Invoice settings and customisation of CH10 print layout invoice

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This invoice layout allows you to change the print settings via the Settings dialogue. The settings are similar to the UNI11 layout with the added option of printing the Swiss QR Code.

See also:

Invoice Settings Dialogue

To access the invoice parameter settings dialogue, you have two possibilities:

The dialogue is composed of several levels and sub-levels that allows you to operate on a specific part of the invoice:

  • Print
     The elements that make up the invoice print, with the possibility of customising them.
  • Texts
    The texts, in the different languages, which are used for printing.
  • QR-Code
  • The settings for printing the Swiss QR-Code.
  • Styles
    Change font and colours.
  • Programming (own JavaScript file)
    It is an even higher level of customization, but it requires programming knowledge.
    You can change or replace the different printing elements by programming your own JavaScript file.

The Restore Defaults button in the dialogue resets all settings to the default values. Confirming with OK confirms and saves the parameters entered.
You can undo and restore changes made to parameters with the command MenuEdit Undo operation.

Print Property

This level defines which elements of the invoice to include and which to exclude from the invoice printing.


It is divided into several sub-levels that allow you to manage a different element of the invoice.

Header

Dialogue element that allows you to define the header on the top of the invoice page.

  • Page header.
    Check the box to include the sender's address in the invoice header.
    The address is automatically taken from the basic data of the file, defined in File → File and accounting properties → Address.
    The VAT number is mandatory and must be entered in the appropriate field.
  • Line 1 text ... Line 5 text.
    If you do not wish to use the basic address data, you can enter the texts you wish to use manually.
    These texts will be displayed in the header and replace any texts defined in the file properties.
    In this case the VAT number is not automatically printed. Remember to add the VAT number in one line as it is mandatory.
  • Logo.
    Check to include the logo in the header.
    The logo is defined with the command File → Logo setup where you can also set the size, choose how to align it (left, centre, right), and also choose how to align the address with respect to the logo.
  • Logo name.
    Enter the name of the logo customisation defined in the menu File → Logo setup, respecting upper and lower case.

Customer address

Element of the dialogue that allows you to set some parameters for the billing address.

The customer addresses are taken from the specific columns of the table, see Accounts → Address view for integrated invoicing, and from the Contacts table for the Estimates and Invoices application.

  • Sender address text.
    Above the customer's address you can enter a line for the sender's address.
    Leave empty to use the address defined in File → File and accounting properties → Address or enter text manually.
    Enter <none> to not enter the sender line.
    • Address composition.
      Decide how to compose the address. Enter the XML address column names in the order you prefer: for the integrated invoicing Accounts table (Address view), for the application Offers and Invoices Contact table. Each column name must be included between the signs '<' and '>'.
      You can display the XML name of each column with the command Columns setup, Settings tab.

      You may only use the following columns (other columns cannot be used):
      Prefix column (XML name = NamePrefix).
      Organisation Column (XML name = OrganisationName).
      First Name column (XML name = FirstName).
      Column Surname (Name XML = FamilyName).
      Street Column (XML name = Street).
      AddressExtra Column (XML name = AddressExtra).
      PostBox Column (XML name = POBox).
      PostalCode Column (XML name = PostalCode).
      Location Column (XML name = Locality).
      Region Column (XML name = Region).
      Country Column (XML name = Country).
      CountryCode column (XML name = CountryCode).

      Some examples:
    • Include organisation name, address, postcode and location:
      <OrganisationName>
      <Street>
      <PostalCode> <Locality>
    • Include prefix, first name, last name, address, postcode and locality:
      <NamePrefix>
      <FirstName> <FamilyName>
      <Street>
      <PostalCode> <Locality> 
    • Include extra address, post office box and country code:
      <OrganisationName>
      <NamePrefix>
      <FirstName> <FamilyName>
      <Street> <AddressExtra>
      <POBox>
      <CountryCode> - <PostalCode> <Locality>
  • Align left.
    Check to print the address on the left, otherwise it will be printed on the right.
  • Move horizontally.
    Enter a value in cm to move the customer's address to the right (positive value) or to the left (negative value).
  • Move vertically.
    Enter a value in cm to move the customer's address down (positive value) or up (negative value).
  • Shipping address.
    Only available for invoicing integrated in accounting.
    The shipping address is also printed.
    The shipping address is entered by means of the code :sadr in the TypeDoc column of the Transactions table to define the shipping address.

