Idears for improving the Busines GUI
warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed Mar 16 11:59:35 EST 2005
Christof Donat <cdonat at gmx.de> writes:
> During a discussion on the german GNUCash mailing list some idears came up
> about the UI of the busines module.
> I try to translate my Idears for you because this seems to be the best place
> to discuss them:
> - Have another tab in the main window like for the reports called something
> like 'customers & suppliers'.
We have one.. It is called "Business".
> - some kind of Table or maybe even a Hirarchy of customers and suppliers in
> there. With a hirarchical structure you could e.g. store multiple departments
> for a customer, but I guess that would be a major change - it is not that
This has been discussed. Unfortunately it is something that doesn't
scale very well. Imagine 1000, even 10000 customers! Try putting that
number into a list and trying to find it.
> - doubleclicking a customer or a supplier opens a book similar to an
> accountbook with all the invoices for that company in it. A Invoice then
> could look like a multi part booking.
Nope. This wont ever happen. An invoice will look like the current
invoice. Now, having a double-click open up a list of invoices for
the customer -- that I could consider. But the double-click is always
going to be context dependent.
> - in the 'customers and suppliers' tab e.g. red color could point to due
there's already a list of over-due bills. Expanding that to overdue
invoices would be somewhat straightforward. There's also the Aging
reports which detail all of it together.
> That would make many things a lot easier:
> - Bulk input of invoices would become a lot more efficient.
QSF will fix this.
> - It would feel a lot more consistent with the rest of GNUCash.
> - If you have similar invoices for one customer e.g. every month that could be
> easier done with duplicating the Invioce with a new date and Invioce number.
> - Adding a supplier or a customer is almost like adding an account - a lot
> more intuitive and more consistant with the rest of GNUCash.
Umm, it IS like adding an account.
> I know that this does not cover everything of the busines module, but it may
> be a start for improving the UI.
> What do you think about these idears?
Send in patches.
Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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