Most of the time, Users will create a Home page icon that opens to the Home page of the MRSweb app. It is a natural starting place to link you to the listing of interest at the moment. However, there is nothing to say that you can't have another Home page icon that, for example, goes right into the Calendar page. The image at the right is an example that shows just that.
Other possibilities include creating an icon that goes right into your own contact, to quickly view your recent Activity; or one that links right into your Appointments page to view today's Reminders.
Add Calendar to Home Page icons
There are a couple of menu items that are useful when working with web apps, which are web pages with application functionality that you view in your web browser. MRSweb is an example of a web app, but these menu options equally apply to any website or other app you might also use in the browser.
The Menu button has more recently changed to 3-vertical-dots in the Google Chrome web browser. It used to be, and is still in most apps, the 3-horizontal-lines (colloquially, the "hamburger" icon). You can see the original icon is still what we use in MRSweb, right at the top of the web page.
Click the Menu button to show the menu. Note 4 menu items that we are most interested in to get started:
Tip Using Bookmarks
When you create a Bookmark in your web browser, it is a shortcut to return to the web page your created it from. MRSweb is designed in such a way that you can save a bookmark to any specific view screen in the application and that is where the bookmark will return you to.
Here are a couple of examples of how you might apply this nice functionality:
Having an app load in the web browser does provide some interesting and useful options. Try some of the other menu options such as "Share" to send someone (in your company) a link to a particular contact, appointment, etc.; or use the "Print" button to print out a Contact's details before going to visit with them.
MRSware Sync has been around since 2006 or so, providing a way for phones, tablets, and Outlook to synchronize Contacts, Appointments, and Tasks. MRSweb was originally released in 2013 and provides access to the MRSware system in a format that works well on touch-enabled and smaller-screen devices.
Sync is based on industry standard formats like iCal and vCard that have in them relatively few fields compared to what is provided in MRSware. The standardization bodies that put together these formats are trying to provide a set of fields that are readily available across many types of devices with different capabilities. Sync creates copies of your information from MRSware into your phone; it also takes copies of what is already in your phone and puts them into MRSware. Users can control what goes down to the phone from MRSware, but are not able to control what goes up from the phone (everything in the phone goes to MRSware).
MRSweb is a mobile-optimized web app that allows users to login and access their MRSware data. As compared to Sync, there are many more fields available and functions that can be performed. The data that is accessed via MRSweb is coming directly from MRSware -- it is not synchronized or stored on the device, instead being live and the same that you see in MRSware Desktop at any given moment.
Following is a table showing a comparison and discussion of what each tool does and where it fits in your mobile access plans:
You might initially look at this table and ask yourself "what is the point of sync if it is limited in the fields that it exchanges between device and MRSware?" Well, it does have its uses, the primary of which is that it copies information into the primary apps that ship with the device. Those apps, created by the manufacturer of the device, are (hopefully) designed to be the best experience that the device has to offer. For example, the calendar is formatted to fit the screen just right and provide the right touch areas to respond best to the user.
On the other hand, MRSweb is designed to work consistently (the same) across many different device types. Since it is consistent we can do training and support once and that information applies equally well whether a user has a tablet or a phone, iOS or Android. However, also because it is the same across devices it is unable to take advantage of any special features one particular device has that another may not... Perhaps there is a particular style of navigation that a device uses or special settings area that it provides that adds value but would not be available to a MRSweb-type application.
In summary, Sync copies data to your device's native apps; MRSweb provides fuller access to MRSware features on all devices.
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