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Improve timetable

Click Generate timetable to start improving the current timetable. Automatic generator will try to find the best solution for you by rearranging cards in order to solve all constraints and avoid any conflicts. During the generation process, pinned cards won't be moved and fake lessons will be ignored. Total generation progress is displayed in the window title as well as progress for specific categories: card conflicts, forbidden periods, etc.

Automatic timetable generator in action

Automatic timetable generation

Generator tips & tricks

  • The recommended approach is first to generate a timetable without any constraints and then gradually add them.
  • The generator will always try to find a better solution no matter how hard the constraints are. If there is no progress for a couple of minutes or so, stop the generator and revise constraints or data.
  • Always follow basic timetabling rule: One school resource during one period can be scheduled in only one lesson, otherwise, there is a conflict. In some cases you need to add more than one group/class/teacher/room in the lesson, in order to resolve this. More in the blog post.
  • Generator and validator can ignore specific cards, e.g. lunch or teacher meetings. More about ignoring cards in the blog post.
  • The pin Pin/unpin card can also help you ignore some validation errors and warnings: Just pin the problematic cards and validation errors will disappear.
  • Open instant validation first, using validator and keep it open while improving timetable.
  • All changes can be reverted by using Undo Undo tool and Redo Redo tool and there is also a history icon History which lets you see all previous changes and undo one or more actions.

From the Prime Timetable Blog

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