highlight the workflow that we design around.

We’ll review some of the basic terminology used in Táve Studio Manager and then proceed through the process of entering a lead, adding events and quotes, booking the job, and then working through completion of the job.

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As we’ve been working and adding studios to the limited beta of Táve Studio Manager, we find ourselves commonly asking “Are we there yet?” like we’re in the back seat of a station wagon on the way to Disney World.   

Are we ready for the first public version, what programmers often refer to as General Availability?   Are we ready to open it up to anybody who wants an account, instantly when they register?

The answer is now, “Almost!”  

Okay, that’s not as exciting as “Yes! Let’s go live now!”, but we’re getting there and I think you’ll love what we’ve done so far (and this is just the start of the journey…. we have so many ideas we look forward to implementing for you).

If you want to be emailed when we release the free public beta, be sure to join our mailing list and then subscribe to this blog for other updates as they come.

Now that we’re back from the WPPI expo in Las Vegas, we’re hard at work preparing for our free beta which we’ll be opening up to select studios who request the beta.

We heard so many great ideas at the show and decided some of them are just too cool to wait for a later version, so we’re adding them to Version 1!

As Jason and I work to implement the new features, we’re going to open the system up to the early adopters out there as a free “beta” program.   This is a great way to not only start managing your business right away, but also to get in on the ground floor and help shape the direction of Táve Studio Manager.   Sort of like having your own engineering team working for you!

As always, we believe its your data and we’re just making it easier for you to use and manage it, so you can export your data at any time, even when you’re prompted to subscribe at the end of the beta.

If you’d like an invitation to our free beta program, just join our mailing list.

WPPI has come to a close… WOW!! What an amazing experience. It was so great to meet all of you, especially all of our new clients. We are thrilled about how excited everybody is about Táve Studio Manager!

If you just joined, expect to get a call from me in the next few days as we settle back into the office.

If you’re attending WPPI, be sure to come by our booth and pre-order Táve Studio Manager: Home Edition!

If you pre-order one year or more, you will receive a special rate of only $20 per month.

This special is ONLY available during WPPI, so be sure to come check us out! Our normal price is $25/month, so this is a great savings!

As always there is still no setup fee!!!