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DRoster Freeware Standard

CNET Editors' review

These days, small businesses can use a break wherever they can find one. Free business software that performs as well as pricey packages seems a good place to start looking. We've found one: DRoster Freeware Standard from Kappix. It's a full-featured employee scheduling suite that happens to be free. It's highly flexible and almost completely customizable. It has the ability to create, schedule, and track assignments; create, print, and export reports; plan shifts and schedules; and back up data to an included Firebird database. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but DRoster is far from intimidating, thanks partly to a user-friendly design that avoids the dull look and feel typical of business ware.

DRoster's installer prompted us to enter employee titles, names, and other setup data, all of which is easy to change later on as needed. The business end of DRoster's colorful, cleanly designed interface is the Home tab, which anchors five planners: Shifts, Hourly, Detailed, Employee, and Manage. DRoster opened in the Employee Planner with the Employee roster displayed, including spaces for each employee's address, home and cell numbers, e-mail, hours, and notations. Under Manage, we could access Positions, Recurrences, and Views; while the Shifts, Hourly, and Detailed Planners offered easy customizability. In fact, most fields can be changed or customized to suit specific needs. DRoster also generates highly specific reports in HTML, e-mail, or print form, or it can export data. The Reports options include Attendance, Duties by Positions, Employee Duties, and Employee Absences & Reasons (our favorite!) as well as a Duties Calendar and Overloaded Employees.

DRoster's motto, "It's about time," seems to apply just as well to its function as its functionality, since everything we tried worked well. The program's helpful wizards and other tools not only reduce the learning curve but also the time and keystrokes required to get the job done. If "personnel manager" is one of your many hats, DRoster Freeware Standard can take a load off your head as well as your sore bottom line.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not what I anticipated or needed."

    August 29, 2011  |   By tmccaskill74

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 5.1.4

    Pros

    Track Schedules for multiple employees in one location

    Cons

    Not what I needed.

    Summary

    Thank you for developing this software I'm sure it's great for many people.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Free version does not work as advertised"

    May 29, 2011  |   By veggienae

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 5.1.4

    Pros

    Can schedule one employee for multiple locations and multiple shift times on a single day

    Cons

    Couldn't fully test functionality on Free version

    Summary

    I'm not sure what version the CNET editor evaluated, but it was not the same free version I downloaded on 5/29/11. The installer only prompted for job type and employee name. I was unaware the program offered space to save employee information until I re-read the editor's review above. The program opened into a schedule view, not into the Employee Planner; in fact, I could not get into the Employee Planner from the buttons displayed - I had to hunt around for it.The planners were not fully customizable, although they provided more functionality than most other products out there. And the reports that the CNET review says are so great - well, clicking on most of those resulted in a "nag screen" reminding me that I had to purchase the software to unlock the feature. I was unable to get the program to create the type of schedule I need without purchasing it. Since the free version did not perform as advertised, I'm certainly not going to spend almost $200 on the paid version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The new DRoster schedules all kinds of shifts"

    February 28, 2011  |   By Nancy Berger

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 5.1.4

    Pros

    great scheduling program!

    Cons

    none. works just fine

    Summary

    definitely worth getting

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and Powerful"

    January 31, 2007  |   By mr.natasha

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 2.2.1

    Pros

    very simple, intuitive and good program

    Cons

    did not find yet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Powerful Employee Scheduling Program"

    November 16, 2006  |   By ben_deve

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 2.2.1

    Pros

    DRoster works great and is a highly flexible program. Friendly support too. Recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Employee Scheduling Software"

    September 29, 2006  |   By Soft_Check

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 2.2.1

    Pros

    As the IT manager of a temp agency, we have been very satisfied with DRoster's scheduling capabilities. Makes our rosters easy to manage and update. Integrates with our other apps easily. Great program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic Software"

    August 19, 2006  |   By pauson_ross

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 2.2.1

    Pros

    I've been looking for a roster program that can meet my scheduling needs for a long time now (few years in fact) and am very excited about finding DRoster! Setup was a breeze and the interface makes scheduling rather intuitive. I have a library staff to schedule according to desks with various rotas. It was easy to familiarize myself with the modules and get cracking on scheduling my staff and send them their schedules with DRoster reports.

    I showed the program to one of my colleagues at another university library and he also downloaded DRoster. Also quite excited about using it.

    What I am particularly happy about is that it also includes an engine for rule-based scheduling. Kappix support helped me write a few rules (am not good at scripts) and I was good to go.

    All in all, I recommend the DRoster scheduling program to my library managers and administrators...in fact, to anyone who needs a solid manageable scheduling program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is a horrible program"

    August 17, 2006  |   By Barry Jive

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 2.2.1

    Pros

    It's pretty to look at. Nice icons

    Cons

    It is very cumbersome to use, and crashed a few times in the first 10 minutes. Version 2?? Felt like an Alpha. Stay away from this program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Very Flexable"

    August 11, 2006  |   By saltydavid

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 2.2.1

    Pros

    Nice setup wizard. Very intuitive

    Cons

    Would not allow me to have overlapping shifts. I would like to see the day of the week included in all views.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A well-designed program, flexible and reliable."

    February 26, 2006  |   By Droster Review

    Version: DRoster Freeware Standard 1.7.4

    Pros

    DRoster allows for mulitple modes of scheduling: fixed shifts, rotating shifts, overlapping shifts. Navigating through the program is intuitive, much the same way one schedules manually, only quicker. Its validation system prevents me from making costly and time consuming errors. I've been using it for over two months now and gotten great support and updates.

    Am waiting for the next major update, DRoster 2.0, which Kappix says should be released very soon. We'll buy the next release.

    I recommend DRoster to anyone who manages schedules and needs to create complex rules, beyond standard scheduling needs.

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