Software News tagged "Beta Programs"

A new eBay auction management tool from the developer behind AuctionAssistant, Seller's Assistant, and eBay Blackthorne has been released to beta testing.

The Starter Edition of SixBit eCommerce Solution is a free eBay listing tool with tracking and order management as well as integrated low-cost shipping insurance. Users interested in beta testing should visit the SixBit discussion forum to participate.

A general release is planned for March, if the beta goes well, followed by Home and Hobby editions in the third quarter of this year. These will have more listing and order automation including automated feedback, packing lists, and listing revisions. The final editions, dubbed Small Business and Ultimate, are planned for early 2011.

eBay has launched public beta testing of their new desktop application for buyers, called Project San Dimas.

San Dimas is unusual because it is an official product that allows bidding without using the eBay web site, which is otherwise only possible with unofficial sniping products. It is built using Abode's new Apollo technology, a cross-operating system platform for developing desktop applications that fetch data from the web. San Dimas will allow users to store several weeks of search results on their PC hard drives, which could be of interest to sellers wishing to research the market.

Free listing tool The Poster Toaster is finally out of beta testing. This means that the program is now stable and suitable for use by regular users, rather than just those who want to help test the product.

Classified ad and eBay listing creator vFlyer has moved out of its beta development period, and begun charging for its service. There is still a free (ad supported) service supporting up to 10 published flyers, and paid plans range from $19.95 per month for up to 25 published flyers, to $79.95 per month for up to 125 published flyers. vFlyer specialises in high-value items such as cars and real estate.

A beta version of Infopia's Marketplace Manager is now available for's AppExchange. is a leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution.

eBay Blackthorne, the replacement for Seller's Assistant, is now available as a beta release. It is still possible to download and subscribe to Seller's Assistant, but new subscriptions to both products are both using the Blackthorne name currently. Blackthorne has Basic and Pro versions, with the same trial period and pricing as Seller's Assistant. Blackthorne is available only for, but will support Canada, UK and Australia in the future.

The Blackthorne name comes from Blackthorne Software, a company acquired by eBay in 1999, and was chosen to minimize the confusion between Selling Manager - eBay's web-based management tool - and Seller's Assistant. eBay will no longer add additional features to Seller's Assistant but will fix major bugs.

The new beta version of eBay's Turbo Lister features additional listing durations, support for second store categories, Best Offer (subject to seller qualification and listing category), and the "Now and New" icon for eBay Australia, Belgium, China, France, Italy, Motors, Netherlands, Spain and Taiwan.

The new eBay Turbo Lister beta includes an "Edit Item Specifics" feature which allows sellers to update one or more item specifics for hundreds of items at the same time.

A new beta version of eBay's Turbo Lister is now available. New features include:

  • Change the listing format of one item or multiple items simultaneously
  • Select multiple photos to insert into listings simultaneously instead of inserting photos one by one
  • View thumbnail gallery item photos in the Edit Item view
  • Use eBay Picture Manager to add pictures to Turbo Lister listings
  • Contact Customer Support directly from the Turbo Lister application
To get the beta version you must first join the Turbo Lister Beta Program: go to the “Tools” menu, select “Options”, then select “Advanced Options.” Then click the “Join Beta Program” button.

Buyer Loyalty solution provider MyStoreCredit have launched a free beta of their new advertising service, open only to existing customers.

The new service adds targeted auction advertising to emails sent to eBay buyers as part of the MyStoreCredit loyalty program. To become an advertiser in another seller’s outbound email, sellers agree to let ads run in their own outbound emails - MyStoreCredit reports that over 90% of sellers have agreed to this advertising exchange.

MyStoreCredit is an automated online service which offers buyers a discount on future purchases if they opt-in to receiving monthly emails listing a seller's items for sale.

Users of Buyer Loyalty solution MyStoreCredit can elect to use a new free service from the company which promotes their eBay listings to targeted eBay buyers. The new service, which is currently in beta testing, includes reports showing how many buyers saw the listings, how many buyers clicked through and more.

Auction management system Shooting Star has made beta version 2.5.1 available, featuring improved profit and loss reporting.

A beta of Easy AuctionTools' new Version 5 is available for download. The updated auction management application interacts with eBay via the official API and offers a number of new and improved features.

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