New features and facilities in Version 7.0
When compared to Version 6.0, some of the more significant new features and facilities incorporated in Version 7.0 of the software are listed below. A few of these features are briefly referenced in other sections of this site, but most of them are more fully described and illustrated in the Demonstration Program (the two animations included are only a very small part of that much more comprehensive demonstration)
Configuring the entry screen
- You may now optionally add up to two extra columns to your worksheet entry form. The headings for those columns would be specified in the Headings file being used, and could therefore be customised to suit the type of Safety Review being carried out.
- In order to categorise the Actions that are generated, you may optionally add one or two input boxes to your worksheet entry form. These would be used to input Action classification codes of up to three alpha-numeric characters. The program's analysis facility could then be used to produce management reports based upon those codes. This facility, as well as the one above, is described and illustrated in the animation on the right.
- A facility to assess Risks for more than three Hazard Categories has been provided.
- A new option has been provided that will allow you to select the Risk Matrix axes upon which the Frequency and Severity classification codes are displayed.
- With a user-defined Risk Matrix, you may now input up to three alpha-numeric charecters in each cell, compared to the previous maximum of two characters.
- The range of numbers that are automatically allocated to Actions and Entries has been significantly increased. Previously, for example, the largest number at which a data file's Action numbering sequence could start was 7999, whereas it can now be 40,001. This increase will make it easier to allocate discrete numbering 'blocks' in situations where multiple teams are simultaneously conducting studies on the same plant.
- The facility to move an entry within a Node has been significantly improved, with a graphical interface showing the up-to-date entry sequence as such operations are carried out.
- A new facility to import Nodes from another file has been provided. This is fully described and illustrated in the animation on the right.
- You may now 'print' many types of report as PDF documents.
- You may now output your main Study Report as an HTML document.
- When generating Word Action Documents, you may now have additional rows and cells added to the foot (bottom) of each Action 'table'. These can be used for any purpose, but are most probably likely to serve as multiple validation and 'sign-off' boxes. The layout of these extra boxes can be customised to suit your particular company's requirements, or perhaps the review being conducted.
- When printing the Study Report (Worksheets), you may optionally include the Action Responses that have been received. These would be printed immediately below each Action entry.
- Analysis reports (for example, a listing of Actions) can now be automatically exported to Microsoft® Excel.
- An inbuilt facility to insert the more often used symbols (special characters) into your text is now provided.
- An improved facility to Find and Replace text in Worksheet Entries and Action Responses has now been included.
- The program now automatically creates a backup copy of an open data file every ten minutes. This is intended to protect against very unusual circumstances that might occur such as a network server crash, and should not be treated as a replacement for a rigorous and planned backup strategy.
- A facility to automatically check for updates to the software has been provided. This can be scheduled to occur at preset intervals. The method by which an update is installed can also be configured.