Years ago with the release of TimeControl 6, we moved from a Windows-based ActiveX timesheet to a multi-device, multi-browser version. It was an essential move. The world is no longer all PC/Internet Explorer-based. So TimeControl 6 was a complete rewrite of much of TimeControl. But in making the TimeControl timesheet work on tablets, SmartPhones and browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox meant a change. In order to be able to evaluate the content of each timesheet cell and do all the validations that TimeControl is known and selected for, we had to move to a one-line-at-a-time edit. For new users, this was just fine but some users of the Windows-based interface felt that editing each line at a time was slower than they were used to.
In TimeControl 7, technology caught up to us in a way that we can bring back something old that’s new again. The technology built into the multi-device, multi-browser TimeControl timesheet now allows us to be both performant and functional and to allow all lines to be edited at once. For users who enjoy the efficiency of pre-loading, this will be a welcome change. Each timesheet with multiple lines has all lines editable at the same time. Users can just click on any cell and they are instantly editing that cell. Just like TimeControl has always done, when the focus of editing moves off of a cell, TimeControl evaluates that line and warns the user if there are any issues with that cell or conditions other data on the timesheet as required. So cascading user defined fields and resource filters are all in place just as they always have been.
Multi-line edit isn’t the only change in the timesheet. The new Options screen allows a number of new selections. For example, users can now decide if they wish to word-wrap header rows. This allows dates and the day of the week to be displayed on two lines but also allows the field to be narrow. Each column can also be defined to be word-wrapped. If you have longer project descriptions or charge descriptions, just click on wrapping that column. You can also define which fields on the left of the screen will be frozen in place in case you scroll to the right. This is particularly important if you have defined longer timesheet periods. If you have monthly periods for example, you’ll certainly want to freeze the project/charge descriptions on the left to be able to fill in columns far to the right!
All the other timesheet functions are still there but many have been enhanced. Attachments can still be made at the timesheet level or the expense line item level so if you have receipts to photograph or scan, they can be attached here. There is a new Views tab that will be of more interest to administrative users who have to check timesheets with a large number of lines. The Views function works much like the Drill Down Analyzer, allowing the user to drag and drop timesheet columns to see data summarized and grouped by each field selected.
We think you’ll like the new multi-line timesheet. It will form the core of this wave of TimeControl for the foreseeable future.