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Why you need Shortcuts 8.1 in your life… like YESTERDAY!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or had your head buried deep in all the restriction and lockdown carnage Covid is leaving in business right now, then you may have heard our not-so-little secret…


Phew, that felt good to get that off our chest 😅

Our latest and greatest version of Shortcuts has a lot of amazing newness to rave about including:

  • A brand new look and feel
  • ShortcutsPay integrated terminal 
  • A quick and intuitive rescheduling tool (perfect for lockdown)
  • And a quick and easy client search tool

In fact, it’s been a while since we’ve done an update this big, so there’s some significant changes that may feel a little daunting at first.

We promise you will LOVE Shortcuts 8.1 once the initial shock of the change passes just like our friends over at Urban Retreat.

“We had nerves about the “New” 8.1 update for Shortcuts… we put it off for several days!! Alex from the 24/7 Helpdesk talked us through what we needed to do. Honestly, we love it! Our staff all took time during the day to play and find new features.

We are enjoying the clear screen view and I am sure we will continue to find updated features that we are happy to use. Thank you Alex for your help and thank you Shortcuts for keeping us up to date in providing us with the tools which assist in the growth of our business.” – Cheryl and Glynis – Urban Retreat

If you need a little more reassurance, here’s all the amazing features you have to look forward to in 8.1!

New intuitive look and feel inspired by Google

Shortcuts 8.1 has a brand new look that will feel very different from the old Shortcuts. We made these changes to modernise the look of Shortcuts with a simple light and dark theme, and pops of teal as the highlight colour rather than having multiple colour schemes.

We used familiar design principles from the likes of Google to create the look and feel of this new version, so that the placement of buttons and menus felt intuitive and much like other popular technology tools you’ve used before.

As with every tech tool that inevitably upgrades their look, we thought it was prime time to make the change! While it may feel *dramatic*at first, know you will love it and the old version’s look will be long lost and forgotten!

Integrated terminal payments

You know when you go to a café, order your caramel half-strength flat-white on almond… extra hot, and instead of the waiter keying in $5.50 to the eftpos terminal, it just magically appears? You tap to pay, and on your merry way you go. What a smooth experience huh?

Well it’s time to bring that same experience to your salon! 😉

We’ve launched ShortcutsPay integrated terminal – which is only compatible with Shortcuts 8.1. ShortcutsPay Integrated Terminal is an easy-to-use payments solution that makes in-salon payments a breeze and lets you manage all your clients’ payments from within the Shortcuts platform.

Here’s some of the things you will love:
• Provide a faster payment and checkout experience for your clients
• Improve efficiency and cash flow
• Reduce human error and banish transposition errors
• Easy end of day reconciliation
• No bank involvement
• Aussie support team

👉 Click here to learn more!

Rescheduling tool – just in time for lockdown

If you’re in the midst of a lockdown right now, or being stifled by the doom and gloom of restrictions, you might find yourself having to shuffle a bunch of appointments around. And when Covid rules change faster than you can guess the colour of Glady’s press conference jacket, having a quick and easy rescheduling tool will be your best friend!

Shortcuts 8.1 can help you reschedule your appointments quick smart, so you can act as soon as restrictions change (and we know they can change daily).

“Love the new 8.1! So much better to reschedule appointments after lockdown ❤️” Deb Wilson – Langwarrin Design Line

Check out this quick how-to video from Shortcuts Coach, Jonathan as he shows you how easy it really is.

Quick and easy client search

We’ve improved the way you search for clients in Shortcuts to make it so much easier and heck of a lot quicker too! Now when you go to search for a client, the client list will only appear once you start searching for a specific client. You can start by searching their name, phone number or email directly within the search box, helping to reduce admin and booking errors.

To keep client search results relevant and precise, it will now only search from the beginning of a client’s name. For example, searching “Ann” will return Anna, Ann, Anne, Ann-Marie, but not Joanna or Hannah.

We have also included a range of new visual enhancements, which includes buttons for the client’s profile card as well as their visit history – all designed to make your life a million times easier.

Learn all about it in this quick overview:

Need any more reasons to get started with Shortcuts 8.1 today? Nope? We love to hear it.

Click here to watch a quick tutorial on how to update Shortcuts today, and watch our overview videos to get up to speed with the changes.

Caitlin Adamson

Caitlin Adamson is a passionate creative and analytical thinker who brings her love for the written word to the marketing world. She brings her fresh outlook to the Shortcuts team and strives to create strategic and engaging collateral to help salons, spas, clinics and barbers to tackle their business endeavours with confidence.

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