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Charger software plug-in
Company: Atandra Systems

If merchants are hard to reach because they're busy working on the books, you can free up their time with the Credit Card Charger.

The software, developed by Atandra Systems, is a plug-in to Intuit's QuickBooks accounting software. It allows merchants to process payments on Authorize.Net while they record sales into QuickBooks with one click. Gone is the need to re-key all those sales into back-office accounting programs. The plug-in integrates QuickBooks with the Authorize.Net payment gateway.

The software has just received certification for use with MagTek magnetic swipe readers for capturing card transactions and transferring them to QuickBooks, according to Priya Narasimhan, Atandra's Vice President of Marketing. The program then goes into action, passing the transaction off to Authorize.Net. After a successful charge, the invoice is automatically updated to paid status.

Available since March, Credit Card Charger has just added refund and reconciliation features. The plug-in is designed for phone, catalog and mail-order sales; face-to-face retailers using Internet protocol-based processing; and e-commerce. The e-commerce solution, T-HUB, downloads online orders into QuickBooks in real time; T-HUB also assists with order fulfillment.

With Credit Card Charger, customer-contact details and credit card information are directly read from QuickBooks and submitted to the payment gateway via secure methods. Certified by Authorize.Net, the plug-in doesn't retain customer information or payment details once a charge is successfully processed.

All within QuickBooks, the software can be used to charge pending invoices and sales receipts; record payment; charge every time a new sale is recorded to QuickBooks; and batch process daily. It also processes electronic checks and Wells Fargo SecureSource transactions.

The plug-in installs locally on the merchant's computer. The module requires a PC running Windows versions NT, 2000 or XP; QuickBooks U.S. edition, 2004 Pro or later for invoices; QuickBooks 2006 for sales receipts; and an account with Authorize.Net.

Beware ISOs and merchant level salespeople: Free your merchants from bookkeeping, and you may find a "Gone fishin'" sign next time you drop by.

Atandra Systems

Article published in issue number 060802

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