Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Printing from your iPhone (iTouch, iPad)

Printing reports is not something one would ordinarily associate with an iPhone. For Coin Collecting software, ability to print reports is mandatory.  GoldCollector introduced printing via EMail with the release of v2.1., and extends the feature further in v2.2 (release date week of March 12th, 2012) by allowing both Email, and Printing of an essential set of Reports:
  • Financial summary of the collection
  • Inventory detail listing of the collection
  • Buy list of the coins needed to fill Set "holes"
  • Coin detail's on any coin, including photos (unlimited)
Printing in iOS is one of those things that you would expect would just work, same as for your Mac or PC computer nowadays. And that expectation would be right, if you have one of the supported Printers.

Hence the rub, all Printers are not equal. At SaintSoft we recently purchased a high-end Cannon Printing Workstation. It does everything, including support for Wireless networks, scanning, photo copying, faxing, etc. Everything except supporting printing to Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad, iEtc.).

There are a limited set of Printers that support AirPrint, list here.

If you are getting the dreaded, "No AirPrint Printers Found", message -- make sure your printer is supported and setup for AirPrint (ePrint in HP Speak).

We picked up an HP OfficeJet 8600, works great, for less than $150.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Reports Preview


Two days ago we  announced plans to add Reports to the flag ship App, goldcollector.

Today I have something to share. These 2 screen shots show first-pass design for Reports.

On the Reports page, you will notice two sections: Settings, and Reports.

Report Types, under Settings, shows you the type of output's currently supported.

Below that, in the "- Reports-" section, you will see a list of currently supported Reports.

Financial Summary
This report shows a complete list of all coins in the inventory and shows Cost, Market Value, Net Position on each coin as well as summary totals.

Inventory  Detail
This report shows a complete list of all coins in the inventory, without Cost information, adding the Notes section.

Buy List
This report shows all coins "holes" in any of the Sets you are collecting. This report is useful for taking to coin shows, or dealer shops. It's a reminder of the coins you need to locate.

Coin Detail
This single page style report provides a detailed information dump of an individual coin, including any and all photo's of the coin. Very useful for sharing with friends, does not include $$$ information.