Information

Element of the dialogue that allows you to define which invoice information to include and which to exclude from the print (top left):

Integrated Invoicing:

  • Invoice number / Credit note.
    Specified in the DocInvoice column of the Transactions table.
  • Invoice date.
    Specified in the Date column of the Transactions table.
  • Order number
    Specified in the DocType column of the Transactions table with code: ordd.
  • Order date
    Specified in the DocType column of the Transactions table with code:ordn.
  • Customer number
    Specified in the invoice transaction of the Transactions table.
  • Customer VAT number.
    Specified in the VAT number column of the Accounts table, Other view.
  • Customer fiscal number
    Specified in the Fiscal number column of the Accounts table, Other view.
  • Invoice due date
    The expiration date is calculated automatically by the program, or can be changed using the code :ter in the TypeDoc column of the Transactions table.
  • Page number
    The current page number.

Estimates and invoices application

  • Invoice number / Estimate
    Specified in the Id column of the Invoices/Estimates table
  • Invoice date.
    Specified in the Date column of the Invoices/Estimates table
  • Order number
    Specified in the Order Nr of the create/edit invoice dialogue.
  • Order date
    Specified in the order date of the create/edit invoice dialogue.
  • Customer number
    Specified in the Contact Id column of the Invoice/Estimates table.
  • Customer VAT number.
    Specified in the VAT number column of the Contacts table.
  • Customer fiscal number
    Specified in the Fiscal number column of the Contacts table.
  • Invoice due date
    Indicated in the Due Date column of the Invoices/Estimates table.
  • Page number
    The current page number.
  • Customised fields
    Only with the Advanced Plan.
    Invoice section of the Invoice Dialogue are added.

Invoice Details

By invoice details we mean the table showing the items, quantities, prices and totals.

Column Arrangement Logic

The columns to be displayed can be defined manually in this way:

  • In the column names you indicate the XML names of the columns to be printed.
  • In the subsequent fields, the print characteristics of the individual columns are indicated.
    • Column width.
    • Title alignment.
    • Text alignment.
  •   In the section Texts you indicate the column header texts.
    •  For each language, the text for the header must be indicated.

If you select a default Columns setting, all elements are changed automatically.

Valid for all elements

  • Elements are separated by ';' and must be the number of the defined columns.
  • If one of these elements is left blank, the default values are taken over.

Predefined column compositions

Allows you to select the columns to be displayed in the invoice details directly from a list.
The list includes some predefined column compositions to choose from. Some of them require the Banana Accounting Plus Advanced Plan.

Select a pre-defined column composition from the list and confirm.
The values of the properties Column Names, Column Width, Title Alignment, Text Alignment of the Invoice Details section, and the property Invoice Details Column Names of the Text section, are set automatically by the programme.

Available from version 10.0.10.21348 or newer of Banana Accounting Plus.

Column Names

Manually indicate which columns to display in the invoice details.
Enter the XML names of the columns in the Transactions table. You can display the XML name of each column with the command Columns setup, Settings tab. Separate column names with a ';' (semicolon).

The default columns are:

  • For invoices integrated in accounting:
    • Number (item Id)
      This applies both to the Id column of the Item table in the Estimates and Invoices application, and to the Item column of the Transactions table in the Integrated Invoicing.
    • Description
    • Quantity
    • ReferenceUnit
    • UnitPrice
    • Amount
  • Plus for the invoice offer application:
    • Date
    • Discount

With the Advanced Plan of Banana Accounting Plus, you can add other table columns in addition to the predefined columns.

  • Transactions table.
    • Only for invoices integrated in accounting.
    • The syntax to use is T.ColumnName.
      "T." indicates that this is a column of the Transactions table, "ColumnName" is the XML name of the column (e.g. "T.Notes", "T.DateWork", etc.)
  • Items table.
    • The syntax to be used is I.ColumnName.
      "I." indicates that it is a column of the Items table, "ColumnName" is the XML name of the column (e.g. "I.Links", etc.).

Column Width

Enter the width of each column with a percentage value. Each value defines how much space a column occupies in relation to the total width of the page. The sum must be 100%.
Separate column widths with a ";" (semicolon).

Title Alignment

Enter the title alignment for each column. You can align the text to the left, centre and to the right. Separate each alignment with a ";" (semicolon).

Text Alignment

Enter the text alignment of each column. You can align the text left, centre and right. Separate each alignment with a ";" (semicolon).

Gross amounts (including VAT)

You can decide whether to use gross amounts including VAT or net amounts excluding VAT.

Printing additional descriptions

Only available for invoicing integrated in accounting.
You can decide whether you want to enter additional descriptions on several rows.
In the Transactions table create columns with the name Description followed by a number (e.g. "Description1", "Description2", ...). The XML column names must be 'Description1', 'Description2', etc.
The text of each column is inserted on a new line immediately below the main description.

