you, thank you, thank you!!!!! I love your software! You've simplified my job
by 300% and have allowed me to make people happy by scheduling around their schedules.
comparing SmartRoster to any other package, ask yourself, does it have these essential
context sensitive on-line help (try the F1 key)
colour electronic manual in PDF format which can be freely copied and printed
hour email support (free in the first year, free for all evaluations, and a small
optional annual subscription thereafter)
updates free for the first year (then included in the cost of annual support thereafter)
updates to the software automatically, or your request, by enabling "AutoUpdate"
(while your support is current). Smartroster was the first product in it's class
to include this great time-saving feature!
elegant and intuitive, cutting-edge, easy-to-use interface, great for both novice
and power user
an intuitive spreadsheet like grid. Just drag and drop names in the spreadsheet
from the various role-member and people lists always present on screen, or use
the "right mouse button" click to access context sensitive menus in
most panels *
compared to other similar products
over any name in the grid to see everywhere that person is scheduled *exclusive
on any name to access the properties of that person
down rows, columns, or cells with a single click to prevent the autofill overwriting
absences for an individual or for a group or household
never schedules a person when absent
can be arbitrary date ranges or a complex repeating pattern
scheduling frequency preferences - which can be "average over the whole period"
or exactly so many times in each consecutive period (week, month) *exclusive
and Family work-together (or apart) preferences - no other product has the same
degree of control as SmartRoster!
eg. ensure families are all
scheduled to the same service in a weekend, allow for childcare requirements (so
both parents are NOT scheduled at the same time); make sure trainees are scheduled
with someone more experienced, etc
scheduling limits for an individual, household or group eg 2 times total for the
enforced breaks - global, per-person, per-group, or per role-member *exclusive
restrictions for role/event combination such as: *exclusive
least x [members of group y]" or "at most x [members of group y]"
"all [members of group y] or none of [members of group y]" -
no other product has this feature
fills the schedule based on user preferences, role/event requirements, restrictions,
absences - evens out usage frequency automatically
defined Look-back period allows SmartRoster to consider previous schedules (as
far back as desired) when building the current schedule, a feature pioneered by
complex event patterns (no limit on complexity)
individauls according to complex patterns
schedule a subset of roles and/or events and/or people
decide whether to optimise for frequency targets, to reduce vacancies, or to meet
association preferences, etc *exclusive
emailer, and ability to email personalised schedules to each member, or to each
family (containing the highlighted names of each person in the family) - and no
extra annual charges!
email management - preview emails before sending, view sent emails, archive emails,
re-send emails *exclusive
email reminders generated each time SmartRoster is started, or on demand
bulk email to selected individuals, or all members of a selected group or household
Share a single data file across your LAN, or across the world via SmartRoster
WebShare - all you need is an Internet connection! (At least two
licenses are required. Annual support must be maintained to use our server)
required hardware and software
report previewer - MS Word® or equivalent not required!
a rich collection of report formats including: schedules, address-book or lists,
rosters, inventory, address and reminder labels, absences, analysis of usage frequency
filters allow you to search and display only the people that match your query
reports can be exported to MS Word® (or equivalent), or exported in adobe
PDF format for easy printing or publishing to the web - as easy as a single click!
monitoring and reporting - record "after the fact" who actually performed
their tasks, and reasons for non-performance (user-definable) *exclusive
access and integrity
very modest minimum system requirements
not require an external word processor (but can use one)
not require annual subscriptions to run the program (but is available for support)
not require the internet (but can use it if available)
not require annual payments or an "optional module" for email functionality
not require an external database management system such as MS Access® or SQL
features (for commercial version)
all data in a single tiny file which can be encrypted for maximum security - one
file, one file extension, nothing else to consider - and easy to email or backup
and export your personnel data easily in industry standard tab-delimited format
and backup-reminder options reduce the likelihood of accidental data loss.
hourly base and penalty rates, for a person, group, role, event, and report total
cost of a schedule
how much the current schedule will cost you
the schedule to reduced total cost