TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Global Status
- Booking Names & Customs
- Custom Fields Booking Setup
- Other Booking Name & Customs Server Setup Options
- Objects Statuses and Multiple Day Bookings
Global Status is the status of the Booking itself. The name and colour can be personalised and it is possible to create more Statuses if needed.
To set up, modify or delete a Global Status, click on the selector bar next to Global Status, go to Server Setup option and choose the relevant option: New/ Modify/ Delete.
To create a new Global Status click on New and enter a name in the Header of the Edit Global Status window, choose a colour and select the Sub Status.
- Sub Status: There are three fixed Sub Status behaviours in farmerswife. When you create a Global status you will define a Sub Status that will determine the behaviour of the Global status you have created.
- Confirmed: The Booking is confirmed by the Client. A Conflict Warning will appear if a second Confirmed Booking is made overlapping the first one. The Booking created last will automatically be put to Preliminary Status (Actual Status).
- Preliminary: The red colour of the Preliminary Sub Status indicates that this Booking still is not confirmed. When creating a Confirmed Booking which overlaps the existing Preliminary Booking, no Conflict Warning will appear. (There is a Toolbox setting to enable conflicts on preliminary bookings in the section Server Setup)
- Planning: This Sub Status is mostly used to create pencil bookings or roughly planning. When creating a Confirmed Booking which overlaps the existing Planning Booking, no Conflict Warning will appear.
The Default Sub Status colour can be changed within Toolbox > Settings > Display.
Sort the Global Status list by name or sort by (Sub) Status. When sorted by Sub Status the Global Statuses will be organised from Planning > over Preliminary > to Confirmed Sub Status.
Once done, select the default Status in the selector bar. This will be the default Status for Bookings made by the logged in User. Each User can select their own preferred default Global Status.
Booking Names & Customs
This feature provides a list of customised Booking names with related Custom Fields, Print Designer Templates, and Pre-Defined Services.
When creating a Booking, it will automatically take the default Booking Name. The default Booking Name will be the name selected to be displayed in the Booking Names & Customs (In Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults). The Booking Name can then be changed in the Booking window to any available Booking Name from the list, or a name can be manually entered.
Advanced Users with Super User rights can create New, Modify or Delete these Booking names in the Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults and then by clicking on the selector field next to Booking Names & Customs, going to Server Setup and choosing the corresponding option: New, Modify, or Delete.
N.B. To modify or delete an existing Booking template, you must first select this from the drop-down. I.e. to modify "Edit", select "Edit" from the list, then re-enter the drop-down, and go to Server Setup > Modify
Custom Fields Booking Setup
After you have chosen to create New, or Modify, from the Server Setup section of the drop-down above, you will see the Booking Setup window.
- Name/ Colour: Enter a Booking Name. A Booking can be colour coded by Booking Name according to the colour selected. The colour will be displayed in the box next to the Booking Name. See the Colour Coding solutions for more information.
- Customs: Click on the Add New icon to create a new custom field to be displayed when the associated name is selected. In the Custom Field window define the Type, Label (Name) and other options. For more information on creating Custom Fields, see the Custom Fields solutions.
- Print Designer Template: It is also possible to pre-define the Print Designer Template that will be used when printing a Booking Report.
Templates are designed in the Print Designer. Once done, assign to the Booking Name by clicking on the selector bar next to Print Designer Template and selecting the corresponding template.
When creating a Report via the Report icon from the Booking window, it will automatically open with the predefined Template.
- Pre-Defined Services: Click on the Add New icon to add a Service or Object (User, Resources, Rooms, Machines) that will be displayed in the Booking Window by Default.
Enter the Amount in the new window. Tick the Checkbox to add the Service/ Object by default to the Time Report. Remove the Object by clicking on the trashcan icon.
Other Booking Name & Customs Server Setup Options
- Sort By Name: Sorts the Booking Names alphabetically
- Report Types: Define here multiple "Report Types" for a single Booking Name. When doing"Batch Printing" from the Advanced Project Search, one Booking can be printed using multiple templates (with different configuration and layout) in one batch.
- First create the Booking Name (Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults > Booking Names & Customs >Server Setup > New e.g. 'Shoot') with related Custom Fields (e.g. 'Location', ...), Predefined Services (e.g. 'Lunch' etc.) etc.
- Then design and save the different configured Print Designer templates for the Booking Name e.g. 'Shoot Personnel' and 'Shoot Equipment.
- Add the "Report Types" through Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults > Booking Names & Customs >Server Setup > Report Types and click on the green plus icon to type the name in the new window.
- Open the Booking Name through Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults > Booking Names & Customs then select: 'Shoot' > Server Setup > Modify.
