Board Improvements for Simple In/Out
September 29, 2016
We’re excited to announce a few changes to our most fundamental piece of Simple In/Out, the Simple In/Out board. These changes are incremental updates that not only address feedback from our great customers, but also set the foundation for some exciting things we’re planning for the future.
More Space for More Information
The new Simple In/Out board uses a “fluid” layout. This means the board will grow to take up more space. This allows us to display more information, which allows Simple In/Out to provide a few more options. For the first time, you can display user details right on the board. For users that use details to display things like titles or shift information, this is a welcome update.
Fullscreen mode also takes advantage of this new space by allowing more information to be optionally displayed as well. Users can add phone numbers, groups, and/or details to Fullscreen boards, allowing our users to tailor an experience that makes sense for specific use cases like common area displays.
Board Settings Improvements
For a while, our board options have been located under a small menu accessible by clicking the gear icon above the board. While this worked, more and more studies show that menus can be a difficult thing for users to navigate. We’ve replaced the settings menu with a panel that appears when you click the Settings icon (and disappears if you click it again). This allows us to add more complicated settings to save the user time. For example, font size can be set now by choosing a size instead of having to click over and over again to make the font larger. All changes to board settings are reflected immediately so it is easy to see exactly how changes affect the board.
We’ve also added a multi-column sort option to the settings. We’ve had multi-column sort since the beginning of Simple In/Out, but in order to use it users needed to hold down a key on their keyboard when clicking the column headers. This was a hidden power feature that is now much less hidden.
Public Link Parameters
With these changes, we’re updating all of Simple In/Out’s web boards, including our Public Links. Public Links also get another upgrade: more URL-based parameters. Users can now specify options like sort order right in the URL they are sharing.
This is just the beginning of some great new things we plan to focus on for the end of 2016. We hope all our customers enjoy these changes and keep that feedback coming our way.