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MWSF: Xsilva's Lightspeed point-of-sale system

updated 05:45 pm EST, Mon January 21, 2008

Xsilva Lightspeed at MWSF

Montreal-based Xsilva Systems demonstrated LightSpeed 2.5 at Macworld Expo this past week, showing users how the software works with touchscreen computers. CEO Dax Dasilva guided MacNN through the workings of LightSpeed, pointing out the iPhone-like functionality of Cover Flow integration. Users can browse through products or customers using Cover Flow, giving retailers a visual overview of their database. Licensing for LightSpeed 2 starts at $750, and is available through Xsilva's online store.

The "Parking" section on the right of LightSpeed's main window allows users to stow and retrieve products, customers, as well as a number of other different elements. This gives sales staff the opportunity to easily juggle multiple items during the decision making part of a sale, making quotes and sales simple to modify at the customer's whim.

Smart Finds allow users to locate very specific information quickly, by taking multiple criteria to narrow down search options. LightSpeed can also call up information on related products, such as cases or accessories for a particular iPod, filtering out duplicates or already-chosen items for a clean interface.

Moving through to the point-of-sale front-end, the interface spins around using Apple Core Graphics services. Detailed customer information is visible, including pictures of the individual, as well as a final list of what products they are walking away with. The right-hand pane shows product pictures and information for the selected line item, with a button for checkout located underneath it. Checking out causes the center pane to spin around, revealing a number of different payment methods

Managers are able to keep tabs on business operations through their iPhone, by calling up a web-app that shows information on sales, staff, and more. iStats - recently featured on Apple's iPhone apps page - requires a web host and FTP account to function, and will update statistics based on a set interval.

LightSpeed's multi-store stock transfers allow larger store chains to manage product allocation, as well as generate reports that can be used with accounting software, such as MYOB or QuickBooks. Lightspeed also integrates with other business software, such as Marketcircle's Daylite planning software.

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  1. rtbarry

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001


    i'm buying...!

    demo'd Lightspeed at MWSF after resolving to be stuck with using PCs for POS. what an unexpected surprise to find a great POS solution for OS X.

    goodbye to MS's RMS - a true POS of a POS ;-)

  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007


    Glossy screens suck

    don't those pictures just show it?

    I've been using LS for a couple years now. It's definitely a great program. There still are a few holes in it, but overall a decent program.

    They've got the eye candy part down, now it's time to finish the features. :)

  1. rtbarry

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001


    those iMacs...

    are converted to touchscreen by trolltouch or someone, as well. not sure how that coating affects the glare in these pics. but in person, it was a non-issue. even under those harsh moscone lights.

    maybe you've noticed how flashes ruin pictures on completely clear windows?

  1. Titanium Man

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Mar 2001


    should have used...

    a circular polarizer filter. Standard practice when taking pictures of or through reflective glass.

  1. SunSeeker

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Apr 2001



    Although, since an lcd relies on polarised light you may render it black by looking at it though a polariser.

    The effect you describe also only works if the light is polarised and reflecting at the right angle

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