As you probably know we release software revisions on a rapid basis, following our lean agile methodology’s implementation of ‘small batch‘ theory. Typically this means a release a week or, allowing for public holidays and other productivity impacting activities, about 35 releases a year.
So we’re going to highlight some of the key new features in these releases every month for our blog and monthly newsletter. (You can subscribe on our Home Page.)
This month we’ll summarise these July revisions:
The new web site home page is live – it fits our values of clarity and simplicity, so we like it a lot.
We believe that you should be able to use Sabisu without any training and we’re always looking to make the platform so intuitive that users find what they need easily. However, a bit of help is always useful so we’re continually creating new Help content, such as new help pages for end-users and developers.
Of course if you’re in the platform and need immediate help, just start a chat with one of our team (click on your name top right, then Sabisu Live Help).
Helping our users continues to be a focus for us and we’ll be adding to these new pages in the coming weeks and months.
We’ve updated some of the queries that drive Chronos, our time-sheets system, in readiness for extending an offer of beta testing it to customers.
The User Profile has had fields added for Job Title and Areas of Interest. These are simple text fields and we’d invite all users to fill them in so that as Sabisu grows we can help you form communities most appropriate to your business initiatives.
A set of Sabisu themes are available from the User Profile settings dialog – try them out or drop us a line and we’ll create a custom theme for free.
Those of you who exploit the platform know how important Builder is – it’s the part of the platform that shows just how extensible and powerful the platform is. Hence we’ve been working on Builder a lot recently.
When you select a server type from the drop down list, the server and database fields now reflect the type of data source you have chosen e.g.
- Sql – > Server / Database
- IP21 – > Server /Port
- Access – > File Location/ Windows Security/ Username/ Passwords
Significant enhancements have been made to the native charting available in Builder, with the following now possible:
- Allowing users to set the colour scheme, further alleviating the configuration load on IT.
- More chart styles, including a doughnut and a pie.
- Display of stacked bar, stacked column and area charts.
- Multiple series on line, bar, column and area charts.
- Combined chart types, e.g., line & bar on the same chart.
- Display of value labels on charts (new property in Builder).
- Display of chart margins (new property in Builder).
- Set X/Y axis labels (new property in Builder).
- Set chart title (new property in Builder).
Widget Feedback now goes straight into the Builder so that widget developers have the feedback immediately to hand, like so:
The Builder now allows you to set an inline style to a button independently of a parent table.
Widgets now have a ‘title’ attribute – as small widgets often cut off the full name it’s useful to have a title visible on hover.
Builder has been enhanced to save all sub-components inside a pre-configured expandoblock. This saves having to rebuild these sub-components in each widget that uses the expandoblock.
We continue to build out our help capability. The first couple of developer help files is in place at https://blog.sabisu.co/developer-help/ including
- a guide to the use of $ values in constructing widgets
- a guide to the construction of and access to our demonstration database
The Hub continues to be a focus as we try to make it ever more valuable and interactive.
When someone “likes” a post, the original poster will now get a notification. A small thing but guaranteed to drive more interaction and value.
The Hub also now alerts users to:
- New community shortcut being shared
- Page/widget being shared – which a user can then re-share directly.
- Personal page being made into a Community Page – the community is also notified.
We’ve added hovercards to the community list in the Hub so users can see community details easily.
Joining a new community from the Hub automatically adds the community pages to the Workplace view so they’re there, ready for you when you switch views.
All top-level public communities will now be approved by platform administrators. This is a necessary evil whilst the platform is in its early stages and reassures our corporate clients that we’re exercising good governance.
It’s now possible to retrospectively rename a community if you’re the admin. Simply navigate to the community in the Hub, click the cog and select Edit Community.
If you’re in the Hub and new things happen in your communities you’ll now get ‘unread’ marks against each community. As the Hub shows all activities, these will be cleared when you go to the Hub. We’ll be extending this functionality to draw the user’s attention to new items in the future.
Following feedback from users we’ve added a button to ‘send’ a message in Chat – but the ‘enter’ key works just as well.
The Workplace continues to be improved as we focus on using customer feedback to make it more useful and useable.
The Hub icon is now lit when there is activity on the Hub that the user has not yet seen, alerting the user to the fact that they might like to switch over and take a look.
Users will notice that we have a new icon on Community Pages allowing users to reset it. This allows users to quickly revert a page if they’ve made changes that are no longer required and should also solve the situation where a page ‘lock’ is required; users can simply revert.
We’ve revamped the Community option under Your Page & Widget Data. This allows selective resetting of Community Pages as well as quick navigation or editing. It also shows how many users have the page and when it was last updated. Here’s how it looks:
The Widget Store not only has a new icon (a cog) which indicates it’s to be used in the future for configuration of the Workplace in general, but also now uses wildcard searching – so any given search string should return a richer set of results.
Until now it’s been possible for users of the Sabisu Client (beta) to clutter the sidebar with lots of publications from MS Office. These are now private by default, decluttering the sidebar but allowing users to share them as appropriate with other users and communities.
Charting also takes a step forward with native charts including ‘scooters’. These allow user to see a value for a point in time on the graph – simply click the chart at the point you’re interested in and you’ll get the value detail.
Following customer feedback on the value of multiple versions of a Community Page we’ve concluded that older versions are seldom required and often confuse. Therefore only the latest Community Page will be retrieved under all circumstances.
Various changes have been made to the procedures which get page and widget data for each user to improve performance.
This week you’ll see a new widget in the Widget Store: ‘Stop Watch’. It’s a simple timing application with count up, count down, split times and individual comments functionality.
That’s it for this month. Feel free to contact us if you need help – or if you’re reading this and don’t yet have Sabisu, try our online demo environment using the following link: