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  • New Release 1.19

    An update to Bluestore POS will be released on Tuesday 12th Feb between 4am and 5am GMT. The enterprise console will be unavailable for about an hour but POS terminals will continue to function normally.

    This release contains a number of new features such as the ability to reprint the last receipt and use longer product names. The full list of changes is shown below.

    New features:
    - Sales receipt, allow tender name to be shown instead of tender type
    - Sales receipt, add User Name to allowed fields
    - New menu item on sales screen, Reprint Last Receipt
    - Allow different font size for product/category buttons on terminal
    - Improvements in store side error logging
    - Allow images to be used instead of buttons for products and categories
    - Allow up to 100 chars for product name on import and product creation
    - Widen terminal product search dialogue to display full product name
    - Add parameter to allow changing number of chars for product name displayed on receipt
    - Only display 'a new version is available' if logged on with the user who initially installed the application
    - Ability to request store/terminal diagnostics and pass back to Hub for analysis
    - Set customer fields in sales statistics to improve speed of reporting and data integrity
    - Database null constraints added to improve general data integrity
    - Allow sorting API list by access token
    - Performance improvements in GET Product API
    - Check for correct java version on terminal startup
    - POST Sale API allow automatic creation of customer

    Bug fixes:
    - Cashier Statistics, fix returns previously included as negative quantity
    - Customer Sales Summary, fix displayed total number of records
    - API Post customer data integrity fixes
    - Rounding issue on tax report for 'tax added' scenario over long time periods
    - Top Sellers Report, fix for null pointer error when a day contains just one sale and one refund
    - Product import, fix for duplicate barcodes created when reimporting the same product
    - Product code field with comma or ampersand produces error on import
    - Pricing on terminal can be inconsistent with multiple range lists
    - Error generating Discounts Used report when Time To is left empty
    - Importing Range Entry allows import of code field but this should be generated internally
    - Make name field mandatory for charges
    - Fix for selecting the right price when multiple prices exist in different units of measure
    - Monthly Sales Report and Last 12 Months Sales for large datasets, performance improvements
    - POST Sale API, deal properly with duplicate sales when posted through the API
    - Product deletion should also remove product message
    - Exported product list in XML format can't be reimported due to a structure change

    If you have any questions about the new release please get in touch by raising a support ticket or using the contact form.

  • Minor Update to Bluestore Live

    A minor update went live this morning, containing the following changes:
    Fixes for price selection on multiple range lists in store
    Allow changes to range list assignment for stores
    Performance improvements rendering terminal buttons
    Fix for performance problem on terminal goods receipt
    Fix for product descriptions containing #
    Further localisation improvements on the POS terminal
    Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions over this update.
  • New Release 1.18

    An update to Bluestore POS will be released on Monday 9th Feb between 4am and 5am GMT. The enterprise console will be unavailable for about an hour but POS terminals will continue to function normally.

    This release is somewhat technical in nature, we've spent time improving the robustness of the data handling and reducing bottlenecks for high throughput stores. This should improve the overall experience and will fix many of the data related issues that occur from time to time.

    We've created a new report for this release 'Payments by Day'. This report shows the value of each payment taken within a date range by payment method. The report can be exported to excel as usual.

    There are also new APIs and performance improvements to the stock on hand report.

    Here’s the full list of new features and enhancements:

    • New report Payments by Day
    • Improvements for high throughput stores, reducing bottlenecks
    • Fix date/time filtering on reports
    • Include sales for deleted customers in customer sales reports
    • Allow zero as value for reorder level
    • Correct issue with trailing spaces on product import
    • Fix console rendering in IE11
    • Fix copying of terminal key on windows 8 tablet install
    • Tighten database constraints to improve data integrity
    • OAuth security hardening against replay attacks
    • API for POST Store and Terminal
    • API for POST Stock Movements
    • API tighten checks on POST Sale
    • API allow large data sets for POST/GET Customers and Products
    • Stock on hand report performance improvements
    • Data import fix issues with range entry and product description
    • Data import fix duplicate barcodes
    • Fix behaviour of saleable and active flags for product
    • Fix issue with deleted prices transmit to store


    For the following release we are working on allowing users to easily send statistics back to us so that we can better diagnose bottlenecks and other store related issues. This should allow us to further improve the experience on the POS terminal side. We will also be adding some new features such as the ability to reprint the last receipt.

    If you have any questions about the new release please get in touch by raising a support ticket or using the contact form.

  • Update for Countries with Sales Tax Added

    An update to the Bluestore POS application will go live on Wednesday 15th Oct between 5am and 6am UK time (midnight to 1am Eastern Time).

    We have made a couple of changes to display the subtotal on the screen before tax and we've added a new parameter to the sales receipt template which allows you to include a subtotal to the customer receipt. This is important in areas that require entry of sales and tax to a separate system.
    We have also fixed a bug in the way the tax is calculated when there are multiple items which caused a problem for additional sales tax regions.

    When you start up the POS application on Wednesday morning it will tell you a new version is available so you can upgrade. This update is critical for North American sites but is optional for countries with VAT schemes.

    After the upgrade, to add the new subtotal parameter to the physical receipt, you can amend the receipt template saleReceipt.vm which, on windows vista/7/8 should be in the folder C:\Users\<your user>\AppData\Roaming\Bluefish Retail\Bluestore Live POS\terminal\templates\sale\

    Look for the following section and add the line @[right]Subtotal: $toPayNoTaxFormatted
    #if( ! $taxIncluded )
    @[right]Subtotal: $toPayNoTaxFormatted
    @[right]Plus Tax: $tax

    If you're not comfortable changing the receipt template or have questions about the update just get in touch and we can help. Support tickets can be created at

  • New Release 1.17 for Bluestore POS

    An update to Bluestore POS has been released today.

    The full list of enhancements is below:

    - Support for customer display device

    - Yespay card payments for customer not present transactions
    - Read custom barcodes with embedded price / weight
    - Manual discounts which can be entered at the time of sale
    - New Sales Detail report showing products sold by sale transaction
    - Add title to the customer sales reports
    - Reports - increase timeouts and minor fixes
    - Improved store and hub error logging
    - API bug fixes

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