Some of the features of Version 15 include:
User-Definable Student Data Tabs -
Far and away our most highly requested feature, the Student List now has the ability to choose which data fields
to display, organize them into logical groupings, change their order, and more! Using this system users can
create tabs to contain logical sets of data fields, such as a tab with fields for new students, a tab containing only
the most common data entry fields, or one with only those fields pertinent to the athletic director.
Within each tab fields can be added, removed and rearranged. These tabs support full editing ability including cut / copy / paste, multi-level undo, and a “lookup” function to allow quick and consistent data entry and by presenting a list of values contained in a given field. A “locate” feature lets you jump to the original tab that contains the selected field (i.e. the State ID field is located in the Demographics tab). And finally, a “List” feature takes all of the fields contained in the selected tab and presents them in an editable multi-student “spreadsheet” view in order to quickly and easily edit and compare data for multiple students at once.
Each Lighthouse user account manages their own tab and field definitions, so each user can maintain his or her own set of fields no matter which networked computer they are using. A virtually unlimited number of tabs can be created, and each tab can contain as many data fields as desired. The same data field can be added to multiple tabs if desired, so the “City” field could be located in a “Contact Information” tab and also a “New Student Fields” tab.
Enhanced “List” Displays -
The list of students in the Student List, and the list of courses in
the Course List, were both enhanced to provide additional
functionality and enhance the user interface.
Both lists now support “back” and “forward” functionality allowing quick and convenient access to previously viewed entities, and both lists have had its toolbar redesigned for more intuitive and convenient access to its commands.
- Teacher Client Enhancements - The Teacher Client now has the ability to “copy” data that is displayed for a student. This allows a teacher to quickly and easily copy one or more pieces of information they are viewing, such as to copy an email address for and paste into their e-mail client, or copy a phone number and paste it into an Excel spreadsheet they are creating.
Billing System Enhancements -
The billing system has seen a tremendous number of improvements meant to present data in a more clear and consistent manner.
Each invoice can now be assigned a “category”, and a new supporting “receivables by category” report has been added to allow viewing of receivables totaled for each category in addition to by student. Unapplied credits are now presented in a more consistent fashion both on screen and on reports, and statements can now be suppressed for students with a zero balance, even if there is activity within the reporting dates.
- More to come… - As always, we continue to add features and improvements to Lighthouse on a regular basis. We have many exciting additions planned for Version 15 in upcoming months, all available as free update downloads to V15 owners.