When I'm browsing the weekly grocery flyers or noting prices in-store and I:
- see a price change to an existing item in my HandyShopper database, or
- come across an amazing 'record-low' sale price
- see a package size change to an existing item
..I'll add a comment in the item's "Note" tab so that I can keep a historical record of the price change, 'super' sale price, or package size change. And I add today's date. examples:
- "Walmart: reg $4.99 sale $1.00, March 20 2011"
- "Costco: was $9.79, went up to $12.99, March 20 2011"
- "Was 750g, now 700g; March 20 2011"
It's a bit slow to type out a date on a touchscreen PDA such as my Axim X3i, so years ago i found a button-remapping utility (for WM2003) that allowed me to auto-insert the current system date via a single tap of a hardbutton. VERY NICE!
A while back, I had to hard-reset my PDA and so lost all my apps, and I haven't been able to find the same remapping utility anywhere or any other that has an 'insert date' function. I've been entering the date manually every time. But that got me thinking-- surely an 'insert current date' feature would be a great addition to HandyShopper itself!
Ideas for possible methods of implementation:
-a) add it as an icon at the bottom of the window, before or after the up/down arrows or 'Cancel' text.
-b) add it to the 'Edit' context menu
-c) add it to a 'press-and-hold' context menu in the text-area of the "Note" tab. (context menu doesn't currently exist, so it'd have to be added).
I assume 'b' would be easiest, but that (and 'c')would require 2 presses - 1 to open the menu and 1 more to execute the action. Therefore, I feel 'a' would be the best solution.
Chris, and others, I'd be interested to hear you thoughts on the idea.
Thanks for reading!