April Intervals Features and Improvements

| April 25th, 2013 | , , , ,

We are committed to updating Intervals with improvements as often as possible. This April update introduces a new person activity feed, redesigned timer buttons, and a new calendar for selecting dates. Read on for more details.

View a person’s recent activity from their profile page

Person Feed ~ view recent project, milesone, task activity for a person

We recently introduced an activity feed to each project that allows you to see what’s been going on recently with a project. We’ve now extended this feature over to people’s profile pages. See what’s been going on recently with any member of your team.

To see this feature in action, click through to any person’s profile and notice the new Recent Activity box in the left column. Here you will see a few recent entries. To see more, click on the “View all activity” link.

From the person’s feed page you will be able to filter their activity by date and type. Need to know what your designer was working on last week? The person feed will tell you.

Redesigned timers

Redesigned timers are more intuitive

In light of some more subtle design changes we’ve been making to buttons throughout the interface, we decided to revisit the timer buttons. We’ve redesigned the timer buttons to be easier to click, take up less space, and provide a more intuitive time tracking experience.

A new calendar for selecting dates

New calendar for selecting dates on lists, views and reportsThere is a new calendar for selecting dates on the home calendar, list views, reports, and other areas scattered throughout the interface. Click on the calendar icon to select a date and you will immediately notice a cleaner, more intuitive, redesigned calendar.

Use the arrows to move the calendar from month to month, or click on the month name to jump to forward or backward a few months.

Optimizations and foundational work for upcoming features

In addition to the updates mentioned above, we’ve also completed a round of bug fixes and optimizations to help Intervals run faster. And we’ve overhauled some of the underlying code in the application to prepare for some new features coming up on our road map.

There was some heavy lifting to do in preparation for these upcoming features, but, we’ll soon be introducing a much more fluid calendar with more interactive projects, milestones and tasks.

Meanwhile…

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.

13 Responses to “April Intervals Features and Improvements”

  1. Ian says:

    Looking good :)

    Still missing the Email this page button on the “Edit Time” page.
    eg: /time/edit/+/+/+/+/+/151242/+/+/

  2. Gene says:

    You have removed the “Today” option on the new calendar.

    Why?

    For those accounts where the “Due Date” will automatically default to a date in the future (e.g. 7 days), the “Today” option made it easier to set the “Due Date” for the current day. Now you have to use the navigation arrows to locate the desired date.

    Just because it is a bigger calendar doen’t make it better.

    Definitely not an improvement over the previous calendar.

  3. Jodie says:

    Love the look of the new calendar. Can we configure it so the week can start on Sunday instead of Monday like it was before? Thanks!

  4. John Reeve says:

    Gene,

    Thank you for pointing this out. The exclusion of the “Today” option was more of an oversight, not a design decision. We are going to add that back in.

    Have a great weekend!
    John

  5. John Reeve says:

    Jodie,

    Thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately, we will not be adding back the ability to start a week on Sunday instead of Monday. It is not supported by this calendar widget, and we did not have enough interest in this featurette to keep it around.

    Regards,
    John

  6. Adam says:

    I find the calendar quicker to use, any way of having a ‘this week’ button as plan in weeks and having to select the current week each time is laborious, or if there was an option to set the default time period to current week that would work just as well.

  7. Adam Weston says:

    Any way to get the TODAY button back on the calendar? that was really handy and i used it regularly.

  8. Adam Weston says:

    OOOPs…just noticed a similar post and your response! sorry. Thanks for working to add that back.

  9. Michael says:

    Just an FYI the “today” option has been added back to the calendar.

  10. Michael says:

    @Ian

    Another FYI that the edit time page now includes the option to email the page.

  11. Ian says:

    Great one, thank you :-)

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