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    Calcul8or
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    Hi,

    I’ve just uploaded a video on Youtube for an invoicing/purchase order/inventory/payment system called Tranzacta, which will be available for sale and download once my website is moved and comes back online in about a week’s time.

    In the meantime, I hope I can get some feedback on what you make of it, particularly how useful you think it might be.

    See the video here: http://youtu.be/fgKsGrxPeFM

    Regards,
    Shail

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    JohnW
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    Hi Shail,
    My starting point is, what is the purpose of the video?

    The video is a fairly long and detailed description of how to use the software.

    Video is a very poor medium for detailed instructions. It is best suited to communications objectives like impact, emotion/image and simple demonstrations.

    I suggest you need to set this video up as an iframe on your website so that the primary page contains the detailed written instructions about the system. You want people to be able to print off the written instructions and be able to refer to the video for a “how to” demonstrations. That may mean chopping the video into smaller topic related segments to make it more user friendly.

    Some other observations. IMHO…

    You don’t immediately identify who will find the video useful and why. More lost viewers.

    There is very little action at the outset of the video. You will probably lose people over that.

    You don’t talk about integration with the main accounting systems – that will probaly lose a lot of viewers.

    When you get to the video about deliveries, what happens with part supplied deliveries? This will be a big issue for some companies.
    Regs,
    JohnW

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    Hi John,

    Thank you for your feedback. My original idea was that it might be good to provide video instructions as well as written, as an easy means for people to familiarise themselves with the functions and features it has. I’ve personally found video tutorials generally very helpful myself, and sometimes a good way to avoid misunderstanding written instructions. But I do take your point that written instructions for people to print out and refer to would also be helpful.

    I particularly like your idea of making a series of shorter videos perhaps to compliment written instructions, and that it might be better for each of them to address a particular function.

    Also, given it’s ability to handle both service as well as item based sales and purchases, I’d imagine this application being useful for a wide range of businesses. I think the point you make about partial receipts is absolutely crucial though, and that it may be wise to add that feature before releasing it.

    Your feedback has been really valuable, and I think the best thing to do at this stage is take it back to the drawing board, add those features it should have, and split the video up as you suggest. But, on the upside, I think the points you’ve made will make it a better offering. I will be back with a new and improved version soon.

    Could I ask what you thought about Tranzacta’s appearance and layout? Is it easy to navigate and understand? Is the overall appearance acceptable, or are there improvements that could be made there too?

    I also hope that the video is a good example of how a humble spreadsheet can be transformed into a powerful and specialised tool with the help of VBA programming. I think a lot of people still aren’t aware of the potential that exists, and the benefits that could be achieved for their businesses, especially specific and unique tasks and functions in their business for which there are no off-the-shelf solutions available.

    Thanks once again for your very helpful feedback!

    Regards,
    Shail

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    Hi Shail,

    One again you’ve revealed the power of the good old spreadsheet.

    I often use video tutorials as a quick “intro” to something new, but agree for in depth “how to’s”, written is better.

    As a serious intro, I thought yours was very good.

    As for the product potential, my opinion is … it’ll depend on price, and the use case.

    From my point of view, I can’t see a use … for e.g. My current application (not cloud based-surprised?) does everything yours does, plus full double entry bookkeeping and reporting. All in an intuitive user interface.

    It also time tracks and bills against clients, allows product creation, PDF downloads, etc etc … and it’s free. (for a modest fee it syncs and backs up my data, but that’s optional). At any point I can dump the data into a spreadsheet if I want to.

    So I guess, the question to myself would be. Why do I want to use, and pay for an Excel template, for part of the process?

    My 2 cents, good luck with it.

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    Hi Estim8,

    As always, thank you very much for your words of wisdom! I was going to be pedantic and say it’s more an application than a template, but then thought better of it lol.

    You’re absolutely right, there is no compelling reason for you to choose Tranzacta over the system you’re using, except maybe for price. But then again all of those features you mentioned and more can be added to this to make it comparable to the system you described.

    It is an extremely basic system as it is, and evolved out of a system I created for myself because I found the invoice & po layouts in the accounting package I was using either too basic or cumbersome to customise. It’s a project I’ve been working on in my spare time, and because of its generic nature, the competition it’s up against is obviously huge.

    From that perspective, I guess it is a good platform upon which to build customised functionality specifically tailored around the requirements of individual businesses. A lot of people find themselves having to create workarounds so that their off the shelf programs can handle their unique processes. How much better would it be for them if the system could be moulded to their requirements instead?

