New Updates for RFC Web (4/9/2018)
Thanks to your feedback after our initial release of RFC Web Connection, we have added the following enhancements. RFC Web will continue to be evolving the way you use RFC, so watch this space for future enhancements. And keep the suggestions coming!
Item Numbers. Receipt line item numbers are now created in RFC Web and displayed in the "Lozenge" header. Initially we envisioned numbers being assigned in the back office after the receipt is fetched, where a counter exists for each receipt. However, it was noted that in some cases catalogers go on site with a labeling gun and so item numbers need to be assigned in the field. This does create a potential numbering conflict once a receipt is fetched. So while we assume that in most cases once a receipt is fetched it will only be added to in the back office, if you continue to add items to a receipt on both platforms you will need to reset the item number counter on the Edit Receipt page in RFC Web. Any duplicate item numbers downloaded will be suffixed with a "W" and can be corrected using the Move/Copy Items utility.
Edit Receipts on the iPhone. You can now edit receipt details on the iPhone version of RFC Web. We initially designed the iPhone pages as a limited subset intended just for adding items to an existing receipt. That was a bit short sighted, so now it is possible to do an entire catalog/receipting job, including emailing a receipt to the owner for confirmation, using just the iPhone version.
Introducing RFC Cloud and RFC Web
For over 30 years RFC Systems has been providing auction management systems to the world's top auction houses. Some of these houses have used RFC Auction Systems since it was originaly developed in 1987 for Unix terminals, continued using it with the MS-DOS version, the MS-DOS Windows version, and the current Windows Client/Server platform with optional SQL Server database. With very few exceptions, every house that has started with RFC continues with it today.
There are two reasons for this. First, the platform doesn't matter as much as the extensive business knowledge and functionality built into RFC Auction Systems. And that's based on our experience working directly with fine art & antique auction houses, both inside and out, over all of these years. Second, RFC's flexibility, together with our personalized service and support, is just beyond compare.
When looking at the past, the present, and the future of RFC Auction Systems, every version and every enhancement has been driven by the business need, or more specifically by exactly what your business has needed over the years. That's how RFC has evolved and grown as your auction business has evolved and grown.
And while the current RFC systems technical platform has not changed for some time, the evolution process has never stopped. RFC is a living, breathing, ever improving software service to help your business. And each year as popular technology comes and goes, RFC stays focused on your needs first, and new technology has been employed only when it serves those needs.
For 2018 we are pleased to announce that RFC is offering two new technology services, which have been deployed and tested on a limited basis over this past year: RFC Cloud and RFC Web Connection.
RFC Cloud offers an alternative to hosting and maintaining an in-house RFC server. While cloud hosting has been possible for some time, internet performance and auction business conditions have evolved to the point where running critical functions on a cloud-based server, including sale day operations, is now a practical option. Hosted in the same state-of-the-art hosting environment used by Invaluable.com and AuctionZip.com, RFC Cloud provides access to your own RFC Auction Systems server using a remote services app from any PC, Mac, or tablet.
RFC Web Connection, or "RFC Web" for short, extends the functionality of your RFC systems onto the internet in a different way, allowing inventory valuation/receipting anywhere there is internet access with a browser-based user interface. And while RFC Web works well on PC or Mac browsers, it is specifically designed and formatted for use on the iPad and iPhone to take advantage of the built in camera and microphone. This allows you to photograph objects, dictate the description and estimates, email a receipt to the owner for confirmation on the spot, and have the data and images flow back into your RFC auction system when you return to your office.
These two significant developments set the stage for a much more robust use of the Internet as we continue evolving RFC Auction Systems in support of your business. For more information contact us at email@example.com. And see a preview of RFC Web Connection, including a demonstration of the camera and dictation functions, at web.rfcsystems.com.
Rod Funston, 11/7/2017