- In the 'Print Designer Template' window, select the corresponding templates for the Report Types. Select the Default template, e.g. 'Shoot Personnel' and for the second Report Type, select the template: 'Shoot Equipment'. Any previous associated "Print Designer Templates" with Booking Names are set automatically as 'Default'.
The use of Booking/ Task Checkpoints in farmerswife indicates the Users with a little triangle on the Booking in the Long Form (if enabled) if the job action is still in a Pending Status (red), in Progress Status (yellow), in a Completed Status (green) or a Canceled Status (black). In the Hourline, the icon is a little flag with a yellow circle around it (the yellow circle will disappear if the Checkpoint is set to completed). The flag takes the state colour as described above only the completed status will show in a cheque red flag. If the Checkpoint is set to Ignore Status the icon won’t appear on the Booking. The Checkpoint Status can be changed by clicking on the Checkpoint icon on the Booking, or via the Edit Booking window.
In Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults > predefine one of the five Checkpoint Statuses a Booking will have when created.
To use Checkpoints, activate the following settings:
- Hourline: Go to Toolbox > Settings > Hourline and select Checkpoints
- Long Form: Go to Toolbox > Settings > Project Tree and select Checkpoints
- Task Bookings: Go to Toolbox > Settings > Booking Defaults and select Use Checkpoints For Tasks
Time In / Out
Predefines the default Booking time for Bookings directly created in the Long Form or in the Hourline on marked days in the Time Range.
Predefine the Booking time with the selector widget In and Out Time that rounds until 15minutes. Or type in any start and end time by clicking on the little grey square.
Use Time Range
This is a personal Long Form default Booking range configuration when adding Objects to already existing Bookings. Options are:
- Booking Time Range: The Object that is being added to a Booking will be booked over the whole period of the Booking.
- Marked Time Range: The Object that is being added to a Booking will be booked for the period that has been selected (highlighted day(s) in yellow) in the Long Form.
- Ask: Recommended option. A window will pop up asking whether the Object should be added to the Booking Time Range or the Marked Time Range.
Print HTML Template
This option allows to print an html report directly from the Booking and from the Booking Note window. Once a template is selected a little printer icon appears on the Booking window's right bottom corner and on the Note window.
For further information, please refer to HTML Direct Printing from Booking.
Booking Defaults Checkboxes
Use Actual Time Range
This is a Booking default setting which books through the night when a Booking lasts more than one day. Mostly used for rental workflows.
Use Time Reporting
This setting enables the Time Report option. If this setting is disabled all the Time Report icons and hour reporting options will disappear on future Bookings. It is still possible to time report the Extras (Objects, Material, Services, Expenses) via the Booking menu > Edit Time Report / Extras.
To be able to see the Time Report icon in the Hourline, tick Timereports option in Toolbox > Settings tab > Hourline.
If two Advanced Users have the Booking Time Report setting in a contrast mode and they are both involved in the same Booking, then the owner of the Booking determines the setting.
Extras Included In Fixed Price
This option is related to Fixed Price on Bookings (within the Booking window).
- If this option is enabled, all Extras (Objects/ Material/ Services/ Expenses) that are time reported by that User will be included in the Fixed Price of the Booking.
- If this option is disabled, the Extras appear under the Fixed Price and will be added as additional costs.
Use Checkpoints for Tasks
When ticked, this option allows the User to see Checkpoints also in Task Bookings.
Use Type Popup When Creating New Booking/Task
After the drag and drop action when booking in the Hourline, an automatic popup menu will appear allowing the User to choose between the following options:
- <<Show Options In A List>>: a Popup Options window opens offering a search filter - it only appears if the list of Projects, Tasks, etc becomes too long to display in the Type Popup.
N.B. When there are more than 3000 active projects, this search is disabled! Since "booking on project" and "booking on project (client)" is using the same search as "show options in a list", those 2 options will also disappear from the menu, if you have over 3000 active projects.
- Booking On <Search Projects>: newly added and optimised search, that is much faster than legacy "show options in a list" search. By default it's returning you your "recent projects", but as soon as you start searching, it will search (with the first letter).
- [Most recent Project Name]: Booking will be added to the latest Project the User worked in
- Booking On Recent Project: displays the latest Projects the User worked in, to add the Booking to
- Booking On Project: displays a list of active projects accessible by the User, to add the booking to
- Booking On Project (Client): displays a list of active projects accessible by the User by Client Company, to add the booking to
- Media Orders: displays a list of open Media orders to attach the booking to
- Tasks: to generate a Task Booking,
- Personnel Management: to generate a Personnel Management Booking (if booking on User)
- Maintenance: to generate a Maintenance Booking (if booking on Object)
- Show Only My Projects: setting that when enabled shows only those Projects created by the User, in the Project lists above
Use Binder Pop Up
It gives the possibility after choosing the Booking type in the Hourline to add the Booking to a Binder (new/ Project Binders/ none) via a popup menu, instead of dragging and dropping the Booking into the Binder manually.