    My strength is not in competing with generic vendors, but creating specific solutions for unique challenges people find in their businesses. To that end, an example like this, which performs functions that people are familiar with, might also give them an idea of the possibilities. That is, how specific tasks and functions in their business could be made more efficient and therefore more productive, by a system that could be developed and implemented rapidly, and for much less cost than they’d expect.

    So your insight, combined with John’s has certainly given me a lot to think about! Once I’ve taken it back to the drawing board, I might re-launch it as the starting point for a more sophisticated system tailor made for each customer!

    Man I love this forum!

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    Calcul8or, post: 191703 wrote:
    So your insight, combined with John’s has certainly given me a lot to think about! Once I’ve taken it back to the drawing board, I might re-launch it as the starting point for a more sophisticated system tailor made for each customer!

    This is where I think you may have a winner, I don’t think businesses buy “bits” of something, they want end to end.

    What most of us do is take on a generic piece of software (as you said) or app’s, and then bend the business around that.

    If you have a draw full of “modules” already built, and can then drop them into an integrated process (with some individual fine tuning unique to the client needs), at a competitive price … that you can sell IMO.

    Just personal opinion, but I wouldn’t reveal the secrets (the draw full of modules). I’d be selling myself as superman, capable of customising “any” business process at bargain basement prices … throw in a couple of case studies of some crappy process you fixed, and you’d be off.

    I don’t think I’d even mention the word Excel … there already going to have a biased opinion of what it’s for … and lots of small businesses think it’s hard and problematic … surprise them with the fix … don’t sell the method. As an analogy, that’s like me trying to sell Ruby on Rails as a solution to someone who only wants or knows, WordPress.

    Another 2 cents. Cheers

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    estim8, post: 191708 wrote:
    Another 2 cents. Cheers

    Rolled gold 2 cents, if you ask me.

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    Calcul8or, post: 191642 wrote:
    Hi John,

    Could I ask what you thought about Tranzacta’s appearance and layout? Is it easy to navigate and understand? Is the overall appearance acceptable, or are there improvements that could be made there too?

    I also hope that the video is a good example of how a humble spreadsheet can be transformed into a powerful and specialised tool with the help of VBA programming. I think a lot of people still aren’t aware of the potential that exists, and the benefits that could be achieved for their businesses, especially specific and unique tasks and functions in their business for which there are no off-the-shelf solutions available.
    Hi Shail,
    Perception is reality.

    If you are using the visually basic (even old fashioned) graphics of spreadsheet layouts talk to the people who value spreadsheets and the advantages of how data in spreadsheet format may be used.

    I’m guessing that your target market is more adept at manipulating spreadsheet data than your average dummy like me.

    Don’t even try to convert everyone to your software. Focus on how your spreadsheet based program offers advantages to spreadsheet familiar users.

    People don’t really want to change as much as the IT world assumes. Microsoft has trouble convincing people to upgrade. (I’m still an XP and IE8 user). Google has had to kill large numbers of its cutting edge programs.

    Talk to your spreadsheet idealist user base with the language and advantages they understand.

    Do this and I don’t think the old fashioned look af a spreadsheet is a negative, it should be a positive.
    Regs,
    JohnW

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    Thanks again John, the real point of what I do is that I make it possible for “non-skilled” users to gain the benefits of the advanced features (and therefore benefits) of a stand alone application, which my creations actually are.

    I’ve created applications that completely remove or replace all reference to Excel and everything Microsoft, making it virtually impossible for anyone to know that they are in fact using, or that it was built on, MS Excel. In that way (as I hope Tranzacta also illustrates), the applications I build aren’t anything like regular spreadsheets, and are robust and specialised solutions to specific business problems.

    I am a longstanding opponent of the convoluted and inefficient uses that spreadsheets are routinely put to, and if you ever come across any of my blogs or posts, you’ll notice that I’m not at all shy about making my point.

    I agree with Estim8 and that I should probably drop all reference to Excel or Access, because in the end, the customer wants a problem solved, and it makes no difference what technology is used to solve it. All that matters is that it is effective and simple to use, which is exactly what ensure.

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    Calcul8or, post: 191737 wrote:
    Thanks again John, the real point of what I do is that I make it possible for “non-skilled” users to gain the benefits of the advanced features (and therefore benefits) of a stand alone application, which my creations actually are.
    Hi Calcul8or,
    All you need to do is explain this to us. ;)
    Regs,
    JohnW
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