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=head1 NAME

Interchange QuickBooks -- QuickBooks support for transactions and items

=head2 Version

This document describes software based on Interchange 4.5.x.


Interchange is a business-to-business and business-to-consumer internet
ordering and cataloguing product. It has the ability to take orders via the
World Wide Web, and store transaction data.

This document describes how to interface Interchange with QuickBooks, the
popular small-business accounting program from Intuit.

QuickBooks has an import/export format called IIF, a mnemonic for Intuit
Interchange Format. Fitting, eh?

The standard capabilities of Interchange allow producition of IIF files
for transaction passing.  With some support from Interchange UserTags,
can even import and export item listings.


The following files are used with this extension:

  ic_qb.pod                     The source for this document
  usertag/import_quicken_items  UserTag for importing items
  usertag/export_quicken_items  UserTag for exporting items
  pages/admin/quickbooks/*      Menu support for Interchange UI
  etc/trans_quickbooks          Report file used with quickbooks route
  qb.catalog.cfg                Route for quickbooks transaction logging


To install this extension, the basic steps are:

    * Untar the distribution to the extensions directory.
    * Create and copy directories and files.
    * Add additional database fields.
    * Modify catalog.cfg with additions.
    * Add "quickbooks" order route to checkout pages.
    * Restart Interchange.
    * Export your items from Interchange catalog (or import your
      existing QuickBooks items to Interchange).
    * Test.

=head2 Terms and locations

Several terms are used in the examples.

=over 4

=item Catalog Directory

This is the main directory for the catalog, where catalog.cfg resides. It
will have a NAME, the name for the catalog. (Some common Interchange
demo names are C<construct>, C<barry>, and C<simple>.)

Common locations:


We will use the path C</var/lib/interchange/construct> in these examples.

=item Interchange software directory

This is the main directory for your Interchange server, where the file
C<interchange.cfg> or C<minivend.cfg> resides. Common locations:


We will use the path C</usr/lib/interchange> in these examples.

=item Interchange User

The Interchange daemon runs as a user ID that cannot be root. It will require
write permission on directories it must modify to do its work.

We will use the user ID C<interchange> in these examples.


=head2 Untar the extension

The assumption is that you will untar the distribution tar file to
the subdirectory C<extensions> in your Interchange software directory.
If you stored it in the directory C</tmp>, the command would be:

	cd /usr/lib/interchange
	gzip -dc /tmp/ic_qb*.tar.gz | tar xvf -

This will create the directory C<extensions> if it doesn't already

If you place the distribution somewhere else you must adjust your paths
in the example commands given below.

=head2 Create and copy directories and files

This extension requires you to add some files to your catalog.

It is assumed you have tools and knowledge to create directories with the
proper permissions. Any directories that will contain varying files like
order transaction logs will require write permission for the Interchange
user (daemon); pages and configuration only need have read permission.

=over 4

=item Make orders directory

Create the directory C<orders> in your Catalog Directory if it doesn't already
exist. (It may be a symbolic link to another location.) It must have write
permission on it.

    cd /var/lib/interchange/construct
    mkdir orders

If you are doing this as root, also do:

    chown interchange orders

This directory is used to store the QuickBooks IIF files produced for orders.
The files are createed with the form:


Each day will have a file, and when a day is complete you should download
the orders. (There are other schemes possible.)

=item Copy pages

You will want the Interchange UI support if you are using the UI. It provides
links for importing/exporting items, downloading and viewing IIF files, and
possibly other functions over time. At the UNIX command line:

    cp -r /usr/lib/interchange/extensions/quickbooks/pages/admin/quickbooks \

=item Copy report generation file etc/trans_quickbooks

This file is used to generate the IIF file(s) for transaction oimport
into QuickBooks.

    cp /usr/lib/interchange/extensions/quickbooks/etc/trans_quickbooks \

=item Copy usertags

If you want to use the UI item import/export, two usertags are required.
The easiest thing is just to copy them to the Interchange Software
Directory subdirectory C<dist/lib/UI/usertag>, which is #included as a
part of the UI configuration file.

    cd /usr/lib/interchange
    cp -i extensions/quickbooks/usertag/* dist/lib/UI/usertag


=head2 Additional database fields

Quickbooks requires an account to debit for the split transactions it uses
to track item sails. If you don't create these fields to relate to each SKU,
the account "Other Income" will be used in the exports.

Add the following fields to the "inventory" table:


To add the fields in MySQL, you can issue the following queries at
the mysql prompt:

    alter table inventory add column account char(20);
    alter table inventory add column cogs_account char(20);

Other SQL databases will have similar facilities.

If you are using Interchange DBM files, just export the inventory
database, stop the Interchange server (to prevent corruption), add the
fields on the first line by editing the C<inventory.txt> file, then
restart Interchange.

=head2 Modify catalog.cfg with additions:

Add the entries in qb.catalog.cfg to catalog.cfg (you can use a #include
statement if you wish).

There are some Require directives to ensure that the needed UserTag definitions
are included in the catalog, as well as the Route which is used

=head2 Add quickbooks order route to order pages

Edit the checkout pages, pages/ord/checkout.html (and possibly
pages/multi/checkout.html), in your Catalog Directory. Find the hidden field
referring to C<mv_order_route>.

If the line looks like this:

  <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=mv_order_route VALUE="log main copy_user">

You will want to change it to:

  <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=mv_order_route VALUE="log quickbooks main copy_user">

If it looks like:

  <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=mv_order_route
         VALUE="[either]__ORDER_ROUTES__[or]log main copy_user[/either]">

you will want to change the Variable/Knar entry ORDER_ROUTES to include
the C<quickbooks> route. Place it after the transaction logging step, i.e.

    Variable ORDER_ROUTES  log quickbooks main copy_user

=head2 Restart the catalog

This can be done by restarting the Interchange server or by clicking
C<Apply Changes> in the UI.

=head2 Export the items 

You can access the Quickbooks UI index by making your URL:


It will provide options for importing and exporting items. This is necessary
so QuickBooks will be able to take orders for your items.

QuickBooks uses the product "name" as an SKU, along with an integer reference
number. Either you need to make your SKUs match the integer reference number,
or you must ensure your product title is unique.

=head2 Test

Place a test order on your Interchange catalog once you have finished installing.
You should find a file in the C<orders> directory with the name C<qbYYYYMMDD.iif>.
(YYYY=year, MM=month, DD=day.) Transfer this file to your QuickBooks machine and
run File/Import and select that file as the source. This should import the customer
and order into the system. If it doesn't work, it may be due to lack of sales tax
or shipping definitions, discussed below.


The interface provided works for the sample company data distributed with
QuickBooks. There are certain requirements to make sure it works in your

Also, you can change the configuration by editing the file etc/trans_quickbooks
to suit your IIF file needs.

=head2 Sales Tax

QuickBooks has a taxing system whereby tax rates are defined by customer location.
There is usually also a generic C<Sales Tax Item>, such as contained in the sample
company data. This allows Interchange to calculate the salestax. If that item is
not present then you will need to create it.

=head2 Shipping

Interchange will add a generic item C<Shipping> to each order that has a shipping
cost. It's MEMO field will contain the text description of the mode. If that item
is not in your QuickBooks item definitions, then you must create it.

=head2 Customer Imports

To generate a QuickBooks transtype of INVOICE, a CUSTOMER is
required. Interchange outputs a CUST IIF record for each sale with the
customer information. Since QuickBooks uses the customer name or company
to generate the unique listing, we place the Interchange username in
parentheses after the company or name.

=head1 AUTHOR

Mike Heins, Akopia, Inc. <>.

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