We are committed to updating Intervals with improvements as often as possible. This February update introduces a few design changes to the quick links, header alerts, and home page calendar, and added iCal subscriptions. Read on for more details.
Quickly view and create projects, milestones, tasks, and more
We’ve redesigned the upper left corner of the header, replacing the previous links with buttons to view and create items quickly. We’ve tucked them away into drop down menus and added more options. The next time you need to quickly view your projects or create a new task, simply mouse over the new quick link buttons to bring up a list of options.
The scratchpad is still there, too. Use it to jot down ideas, to dos, grocery lists, or any other notes you’ll need later. When the scratchpad has content saved to it, the icon will change its state to subtly remind you of the notes.
Changes to the alerts pane in the header
The alerts located at the top center of the page have been redesigned and placed into a more flexible pane. Tired of being reminded that you have seven overdue timesheets? Minimize the alerts pane to hide these messages. The alerts will be there when you are ready to address them. Expand the alerts pane click on the alert and follow through with it. Once the actions are completed, the alert will go away.
Why? The ability to minimize the alerts pane in the header is ideal for those who approve timesheets on a regular basis, or perhaps, don’t approve them at all, and don’t want to be reminded of overdue timesheets on each page. Some may want to review the request queue once a day instead assigning every request as it comes in. Minimizing the alerts pane reduces the nag factor.
Improved calendar navigation
The calendar on the Intervals home page has always been filterable by week, month, or a custom date range. To make the calendar more intuitive, we’ve redesigned the buttons for choosing weekly, monthly, or custom view, as well as the buttons for moving back and forth through weeks and months.
Pull up the weekly view to see what’s going on this week, or the monthly view for the bigger picture. Then advance the calendar forward to see what’s coming up due in the next few weeks. Use the custom date range to view several weeks or months at once, useful when reviewing project and milestone deadlines.
If you’ve ever wanted to pull milestones, tasks and notes from your Intervals calendar into your favorite calendaring client, now you can. The iCalendar subscription feature gives you a unique URL to plug in to your calendar client, be it Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal, or any others that support iCalendar subscriptions.
iCalendar subscriptions let you take your Intervals calendar with you wherever you go, so you can easily review upcoming milestones and tasks from your mobile device or laptop without logging in to your Intervals account.
We hope you enjoy this round of updates. Please feel free to send us any comments, questions, or criticism, by clicking on the “General question?” link at the bottom of any page from within your account. We love hearing from you. Meanwhile, we’ll be working on the next batch of features and improvements we have planned.