Hello again ACCOUNTS advisors.
So, I’ve been having a dialog with a very experienced user, who worries that there is too much room for error (especially by amateur bookkeepers, who I expect to be the majority of my users) with most data entry being done on the register windows. People could too easily put transactions in the wrong account’s register, etc.
His recommendation is that instead the main window just have a series of links to much more controlled features, like Write Cheque, Enter Deposit, Enter Bill, Pay Bill, etc. Each would be a special-purpose data entry screen (like the ones I have already done for Enter Bill and Pay Bill). This is much like QuickBooks.
I’m wondering what you all think about this. I can see the benefit of it, but I also know that there is no way to cover every transaction that could likely take place with custom screens like this.
So, in my humble opinion there always has to be access to the register windows for all of the Asset, Liability and Fund accounts, as there is now. I also think those windows are extremely helpful to the users, for seeing all of the activity in an account, in date order.
And if the main window didn’t contain a list of all accounts, with the buttons for Use Register and Reconcile, I’m not sure where the Reconcile link ought to be. (I guess it could be another of the tools on the main window.)
Given my firm decision to launch the program on November 1st, I’m not saying I could achieve a big change like this (if you all preferred it to the current design) by then. But it could be part of a “Coming Soon” list of features. (On the other hand, I would prefer that the main window’s functions not have a major change after the official release, if I can avoid it!)
Also, if you do think I should make a change like this, what, if anything, do you think would need to be the links on the main window beyond the ones I’ve already mentioned: Write Cheque, Enter Deposit, Enter Bill, Pay Bill, Use Register, and Reconcile?