What is Invoice Drop?
Ibistic Invoice Drop is a service run by Ibistic Technologies. You are able to receive invoices, credit notes, and payment reminders (together with any potential appendices to these) at an e-mail address. Documents will be interpreted by our scanning partner, and all interpreted values are presented digitally in Ibistic, so that the accounting ofﬁcer does not have to enter all the values manually for each invoice. Invoices will also arrive faster than by using conventional mail.
How to send invoices
The e-mail needs to conform to the following speciﬁcations:
- All documents need to be in a standing A4-format.
- All documents need to be scanned as an image, saved in .tiff or .pdf-format.
- Every invoice with attachments must to be sent as one ﬁle in the e-mail (unless you are using the cover sheets as described later in "Multiple vouchers in one file").
Multiple invoices (ﬁles) can be sent in the same e-mail.
The invoice details will be read electronically. Invoices must therefore be printed mechanically and be clearly readable. The following data must appear on invoices:
- The invoice issuer’s organization number
- The invoice issuer’s IBAN or bank account number
- The invoice number
- Invoice date
- Due date
- Net amount
- Gross amount (invoice total)
- VAT amount
- Currency speciﬁcation as per ISO 421
When you have sent the invoice, you will receive a conﬁrmation from Invoice Drop, conﬁrming that the invoice has been received. The message will look something like this:
For all e-mail you send to Invoice Drop, you will always receive a message. It can be a conﬁrmation that the invoice was received (like this one), or an error message. You will usually receive this message after a short time, but it can vary depending on network trafﬁc.
How do you get the optimal interpretation on the ﬁles?
You will get the best results by sending the invoice directly from your accounting system. If this is not possible for you, you can scan the invoices as a picture, and send it directly from your scanner.
When scanning, the following set up provides the best result for the computerized interpretation of your invoice:
If you are sending the documents directly from your scanner, you must set up your scanner with a valid e-mail as a return address, so that you are able to receive conﬁrmation/error messages at that address.
Error messages from Invoice Drop
You will receive this message if you have forgotten to attach ﬁles to your e-mail, or if you sent to an e-mail address that is not registered at Invoice Drop.
Multiple recipients (the mail is sent to more than one address)
You will receive this message if you included more than one recipient in the To: ﬁeld on the e-mail. In this ﬁeld, there should only be the Invoice Drop address. Note that if you want to send a copy of the mails they send to someone, you may freely use the CC ﬁeld for this.
Not a valid PDF
This message means that the document is not a valid .pdf-document.
Not a valid TIFF
Attach vouchers as annex to another voucher
If you desire to attach other vouchers as annex to one voucher, you will have to use the below cover sheet for telling the data capture services that these vouchers should be handled as an annex to the first voucher in the file.
Otherwise the scanning engine will fail to handle the document because it will see the file as a document with several vouchers included - and the interpretation will not know which data (such as invoice date, invoice number, amount) to represent. With the below cover sheet you will clearly define what should be interpreted as a voucher and what should be seen as annex.
Download: Cover sheet annex.pdf
Multiple vouchers in one ﬁle
We have received feedback from several of our customers and partners that it can be tedious to scan each invoice to one ﬁle when using Ibistic Invoice Drop. We are therefore delighted to announce that we have deployed technology that allows all users to send us multiple invoices or vouchers in one big ﬁle. To use this feature you need to use our special cover sheets.
The concept is simple: Using special cover sheets mixed in between your invoices, you tell us whether the following pages are to be considered multiple pages to the same invoice or that each page is a new invoice. You can mix any number of these sheets in the same ﬁle, as long as the ﬁrst page of the ﬁle is one of the valid cover sheets.
We hope this is easy to use, but would like to have feedback if you have any questions. Please follow this simple procedure:
- Print a small number of each of the two cover sheets (attached to this post). Note that cover sheets can be reused any number of times.
- Sort your invoices into single page and multi page invoices (invoices with more than one page).
- Put all the single page invoices in a pile and put the cover sheet "Vouchers - Single page" on top.
- On top of each multi page invoice, put a cover sheet of type "Single voucher - Multiple pages".
- Now stack all the individual piles together, and double check that all the cover sheets are correct. Note: The ﬁrst page of your stack must be a cover sheet or the resulting ﬁle will be considered one big voucher.
- Scan the stack as one ﬁle, avoiding blank pages. (Contact your IT department on how to conﬁgure your scanner for this.)
- Send the ﬁle as normal to your [company]@invoicedrop.com address.
- You should now receive a conﬁrmation that looks like this:
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Support at firstname.lastname@example.org