Users

General Features

Caliach Vision combines a new class-leading user interface, integrated Internet tools, enhanced security and advanced planning link to create the definitive easy-to-use, feature-rich and future-proof platform for today’s smart manufacturing executive.

  • An intuitive user interface ergonomically designed for maximum productivity.
  • Intelligent help and comprehensive screen tips for every active visual object.
  • Context-sensitive, pull-down hierarchical function menus throughout.
  • Data entry and reviews using over 460 colour windows.
  • User-configurable favourite functions structured navigator with full external linking capability.
  • Universal pop-up interactive calculators on quantity and date fields.
  • System activities arranged logically by task.
  • Open and use most windows simultaneously with any number of others.
  • Unrivalled, universal context-sensitive capability to drill-down for detailed data.
  • Carefully chosen data entry and review object types including tree lists, spreadsheet-like data grids, headed lists, drop-down and combo lists, progress bars and sliders.
  • Data listings can be sorted by any column and column widths re-sized to suit. Columns can be hidden for user convenience.
  • Window position and size, list sort order, column widths and other characteristics are remembered every time a window closes.
  • Scratchpads for parts, customers, suppliers and accounts make selection easy.
  • Intuitive data entry through extensive use of drag-and-drop.
  • All reports can be sent to the printer, preview, screen, clipboard, spool to disk, HTML, RTF and PDF files and as direct email via the Internet with either PDF or HTML output attachments.
  • Extensive options for reporting and listing data including custom searches, integrated custom designs, Ad Hoc reports, ODBC external data access, and more.
  • Unlimited group and user security, implemented at menu line and window tab pane level.
  • Operates under Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux 32 bit operating systems.
  • Multi-platform in a mixed environment, supporting standard local area networks or wide area using thin client technologies such as NT Terminal Server Edition.
  • Entirely implemented in a high-performance relational database management system – every customer site supplied with programming tools to extend system capabilities.
  • Multi-company licensed names – site licences can accommodate multiple company names, either within one database or across multiple databases.
  • User defined fields are available for customers, suppliers, parts, sales orders, jobs, purchase orders and work orders.

Context sensitive help

Caliach Vision has a comprehensive context-sensitive help system based on an HTML web browser. Every window has its own help with links to associated subject matter. Because it uses standard HTML, you can modify the standard help provided or extend it as much as you like to provide business procedure help to your staff. In addition to the help, all window active objects have tool tips that guide novices or the forgetful.

  • HTML based window help with a topic-based structure, word index and search facilities and help browser. Help can contain formatted text and graphics.
  • Standard help can be modified and supplemented with business-specific instructions.
  • Help can be called using Shift+F1 and then clicking on the area of interest in a window.
  • Tool tips are available for every active window object and all tools.
  • A help bar provides a functional explanation of all menu lines.
  • Tool tips and menu bar help can be switched on and off.
  • Help manager database for the maintenance of structured texts associated with window help, with auto-generation of draft help for program windows.

Scratch pads

In Caliach Vision scratchpads refer to four listing windows for selecting respectively parts, customers, suppliers and general ledger accounts. These lists can be used for selecting specific part numbers and codes wherever a selection is needed during normal program activity. Extensive use of drag-and-drop makes populating multiple entries simple and quick. Scratchpad list columns can be defined at a user level so that the data shown suits your primary purpose.

  • Separate part, customer, supplier and general ledger account scratchpads.
  • Can be used anywhere to choose a part etc., or populate a report using transfer function or drag-and-drop.
  • Can be populated automatically as you encounter records or you can use a search to load the scratchpad.
  • Configurable with columns as part of user settings.
  • Scratchpad menus offer list management options and useful functions.
  • In-out via clipboard function allows rapid transfer to other programs.
  • Option for pallet-style scratchpad windows which remain permanently to the front of other working windows.
  • List contents can be transferred for reports, global changes etc.
  • Lists can contain user-defined calculations such as projected stock, inventory cost etc..
  • List contents can be saved by users, for re-use on next login.

Keyword search

This unique and powerful feature is much like an integrated Internet search engine for master data within the system. When choosing a part, customer, supplier, marketing contact or general ledger account, instead of typing in the code you can type a * or ? and a word or part of a word. The system will then return the record that contains that word or, if there is more than one, present you with a list of all those that match. The performance of this feature is outstanding. For instance, you may want to find all customers where the word York occurs somewhere in the address. Type ?york anywhere you would normally enter a customer code and almost instantly a list will pop up of all customers with words starting with york, such as York, Yorkshire, Yorktown, etc.

