I've just had a quick look at the Sims 2011 Summer Pre-Release note published today and spotted this:
This is the first I've heard about a facelift for FMS, has anyone seen it yet? I'm guessing we're not talking about it going towards looking like sims.net... surely they'd make more of a song and dance about that and have several beta tests etc etcWe have updated FMS to give it a greatly enhanced new look and feel alongside several other changes.
The details about this were published in Resource 17952 on 11th May!
Our Finance team have had the document for nearly a month. They ain't looking forward to the changes but they'll soon get used to 'em!
One of 'em still misses the keyboard shorcut routes that were in in FMS DOS!
Last edited by Sivadam; 8th June 2011 at 09:51 PM.
bladedanny (9th June 2011)
Glennda I object! It's listed in our booklet describing what we are doing for annual entitlement published ~ Nov 2010. SIMS Direct schools are sent our booklet and so do LAs. On this occassion I plead not guilty.
Its kinda surprising that people haven't made much noise about it, we usually do when we see such things. Maybe it just slipped through our net!
I'll mention it to my manager and finance officer tomorrow and see what they think, as we've decided to stick with FMS as well as SIMS.net for the foreseeable future.
It's in the next release ie summer.
I got this warning at the SCOMIS event down our way, as well as a load of "academy" related updates. Liked the twitter update about the accredition push. Agree though - if you could give us some more info what is changing it would be nice
The main change is that it can use a full screen so more lines can be seen at the same time. The grey pre 2000 look has been replaced by much lighter screens. Sub menus are down the side now rather than across the top.
Well, I'm pleased its getting an update. The Win 3.1 look is a bit long in the tooth now.
Is it getting any updates to reduce the printer related issues people have?
I'd rather it re-written than given a mere polish.
As above its good to see the FMS GUI getting some attention, judging by the icons it shouldn't be too much of a learning curve. Is there any chance of seeing a few screenshots? I'd be interesting in seeing how the look compares to sims.net and hopefully be able to give our accounts department a better idea of whats to come.
I probably should keep a closer eye on supportnet, I don't remember seeing any product booklets earlier in the year although my line manager may have squirreled it away somewhere(Direct supported Independent School). I was just suprised to see such a potentially major change get so little attention.
Our accounts dept tend to have everything written down including menu routes and icons etc, they're not the most IT literate bunch unfourtunatly
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That's the only thing i saw on SupportNet regarding the change, just the map of old icons to new. Didn't think there was much point. Haven't noticed any other information regarding other changes.
I don't see the point if the underlying system is remaining the same, as the users are stuck in the mud as with most things and if you're going to annoy them at least give the whole program an overhaul at the same time and bring it to the 21st century.
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