TC now with Calendar and Reporting

We have finally launched the latest version of Teacher’s Companion, which is now sporting a new calendar, reporting section and robust upgrade module. Everything has been tested and we are confident with the release.

Calendar and Reporting

What is a database if it cannot provide you with reports, especially on your financials. This version adds a neat little reporting section that is user-friendly and straight to the point. In a similar fashion, we have made the Calendar simple to use and flexible.  For example, you can choose whether you wish to manually add tuition date/time entries via the Courses section or via the Calendar itself.  The Calendar can also be used for other snippets of information such as notes.

Upgrading made simple

We have made the solution upgradable in a nice and seamless way. In other words, if you have ever updated an Apple or Android app on your device, well we have made TC update in a similar way. It was a huge challenge, but we persevered and got there in the end. Now when you update TC, it is a matter of receiving the new FileMaker file via direct download or email from the TC website, and then opening it on your iPad. The update module then starts kicking in by backing up your existing database, and transferring the data across to the new version – no manual intervention needed.

We hope you enjoy the latest release.

 

 

New Layout: Reports

The long awaited reporting section is now being worked on. This is going to be massive and we hope to improve it with future updates. The idea is to keep it simple for now, but still providing massive calculating power to number-crunch all your financial data. We are aiming to launch the new Reports layout for the next major update (mid March 2015).

The design incorporates a Financials summary:

  • Payments: including the number of payment entries and total payment earnings. Note: payments are basically manual payment entries.
  • Invoices: including the number of invoice entries, the number of outstanding invoices and their total, the number of paid invoices and their total, and the grand total of all invoice earnings for both outstanding and paid.
  • We have included a filter that allows you to show a custom or predefined date range.
  • Earnings show the grand total of all payments and invoice earnings.

We have included a Student financials table that provides more details on a per-student-basis. This can be handy to see all of your students financial records in one place. This includes: the student name, payment earnings, the last payment, invoice earnings, outstanding payments, last invoice and a grand total of payments and invoice earnings. Again this is filterable via a custom or predefined date range.

new-reports-layout

 

 

Contacts Upgrade: Reports

We thought it would be very ideal to have a Reports section within the Contacts layout, so you can quickly see the financial information for the contact.  We understand that some things are a double-up in the Reports layout, but that is not a bad thing.  Sometimes, you may be already working in the Contacts layout such as working on student progress notes, or doing payment reconciliation, so it makes sense to put a Reports section in there too.  This section will provide you with:

  • Payments: including the number of payment entries and total payment earnings. Note: payments are basically manual payment entries, and can be used when adding a payment (Cash, Direct Deposit, etc) for a lesson.
  • Invoices: including the number of invoice entries, the number of outstanding invoices and their total, the number of paid invoices and their total, and the grand total of all invoice earnings for both outstanding and paid.  Both outstanding and paid invoices can be clicked to take you to those Invoices.
  • We have included a filter that allows you to show a custom or predefined date range.
  • Total shows the grand total of all payments and invoice earnings.

We are aiming to launch the new Reports section for the Contacts layout during the next major update (mid March 2015).

new-contact-reports-section

 

 

Introducing the Calendar

You cannot have a database solution to manage students and lessons without a calendar. We have been working hard to integrate a calendar that is not only easy and intuitive to use, but also complimentary to the overall design.  We are aiming to launch the new Calendar layout for the next major update (mid March 2015).

It is a breeze to add lesson plans as calendar events.  You simply choose the Course via the drop-down, click the Add Lesson Plan Entry icon (mini calendar icon), adjust the date and time, and add your plan description. It then adds the lesson plan onto the calendar and automatically adds the event in the chosen course, so you will also see it in the Courses layout. We have purposely made it powerful, seamless, and effortless. We feel we have achieved a nice balance.

Check out the screenshots.

new-calendar-layout

 

Lesson Plan Entries

lesson-plans

 

 

Contacts Layout Upgrades

We have just introduced some new upgrades in the Contacts layout, which will be released with the next major update (mid March 2015). Included in the Contact upgrades are:

  • Invoices: now you can see all the invoices associated with the current contact. This includes the invoice number, date, invoice description, amount, and whether or not it has been paid.  You can also click the invoice row and it will take you to the Invoice itself.
  • Payment Notes: you will be able to create a payment note or reminder via a simple date and comment record combo.
  • Other Notes: similar date and comment combo as Payment Notes, the Other Notes can be used primarily for correspondence.
  • Progress Notes: similar date and comment combo as Payment Notes, the Progress Notes can be used to record student learning progress.

new-contact-layouts

 

 

New iPad Look & Feel

Teacher’s Companion was looking a little tired and old-school, so we decided to do something about that. We introduced a new modern look and feel that is optimised for both iPad’s running FileMaker Go and desktops running FileMaker Pro.

It has been rather challenging to create layouts that look great on iPad’s whilst being accessible and accommodating for fat fingers if you know what I mean.  On an iPad, there is not a lot of screen real-estate to play with.  So it has taken a great deal of time reorganising the design such as field spacing and portal widths and heights. We believe that just like responsive websites can work and look great on both iPad’s and desktops, so too can the Teacher’s Companion redesign.

We hope you enjoy this new direction.

TC-on-iPad2

 

 

 

New Website is Launched

I am please to announce that the website is now finished and the Teacher’s Companion is available as a sponsored download. You may be wondering what a sponsored download is? We have called it this because like all software it is a work-in-progress that will get a lot better in time. So your purchase will go toward sponsoring the project to making it better.

To add to this model, we have created a feedback box, where you can tell us the features that you would like to see. By listening to you – our valued customer, we are creating a product that you want, and not what we think you want.

We want you to feel assured that we want to make this project bigger and better. We also want you to be a part of the project and know that you will help with decisions on where this project is headed. We will eventually make this process much better with publicly viewable discussion, but for now it is just a feedback form.

We hope you can purchase Teacher’s Companion and continue to support us with this project.

Thank You.

WOW, improvements with v2.0

WOW, improvements with v2.0

It has been weeks, and I am finally happy with the improvements in design and functionality with the Contacts, Courses, and Templates layouts.  I especially like the way the Courses layout is looking as I was losing hair with this one. Check out these before-and-after animations.

contacts-v2-comparison

 

courses-v2-comparison

 

templates-v2-comparison