  • Works for parts, customers, suppliers, additional addresses, engineering data, marketing contacts, serial numbers and general ledger accounts.
  • You can customise the keyword engine to limit results and exclude common words.
  • Words are keyed on any fields within master files such as descriptions, addresses and other texts. Keywords are stored on record creation and removed on deletion. The keyword data can be rebuilt at any time.
  • A search can be initiated anywhere in the system where a master record selection is made.
  • Search options include: specific word, all words “beginning with . . .” and “sounds-like . . .” words.
  • Multiple search options can be combined for complex result sets. For example, Find all parts containing words that sound like “switch” but excluding those containing the word “toggle”.
  • A selection of search results can be used for reporting and listing or to load the scratchpads.

Language Swap

The Language Swap system allows you to translate your textual data into as many languages as you wish to support output on reports and other output to satisfy a multilingual community. Language Swap provides for any number of language translations of your textual data.

  • Control of your base language and any number of languages to translate data into and store.
  • Translations can be made at a record level or file level.
  • Web-based automatic translation services can be used to give you a draft translation.
  • You can control output translation language from a simple toolbar list selection.
  • Marketing, Customers and Suppliers can be allocated a default language to enforce language documentation.
  • Provides for truly multi-lingual business activity without disrupting normal in-business language activity.
  • Optionally supports User and Group security on use of languages.
  • Supports the full range of Unicode characters co-existing with any other in any textual data. E.G. English Deutsch Español Français Indonesia 日本人 한국의 Português ภาษาไทย Việt 中文

Data Views

A Data View is a Caliach Vision definition of a way of collecting a particular set of data. A Data View design can then be used to collect data for a screen listing, report or Graph simply by calling it by name. The results of running a Data View can be stored and referenced at a later date, so can facilitate comparisons over time.

  • A Data View design is stored in a portable text structure (XML).
  • A design can use standard serach dialogs, custom user searches and/or specific search definitions to collect main data.
  • Data can be collected forward or backwards and for a limited number of records.
  • Up to 3 joins can be made to related file data records, and these can optionally be outer-joins.
  • Supports Listjoins, a special many-to-many relationship in collecting data.
  • A final limiting search can further restrict data included in the results.
  • Full range or sorting and subtotalling is available for summary data.
  • The results set can be topped and tailed to give the top or botom sub-set.
  • Special programmable features can be applied.
  • Results can be cached either for performance or archiving reasons. Historical cached results can be used for data comparisons.
  • Designs can have User and Group security controls applied.
  • Designs can be uploaded to the Caliach Web site or downloaded from a repository of tried and tested designs.

Graphs 2

Graphs 2 is a second generation Graphing tool embedded in Caliach Vision. With this you can generate X-Y charts, Pie charts, Polar charts and Meter charts and embed these in windows and/or reports. Designs of graphs are self-contained and stored in the datafile. Data collection is typically carried out by one or more Data Views. Graph designs can be downloaded from a web-based library of designs and then modified for your use from within Caliach Vision. Your designs can be uploaded to this collection to provide a pool of designs that all can use painlessly.

  • X-Y Charts can be bar, line, scatter, area, box whisker, high/low/open/close or candlestick charts.
  • Pie Charts can be plain or 3D, pizza or ring and can have slide-out segments.
  • Polar Charts can be area or line and normal or spline.
  • Meter Charts can be linear or radial and linear can be vertical or horizontal.
  • Data for the chart can be specific, derived from Data View designs and/or historically collected Data View results.
  • Depending on the type, graphs can support multiple layers, extra fields, parameter substitutions, number and date formatting, external images and fonts, extra texts, marks, zones, pointers and rings.
  • Graphs can be used as Key Perfomance Indicators. They can be saved externally.
  • Designs can have User and Group security controls applied.
  • Designs can be uploaded to the Caliach Web site or downloaded from a repository of tried and tested designs.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) automatically are prepared and display for a user when a KPI has been set up for that user, or a group that the user is a member of. KPIs are set to automatically present themselves to users from a particular point in time for a certain duration. KPIs are maintained in the as a System Manager function.

  • KPIs are set up centrally and can be Data View lists or Graph 2 designs.
  • KPIs display is controlled for specific users or groups or users.
  • KPIs have a frequency of appearance and a display duration.
  • KPIs are collectively shown to a user when they log into the program.