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    Not sure if this is the best place to post this, but here goes.

    I have a client who provides in-home services for clients who are developmentally challenged. His employee visits the home, stays with the client or takes them places, etc. Up until now, he has been waiting for the employee to submit a timesheet, which he then turns into an invoice (for submission to the State) and then needs to visit the client and get their signature. All of this is very time consuming and he is looking for a better way.

    My thought was to give each client a small Chrome book (or something similar) and set it up so the employee would need to sign in and out. This would ensure that the times for the employee would be accurate, unlike now. Once a week, the client would then review the record and sign off electronically. Another possibility might be to incorporate a thumbprint entry system.

    What I'd like to know is if anyone has done something like this and might have some ideas for me or suggestions for improvement. Should this be done on A5V11 web or in the new Alpha Anywhere (which I admit I know zero about)?

    Thanks to any and all!


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    Re: New Application Question

    I think your's is a good idea. You could even use tablets. I'm doing something similar that I built with V11 but for desktop use. I would go ahead and use V12 since it has some stuff that will be a lot better for a more mobile application including an integrated signature capture in the UX component. I think I'd also try to build the thing completely out of UX components. I've recently installed V12 and started playing with it. The key difference is the new "panels" that allow you to give the application the look and feel of a native mobile app. The rest is very similar so you won't have problems going from V11 to V12.

    As far as the app itself, I use different assignable "tasks" that the user picks from to describe the time used. The Admin of the timesheets can add or remove tasks. The user picks a date from the calender, picks a task from a dropdown and then enters a time. You can do most of this without having any true user data entry which is great for a mobile app. Just touch and select. I think it would work great.


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      Re: New Application Question


      Chromebook is probably cheaper than a tablet, so if you do that it can be a regular v11 web app. If you go tablet it will best be served by AA (v12). In AA, all the new emphasis is on mobile and the UX has a tremendous (overwhelming actually) amount of functionality "secretly" built in. By "secretly", I mean you wouldn't notice just by looking at the surface of it. But know that the mobile UX is kind of a paradigm shift from regular web development.
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