Creating new bean -tab-enter-inventory issues

Hi there @derrxb Derrick!
I made this video yesterday showing the process of entering a new bean for using with my roast profiles.

There are several issues, namely

1/ when you type in a vendor/country/whatever, pressing TAB and/or ENTER should mean you want to keep that information. You should not be expected to stop your “power user” flow of using the keyboard, and then reach for the mouse, move it about to click on the same vendor or country you’ve already typed in… That’s such a waste of time and is really annoying to have to mouse about between each and every text entry field. {EDIT} I see I can press the down arrow on the keyboard, select the correct country, then press ENTER… but it would be better if this extra step was not needed.

2/ The description field could be a lot bigger, and also could retain basic formatting, like line breaks, so your info does not get clumped into one huge, hard-to-read paragraph.

3/ A rating field is a MUST for beans… so one can see what rating you gave some bean on a previous occasion. This should also be in the list view so you can easily scan for high scoring beans you’ve had in the past.

4/ The whole “inventory” paradigm is weirdly restrictive and unnecessary. You are asked if you want to enter a bean into your inventory. If you’re like me, not a commercial shop, not using RoastWorld to keep track of the quantities of beans I have in my stock, then I would choose NO, I do not want the bean in my inventory. The problem is, now it is NOT available to be chosen for a new roast! Even worse, I cannot even search for it among “my beans”… it’s gone. So the work around is to say YES to inventory, and tell the system I have 1000000000000000kg of beans… so it just leaves me alone forever… but not ideal.

5/ In the second video, see how a bean that exists in one of my previous roasts cannot be found amongst my beans. With this issue, I know the problem, and the video was made before the bean appeared about 20 mins later… The Roast had an UNTITLED bean, and then I assigned the Volcanes bean to it… but then this Volcanes bean did not show up as one of my beans for about 20 mins… now it does show up. Can this not be made immediate? It’s confusing when you do something and the parts of the software do not speak to each other in real time.

Thanks Derrick! BTW, how’s v4 coming along?
Cheers, Mark.

Hi @mark.palmos,

Thank you for your post and all the feedback! :smile: To answer your notes/questions:

  1. You can use the up/down keys to move into the options in the dropdown and pressing Enter should select the highlight option. I think this should be enough to keep the power users moving as they go along. In terms of accessibility, these components are based on React Autocomplete component - Material UI that have accessiblity in mind and follow WAI-ARIA’s recommendations for accessible components.

  2. This is a great suggestion. It will require some work on our end to add this though. I added this to our backlog and I will bring it up to the team and get back to you as soon as I have an update.

  3. What kind of rating system were you thinking of? Would a simple star (1-5) system work? & is this a value that can be set by every user? I think this can be helpful and so I’ll also add this to the backlog and bring it up with the team.

  4. Adding a bean to your inventory just means that you have the bean on hand. You can choose to ignore any inventory tracking and just leave the value at 0. We do require you to explicitly add it to your inventory though as we wouldn’t want all the beans to automatically show up in your bean selector when adding a bean to a roast. There are over 10k bean records on RW and this can lead to complications fast.

  5. I will look further into this as it might be a bug. I’ll write back here to let you know.

RT v4 is coming along great! We’re working at a steady pace and I can’t wait for you all to try it out.