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NEW FEATURES: Element Edit Lock + Stage/Theme Progress Summary

Following the development roadmap we outlined in a recent blog, we are pleased to introduce four new features this week, some minor and some major updates that will improve your experience of Method Grid even more:

  1. Initials in member avatars if no profile image added
  2. Ability for Architects to edit all member profiles (e.g. to upload images)
  3. Checklist progress bars on stage and theme headings
  4. Improve collaborative editing – locking elements while they are being edited by another editor to mitigate freak data loss

Let’s have a quick look at each in turn …

1. Initials in member avatars if no profile image added

 

Not a great deal to say on this other than … If a member doesn’t upload a profile image, then their initials will display in their avatar roundel. Nothing ground breaking here, but a little more interesting and informative than a blank silhouette!

2. Ability for Architects to edit all member profiles

 

This features allows Architects (super admin) to now go in to member profiles and complete them if needed. Profile pages act as a directory for your organisation, so it could be a very important aspect of your Method Grid account, so certainly an area to be populated with the relevant imagery and information. Now the onus isn’t entirely on the member, should they not be in a position to update their profile ready for a client presentation, say.

3. Checklist progress bars on stage and theme headings

 

The addition of progress bars to the stage and theme headings gives you a quick overview of how tasks are tracking for each stage and theme. Now at a glance you can see how many tasks have been marked off coupled with an overall percentage complete.

4. Improve collaborative editing – locking elements while they are being edited by another editor to mitigate freak data loss

 

Now if you are editing an element, any one else who tries to edit the same element at the same time (i.e. enter element and turn edit mode on) will be see the message in the screen shot above. Any members just viewing the element will still be able to access the content.

Once a change has been made and saved in the element, any member viewing that element will get this pop up …

 

By clicking the refresh button, any new content will be loaded. This new feature mitigates against the (rare) freak loss of data that occasionally resulted when two members were consecutively editing the same element.

We hope you find these new features beneficial. Now, time to get cracking on with the next lot!


Next up for our fast-moving development team?

Our next two-week sprint involves the first stage of capturing an activity log; it will include:

  • An initial foundation for the “Activity Log” feature
  • The capture and presentation of account-wide member view-access data (e.g. access of grids/elements/cloud docs viewed/file downloads etc).
  • Available to account Architects (super admin)

Please continue to keep the feedback and new feature ideas coming (there is nothing we like more).

Is there a feature you would love to see us add to our development stack? If so, please let us know in the comments below or email help@methodgrid.com

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