The Smart Menu is an upgrade to existing menus that better displays session pass tickets based on starting times and improves the usability for creating orders for all product types. By using Smart Menus you can reduce the time taken to create orders, reduce errors made by staff and reduce the number of menus required in your POS devices.
Smart menus filter sessions by time to use screen space more effectively
- Determining the best device size for your menus
- Creating a smart menu
- Adding, removing and arranging products
- Editing the appearance of product tiles
Device screen size
The Smart Menu comes in two sizes—Regular and Small. These sizes exist so that the physical screen size available on the POS device is used most efficiently.
This size is best for desktop-style POS devices—the kind that generally have a keyboard and mouse. Specifically, screens with a resolution of 1166px wide or greater. The regular size will create menus five columns wide.
This size is best used for tablet-style POS devices or screens with a resolution less than 1166px wide. This size creates menus four columns wide.Set your device screen size based on the resolution of your POS device
Creating a smart menu
In Venue Manager, navigate to: Apps > Point of Sale and choose whether you want devices or templates. (Just briefly, devices are stand alone set-ups and templates are reusable. Learn more about devices and templates.)
You can either add a smart menu to an existing device (or template) or create a new one.
- Click the Create new menu button on the top right corner and select Smart menu
Create new menu button
- Give your menu a name and choose an appropriate icon using the icon select button
Icon selector and menu name field
Adding, arranging and removing products
- To add items, choose products you would like to include in your menu from the product selector and click apply.
Product selector used to add products to the smart menu
- Products will be arranged in rows by default, but you can change this arrangement in the dropdown to the right of the product selector. The options are:
- Group products in rows (default)
A new row is created for each product and each ticket for the product is stacked from left to right. This layout is best used when a menu contains more products than there are columns available (4 or 5 depending on your device size).
- Group products in columns
A new column is created for each product and tickets are stacked vertically. It’s best only to use this when the number of products in the menu is equal to or fewer than the number of columns available.
- Wrap tiles
Each product follows on from the next with no line-breaks and flows from left to right, top to bottom. This is best for saving space but ensure that you use colour and/or images effectively to differentiate products.
- Group products in rows (default)
To change the position of product tiles, select the ‘Tile edit mode’ checkbox.
Once activated, use the keyboard cursor keys to move products either up and down, if grouped by rows, and left and right, if grouped in columns. The tickets for a product will always be grouped together but you can reposition the order in which they appear by also using the cursor keys
Enable Tile edit mode to rearrange and delete tiles
To remove a tile, enable Tile edit mode and use the delete key to remove it.
A note about how session tiles are displayed in POS
When editing/ viewing a Smart Menu in the Venue Manager, tickets for all dates and times will be shown for each product. However, this may not be how tiles are actually displayed in the POS because only tiles for a selected session start-time and date will be displayed at any one time.
Editing the appearance of product tiles
To edit a tile, first click the tile to open the editing modal (make sure Tile edit mode is disabled).
Click on a tile to open the editing modal and edit the tile.
To edit the text displayed on the tile, edit the Tile label and Subheading fields. By default the product name is used for the tile’s label in bold and ticket name is displayed as a subheading beneath it.
To swap the product and ticket names so that the ticket name is the tile label in bold, use the swap icon to toggle the order
Use this button to swap the order of the product and ticket name on tiles
To edit the colour, select a new colour from the list of colours or select ‘None’ to remove colour from the tile.
To display the product image on the tile, select ‘Use image’
To apply the current settings to other tiles, select the ‘Apply settings to all siblings (except changes to ticket name)’ checkbox. This will apply the image setting, the colour and the order of product and ticket names to all other tiles for that product.
Once you have finished editing a tile’s appearance, select the ‘Apply’ button.