Version 3 New Feature – User Workspaces

 In News and Events, Version 3

One of the first new features you will notice when starting Constructor V3 is a redesigned menu structure and the addition of completely customisable menus – workspaces – for each user.

The menus are not redesigned like the infamous Word ribbon control with features so hard to find you need to Google for them though…but logically laid out into three basic functional areas:

  1. Sales – CRM, sales lead tracking/monitoring functionality. For all features taking you through to the Preliminary Estimate stage
  2. Projects – covering estimating, project and scheduling setup. All functionality relating to estimating and managing projects.
  3. Accounting – purchase ordering through to General Ledger, taking in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Banking and Payroll along the way.

A few other menus cover Tools, File (a Windows standard), Reports, Window (another standard to let you see what’s open) and Help.

The most important change relating to the menus though, are the workspaces.

From an option of the Tools Menu you can create as many or as few “workspaces” as you like. A workspace can contain a short cut to any feature in any menu (to which you have permissions to).  And you are the only one that will see those short cuts. They should be the features you use the most –  and you can put these workspaces anywhere you want to. They can “dock” to a location on your screen – top / left / right or bottom, or they can just hover wherever you leave them. They can all stick together, next to one another, or all in a group behind one another.

Don’t like the “toolbar” across the top of the screen?  Move it!  Do you have a really wide screen – with room to spare on each side, then stick a workspace on the left and another one on the right. Have two screens? then bunch a number of different workspaces together, and put them over on the other screen leaving a whole screen just for your Constructor Windows. If your screen “real estate” is at a premium, you can “unpin” your workspaces and have them slide neatly away when you’re not using them.

Here’s how simple it is, to add a button, for any function you like, to an existing workspace.

Now, let’s see how you create an entirely new workspace – let’s say, for a batch of commonly used Estimating functions. Watch as the workspace is created, docked at various points around the screen, combined with another workspace, then unpinned and hidden from view.

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