The latest update to CTX has now been released and whilst a lot of work has taken place behind the scenes in preparation for CTX3, there are couple of changes.
You may have noticed that your ctxLive sign in page has changed which has been done to support more authentication providers, the first one being 'Sign in with Apple'. This also brings CTX in line with the mobile sign in for ctxGoDrive and ctxInvoicing. If you encounter any problems signing in then please contact us - this change has resulted in some accounts, particularly where you sign in with a social account, using a slightly different ID - we just need to make a quick change at our end if this is the case.
This release of CTX has also added support for full integration with Microsoft 365 email so now works exactly in the same way as any email application, including the option to add to your sent items. There are some limitations for bulk mailing that are part of the rules for MS365 but these can be managed and for CTX3 this functionality will be expanded further. For those who have been using CTX to email previously then you should be able to continue doing so without any problems - going forward for those who would like to set this up then please get in contact.
In this update the behaviour of ‘Staff Time’ in post trip has been changed, to enable you to add staff time for Passenger Assistants. Adding staff time is now independent from the journey you're post tripping. Adding a Driver\PA staff time doesn’t affect the journeys Driver or PA, you can add a Driver or PA to the journey without adding staff time also.
Thank you all for your feedback on ctxGoDrive - it has been so important to have yourselves and your drivers input into the development of the App, with many improvements being made based on this. You now have to ability to reset bookings should an error be made and offline notifications can also be enabled for the first time. We are about to send out a 'release candidate' version before it is available from the store so keep on testing and feeding back to us!
In uncertain and difficult times it has been a pleasure chatting with many of you recently and hearing how you have managed to adapt your services to help those who need it most! An inspiration to us all!
We have just released a new update to ctxInvoicing, the changes to the main application are quite small and detailed below. However the most important change is how the application is distributed. Instead of manually downloading and running an installer ctxInvoicing will no automatically update just as if you had installed it through the Microsoft Store, it's actually exactly the same technology just outside the store.
To move to the new version it is sensible to uninstall your existing ctxInvoicing and once you have done that goto the new install page
Click on Get the app and it will take you through the installation.
Once your on this version it will automatically update to the latest version as when they become available. If however you can't wait for it to happen 'naturally' there is an option on the CTX button menu to check for updates.
The first thing you will notice is that ctxInvoicing has got a new Icon as well as new 'tiles' in the start menu. As the other new CTX applications arrive the new theme will become apparent.
You will also notice that the look and feel is just a little fresher and more colorful.
We have added a new option to the main ctxInvoicing ribbon. When you load the journeys from CTX that are to be invoiced if there any with missing account references you will see a new button become enabled on the ribbon Fix Invoices.
When you click this all the items with no account or where you have multiple companies, no valid company assigned.
You can then select the invoice lines and add a customer or a valid company.
It's worth noting on this, that this simply fixes the invoicing and has no effect on the requests these will still need to be corrected in CTX for now, but you can carry on invoicing.
A new version of CTX is now available for those who manually install, it should be available in the Microsoft Store from 25th of May. There are no major database changes so there should be no issues with people accessing CTX with the previous version.
This update has been ready for a while, but we decided to delay it's release to give people time to settle in the 'new way of working' during lock down. After chatting with a few projects it was felt that we should release the update, mainly for the new Regular Request Manager, as many projects are starting to get back to more normal work.
Regular Request Manager is available from the CTX Button, System Tools menu. It allows you to load existing regular requests, either using the default based on a date range or a custom option created for you. Once the regular requests are open you select the ones you wish to work with and end and restart them. This is particularly useful where projects have cancelled large numbers of regular requests due to Covid-19 and want to start restoring them.
We have added 'Sub Reports' to ctXtra reports, whilst this doesn't sound particularly interesting, it allows us to provide reports for printing that can be way more complicated than what is possible with ctxWrite reports. Those of you in that past have had complex 'Legacy' reports will know the type of thing. We have also made this an option for Driver Worksheets.
It is hoped that this will be the final release of CTX2 (apart from bug and security fixes), unless of course something significant needs to be changed or added. Work has started at a pace on CTX3. We hope to make CTX3 available for users to play with over the next month or two and will be inviting projects to try it out, you will be able to install both versions on your PC.
I am just wanting to say what an absolute privilege it is to be working with you in these increasingly difficult and uncertain times. It is so inspiring to hear how lots of you are adapting your services and providing solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of our communities. You are all amazing! I know some of you are starting to work from home so if needed, please give us a call and where possible we will assist with this.
Due to the London Strategic Community Transport conference in Bognor being rescheduled for later in the year, Shaun has been given a good opportunity to further develop the IOS version of ctxGoDrive which will soon be available for live testing alongside the current Android version. He has also been working on the next update to CTX which will finally remove the old schedules!!! Along with this update, preparatory work has begun on CTX 3 watch this space!!!
We understand what a worrying time this is for everybody and if there is anything at all we can do to help and support then please do not hesitate to call.
Take care everyone
Due to a couple of bugs being identified, the latest update to CTX has had to be released slightly earlier than planned. Included are lots of updates supporting ctxGoDrive and an update to Live messages supporting both more message types and 'out of office' messages.
In Schedule view, the title Run tile now displays the seating configuration and the maximum seats and wheelchair spaces used at anyone one time.
The mapping tool now displays a list showing the points you have selected in selection mode and shows the order when the route is calculated.
The Old Schedule and the Old Day Planner are no longer available in Tools in CTX. I'm fairly sure you are all using the New Schedule anyway but I can still forward a help document if need.
As discussed with some of you, we are in the process of changing the way you are informed of any updates to the application. In the near future you will be notified via Live messages within CTX.
Please remember I'm at the end of the phone to talk you through any of the features if necessary.
CTX provides the tools to help you manage all aspects of your community transport project. It doesn’t matter what type of services you operate, CTX has the tools to make day to day management straightforward, including: Group Travel, Contracting, Dial-A-Ride, Dial-A-Bus, Community and Voluntary Car.
Manage your members, groups and individuals including their access information, equal opportunities, multiple types of membership, travel passes, concessionary fares, emergency contacts, booking history, as well producing comprehensive user focused reporting, for print and screen. CTX makes it easy to organise your vehicles and staff, managing all types of training including; BSOG, Vehicle Checks, Maintenance, MiDAS and PATS. Easy to use vehicle diaries, schedules and pick up lists. Comprehensive post trip data, invoicing, integration with Sage Line 50 and other accounting solutions.
ctxLive, provides access for your drivers and passenger assistants to their schedules with real time updates, map access, mileage and cash collected using popular smart phones and tablets. Office staff can also access vehicle diaries and other management tools. More and more features are being added to ctxLive every day.
There isn’t space to cover all the features of CTX here, please contact us to arrange a demonstration, either at your offices or via the internet.
CTX is used by many community and voluntary car schemes, from very small schemes run purely by volunteers to large city wide projects. CTX has all the tools you need to assist you in the management of all aspects your project; your drivers and their vehicles, keeping track of their availability, expenses, reminding them of licence and vehicle documentation checks. Manage your services users, their access information, fares, membership, contacts and much more.
Schedule your passengers using the easy to use day planner, ask CTX to suggest available drivers. Print or email your drivers schedules or they can use ctxLive to access them in real time.
contact us to arrange a demonstration, either at your offices or via the internet.
CTX is used by local authorities in many scenarios, from integrated transport units, managing everything that moves for the authority, or simply to manage the councils SEN\ASN transport. The key to CTX success:
contact us to arrange a demonstration, either at your offices or via the internet.