HMRC seem to be asking for nothing to be done manually (there are a few exceptions, but don’t apply for the common cases) they want to stop numbers being manually inputted/copied between packages/forms. They give examples of companies using different pieces of software and says they must talk to each other digitally.
Bottom line, from April 2019, UK business with more than £85k turnover (in VAT’able goods) will no longer be able to use Manager, and from April 2020 possibly all UK businesses which are VAT registered. Of course you can ignore HMRC and copy the values from Manager and force another package to accept and submit them (possibly by creating a journal entry or similar) but it feels like this is likely to cause problems straight away, and these problems will only get greater as HMRC pushes the MTD scheme further.
I approve broadly of what HMRC is trying to achieve (making people use sensible software and not badly constructed spreadsheets full of errors) but I am not happy that it will cost businesses to buy software and also not happy things like Manager are being cut out.
Adding my voice to the list of people who would like to see Manager support submitted the VAT numbers…