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BOnTime for Pocket PC review
Posted on 23-Sep-2003 20:31 | Tags Filed under: Reviews


BOnTime for Pocket PC review
BOnTime is a powerful time management and reporting tool that is flexible and easy to use. The software is designed to allow the user to easily track and account for the time spent on specific projects or tasks.

Contractors and other professionals who need to track job or time spent on services will find this software a valuable mobile tool, helping them to spend more time in the tasks than controlling them.

Because of the hierarchical system used to record time users will have a complete view in different levels:
  • Clients - the organization or individual who will receive the invoice for your time (e.g. ABC Corp).
  • Projects - the high level section of work being undertaken (e.g. Implementation Project)
  • Tasks - a low level description of the work being undertaken (e.g. Planning)
  • Jobs - The detailed usage of time (e.g. Meeting with Joe)

    In this example we have a client "Geekzone", and projects are "New SMS feature" and "New forums search function".


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    Hierarchical system


    The interface is extremely easy to use. Tap and hold to have context sensitive menus. Like this one, used to create new items in the tree.


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    Adding new entries in the tree


    Entering data for individual jobs is fairly easy, with the options of entering date and time, or start a timer by simply tapping the Start button. Once the job information is entered, it'll be part of the tree. The timer function is very flexible, and any running job can be paused.

    While a job is paused other jobs can be started and paused. There is no limit to the number of jobs that can be paused at one time; however, it is recommended that only one or two jobs be paused at one time to keep the management of them simple.

    If you forget to record a job that you have already completed, it is possible to enter a start time and stop time before clicking the start button. When clicking the start menu BOnTime will ask if you want to enter the start and end times. Selecting yes will finish the job and allow entry of a new job to follow immediately.


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    The program allows easy view of any specific day, including jobs and time for each date.


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    Reporting is a very strong point of BOnTime. Users can define their own format, and reports contents can be exported as .csv files, to be used in Pocket Excel or transferred to a desktop and used there. To run a report, the user will create a selection criteria, filtering the data to specific tasks and projects, or making it broader for all projects under a certain client.


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    Easy reporting


    Defining new reports involves the creation of templates. Users can define what information is needed in each template, and save it for later use on the reports screen. It's possible to move fields up and down during template creation, but while viewing a report it's also possible to move the columns to other positions.


    BOnTime
    Template creation


    The software even provides with archive and backup controls. Archiving will remove the structure from the tree. Simply tap and hold a node in the tree and it can be archived from the context menu. This is interesting when the project is finished, or the client is no longer a client, so you'll have less items in the display tree.

    Unarchive will show a list of archived information and bring the selected item back to the tree. The user data is copied to the host computer with every ActiveSync, since the file is stored in \My Documents, but there's a Backup option that will create an image of your data in a separate file, that can then be copied to another computer.


    BOnTime
    Archive and Backup


    The software is based on the .NET Compact Framework, and will need this to run on a Pocket PC. If you're using Pocket PC OS 2002, simply install it from the distribution file. If using Windows Mobile 2003, the .NET Compact Framework is already part of the operating system.

    With this functionality and ease to use it gets the from us here at Geekzone.


  • More information: http://www.bsystems.co.nz...




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