Guides are an optional component of the resco.ServicePlatform that allows you to create step-by-step instructions that your technicians in the field can follow to solve a problem.
- Guides: Step-by-step instructions that combine images, text content, and PDF attachments that are related to a particular record (for example, a piece of machinery) that users of Resco mobile apps can display in their apps.
- Guides editor: A web application accessible from the Resco Cloud landing page and Dynamics which allows you to create, modify, and publish guides.
- Feedback: App users can rate the guides and provide feedback to the guide editors in the back office.
- Guides harvesting: App users can quickly collect simple guides from the field (take/upload photos and add comments) if they identify missing processes. Guide editors in the back office can then standardize the guides, add proper language and associations, and then publish them to make the information available to all users in the field (knowledge decentralization from experts to the entire organization).
- Resco Cloud – Release 15.0 (spring 2022) or later
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Release 15.1 (summer 2022) or later
Configuring in Woodford
- Enabling guides
- Edit an app project in Woodford.
- Select Settings > Guides from the Project menu.
- Select Enable Guides.
- Select the entities for which you want to define guides. For example, if you want guides for your products, select the Product entity. You can add multiple.
Note: Once guides are enabled for an entity, they cannot be disabled.
- Select Enable Feedback and set the delay after viewing a guide when a feedback form appears.
- Click Save.
- Optionally, click Add To Home if you want to add the Guides view as the last item on your home screen.
- Optionally, for manager/admin projects that should have access to the Guides Editor, click Add Editor To Home.
- Adding guides to entity forms
- The home screen item lists all guides. Alternatively (or in addition) to the home screen button, you can add a list of related guides to an entity form. Users that display a record can then see the list of relevant guides.
- Edit an entity form.
- Click Add List and select "Guides List".
- Optionally, set up a filter, for example,
Status Reason Equals Published.
- Save all changes.
Defining N:N relationships
On the Dynamics backend, before you can associate a guide with another entity in Woodford, you must create an N:N relationship on Dynamics.
- Go to the Settings > Customizations and click Customize the System. A new window opens.
- In the left panel, expand Entities and find Guide.
- Expand Guide and click N: N Relationship.
- Click New Many-to-Many Relationship and fill Other Entity information.
- Click Save & Close.
Adding guide categories
Guides that you create can belong to a category. To keep your guides organized, create guide categories that are suitable for your organization.
- Start the Admin Console.
- Select Data > Manage Data.
- Scroll down to the Guide Category entity and open it.
- Click New and enter a category, for example, "Maintenance" or "Repair", and save it.
- Start Resco Guides > Categories from the left panel.
- Click New in the tool bar and fill in the information.
- Click Save & Close.
Guides editor or library is web application for creating, updating, and publishing guides. To start the editor, log in to your organization:
- On the Resco Cloud landing page, select Guides Editor.
- On Dynamics, start to the Resco Guides app and select Guides.
The editor screen offers several functions that should make your work a pleasant experience:
- Filters in the left pane allow to you quickly locate what you need. You can filter guides according to their category, status, associations, authors and tags.
- Sort by: Select how should the displayed guides be ordered in the top row.
- View as: Switch between grid and list view.
To work with a particular guide, do one of the following:
- select it and use the top row buttons.
- hover over a guide and use the buttons that appear.
The following functions are available:
- Duplicate (clone) (not supported on Dynamics)
- Share: Available for published guides. Displays a QR code that you can scan on your phone to open the guide. Also displays a link that you can use in the Questionnaire Designer to link the guide from a questionnaire.
- View feedback
- Publish or unpublish
I don't see guides editor
If you are using a resco.FieldService or resco.Inspections organization with a custom manager's landing page, there's no Guides Editor link on it by default. You can add it in the Guides configuration in Woodford: click Add Editor To Home.
Creating a new guide
- On the list of guides, click New Guide.
- In the Media library pane, click the plus button and upload images or PDF that you plan to use in the guide.
- Drag an image from the Media library pane to the central pane. You can then click Edit to crop the image or annotate it with text, arrows, or similar effects. Remember to save changes.
- Enter a title and description for your guide.
- In the Steps Explorer pane, add a new step.
- Just like for the cover page, drag an image from the library and enter a title and a description for the step. You can add more descriptive paragraphs, tips, or warnings as needed.
- Continue adding steps until the guide is complete. You can reorder steps on the Steps Explorer pane by dragging them to the right location.
- Switch to the Associate tab to edit guide properties.
- Save all changes and publish your new guide.
Using guides in the app
In the app, you can find guides in two places:
Tap the guide that interests you to display it.
Harvesting guides from the app
You can also create new draft guides:
- On the home screen, tap Guides.
- Tap the plus button in the top right corner.
- Add a title, description, steps, and photos.
- Save the guide.
- Synchronize the app to make the guide available in the Guides Editor (status = "collected").
Users can rate the guides and provide feedback to the guide editors.
To enable feedback, go to the Guides configuration in Woodford and select Enable Feedback.
The option to leave feedback is displayed after closing the guide preview. Users must spend at least 10 seconds in the guide to leave feedback. The minimum time spent viewing the guide can be configured in the Guides configuration (Time) or in the project configuration (Guide Feedback Timeout).
Editors in the back office can then view user feedback in the Guide Editor and use it for improving the guides.