Beta Notes, Issue #1

Thank you for beta-testing ActiveCollab Feather. This is our first weekly beta newsletter. We’ll be highlighting interesting insights from our users. Keep it coming. Our favorite part was: The features have been noticeably reduced, but I have not yet experienced any significant changes in my use. The new ActiveCollab is called ‘Feather’ because it is light and agile. It is a natural reaction to something new and different. It is easy to get distracted and lose sight of the bigger picture. The team worked hard to find the right balance between features, speed, and ease of use. For example, how fast can you navigate, complete an action, and then move on? How fast can the API prepare responses and render data on the page? These are just some of the major changes. These are the main improvements: Search UX: Instead a modal dialog, search results now open on a new page. You can then navigate back using your browser’s Back button. The search field is now smaller and more user-friendly. You can open it by pressing / (Gmail convention).
Keyboard shortcuts: To open a page that has a comment section, press C. You can then submit the comment by pressing Ctrl+Enter (Cmd+Enter for Macs). To open a subtask form, type S on the task page. Alt+1 to Alt+0 will open the appropriate main menu pages. You can also use + on multiple pages to open forms that add items.
Improved Activity pages: Activities are now organized by day on the main Activity page. You can navigate this page by using the keys and key. As you scroll down the list, both project and user activity streams load more items.
We also improved the reliability of client side caches in Safari, Firefox. Feather’s performance is dependent on caches, so any improvement we make to the client-side caches has a significant impact on the user experience. We also added a few API-s and fixed many bugs. If you have any suggestions or if something is not working, please email us. Your feedback will be taken seriously.

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