Configuration Settings

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NOTE: unlike other pages, there is no Save button; entries are saved automatically when you leave this page. The app current version number is listed at the top of the page for reference.

Store hours and staff names are the minimum items that must be entered when initially starting the application. You will be taken here automatically if the store hours are missing. If the staff names are missing, you should also enter them at this time.

Send Feedback
    If you would like to send the developer a suggestion or other type message, you can do it by tapping the Send Feedback button. An email will be immediately sent to the developer who will respond within 24-hours providing you leave your email address.  If you are reporting a bug of any kind, please give us the following information:

  • version of app you are using (found at the top of the Setup page)
  • which iPad device are you using, along with the version of iOS
  • exactly what is the problem?  Please be as specific as you can, with details of what is wrong (so we may reproduce it)
  • please note that this is a very complicated app, and as such, errors are sometimes going to happen, as hard as we try to prevent them.


Setting Store Hours
    Use the popup time pickers to enter the salon open time and close time. Tap on the box for either Salon Open or Salon Close and a popup window showing the time wheel (called a picker) will appear. The format of the time will be displayed automatically in either in 12-hour time or 24-hour time, depending on your location (locale); you can also override the Time Format by tapping either the 12-hour or 24-hour buttons. Currently, the time interval for appointments is fixed at 15 minutes.

Entering Staff Names
    For each staff member whose name you want to enter, move the Staff Name picker until a position number appears in the "dial", then enter either their first name, or optionally a complete name in the text box to the right of the position number.  When finished with each name, tap the Done button on the keyboard (your entry will be ignored if you don't tap Done).  The names will appear on the top row of the appointment grid on the first page. To remove a name, highlight the name in the text box and hit delete; you can replace the name by highlighting the name in the text box and write over the existing name. Note that if you delete a name without replacing it, you will have a column with no name (on the Calendar page).You can have a maximum of 12 staff names; you MUST have at least one (1) name before you can leave the setup page. Changes can be made at any time and are saved when you leave the Setup page.

Selecting which Service to Use
    There are four (4) choices of services to use; they are listed next to a checkbox, which you can tap to change to the different service.  You can see the results of your choice by going to either the Appointments page and tapping on the Services textbox, which will bring up the popup listing all of the services for the category you have selected.

Services/Activities
    The app comes with two (2) predefined services: one for Nail Salons and the other for Hair Salons (including barber shops). You can also make your own list of custom services by tapping the Custom Services popup picker, just as you did for the Staff Names.  Starting with the first slot in the "wheel" (1), enter the custom service in the box to the right.  When done, don't forget to press the "Done" button to save the service you just entered.  Do the same for any Additional Services, using the popup picker ("wheel") in that section.  When you leave the Setup page, the services you entered will be saved.
    If you wish to keep track of activities (such as dinner appointments, children's sports activities, etc.), tap the Manual Entry button and you can enter unique one-time activities descriptions at the time you are making the appointment.

Old Appointments
    Do you wish to delete old appointments or keep all of them? You can enter the number of days that you want to keep all appointments; every appointment that is older will be deleted. If you decide to keep all of the appointments, you can selectively delete them on the Appointment's page. However, the more old appointments you keep, it's possible you will run out of memory when running this app, especially if you are using photos at each appointment. This app will warn you when the iPad gets low on memory.

Color Patterns
    Several predefined color patterns have been designed to allow you to change the background colors of the Calendar page. Tap on one of them and then go to the Calendar page to see if you wish to keep it or revert back tot he default which is Saori.

Backup and Restore
    The backup and restore facility makes a complete backup of the existing database and stores the resulting file on your iPad. Multiple backups can be created, each having a unique name with the creation date as part of the name. Backups can be created at any time, as often as you want; however, they take valuable space on your iPad, so only keep what you think you might need. When you need to restore a previous day's backup, tap the Restore button and you will see a popup which lists all of the files on your iPad; choose the file that starts with "Backup" followed by the date and time of creation. That file will over-write the existing database; if you happen to choose the wrong file, repeat the instructions above for restoring, choosing the correct file. If you have any questions or problems, contact us using the Feedback button for help.

Syncing your iPad with other iPads


How it works
     When you make changes to a customer or appointment, they are sent to an account that you set up on iCloud.  From here, the app on the other devices (iPads) constantly monitor when changes have been made, and grab those changes and update your view that you are currently looking at.  For instance, if you make any changes to the Customer Info page, those changes are sent to the common account at iCloud where they are stored; the same occurs for any changes that are made to the appointments on the Appointments page.  Changes made in the Setup page are stored on your device; if you need them to be the same as the device considered the master, then you will have to match them manually.  If, for instance, not all of your staff members are on all iPads (or they are not in the same order, which is very important), manually correct this and the syncing will take it from there, making sure everything matches up.  IMPORTANT NOTE -> If your devices (iPads) DO NOT match exactly on the Setup Page, the app will be unable to sync between devices!


Backup
    IMPORTANT -->  Change the number of days to delete files to 90 days; this is to allow you enough time to see if you are going to stay with iCloud Sync'ing.
    Make a backup of your data by using the Backup button on the Setup page before you change over to Sync'ing mode.  This is to if you have problems, or decide that this feature is not for you, you can restore the database to the date/time of the backup.  Unfortunately, all of the work that was sync'ed will be lost.


Device Setup

  •     First thing you want to do to enable Sync'ing is to go to Settings -> iCloud on each iPad that is going to participate in the syncing function, and click on iCloud.


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  •     Next, make sure you set iCloud Drive to 'ON'



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  •     From the next screen, you want to tap on the little arrows and enter the common information that matches the "master" device (iPad) exactly; ignore the picture and name that is smudged, your's will appear once you have signed in.



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  •     Next, you will be asked to supply information; this MUST BE EXACTLY the same as the "master" iPad (one iPad must be considered the "master" which gives you all of the information you need to make each iPad's connection to iCloud identical).  Add any credit information that is asked next, and you're done!

 

  •     You can now tap on the Unlock Sync'ing feature button; MAKE SURE it's green in color when finished!



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  •     If you are having any problems with either trying to figure out why the app is not sync'ing, use the Feedback (to the bottom left on the Setup page) to tell us exactly what is happening, giving examples if possible.  This  function has been thoroughly tested, so we probably have seen the issue you are reporting.   We will get back to you as soon as possible, either with a solution or need for more questions.  We need your help in making this a premier Salon Booking application.


  Caveats

  •     Timing - it might take up to 2-3 minutes (this is not the norm) for your changes to show up in the other devices (iPads).  Have patience; Apple is in control of the iCloud and sometimes it takes a bit longer than normal for changes to show up.
  •     You can monitor when the changes are made by going back and forth between pages.  (We're working on making this automatic, but for now you have to do it manually).