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Getting started

Welcome to using Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale!

This Quick Start Guide is intended to help you get started with Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale. If you don't like reading manuals, or don't want to use all features of Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale, or just want to give Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale a test run, this is a good place to start.

Here you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to use Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale to achieve a simple (and, probably, most common) goal: how to create and manage new orders. After you have performed the steps described below, you will be able to create your first order without using all features of Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale.

Step-by-step using:

  1. First of all you need to create a new table. To create a table click Configuration -> Tables. Each table in Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale has it's own code which helps to identify it. You should define table's code manually while adding a new table. Also you can use table's number instead using a code. To add a table click Add button or use Insert key on your keyboard. Enter table's code and click Ok button. New table will be added to the list of all existing tables.
  2. Now you need to add new items to your menu list. Click Configuration -> Menu items. Each menu item in Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale has it's own name, price, note and status. Name is a short description of the item, for example "ice-cream". Price is a price of the item without currency sign, for example "1,39". Note is a full description of the item, for example "Nestle,with hazelnuts, Weight: 125g". Status is a current status of the item, it can be available or inaccessible. To add a menu item click Add button or use Insert key on your keyboard. Enter menu item's attributes and click Ok button. New menu item will be added to the list of all existing items.
  3. That's all! Now you can create your first order by clicking Action -> New order or clicking New order button on toolbar. Order window will appear. Choose the table you've been created from the list of all existing tables. From the menu of all available items choose that you want to add to the current order and click Add to Order button. Chosen item will be added to the order. You can add as many items to the order as you need. You can remove item from the order by clicking Remove Item button. Click Print Bill button to print the bill when you've finished creating an order. To close the order click Close Order button.

If you need more examples or just want to try to make some experiments you can use Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale test database with sample data. For more information about setting test base as a current working base see test run section.

See also:

Creating an order | Taking payment | Menu items configuration | Workers configuration | Bill configuration | Payment methods configuration

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"For years we used one MS DOS restaurant POS system until we finally found a good Windows-based replacement: Abacre Restaurant Point of Sale. I compared it with many other programs and I stopped on ARPOS, because it's well-done and well-priced. So we bought touch screen monitors, new computers and ARPOS. The change from the old MS DOS system into new Windows-based system was dramatic: in ARPOS we use images for menu items for faster navigation, reports are amazing and the program itself is quite configurable and handy. Since that time I am a definitive fan of ARPOS and I recommend it to my business friends."

Bob Emerton
GrandCanion
NY, USA
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