Some examples

  • Include the columns Description, Quantity, Unit, Unit Price and Amount:
    • Description;Quantity;ReferenceUnit;UnitPrice;Amount
      50%;10%;10%;15%;15%
      center;center;center;center;center
      left;center;center;right;right
  • Include only the Description and Amount columns:
    • Description;Amount
      70%;30%
      center;right
      left;right
  • Include the columns Description, Notes and Amount. Notes is not a default column, the name must be preceded by 'T.'. Requires the Banana Accounting Plus Advanced Plan.
    • Description;T.Notes;Amount
      35%;35%;30%
      left;left;right
      left;left;right
  • Include the columns Description, DateWork, Quantity, Unit Price and Amount (DateWork is a manually created column, the name must be preceded by "T."). Requires the Advanced Plan of Banana Accounting Plus.
    • Description;T.DateWork;Quantity;ReferenceUnit;UnitPrice;Amount
      35%;15%;10%;10%;15%;15%
      left;center;center;center;right;right
      left;center;center;center;right;right
  • For Estimates and Invoices application: include the columns Number, Date, Description, Quantity, Unit, Price, Discount and Amount.
    • Item;Date;Description;Quantity;ReferenceUnit;UnitPrice;Discount;Amount
      10%;10%;50%;10%;10%,10%;15%;15%
      left;left;left;right;right;right;right;right
      left;left;left;right;right;right;right;right

Footer

Dialogue element that allows a footer to be inserted.

The footer can only be included if the QR code is excluded from printing. When the QR code is included, the footer is automatically excluded from printing.

  • Print footer.
    Indicates whether to include the footer, which consists of three columns (see the chapter "Text properties" below).
  • Print separating border.
    Indicates whether to include the border on the top of the footer.

Texts Property

This level defines all invoice texts, which are grouped and divided by language.

Languages

You can change the texts to be used for each language and also add translations for other languages.

The language to be used is chosen according to the language specified for the customer:

  • For integrated billing, it is defined in the Accounts table, Address view, Language column.
  • For the application Estimates and Invoices, it is defined in the Contacts table, Language column .

If no language is indicated for the customer, the default accounting language is used.

The default languages for which a complete translation exists are: German, English, French and Italian.

The first language to appear in the dialogue is always the current language of the file, defined in File → File and accounting properties → Other. The rest are listed in alphabetical order.

Define languages

  • Default values: de;en;fr;it
  • Enter the list of languages using the two-character codes.
    • de = German
    • en = English
    • fr = French
    • it = Italian
  • Separate the language codes with a ";" (semicolon).

Add languages

  • In the language field enter the code of the language you want to add.
  • Click on Ok.
  • Reopen the Settings dialogue. Now there is a new section for the language you have entered with English texts.
  • In the added language section, replace existing texts with the correct ones.

Remove languages

  • In the language field delete the code of the language you want to remove.
  • Click on Ok.
  • Confirm with Yes to remove the language and its texts from the list.
  • Reopen the Settings dialogue. Now the language section has been removed.

Text section for each language

Each language has its own section starting with the language code.
You can change the text to be used for each individual language.
If you delete the content, when you confirm with Ok, the default text will be automatically used.

  • Invoice number.
    Text in the information preceding the invoice number.
  • Invoice date.
    Text in the information preceding the invoice date.
  • Invoice order.
    Text in the information preceding the order number.
  • Order date.
    Text in the information preceding the order date.
  • Customer number.
    Text in the information preceding the customer number.
  • Customer VAT number
    Text in the information preceding the customer's VAT number.
  • Customer tax number.
    Text in the information preceding the customer's tax number.
  • Invoice due date.
    Text in the information preceding the invoice due date.
  • Page number.
    Text in the information preceding the page number.
  • Shipping address.
    Text appearing above the shipping address.
  • Invoice title.
    Optional text inserted before the details table.
    Enter <none> to display no text.
  • Credit note title.
    Optional text inserted before the table of details.
    Enter <none> to display no text.
  • Initial text.
    Optional text, on one or more lines, inserted immediately after the invoice title.
  • Invoice detail column names.
    Must be separated by a ';' (semicolon).
    When changing the columns to be displayed in the invoice (section Print, Invoice details, Column names), you must always also adapt the texts for the column headings.
  • Invoice total.
    Text that appears in the invoice total line.
  • End text
    Optional text, on one or more lines, inserted at the end of the invoice.
    This text takes priority over text added from the dialogue Print invoices → Options → End text.
  • Left/centre/right footer text.
    The <Page> code is replaced with the page number.
    Enter <none> to display no text.

