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Before reading this chapter you had to install and setup client programs. Server (or admin) program has a connection with clients (connection bulbs are green). Lets start working with program.

 

You work with program mostly on admin computer. Every day (or working shift) you start admin program (Start->Programs->Internet Cafe->Internet Cafe or ComputerZal.exe).

 

Right after the launch, it asks password to start program:

 

compzal-enter-pass

 

You have entered it once when installed client program (to check that it connects to server). If it is first launch of admin program, you should think up it and enter:

 

compzal-enter-pass-first

 

Write it down so you will not forget it. This password will be asked each time you start server program or when you lock it when going away for some time:

 

Right after entering password the window of creating/finishing work shift shows up:

 

compzal-smena-empty

 

The workflow is the following: admin starts his work shift when starts admin program, enters password to enter it, then enters working shift name (his first name often), presses "Create work shift" then "Start program". Operates with program. When his work shift is over he tries to close program and accepts proposal to finish work shift. Work shift - any time interval. It is not obligatory for work shift to start and finish at the same day. It lasts from its start to its finish any period of time (hours or days).

 

If you set up client programs using this manual, you have already created dummy work shift "test". If not, create new work shift by entering its name, for example "Ruslan":

 

 

compzal-smena-ruslan

 

Press "Create work shift":

 

compzal-smena-ruslan-start

 

Then "Start program":

 

compzal-main

 

Server (admin) program has successfully started. All the connection bulbs are green:

 

compzal-ind-green-arrow

 

In case one of the bulbs is still red, please proceed to the server and client setup chapters.

 

Lets start investigating program. Top part of the main program window consist of rectangular areas called indicators. Each indicator corresponds to the client computer in your cafe. For example, indicator 2 corresponds to client computer number 2:

 

 

compzal-ind-sample-2

 

Major program operations like time payment, choosing game/internet mode are done using button on the indicator.

 

Enter current cost per hour of games at the left bottom part of the main window:

 

compzal-price-hour

 

Switch to the "Night" tab and enter night mode hours inteval. For example, enter numbers 23 and 5, if your night mode lasts from 23 (11PM) to 5 (5AM). Enter cost per night of games and night of internet:

 

compzal-price-night

 

If you use "Half-night" mode, enter the cost per half-night of games and internet. Some cafes use exactly half price of night mode and set "Use half of the night price" checkmark:

 

compzal-price-halfnight        compzal-price-halfnight-acc

 

Lets study simple operations. Assume new client came to cafe. He would like to rent a client computer for 1 hour of internet. All the computers are free and we decided to rent him computer number 1. For this purpose, on the indicator 1 we switch to "Internet". Then selecting from drop down list number 60 (i.e. 60 minutes):

 

 

compzal-ind-60

 

Press "Start" button:

 

compzal-ind-60-started

 

Indicator changed its status from "Free" to "Internet". The countdown has begun for client (you can see it below "Discount" label, i.e. 1hr left). 1 line below you can see "11:08" - time when client will finish his work (paid time to work in internet is out)

 

Computer number one has been unlocked and client starts to work. Admin can press "Statistics" button and observe that new payment record was added to statistics report:

 

compzal-stat

 

By pressing "Main report" button (bottom right of main window), admin can observe "main report":

 

compzal-mainreport

 

5 minutes prior to the end of work, voice version of program, using speakers of admin or headphones of client, says: "Computer 1 you have 5 minutes remaining":

 

compzal-ind-60-5-left

 

Assume client doesn't want to prolong his paid time. When his time is out, his computer is locked (using locking popup window or by disabling keyboard/mouse). Voice version of the program says "Computer 1 your time is out". Indicator shows status "Time out":

 

 

compzal-ind-60-5-timeout

 

Admin hears reminding signal that time is out and presses "Stop" button to reset indicator to its initial (free) state:

 

compzal-ind-60-free

 

This way admin operates during his work shift. When his work shift finishes He presses button to close program. Program asks admin whether he sure or not:

 

 

compzal-exit-sure

 

Then asks to finish work shift:

 

compzal-exit-close-session

 

Admin press "Yes" and server program closes. When next admin starts his work shift he starts program, creates work shift works similarly.

 

You've studied basic steps of operating with program, proceed to "Work with indicators" chapter.

 


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