Almost there... (imminent release of 1.0)

Posted April 14, 2019 by Clark Wilkins

It's hard to believe how easily this project has come together. I started building stockd with an idea for a radical interface change. What would it be like if we stripped out all of the pedantic details, controls, fields, etc., and just put the work on the screen.

That very first day, I laid out an interface that defines focused workflow.

the 90-10 interface in stockd

What do we do in this environment? We find things in stock, we quote them to clients, and we (hopefully) take orders. So, in stockd, these links are always visible. Everything else — the things we do 10% (or less) of the time — are all hidden behind the “hamburger stack” on the upper left. There's no reason to clutter the screen with things we are not using most of the time.

When we roll the pointer over the stack, we see three groups of items: the most commonly used utilities are right there (no need to descend through more menus), my open tasks are the bottom, and all other (less commonly used, but still useful) tools are in “other tools”.

less used tools live in the stack menu
Software should serve the user, not require the user to serve.

This is an environment where I am able to do work. The views are tightly focused, the clutter is gone, and the flow from one area to another is effortless. You only see the tools you need now, but if it's time to pull a report on which items are overdue for a return, or define a new stocking location, “other tools” has this ready for you. But, most of the time, we are doing the big three — albeit with a trip now and then to the main utilities.

Anyway, that's enough for now. We're tightening up some details, but stockd is already running live. I hope to get a demo version running here shortly to allow you to test it, and we should be ready to take on clients by May 1. Get in touch, please!

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