Variant Configuration – Interface Design for Printing

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Here’s a fact about the Variant Configuration Interface Design I took for granted because I’ve been using it for so long.  The printout options are what I’m talking about today.  These 3 extra checkboxes come about because of the need to easily control what should print on output documents.  Why is this so cool?  because it let’s you separate out your tabs and sequences, and let you have a unique output for each different document just by setting up another interface design characteristic group.

Notice, there are 3 different buttons.  Sales, Purchasing & Engineering.  Now most clients I’ve work with never had all 3 different uses, so most of the time, Engineering would be used for production documentation.  Production orders is the most common usage, but it could also be service orders, internal, network orders, etc.  You get the idea.

Purchasing is normally my jack of all trades fall back.  The most common usage is reporting.  This is simply because VC for Purchasing is not a common process.  In my next post, I’ll talk about how you can create your documents to read these UI printouts.  In the meantime, if you haven’t already used this functionality I recommend you check out the interface design and use one of printout options.

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