Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

New Update: Gantt Chart

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Gantt Chart was one of our most requested features and now we’re happy to announce its release.

Gantt Chart
Currently, our Gantt Chart is static and gives a nice graphical overview of your project schedule. In the future we plan to make it interactive, so you can drag and drop tasks, change their duration, etc.

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions!

New Update: Export to Excel / CSV

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

We’re happy to announce that one of the most requested feature – Export to CSV is now available for all users.

Export to CSV

The export icon is available at the bottom of the Projects, Tasks and Time & Money pages (table view).
The functionality is similar to the Printer-friendly view, which means that you can search and filter your data prior to the export.


New Update: Notifications for Projects I created

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

It’s a common situation when you create a project, but are not directly involved with it (e.g. you’re not its manager or an assignee for any of the tasks).
At the same time you want to be notified about any significant changes in this project or its tasks.
Think of a senior manager who created a project and wants to closely monitor its status.

To facilitate this workflow we added another option to the User Preference page, where you can choose to be notified by email whenever
there are significant changes in any project you’ve created.
Important changes in the projects I created

Watercooler – Social Project Management Tool

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Many collaboration experts strongly believe that the letter “P” in the PM abbreviation stands for “People” and promote Social Project Management as one of the most important concepts of successful project management. And we at Birdview Projects tend to agree with it.

No fancy methodology or PMP certification can help your project if there is no synergy within your team. People on the front lines are responsible for project’s success or failure. It’s not enough just to have the right people. They need to talk to each other, they need to interact and socialize.

That’s right – socialize! That’s the secret sauce that makes good teams great and promising projects hugely successful. When people chat and have fun together – they get to know each other much better and learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which help tackle whatever work issues the team encounters along the road.

Normally, the ever present “water cooler” is a place-of-choice. But what about virtual and remotely distributed teams? What can they do to capitalize on benefits of social project management?

Well, we just built a tool for this!

Introducing “Watercooler” for Birdview Projects

Watercooler - Social project management tool

This new module allows team members to get together and discuss any topics they want: congratulate Janet on her newborn baby-girl, choose a theme for a Christmas party, vote for the cutest pet, select a new JavaScript framework for the upcoming project – the possibilities are endless.

We made a conscious decision to create Watercooler as a company-wide feature instead of being project specific to encourage and promote non-work related communications within a team.

So, don’t wait another minute, go to your free Birdview account and start a new discussion.

As always, your feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Minor update: Immediate picture preview

Monday, July 16th, 2012

While working on a new exciting major upgrade code-named “Watercooler”, we also made a minor change to the picture preview functionality.

Now when you click on the picture link anywhere in the application (Files section, history, etc) – a preview will be shown immediately,
as opposed to the download process that would start by default in the past.

Preview is opened immediately for any picture

We hope you enjoy this small tweak!

New features: Creating Views and Filtering by Project Custom Fields

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Over the last few months there have been multiple requests to allow filtering of tasks by project custom fields. So now we are ready to present this feature along with an improved way to create new filters (views).

Let’s use an example when you created a custom field called “Location” for your projects, and now you want to see all active tasks belonging to the projects located in London.

Here is what you need to do…

First, go to the Tasks tab. Then at the top of the saved filters (we call them “views”) and reports list you’ll see the “Create new view” item.
Create New Filter

Click on it and a filter setup panel appears. Choose your filter conditions: Project Location = London and Tasks Status is not Done.
Task Filter

That’s it – the results will be shown below the filter panel in real time!

After you’re done, just save your filter and quickly access in the future.

We are grateful to our customers for their great UI feedback and suggestions on how to improve Birdview Projects. Filtering tasks by custom properties is indeed a great feature! We are waiting for the new ideas. Let’s make Birdview Projects even better!

New update: Picture Preview

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

A new feature was added to Birdview Projects – an ability to preview pictures attached to projects or tasks.
Now, if your project or task has any pictures attached to it, you see the “Preview pictures” link at the Files section:
Preview Pictures in Birdview Projects

Once clicked, a preview window will display all available pictures along with thumbnails. You can download any of the pictures using the direct link.

We’re using the really cool Fotorama gallery by Artem Polikarpov to render the preview.
Preview attached images with Fotorama

New release – E-mail notifications

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Finally, the long-awaited “E-mail notifications” feature has been released.
A new set of options has been added to the “Preference” page:

email notification settings

Here is how these settings work…

Enabling the “new tasks and projects I’m involved in” checkbox will cause the system to send you emails for the following events:

  • You’ve been assigned as a project manager for a new project
  • You’ve been assigned a new task

The “important changes to my tasks and projects” option is triggered when:

  • Project status was changed (sent to all project members)
  • Projects goals were changed (sent to the project manager only)
  • “Warning” message was left in a project (sent to all project members)
  • “Warning” message was left in a task (sent to all assignees and project manager)
  • You’ve been assigned a new task
  • Task status was changed (sent to the project manager and assignees)
  • Task start or end dates were changed (sent to all assignees)
  • File or message was added to a project (sent to the project manager)
  • File or message was added to a project (sent to all assignees)

Please note that e-mail notifications won’t be sent to a person who made the changes, since we assume that this person already know what he did.

If you have the “upcoming deadlines X days prior” enabled, then you’ll be notified X days before the end date of each task assigned to you.

“Combine notifications into groups sent out every X hours” is a great feature for those who receive a lot of notifications. You can set it up to receive digest of all events only once or twice a day.

And the “Never e-mail me on weekends” option is hopefully self-explanatory.
We hope that you enjoy this feature.

As always, please submit your feedback and ideas at our community support site or write us a comment.

The Birdview Projects Team

P.S. Please help us spread the word about Birdview Projects – tweet, blog or email your friends about it!

Birdview Projects is now available on AppDirect

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

We’re delighted to announce that Birdview Projects is now available on the AppDirect MarketPlace as well as on the Bell Business Apps Store.

Birdview Projects is available in Bell Business Apps Store
AppDirect enables businesses to easily find, buy, and use web-based applications. More than a simple application directory, AppDirect allows companies to access multiple applications with one user name and password, invite colleagues to certain apps, and benefit from one monthly bill for all subscriptions. Birdview Projects has never been easier to use in conjunction with other great web apps.

If you are already a Birdview Projects subscriber, you can also import your account into AppDirect in order to benefit from Single Sign-On. This will allow you to access Birdview Projects in a safe manner without having to enter your user name and password ever again.

We invite you to discover Birdview Projects profile on AppDirect! Check it out and do not hesitate to rate us, share a review or ask us questions through the appropriate sections.

New Update – Completed tasks, Language settings, new tool tips

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Yet another minor update has been pushed out today.

In addition to some minor bug fixes and technical back-log items, the following changes have made the list:

All completed tasks are now shown as crossed-out at the side bar.
This little change makes a big difference, by allowing you to quickly understand what’s going on without spending too much time reading all details.
Completed tasks shown as crossed-out

Based on a number of requests we added ability to switch UI language right from the application, without changing browser settings.
This can be done from the User Preference / Account info screen:
Change language from account info page

We also added a number of new tool-tips that should help new users with their on-boarding experience.
Tooltips to help with the on-boarding process

The next big item on our agenda – E-mail notifications. Do you have any suggestions or ideas? Please let us know, we want to hear from you!