We have received a lot of feedback on how you would like to represent a lesson in the school timetable software. For example, a university may need to show a teacher, subject and room all in one card in the class view, while in a primary school showing a subject alone is sufficient. A college may need to show only the class in the teacher view (sometimes adding room is desired), while in private schools (e.g. dance school, music school, etc.) there is also a need for adding a subject. Some schools need different order of items; in lots of cases there is a significant difference between showing a lesson in main or in single (individual) timetable. Also, there are numerous requirements for different background colors, card borders, etc.  In the Prime Timetable we have come up with a flexible solution called the card designer that gives a timetabler the full power to set how timetable will be displayed on the screen, on the printed page and published web page.

To open the card designer choose ‘Owl > Print > Card designer’ or just use mouse right click on the timetable card. Card designer form shows the enlarged selected card with the options to customize its appearance and style. After any style change, the enlarged card will be refreshed as well as the current view, so you get instant preview of the new appearance.

Customizing school timetable template for the class using card designer

Background card color can be from the current class, teacher, room or subject or you can choose no background color, which is useful in some printing scenarios.

Card text can be a group, class, teacher, room or subject name or short name. Selecting the card text from a list will add it to the card, while clicking the text in the enlarged card removes it. Thus you can completely customize the text shown in the card as well as text order. Group text can be added only in the individual or main class view and will be shown only if the card represents a group and not the entire class.

Card border can be set to: round, square, round (no border) and square (no border). Please note that if you choose no background color and no border you can still drag & drop such a card.

Customizing school timetable template for teachers main view

The best part is that all style changes are preserved and saved into the current timetable document as a timetable template. So, once you have customized the card appearance and saved timetable changes, the published web page will pick up the new styles as well. And you know what? Prime Timetable needs no print preview at all, because what you see on the screen is what is going to be printed, so by customizing the card appearance you are customizing timetable print output too!

Last but not the least, when you create a new document, or import timetable in the new document, all timetable style settings will be copied so you don’t have to tweak styles again.

We hope that the highly flexible card designer will allow you to create timetable templates that meet all your school requirements. Otherwise, please drop us a line in the comments below or add your suggestion in customer feedback. We wish you a very happy timetable customization!