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Touch Screens and Spa/Salon Manager

Touch Screens and Spa/Salon Manager

I just finished my first cut at a standing desk and the process of working on putting together a comfortable and easy-to-use workstation reminded me of an important point we don’t spend enough time talking about – from the beginning we designed the Spa/Salon Manager program to work well with touch screen monitors.

Now any program will ‘work’ with a touch screen monitor. A touch screen simply allows you to replace the motions and left-click actions of a mouse by touching the screen with your finger. A mouse allows for far more control than touching a screen allows though. The design of Microsoft Windows itself shows this expectation of control – small buttons, tiny drop-down menus (File, Edit, View, etc. along the top). Most Windows versions of salon software follow that same model – they’re designed to look like a Windows program. That means that unless you’re very careful it’s easy to miss what you’re trying to click with a touch screen – the buttons are just too small and touching the screen too inexact to make the touch screen a time saver or even a comfortable option at a standing work station.

Our program isn’t designed following those Windows standards that are unfriendly to a touch interface. We used a button-based menu system for all of our screens, not Windows drop-down menus. All of these buttons are far larger than you’d find in a typical Windows program. We’ve made sure to avoid any small data entry boxes and as often as possible have offered drop-down boxes as an alternative to typing in information. The effect is that our program not only makes it easy to use a touch screen in place of a mouse – for many operations we avoid a need for a keyboard as well.

So who should use a touch screen? The same people who are trying to do what I’m doing now – standing at a desk. While it is cumbersome to reach toward a touch screen while seated, reaching toward a touch screen while standing is often easier than using a mouse would be at the same desk. I’ve seen some wonderful ergonomic desks built to use a touch screen – one even had the touch screen built-in to a slanted standing desk similar to a podium! However you set up your ideal desk though we designed our program to make it comfortable and easy to touch the screen.

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Fueled by our infinite passion to better address the needs of our customers, we've been adding to the simplicity and depth of the Spa/Salon Manager since 1985. Today, our most advanced version wraps all the Spa/Salon bookwork into a beautiful package that is exceptionally easy to use.

We are not just a software company. Kent Crabtree worked in his parents salon for three years before starting Spa/Salon Manager to help them manage their salon with a software program. His parents operated the salon for 44 years until 2016 when they turned over the business to Kent to continue the legacy.

With 18 employees at the salon, Kent is once again more involved at the salon to make the salon software more efficient by gaining first hand experience. Visit our salon at Castilian and Company to see our salon business.

Everyone says, experience is the best teacher and Castilian and Company Hair Salon and Spa provides us with experience to make our software the best it can be!