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A fresh approach to colourful design

The world wasn't meant to be grey! The default colour on many database programmes is grey.  Therefore, many designers, often to minimise time and effort on programme design, stay with overall grey as a 'colour scheme'.  We, at T. Bookman Limited, do not hold this view.
The people who use our software live in a world of colour that excites the imagination and encourages creativity and a feeling of well-being.
It is for this reason that we postively chose to add colour to our software.

Colour-coded software

We have colour-coded sections of the software to make areas more familiar to those who haven't used those sections before.  For example, all report selectors are colour-coded green, so that in whatever screen a person is in, a command button labelled in green is going to produce a report.  Similarly, set-up areas (to post new client details, add or amend work-types, departments or rates) are coded in light blue.  More critical areas are coded red.
The background that we use is dark blue to provide a calming effect while giving the contrast required to clearly identify the various screen elements.  The data-entry screens are coded yellow and are designed for speed of entry while providing useful information about entries already made.


Help Screens

For those unfamiliar with any of our programmes, there is help available at the 'touch of a button'.  No need to go hunting for a manual only to find that someone else is using it...click on the help buttons available to get help on a particular form, report or operation.


We're only human

Like anything else, you learn by doing, so we try to make processes easier for the end user, with the knowledge that sometimes people make mistakes and need to correct them.  We encourage people to check their entries (because we can't do it for them!) and we make it reasonably simple for a user to make a correction to an entry; however, we try to ensure that the user doesn't cause further problems when making 'corrections'.  For example, with Time Recording, we became aware that some administrators, having invoiced work/expenses with an incorrect invoice reference, could amend the invoice number in one place without amending the associated records; so we amended the software to prevent this and added a routine so that administrators could amend incorrect invoice references.
It is essential to have valid data, so data should be checked regularly. In addition to encouraging users to check their data in their database, we have added 'Check Data' routines that check for data anomalies. We also encourage their use regularly.


Don't Sit Back!

If you become one of our clients, please don't sit back hoping that we're going to add a particular feature; we're good, but none of our staff are telepathic!  If you, as a client, want to see a particular feature added to either programme, then please let us know.  We'd be most happy to discuss your ideas with you and will gladly make appropriate changes if we believe that they are of benefit to the vast majority of our clients. 

  

Continually making improvements

If we become aware of an improvement, or added feature that will benefit our clients, then we'll do our best to make the appropriate changes, so that you can reap the benefits.

We won't necessarily make changes to the programme every year ("...if it ain't broke..."), and we do not make bespoke software, but if there is something that we can do that will be of real benefit to our clients then we'll certainly be ready to consider it.


Example

One of our recent additions to Time Recording has been the result of client feedback.

We were asked to provide a facility for adding time or expenses in bulk, for example, if an employee were  carry out the same task for a number of different clients and an equal amount of time (or expense) needed to be added for this specific group of clients.

We created a facility whereby, each member of staff could pick a group of clients for the work (and change the group mix next time around if required), and add a specified amount of time with a specific narrative (and work-type) and post them all together at the 'touch of a button'.

 

T.Bookman Limited
Company no 04389244
Registered in England and Wales


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