Here are the new improvements we wanted to share with you before Christmas: Thumbnails next to your files are now displayed in emails. We added a Members selector field in the Post a discussion window, we also made new improvements on the Tasks application.
Added thumbnails next to files in your email notifications
In this blogpost, we will outline improvements and bug fixes we worked on between October and November 2015.
Just to name a few: The Inbox application now displays 2 lines instead of just 1, we modified the cursor position when opening the Information panel of an item, we also improved the way you can link milestones to task lists.
Message display in the Inbox application
For every message you receive in your GroupCamp inbox, you can now preview the first two lines instead of just one. This will facilitate your navigation when browsing through your Inbox.
We are happy to announce that we have significantly improved the format in which time estimates are displayed in the the Tasks application in an effort to have a common format for time tracking records:
- Entering time estimates in hours: updated from the X.Y hours (X hours and Y tenth of an hour) to the hh:mm:ss format,
- Entering time estimates in 2 different time measuring units, hours and days with the use of the unit conversion rate to convert between the two,
- IMPORTANT NOTICE: please note that it is therefore crucial that you set your conversion rate between hours to days carefully,
- Forcing the use of a particular time unit.
Entering time estimates on tasks in hours: new format hh:mm:ss
Many of you have requested that we have a common format for both time estimates and time records for the amount of time spent. Using decimals when entering or managing time duration is not easy.
We have therefore switched to the new hh:mm:ss format:
Switching to the new format: 0.2 h is now displayed as 0h12. 2 tenths of an hour = 12 minutes
In the coming days and weeks we will be publishing detailed blog posts on some of the major features we have just released but for now here is an almost exhaustive list of what is new in the latest version of GroupCamp.
It all starts with the new UI
Please refer to our blog on the guiding principles behind the new UI.
The ‘Network’ sidebar menu with Profile and People
- New enriched profile page for users and guests,
- Customize the available fields in user profiles,
- Manage visibility or privacy of your profile information,
- The People app now serves a corporate directory. Invited guests within the app only see people within their own company.
- Please note that Members tab in each project has been removed. Clicking on the members of a project will now direct you to that user’s Profile page
Tracking pack and Timesheet app
- You can now grant access to Timesheet to users of your account even if ther are not members of a project.
- Access to the Tracking pack is managed in the settings for Users and Guests.
Global settings: project time measuring unit & timesheets
- As an Administrator you can set the unit to be used by all users of the account (hours or days) for all projects. This applies to both estimated time and records for time spent,
- The same applies for the Timesheet.
In GroupCamp’s latest version, we have replaced priorities with tags. Tags as opposed to priorities work across all projects. Following this release, you might need to address the following items or issues.
Due to the fact that a tag is available across all projects, you might need to manage duplicates.
Also you may need to decide which users based on their roles are allowed to manage tags.
NOTE: following this update, only users with the Administrator role can use or edit tags. People with other roles (Manager, Users, Guests) do not have access to tags. This will allow you to manage and merge duplicates before giving access to tags to all users within the account.
Managing and merging tags
If you were using priorities in a project in the Tasks application, those priorities are now tags and therefore are visible in all projects.
So if you had a tag called ‘design’ in one project and another one called ‘Design’ in another one, you would now have 2 tags serving the same purpose and should probably be merged.
To merge tags click on the + icon next to the tag then click on the merge icon in the pop-up as shown on the first screenshot. Once you click on OK, a single tag is kept and can be used in all projects.
Giving access to tags in application settings.
Once your new tag list has been cleaned up, go to the new Settings page to manage access to tags by choosing who can view and manage them.
To manage application settings for Tasks go to the Project Menu in the left sidebar then click on Tasks.
Dear GroupCamp Users,
As you may know GroupCamp is getting ready to launch new offerings for the end of this year and we needed a new User Interface (UI) which would easily accomodate those new applications while keeping or improving your existing user experience.
We are happy to announce that the user interface is ready to be launched and this blog post describes the main changes in the upcoming UI.
1. Introducing the new sidebar on the left
The new User Interface has a new sidebar on the left. The project browing menu therefore moves from the top menu bar to the side bar (click on My Projects). You can also, if you are an Administrator or a Manager, create a new project right from the side bar.
You’ll also see a mention of ‘Open Projects’. I’ll cover this with further details below.
Please note that you can hide the sidebar on the left by clicking on the toggle icon in the top menu bar.
2. New Packs in the left hand pane (Network, Tracking)
The sidebar on the left is where GroupCamp’s new application packs will appear. So you can already see what will be the premise of our planned Enterprise Social Network offering (under Network) and our Tracking offering which is where we hope to bring tracking features such as Expenses and Project costs (on top of the existing time tracking features).
Because most projects include repetititive work, recurring tasks allow you to be more efficient in generating recurring tasks across multiple task lists and projects. The screenshot below shows the recurring task creation form:
As from now in collaborative task management we will consider :
- Regular tasks: implying one assignee and one task creator,
- Parallel tasks: 2 or more members assigned in parallel on the same task (please read our blog entry on parallel task assignment).
How do application settings in GroupCamp work?
Rights and permissions are desgined to be simple to use with three levels of permissions:
Administrators or Managers: only users who have been assigned the role of Administrator or Manager hold that permission
Users of the primary company: all users of the primary company (the company that owns the GroupCamp account) will hold that permission,
All members: GroupCamp Poject allows you to invite clients and partners in a project, which means they would also be included in that level of permission. (Invited Guests are from companies which are different from the primary company that owns the account).
Example in task management:
Note : The Manager role can only be assigned as from the BEST plan of GroupCamp Project. The Administrator role however exists in all plans.