- Buddy licence
- Add-on utilities
- Future developments
If you're a computery person then the chances are you get asked to help people out with
theirs. You'll be aware of the difficulty of being on the phone but unable to see the
user's screen. What to you would be the work of moments is stymied by mouse fumbling and
lack of appreciation of what the user is actually seeing.
With every licenced copy of BFM is a free licence for a 'buddy'.
At the moment having a free copy of BFM just lets the buddy talk the confused user on the other end of the
phone through steps by having BFM in front of them. However the aim is to have
a simple remote viewing system so that the Buddy BFM can be used to view the same
displays as the user's copy of BFM and possibly even click buttons remotely!
(There are operational difficulties with setting-up remote access. If anyone would like
to become a buddy tester then could they please get in touch.)
BFM has a method for allowing utility programs to be added on as required.
At present there are two which are bundled with the download.
|Clear read-only flag
||Removes the read-only flag from selected files|
|Restore tutorial files
||Reinstates the as-installed state of files in the STORE and SHELVES|
|Backup USB stick to PC
||Simple copying of changed files from your USB stick to any PC. Useful backup if
you use a USB stick as your main store.|
These extras are simple to interface with BFM. 3rd Party
programmers are welcome to create useful additions.
It is relatively easy to build a utility that will copy new and changed files
from PC to USB stick but there is a circle of varying user requirements to be squared
with absolute simplicity and reliability. This is being prototyped at the moment
but is't ready for release.
People who use a USB memory stick as their primary store need a foolproof way to 'backup'
their data onto a PC.
Send files by email
Attaching files to emails is one of those things that frightens and baffles some people.
Making this dead simple is a big challenge particularly since many of the people needing
this will be using web mail with varying client software.
It may be that people have files in certain locations outside their STORE and SHELVES
and would like them automatically copied or moved onto a shelf. This might happen when
using a 'strange' PC and the user keeps their data on a USB stick.