Thursday, November 02, 2017

UniPhi 13 - Release eve

Tomorrow is release day. Finally! It has been a very hectic 5 months since we pushed the go button on completely re-designing our core web application. The first re-design in 14 years, some would say we did alright the first time around. Others might say we waited too long)! Either way, the wait will be ancient history from tomorrow.

As promised, this blog will announce other survey results from our generous end users who have supported our product and it's feature improvements for the past 14 years.

The only specific question left to announce was the background of the sub-nav: White, grey or something else and the winner was.....grey with 70% of the vote. Here's how it looks:

Who said grey was drab? On an Aston Martin its divine and how a UniPhi sub-nav gets the grey look

Yes, those observant people will have noticed that this was actually revealed in my last post. However, here it is explicitly announced.

Commentary given in the survey included:

1) "Just give me the hamburger! Less means more." Sorry Mr Clutter Less, you lost out on this one from your peers but we have added a change for our 13.1 release (developers groan...it never ends) to allow for the nav bar to be hidden for those who agree with Mr Less.

2) "Can we get a compact view of tables". The answer here is yes, and a more padded with larger font view. In supporting the visually impaired, UniPhi has made sure there's a lot more functionality around this issue.

3) "Can the client re-skin the interface". Not yet but yes in 10.1. We will be building an interface for fonts, colours and logos to be included into the site so that your application truly is your application. One smart pants commented that if this was planned, why'd you care about what colour the nav bar was....answer, for our own deployment!

4) "Right hand side controls as I'm right handed". Sorry Mr Right Handed, you were out voted on this one...probably good to even out the muscle tone in the hands and arms.

That's the main comments relating to the interface, other comments will be addressed directly to the commenter (damn, that's not a word. It should be!).

So, as can be gleaned from the responses, there will be a 10.1 release within 2 months of this one adding all the little bits that polish off the re-design that weren't necessary for a release but will continue the improvements within a short space of time.

Tomorrow will see the release blog update, new videos and the chance to explore  how the end product turned out. I'll also announce the first lucky client who is to receive it first. Stay tuned...

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