We are currently trialling a new invoice format for print and PDF invoices. We hope to have some customers seeing the new format from next month and ideally have everyone on it by the end of the year.
For most people the layout is very much the same. If your invoice fits on one page, it will still do so. There are some very minor changes to letterhead and layout, and some information is bigger and clearer than before.
Anyone that gets a multi-page invoice will immediately notice we are now putting a summary and invoice totals on page 1, making it easier to find what you actually owe. We hope you find this useful, and overall it means long invoices will be quite a lot shorter than before.
The other change is much better support for unicode, including Polish characters (for example), and Chinese, and so on. We hope to eventually be able to cope with people's names from around the world with ease in all of our systems.
As always the formal invoice remains the PGP signed plain text as emailed, these changes only impact the PDF and print versions. We are considering improvements to the plain text invoicing in the future.
Invoices are still available via XML, and you may see some additional objects and attributes have been added in some places, as our new invoice formatting system uses the XML as its source!
Any comments or questions, please do let us know.
Note, we have gone for an official font choice in most places now, which is reflected in the new invoice and statement and letter formats, Raleway. Any feedback welcome.
Whilst the main web site is the new font, and some other pages are too, we have now added some choice of font on the control and accounts pages.
This is not quite as daft as it sounds, as the font is used for PDF documents we send as well as the web site, so not simply something you could have done in the browser.