Show Default Binder List
It works in combination with the previous option, Use Binder Pop Up, and gives the possibility to add the Booking to one of the default Binder names listed in the popup menu or to one of the Binder names already included in the Project.
See how to set up default binder list in Toolbox > Settings > Binder/ Marker Defaults.
Auto Popup Booking Window On New Booking
When creating a new Booking or Task, the Edit Booking window will automatically pop up.
Show Add Note When Adding An Extra
When adding an Extra (Object/ Service/ Material/ Expense) in the Time Report window, a note field pops up for the User to be able to fill in a note in regards to the Extra.
If this setting is not enabled, the Note can still be found by selecting Edit in the drop down menu, next to the amount of the added Extra.
Warn for Conflicts Before Creating And Modifying Bookings
With this checked, the User will be prompted with a window suggesting there will be a conflict if they continue with the booking, and will ask if the User wants to continue making the booking.
This will also show conflicts if user has enabled the setting "Check Preliminary Bookings For Conflicts When Searching" in Toolbox > Settings > Class/Object and the booking that is being booked over has a "Planning" or "Preliminary" sub-status
Autofill Booking Name from First Object's Activity or Class
If this setting is enabled (checked), the Booking name will be autofilled from first booked Object's Activity name or Class name.
If there is Booking Custom Field template with matching name as well, it will be applied with any custom fields and pre-defined services.
Important! This only applies to the FIRST booked Object. Adding or replacing Objects to the Booking will not update the Booking Name.
†Attach Actuals To Active Budget
When enabled, this will prompt the User to ask if they want to attach the actual to an Active Budget, on making the booking.
†Always Attach Actuals If There Is Only One Active Budget
Only available when "Attach Actuals To Active Budget" is enabled. This will attach Actuals if there is only one Budget Active on the project.
†Ask "Attach Actual To Active Budget" Per Object (Desktop Only)
Only available then "Attach Actuals To Active Budget" is enabled, and "Always Attach Actuals If There Is Only One Active Budget" is disabled. This will prompt the User to select an Active Budget to attach each Object on a Booking to, on the Project that is being booked against.
†Active Budget settings should be used in conjunction with Auto Assignments, and more can be found out about Attaching Actuals to a Budget on the article Attaching Actuals To Budgets
Show Booking Times in Booking Window Involved Pane
Ability to edit time in/ out for each Involved Object per individual day directly in Booking Window > Involved.
Multi-Day booking: If you change the time on the “main” line, it will change the time for that object for every day. To change a specific days time, expand the triangle for the Involved object.
When Copying Bookings:
When a Booking is copied, it can be practical to reset some info. Define the options here:
- Reset Booking Status
- Clear Time Report
- Clear Object Note
- Make All Objects Preliminary
Objects Statuses and Multiple Day Bookings
The Booking Status is affected by the Object Status of the Objects that are involved in the Booking.
A Booking can have a Global Status, but in the mouse over an Actual Status appears.
The Actual Status reflects the status of the Objects within the Booking (e.g. if one Object within a Booking has a Conflict, but the job has been confirmed, the Global Status of the whole booking will be Confirmed, but the Actual Status, Mixed).
It is also linked to the Sub Status that indicates the Status of the individual Objects booked on the Booking. An Object can have all days in the Booking on:
- Planning: All Objects are booked with all days in grey/ planning.
- Preliminary: All Objects have all days Preliminary, due to Conflicts or due to the Sub Status of the Global Status.
- Mixed: One or more booked Objects with Preliminary days and Confirmed days.
To change the Status of the Object, click on the Object icon menu > Other:
* Force Confirm: If the Object has Conflicts but the Object needs to be double booked.
Object Statuses in Multiple Day Bookings
The next two options can be used if Multiple Day Bookings are used but not all days of a involved Resource are confirmed yet.
Via the Object Status it is possible to have the Booking in a confirmed Global Status, but somedays on Preliminary due to the fact that the Resource involved hasn't confirmed all days yet. This is easily visible in the Longform.
Click on the Involved Objects icon in the Booking in the Longform > Other:
- Confirm (All) Day(s): Will confirm that Object's Status to Confirmed for this day.
- Preliminary (All) Day(s): Will set the Object's Status to Preliminary.
- Confirm From Time Range: Mark a Time Range of days you want to confirm. Conflicts will remain red and need to be force-confirmed.
- Preliminary From Time Range: Mark a Time Range of days you want to set a Preliminary.