Sorry to disagree. I see 50+ results when searching for invoice prefix and all requesting this feature. @lubos explained the removal of this feature in his post of Jan. '15 but, if I’m not mistaken, the View Templates feature doesn’t exist anymore either.
A simple example from another free accounting program (and there are lots more):
I’m totally agree with @Ealfardan view,
Because when I talk to few of my friends regarding choose a best accounting software for their business, As I’m a happy user of Manager.io for few years, I strongly suggested Manager.
But they are much more concern about their business identity/branding, here they do not want to change the look of their long time used Invoice model and number format.
They say their clients/customers are well known about the company “A” 's invoice number format.
From a bunch of invoice listing they can simply identify company “A” 's invoices.
If I say it simply, most of the ppl want some kind of prefix in front of auto generated (+1) reference number.
They do not want references of their Invoice, Payment, Receipt, DO, PO ect. look same. (even in-house they expect some deference between these numbers.)
The way including @Ealfardan’s method of achieving it through theme also seems not carrying complete usage of it. The copy of the invoice which the customer receive only going to carry the prefix, all the reports we produce would not going to carry the prefix.(reference of his invoice copy would look different from the invoice number in any report such as customer statement)
@lubos may consider adding at least a static prefix (not dynamically changeable) prefix in front of auto incremental numbering.
I don’t think adding it will make any big complication as most of the other accounting software having this facility.
If anyone want different formats of auto incremental numbering maybe problematic as everyone want their own style of it. (some thing like auto ABC/YYMMDD/0001)
But my humble request to @lubos , I think let the auto incremental numbering be as it is and let users to add any kind of static prefix in front of number can be considered. (eg: for invoice IV/Payment PV, Delivery Note DO or anything as they wish)
(respected members/moderators please do not ask me to search in the forum regarding it, as I’ve already read most of the posts in this forum regarding the prefix for many years and replies given to it)
Can we hear any comment form you on this matter, will there be any possibility to have just a simple prefix in front of auto reference number in near future?
or will it be in the idea for upcoming updates?
That will conclude need for custom themes
Lubos, Please let me know what will happen to those who are using custom themes for specific purposes for example I am using it for thermal print ie:for 80mm print
@lubos May I know will it be possible in near future?(just the static prefix)
If I know the time frame, I can promise my friends that we will get it really soon.
(after I gave them hope, now what they are doing is, create forms with auto generated reference then update again by adding prefix in front of each and every forms that they created. so they will not loose the number sequence and add prefix as their wish in an additional second step)
This feature is very important and as I can see, many share the opinion. It seems fairly simple to implement and would make things much more streamlined when moving over from another software.
And it general, it would make things easier to identify in different sections of the software, for example when creating reports. Instead of just seeing a number show up under reference, you would see your own custom reference numbers. Making it easier to know where exactly that info is coming from, whether it’s an invoice or quote etc.