Texts specific to the Estimates and Invoices application only:

  • Estimate number.
    Text in the information preceding the estimate number.
  • Estimate date.
    Text in the information preceding the estimate date.
  • Estimate validity.
    Text in the information preceding the estimate validity date.
  • Estimate title.
    Optional text inserted before the details table.
  • Initial text of the estimate.
    Optional text, on one or more lines, inserted immediately after the estimate title.
  • Final text of the estimate.
    Optional text, on one or more lines, inserted at the end of the estimate.

Bold writing

With a specific annotation you can apply the bold style to certain texts. To do so, include the desired texts between double asterisks ** .

Applicable to:

  • Start text.
  • End text.
  • Descriptions of items appearing in invoice details.

Examples:

**text** = text
**text1 text2**, text3 = text1 text2, text3

Customise title, initial text and final text

The data for the title, initial text and final text are taken over and inserted automatically with every new invoice.

If you also want to include customer information (first name, last name, etc.) or the invoice number in these texts, you can do so:

  • With the Professional Plan the data must be entered manually each time you create an invoice.
  • With the Advanced Plan you can automate data entry on all invoices.

For automated data entry (only with the Advanced Plan) you must use the predefined columns from which the data is taken:

  • Customer Address Columns
    • In integrated invoicing, from the Accounts table, Address view.
    • In the Estimates and Invoices application, from the Contacts table.
  • Invoice number column
    • In integrated invoicing, from the Accounts table, Invoice column.
    • In the Estimates and Invoices application, from the Invoices table, column Invoice Id.

In the texts you must insert the following columns, specifying the XML name of the columns between the signs '<' and '>'.

  • Address
    • <NamePrefix>, <OrganisationName>, <FirstName>, <FamilyName>, <Street>, <AddressExtra>, <POBox>, <PostalCode>, <Locality>, <Region>, <Country>, <CountryCode>.
  • Invoice number
    • <DocInvoice>.
      In this case DocInvoice is used both for integrated invoicing and for the Estimates application and invoices.

To display the XML name of each column, use the command Columns setup, Settings section.

When the invoice is created, these texts are replaced with the actual values.

  • The text "Invoice <DocInvoice>" is converted to "Invoice 10".
  • The text "Invoice <DocInvoice>, <FirstName> <FamilyName>" is converted to "Invoice 10, James Johnson".

Styles Properties

This level defines the parameters that affect the visual appearance of the invoice, like font type, size and colors.

Font type and size

The font and font size are applied to all invoice texts, with the exception of the header, which has a fixed size that can only be changed with custom CSS Stylesheet.

The size of the title and the total line are resized according to the chosen font size.

For more information regarding the font that can be used and exporting to PDF, please see the Create PDF page.

Colours

Enter the colours you wish to apply to the invoice printout.

  • Text Colour.
    The colour applied to all text on the invoice: header, information, address, start text, invoice details, end text, footer.
    The colour of the QR bulletin cannot be changed.
  • Header details background colour.
    The main colour of the invoice. It is applied to: title, invoice details header, horizontal lines, total line and double underline.
  • Details header text colour.
    The colour of the text in the column headings of the invoice details table.
  • Background colour for alternating rows.
    The background colour applied to the rows of the various invoice items.

To enter a colour you have two possibilities::

  •  Enter the English name of the colour (e.g. black, yellow, white, blue, red, etc.).
  • Enter the hexadecimal code of the colour (HEX). This is a code starting with # followed by six characters (e.g. #0000, #009FE3, #FF00EA).
    Colour codes are easily found on the Internet. For example, you can consult the table at https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css_colors.asp.

If no colour is entered (leaving the field empty), the default colour is set. Applies to every colour field. This is useful if you want to reset to the original colours.

Integrated Invoicing Texts

n integrated invoicing, certain texts can also be defined in the Transactions table when entering invoice data.

  • Invoice title / credit note.
    • Enter in the column TypeDoc the command 10:tit (12:tit for credit note).
    • Enter the desired text in the Description column.
    • It takes priority over any text defined in the settings of the invoice layout.   
  • Initial text.
    • Enter in the column TypeDoc the command 10:beg.
    • Enter the desired text in the Description column.
    • Only one line of text can be entered.
    • It takes priority over any text defined in the settings of the invoice layout.
  • Notes.
    • In the column TypeDoc enter the command 10:not.
    •  Enter the desired text in the Description column.
    • Several lines of notes can be entered. Each note must be defined on a new line in the table Entries.
  • Greetings.
    • Enter the command 10:gre in the column TypeDoc.
    • Enter the desired text in the Description column.
    • Only one line of greetings can be entered.

In all these texts it is possible to:

Error messages

  • @error Text names and columns do not match.
    The number of columns of the invoice details table (Print → Invoice Details → Column names) do not match with the texts to print (Texts → language code → Column names invoice details). Check the invoice settings.

 

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