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Users Wish List:
I have decided to post most of the features 'wish' list here so that users of
the program can see what is coming in the future. I am listing them in the order
that they probably be implemented if at all.
DONE in v2.00 - 1. Allow changing of rules
'on the fly' i.e. at border crossings: USA/CANADA CA/USA. This is of
interest to drivers who drive in USA and CANADA or Intrastate 'domiciled' (i.e.
California) and need to change the rules that apply as they cross borders and
drive in other jurisdictions..
DONE in v1.30 - 2. Add list of recent duty status memos/comments for
quick picks. This is of interest to drivers with dedicated routes. As a
result their logs tend to look very much the same every day or so.
DONE in v1.20 - 3. Check team drivers side
by side. This is also very handy and will probably be implemented next.
After a driver's logs are entered and the team driver's logs are entered, the
log Grid can be made to display the team driver's log grid on the 'master'
drivers log grid. Errors like driving simultaneously will be marked. I assume
that they can sleep, be on duty, and be off duty simultaneously.
DONE in v1.24 - 4. Ability to 'prime' hours
of service for previous 8 days (14 days in Canada) for quick checks on HOS
violations. Handy for inspectors. I have thought about this, and it
still seems easier to just go back (using the Drivers Daily Log program) and
enter quick duty status records using the Rapid Input option.
The Driving hours could be entered as one record and the On Duty could be added
as a second record (or they could be combined as one On Duty record). Start the
On Duty status record at midnight and end it after the required total hours for
that day. The grid scale can be used so the hours counting is easier.
DONE in v1.20 - 5. Add fueling stops (Gallons, Cost, MPG, etc.) and
generate necessary on duty log records. Probably could be expanded into
miles driven in each state or province. Add toll receipts checking.
6. More items to the Drivers Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (DDVIR) as an
option. Maybe add capability to 'check' things off on the computer
screen. Probably should be printed separate from the log sheet, so it can be
filled in for pre-trip inspections.
7. Add 'hooks' to Prophesy, ProMiles, or PC*Miler software to check
mileage between points listed on the log records. Some drivers use
these software packages to plan trips, and DOT inspectors use them to check
mileage and speeds.
DONE in v2.00 8. Add capability to shift USA/Canada regulations 'on the
fly' as a driver crosses the border between the USA and Canada. Lets
drivers convert to the country regulations in which he is driving.
DONE in v2.00 9. Adapt program to use
keypad as an alternative 'rapid input' device.
10. Add 'to the minute' duty status record keeping. Currently DDL
rounds duty status times to the nearest 15 minutes per FMCSR regulations. There
is increasing interest in more 'granularity' for time, since most automatic
logging systems seem to be 'minute' based vs. 'quarter hour' base.
CANCELED11. Read scanned in paper logs for
hours. This is one is decreasing in interest. This will be very handy
for log auditors, inspectors, and drivers who most prepare paper logs even
thought they are using the Drivers Daily Log. There is no planned time for
completion because this is heavy duty stuff, involving 'computer vision'
techniques and the software associated with it. The future for DDL is
the paperless transfer of duty status data directly from a truck to the trucking
company via internet email and/or 'wireless' radio data packet systems.
DONE in v1.22 - 12. Don't show vehicle number if off duty for whole log
day, i.e. 24 hours off duty.
13. Add Canada special permits rules.
DONE in v2.00 - 14. General purpose 'tic' down to
On Duty Not Driving other than Hazmat tire checks.
15. Remove sleeper grid for bus drivers.
DONE in v3.00.1 -16. Allow for removal of disclaimer Screen. I get several
requests for this every month. It will probably not be removed. Hit the Enter
key and it goes away. I have to hit that key dozens of times a day when I am
doing heavy duty program development and testing. I need to present a copyright
and disclaimer for legal reasons. Once you register the
software Disclaimer will disappear.
DONE in v1.22 - 17. Add a backup feature.
Log data files (and any other files) can be backup up to another folder or
DONE in v1.22 - 18. Add adjustment to
'current time' for Time Zone adjustments. This is useful for log
inspectors who have to deal with drivers using another time zone for their
'current time', ie. an inspector on the West Coast who needs to inspect the logs
for a driver from the EAST Coast can now adjust the 'current time' by +3 hours
without changing the computer system time clock.
DONE in v2.00 - 19. Add 'typed' or 'bitmap'
log sheet signature capability. The handwritten signature is not
required for all jurisdictions (especially in Canada), so the capability to use
a 'typed' name or 'bitmap' signature in the Log Sheet signature block has been
added to DDL. The 'typed' name is a Settings option. The 'bitmap' option
requires more work to get installed in DDL. If you are reading this and
REALLY need this capability, then Or see instructions below Bitmap
DONE in v2.01 - 20. Add 'speed limit' test on
average MPH for a log day. Add a speed limit value as an audit option
and 'flag' log days when this speed limit is exceeded. (See No. 23
DONE in v2.08 - 21. Add capability to
export Revenue/Expense transactions to Quicken in QIF format. This is
not for the 'faint of heart'. You have to have a thorough knowledge of business
accounting in order to implement this feature correctly. This feature is
provided 'as is' for user evaluation.
DONE in v2.11 - 22. Add state/province and
truck id fields to fuel stop record. And add corresponding report
DONE in v2.12 - 23. Do MPH analysis by
state/province since each state/province has different 'speed limits' which are
calculated by miles driven in a particular state divided by the hours driving in
CANCELED - 24. Add fuel tax rate by state or
province to fuel record for fuel tax work. (not needed see 25 below).
DONE in v2.15 - 25. Create an IFTA compatible 'fuel
tax return' report based on taxable fuel purchases and miles driving in each
DONE in v2.21- 26. Add Texas Interstate rule.
DONE in v2.21- 27. Add Red color as option to
printed DDL log sheets for scanned log software compatibility.
DONE in v2.29 28. Add feature to print several
vehicle driver's Monthly Summaries at one print session.
DONE in v2.29 29. Add feature to start log on any
hour in addition to Midnight and Noon.
Some things 'pop' up and get implemented without even getting into this list.
I maintain a more detailed list of many more features. They are all useful, but
I think DDL has reached a limit, perhaps, in 'complexity'. We will see...
There are a few others but they involve mostly programming issues and are not
particularly interesting to users of the program.
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