In this Document

General Information

Known Issues

New Browser-Based Home Page and Web Screens

Custom Checks

UAC Compliance

Compatibility with Sage Programs

Installing Sage 300

Removing Sage 300

System Manager

Bank Services

Tax Services

Accounts Receivable

Accounts Payable

General Ledger

Order Entry

Canadian Payroll

US Payroll

Project and Job Costing

Changes to RVSpy and DBSpy

Sage 300 2016 Release Notes

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This file contains important information about Sage 300, including information about product changes that are not in the documentation.

General Information

Known Issues

New Browser-Based Home Page and Web Screens

This release includes the option to install Sage 300 web screens: modernized versions of Sage 300 screens that you can use in a web browser.

Whether you're using your desktop computer, your laptop, or your tablet, now you can enter transactions, generate reports, manage company finances, and more—anywhere, anytime.

Web screens run in parallel with the classic Sage 300 desktop screens, so there's no need to choose between desktop or web. Everyone in your organization can use the interface that best suits their needs, while working seamlessly with a single shared set of company data.

Important! When using Sage 300 web screens over an external network or the internet, data must be protected with security measures such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or a Virtual Private Network (VPN). To determine appropriate security measures, consult with your information technology (IT) professional or Sage Business Partner.

Here's a quick overview of what's available in Sage 300 web screens:

Web screens are available in English, French, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Help and documentation for web screens is available in English and French.

Note: Users may need to adjust their web browser settings to ensure that web screens appear in the correct language. The preferred language for viewing web pages (specified in web browser settings) must match the language specified for the user in their Sage 300 user record.

For more information, see the Sage 300 Web Screens Getting Started Guide.

Custom Checks

Previously, the Spellmoney function was used on some checks to convert numbers into text (for example, to convert $100.00 to “one hundred dollars”). This function was used in the formula, “fmtIssuedtext” of the check stock reports shipped with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Canadian Payroll, and US Payroll.

The Towords function is now used instead of the Spellmoney function, and support for the Spellmoney function will be removed in a future release. If you have custom checks that use the Spellmoney function, you should change this function to Towords.

UAC Compliance

Sage 300 is now compliant with Microsoft's User Account Control (UAC) standard. This security enhancement means that most tasks no longer require administrator permission, though there are a few exceptions. For example, users must have administrator permission to:

Compatibility with Other Programs

For a complete list of compatible programs, database platforms, and operating systems, see the Sage 300 2016 Compatibility Guide in the Sage Knowledgebase (https://support.na.sage.com/selfservice/viewdocument.do?externalId=26777).

Pervasive and Oracle Databases Not Supported

Important! Sage 300 2016 supports only Microsoft SQL Server databases. If you have databases in Pervasive or Oracle format, you must convert these databases to Microsoft SQL Server format before installing Sage 300 2016. For detailed instructions, see the Database Conversion Checklist.

Installing Sage 300

For detailed instructions on installing Sage 300, see the Sage 300 Installation and Administration Guide.

Note: Version 2016 installs components that support the deployment of the Sage 300 Portal. The installation program installs Java Runtime Environment and Sage 300 Tomcat silently. (Tomcat is installed as a private instance in your Program Files folder under \Common Files\Sage\Sage 300 ERP\Tomcat.)

Important! If you upgrade to a later version of Sage 300, you must install all released product updates for that version before activating your data to avoid possible data corruption issues.

Important! Sage 300 Payroll 2016 (7.2A) is compatible with Sage 300 2016. However, it must be installed separately.

Removing Sage 300

Before removing Sage 300, you must:

To remove Sage 300 2016 programs:

  1. In Windows' Control Panel, click Programs And Features.
  2. Open Uninstall Or Change A Program, and then:

System Manager

New Features and Improvements

System Manager 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Bank Services

New Features and Improvements

Bank Services 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Tax Services

New Features and Improvements

Tax Services 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Accounts Receivable

New Features and Improvements

Accounts Receivable 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Accounts Payable

New Features and Improvements

Accounts Payable 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

General Ledger

New Features and Improvements

General Ledger 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Order Entry

New Features and Improvements

Order Entry 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Canadian Payroll

New Features and Improvements

The Sage 300 2016 DVD includes Canadian Payroll 2016; and the following payroll tax updates:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

US Payroll

New Features and Improvements

The Sage 300 2016 DVD includes US Payroll 2016; and the September 30, 2015 payroll tax update.

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Project and Job Costing

New Features and Improvements

Project and Job Costing 2016 includes the following new features and improvements:

Known Issues

There are no known issues.

Changes to RVSpy and DBSpy

A new User ID field has been added to support online versions of Sage 300. This field is not used in Sage 300 2016, so you should leave it blank.