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New in MusicMaster 5: Tracking User Profiles in the Schedule Editor - by Drew Benett

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MusicMaster 5 really focuses on some great new features in the Schedule Editor. From auto-swapping songs to calendar badges reflecting what’s been done to a day’s log, the Schedule Editor has a lot of new features to check out.

We get a lot of calls regarding the schedule editor and if there is a way to track who did what when scheduling a log. In the current version of MusicMaster and in previous versions, we offer a field called Schedule: Manual that places the letter, “M,” in the field if a particular element was manually scheduled. You can always add that field to your layout to keep track of songs that were not placed by the auto scheduler but were manually placed by someone working in the log.

With 5.0 comes two additional fields to give you a better idea of who did what and when in the Schedule Editor. First, though, let’s discuss Dataset Security and how it relates to our new fields.

The Dataset Security section of MusicMaster can be located by choosing Tool, Options, Dataset Security. This is where you can enable and disable Dataset Security. Just below this section is a sub-section called Users and Rights. This is where you can create new user profiles and assign permissions to the profiles, allowing or disallowing access to certain sections of the software or even certain tasks. However, Dataset Security can just be a way of tracking who logs in and out of the database, when they do that and the kinds of things they do when they’re in a section of the software like the Schedule Editor. For more information on setting up Dataset Security see our article on Database Security and User Rights.

Once you have built your user profiles and assigned your staff usernames and passwords for logging in to your data, you are ready to track those profiles in the Schedule Editor.

Open the Schedule Editor and choose the Modify Editor Layout icon. In the screen that appears, find the list of fields in the left side of the screen and look for Schedule: Last Change and Schedule: Changed By. Bring these two fields into the Selected Fields list in the middle of the screen by dragging and dropping them or using the single arrow icon pointing to the right. Drag and drop these fields to position them in the layout in the order you desire. Hit OK and choose the Save Editor Layout icon to save the layout.

Now, when a song is changed in the log or an unscheduled position is filled two pieces of information will display in these fields. Schedule: Last Changed will display the date and time of the change and Schedule: Changed By will record the profile used when the change was made.

This is a great way to keep track of changes in the log so you will know who does what and when!

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