Company Files has now become File Management! There are some great new updates and features to help boost your efficiency, handle your uploaded files and store them.
Firstly, now that we've added a new folder to the Company Homepage, you have probably noticed its layout has changed. We took this opportunity to make the page more dynamic, so the layout of the folders (previously fixed at 2 folders side-by-side) will vary depending on your screen size and resolution. This should make AutoEntry a little easier to navigate, especially on smaller screens!
As with the old Company Files section, the availability of File Management is optional per user. Access to the folder can be added/removed under User Permissions at any stage.
So, what is File Management all about?
Previously, Company Files had two roles - a simple storage facility, and storing fetched documents before sending for publishing if required. While File Management continues with its fetched items role (with additional functionality), it is no longer a simple document storage location. As before, documents that are uploaded or fetched are not sent for processing automatically, but you can submit any document for processing and extraction at any time. This makes it very powerful wherein clients, for example, or any user can upload documents which can then be individually sent for processing as required without giving the client specific access to the purchases folder in AutoEntry. Fetched documents can also still be managed and sent for processing using the ‘Auto-Processing’ option.
There is still currently no charge or storage limit for uploading and storing documents within File Management. However, if abuse of the system occurs with excessive storage, AutoEntry reserves the right to reassess storage limits or charges in the future. When documents are submitted for processing, the normal charge for that document type applies (1, 2 or 3 credits).
Below are the full details on using the File Management folder, with a quick video giving an overview also.
Overview of Folders
There are 4 default sections set up for you, allowing for quick access to the documents in those specific sections:
Files and documents can be uploaded to File Management as normal using the Upload button on the homepage, or within each folder. Files uploaded using the upload option on the homepage folder will upload to the Root Folder by default, whereas if you use the upload button to the top right within a specific folder, the documents will upload to that folder directly. Below you will see that you can move documents from one folder to another also if required.
Selecting the File Type
When uploading documents, the File Type can be selected using a drop-down menu before and after the upload is complete. This means that if you decide to submit that file for processing and extraction later on, the file type will indicate which folder the file will be sent to in AutoEntry.
For example, a bank statement will process through the bank statement folder, or a sales credit note will process through the Sales folder, etc. Once the extraction and verification are complete, the files will be in their respective inboxes, ready and waiting for you.
Using the upload button on the home screen of the File Management folder will upload documents to the Root Folder, but if you click into any specific folder you can upload to that folder directly by clicking on the upload button to the top right.
To upload your files, simply click on the ipload button and the upload window will appear. Before selecting your files to upload, use the dropdown menu to the right to select the type of documents you are uploading (Bank Statement, Purchase Invoice/Bill, Supplier Statement etc.)
After selecting the file type, simply drag and drop or browse your PC for the files you want to upload. The file extension types accepted for upload are as normal: JPG, JPEG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, TIF and TIFF.
Once the upload is complete, a green tick will appear beside each file and the upload window can be closed with the ‘X’ to the top right.
The Root Folder is, essentially, the main folder in the File Management system where all your uploads will go. After clicking into the Root Folder, you will see a buttons for creating a folder and uploading documents (to the folder you're in) to the top right.
To create a folder, simply click +New Folder and give the folder a name. You can also create sub-folders within a folder. The navigation bar at the top left will show you the folder you are in, and you can click on any of the folder names to jump directly to that folder. In this example, we have created a folder called Uploads and a sub-folder called Sales Invoices which we are currently viewing. As always, the home button will bring you back to the Company Homepage.
Any individual documents uploaded to the Root Folder will be listed below any folders created.
Once uploaded, documents will show in that folder immediately showing:
The user that uploaded the document
The date it was added
Preview – To preview the file uploaded, click on the file name and a pop up window will show the image of that document. This preview can take up to 10 minutes to generate. If a warning appears that no preview is available, just come back a few minutes later while the file is being created on our system. The file size will determine the time taken to generate the preview.
Document Date – This is not entered by AutoEntry (no extraction has been done on the document yet) but it can be entered to help you manage your documents. Entering the document date (as against the upload date) can aid later retrieval, as you can filter and search by these document dates. Once processed by AutoEntry, the actual document date is extracted from the document irrespective of the date selected here.
File Type – This will show the file type if selected at point of upload or, using the drop down menu, the file type can be selected here after upload.
Status and Action – Once the file type has been selected, the file can then be submitted by clicking on the submit button. Once clicked, the option to extract line items is given before the final submission. Submitted documents will show their status as Submitted, cycling through ‘Queued for Processing’, ‘Processing’ and ‘Ready’ as the file completes its extraction process. Once ready, those documents can then be found in their respective folder's inbox as per the file type selected.
Bank Feeds and Supplier Feeds
Bank and Supplier Feeds work in the same way as the Root Folder, however they provide direct access to any documents AutoEntry has fetched for you. This folder will also list all the suppliers or banks you have set up for fetching. This time however, you have the option to ‘Auto-Submit’ documents fetched for each supplier or bank.
Through this function, every document AutoEntry fetches from that supplier or bank will automatically be sent for processing, and will appear in your inbox once complete. This means that you would not have to come back to these folders to process those documents - AutoEntry will process them automatically for you as they are fetched. When turning on Auto-Submit for a supplier/vendor, you also have the option of turning on Line Item Extraction for that supplier.
Within each supplier folder, the preview and submit options work the same as above.
Managing your Documents
Within each folder, you have the ability to manage your folders and documents using the check boxes to the left hand side. The master checkbox at the top left allows you to check all or uncheck all. Once you have selected your documents/folders, the Actions button allow you to.
Delete – Deleting items (not possible while documents are submitted or processing)
Download – Downloads the files locally to your PC
Move – From folder to folder but also to another company in AutoEntry
Assign Type – For assigning a document type to multiple documents at once
Submit – For submitting multiple documents at once
Rename – to rename a Folder. It is not possible to rename individual documents or files.
When moving a file, the following window will open:
AutoEntry will, by default, move the documents within the same company, but if you need to move documents to another company, simply use the dropdown menu near the top right to select another company to move them to.
In the lower half of the window you can select the folder you wish to move the documents to, or if required, create a new folder for those documents by selecting the +New Folder option. The navigation bar will show the folder you are moving the files to. In this case, the Sales Invoices folder we created already:
As usual, any documents or folders deleted within File Management will go to the Recycle Bin. If a file as been deleted in error, it can be retrieved from there and restored back to it’s original folder.
To delete a file permanently, use the check boxes to select the files, and click on the Actions button to select delete.
Please note - Once a file is deleted from the Recycle Bin, there is no way for it to be recovered - it is immediately deleted from AutoEntrys database. If required, the documents would need to be uploaded to AutoEntry again. Documents that are submitted or being processed cannot be deleted until the extraction is ready and in your inbox.
We have more articles about other specific functions within File Management available on our Help Center here.