Once you have logged in, you will see the start-up screen (below). We will go over each menu bar in detail. At the beginning of this book is easy to follow procedures to help you get even more familiar with the awesome capabilities of this program.
When you start up BusBoss your map is displayed and the scenario you have logged into is highlighted at the top of the window.
Each scenario has a pre-selected color for the background. You have the option in the Configuration menu to change the background color for each scenario. These background colors are scenario-specific. Anyone logged into BusBoss from any computer will see the same background. If more than one person is accessing the same database and one person changes the background, the background will not be updated on the other computer until they logoff and log back in. More information on changing the background is discussed in the Configuration Screen.
NOTE: The scenario name window area is also used as a progress bar.
How do alerts work and how can I customize them?
If you have chosen to display alerts on startup from the Configuration - Alerts Tab, the Alerts screen is displayed every time you log in to BusBoss. The alerts are displayed according to categories set up in the Configuration - Alerts Tab and broken out into sections relating to different types of information stored in BusBoss. Only items that have problems or inconsistencies will be displayed in the sections. Sections that have been selected in the <User Defined Critical Configuration> list will be displayed in bold as being critical. Categories can be customized to suit the users needs. The custom categories and warnings are stored in the Configuration - Alerts Tab.
In order to get a list of the items with problems or inconsistencies in each section, click on the [+] symbol next to each category. Select the arrow icon next to the item in the list you would like to view to open it, or click on the (?) symbol to visit the associated page on our helpsite.
Certain categories will also allow you to make changes directly from the Alerts screen.
All of the following sections can be enabled or disabled in the Configuration - Alerts Tab.
Click [Refresh] to get an updated list of alerts.
Click [Config.] to modify and/or customize the categories and alerts listed. This will automatically take you to the Configuration - Alerts Tab.
The ribbon bar is located on the top of the main screen above the map. The ribbon bar provides shortcuts to commonly used functions in BusBoss™.
There are dropdown lists along the top of the Map that are divided into topics. The dropdowns available are: Streets, Routes, Stops, Students, Addresses, Schools, Depots, Transfers, Threat Zones, Landmarks, and area of the Map in miles is displayed. Map miles displayed can be selected from the dropdown or by typing a number in the box. The Main Screen also has a scale at the top of the screen that displays the map height and map width of the map area being displayed on the screen. You can quickly zoom the map to a specific area in miles by selecting a number or typing in the number of miles in the zoom scale dropdown found at top of the map. You can also click and drag the mouse to use a rubber band to select and zoom in to a specific area of the map. To display the dropdown list, click on the arrow to the right of each dropdown. Then select what you need from the dropdown list.
When you hover over the map with your mouse pointer, information about the map area will be displayed automatically below the map in the status bar. For example, if you are over a house, the address of the house will be displayed. If you hover over a road, the name of the road will be displayed in the status bar. If multiple items are displayed in the same location, the information for all of the items are displayed.
You can move around the map by zooming in, zooming out, and panning the map across the screen. Clicking and dragging the mouse around a specific area will also zoom into the selected area. All map symbols will automatically resize according to the map zoom level.
You can also right click the mouse button anywhere on the map to get additional options.
Map Right Click Menu
Can I change my right click function?
When using the right click, most of the items in the list will look at the position of the pointer on the map and do what was selected. For example, right click on the map on a specific intersection then click Add Stop. This will automatically put a stop on that intersection and bring up the Stop Description screen. This eliminates the need to click on the Stops Dropdown Menu, then click on the location on the map. (Two less clicks).
NOTE: The right clicking on the map can be changed using the Enable/Disable Right Click Menu icon. Right clicking will automatically recenter the map at the location of your mouse when the mouse pointer is anything but Normal. This is helpful when you need to move the map during routing.
Maps come with the names of the streets and house number ranges along the streets preloaded. If this information is not accurate, you can manually change the map.
Map maintenance is used for modifying the map information (including anything related to the map) like routing, and redistricting. You can add stops, houses, schools, depots, roads, transfers, landmarks, designate hazardous roads, set speed limits, set road blocks, set one-ways, locate addresses, edit road information (house number ranges, street names), create routes, modify routes, create zones, etc.
The Main Screen also has a scale at the top of the screen that displays the map width and map height of the map being displayed on the screen. You can quickly zoom the map to a specific width in miles by selecting a number or typing in the number of miles in the zoom scale dropdown found at top of the map.
Below are the different toolbars and dropdowns available around the Map:
Threat Zones Dropdown
Map Zoom Level
Displays the specified map area in miles designated in this dropdown. Measures from bottom left corner to top right corner.
MAP SCREEN BOTTOM BAR
The map screen search bar is a tool that can search for many different things in the current scenario.
Main Screen Search
The main function of the search bar is to search for addresses, streets, and intersections. You can search for these items by just typing the name directly into the search bar. When searching for intersection, street names must be separate by an 'X' (5th X Main). BusBoss™ will highlight the results on the map.
You can also search for and open various other records from here. To do so, you must enter what type of record you are searching for followed by the name you are searching for. Types of records are: aide, bus, stop, contractor, driver, physician, route, school, student, parent, guardian, phone, threat, and zone.
MAP SCREEN ROUTES LEGEND
The map screen Routes Legend contains information on recently viewed routes.
Main Screen Routes Legend
In this menu, the Keep visible option is listed for each route currently displayed on the map. This allows you to keep certain route(s) displayed on the BusBoss map when you use the clear map button and select clear routes.
MAP SCREEN STREETS LEGEND
The map screen Streets Legend contains the streets display options.
Main Screen Streets Legend
In this menu, the street display options are listed. Scroll over the Streets box in the bottom bar to access this pop-up. You can choose the fill color for Local Roads, County Roads, State Roads, and Interstates. The fill colors are dependent on the current zoom level. You can also edit the border colors for Hazardous Roads, Road Blocks, and Hazardous Road Blocks. You can edit these in greater detail in the Layer Control - Street Layer Properties menu found on the Map Toolbar.
MAP SCREEN SYMBOLS LEGEND
This legend contains display options for map symbols.
Main Screen Symbols Legend
Any symbols that are checked off will always be displayed on the map. Using the Clear function on the Map Toolbar will not clear items selected in this list. To clear these symbols, they must be unchecked.
Symbols in this are: All Students Without Stop, Students Without Route, Addresses, Depots, Schools, Stops, Students, Threat Zones/Threat Zones, Transfers, Turn Restrictions, Height Restrictions, Weight Restrictions, and Combined Height/Weight Restrictions.
MAP SCREEN STATUS BAR
Across the bottom there are other items displayed:
Map Screen Bottom Status Bar
Active Log In Username
Hover over the map with the mouse and nearby places are listed here. Map: specifies the geocoded location on the map. Stop: specifies an actual stop location.
Threat Zone Alert
Only appears if there are active bus stops located within a threat zone that has been added using the Maintain Threat Zones screen. To view where these stops are located, click on the Threat Zones dropdown on the map and click on Display Threat Zone Problems.
Designates there is updated Student information available for importing into BusBoss. This option is only available to owners of the BusBoss SIF Agent. Please call Orbit Software for information on purchasing the BusBoss SIF Agent. Please go to www.sifinfo.org for information regarding implementing SIF.
Designates there are TRIPpatrol Tracking Alerts. Please call Orbit Software for information on purchasing TRIPpatrol GPS/AVL Tracking Software.
The Latitude/Longitude Coordinates are shown depending on where the mouse is hovering over on the map. Double click this area of the map to enter specific coordinates to go to. This will center the map on the specified coordinates.
Map Screen Latitude/Longitude