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11.11.2014 - New and improved app view

We have made some exciting new improvements to the app views in Podio. Our overall goal is to make it easier for you to navigate to relevant content, as well as give you a clear overview of the data within your apps.

The new app view features a sidebar on the left, where you will find all of your saved views.

All of the app options and settings that you're familiar with are still available via the wrench icon in the sidebar.

We've also completely reworked the way reports are built. This makes creating custom reports in your apps much faster and more intuitive.

See the tutorial for the app view here: https://help.podio.com/hc/en-us/articles/201019638?page=7

The change is part of a larger overall vision for the apps and views, and we'll add more features this quarter to complement the new app view.

You’ll find news about our roadmap here: http://blog.podio.com/2014/10/30/podio-branching-out/

As part of this release it is now also possible to use emojis in Podio. You pull them in by using a colon.

We hope you like it!

Mette Frøkjær Hansen

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I love the improvements! Just what our team @ Elevate Life and Art needed. Great work!

Jordanna Yap 0 votes
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Thank you Jordanna, we're really happy to hear that you like it.

@Michal: You can edit app descriptions through the wrench icon --> App Settings. This part hasn't changed:-)

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Mette Frøkjær Hansen 0 votes
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Yes, the new app view is an overall improvement. Yet I have two issues:

Fritz Feger 1 vote
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Hi Fritz,

Tanks for commenting. Now I understand what the freeze headline in table layout was referring to:-) I will share you and Jainwen's feedback on this with the team.

Yes, full screen is currently disabled as it turned out to be more difficult than it seemed to add it. The team is working on a solution to bring it back. You can also cast a vote for it here https://help.podio.com/hc/communities/public/questions/203645286-Current-UI-Update-#answer-204765376

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Mette Frøkjær Hansen 1 vote
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Thank you Mark. We're working on it so stay tuned for more features to the report overlay:-)

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Mette Frøkjær Hansen 0 votes
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Ummm... This is nice and all, but... you really decided to put all this effort into moving the furniture around the views screen - and still didn't bother to fix the bug that the listings can't be printed??? Really?

We have a phrase "re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic". Couldn't you also have put a little effort into steering away from the iceberg?

Please note, this isn't even about making a new 'print' feature. I'd be happy if the browser could just print the listing, the way it can display it. But in the old views, the styling actively broken the browser's built-in printing. And now you've spent a lot of effort re-arranging things, which some people will think is better and some worse - and still (or again) left it unprintable.

Obviously in the way you work, you never need to print out a list of items so that people can write on them, or put on a wall, or to be able to refer to in a meeting, or to work on a train; and you never want to send some a PDF report to people who you don't want to invite into Podio (because of the very limited ways to work with external members), without having to export into Excel, then format etc... but quite a lot of your customers do. Can you explain your priorities here?

Ben Rubinstein 1 vote
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Hi @Ben,

I'm happy to give you some background information about our decision process.

You are right, the missing print support is indeed a problem and it bothers some of our users. We are aware of that and listen closely to all feature requests, support tickets and community threads. But as in any other company we only have limited resources and unfortunately can't do everything at the same time. So we have to prioritize and sometimes even reject requests since they won't benefit the majority of users.

With the new app view, to be honest, the decision was fairly easy. Adding features and fixing bugs is great and highly appreciated from our most vocal users but there is a large group of users out there that is having a hard time using Podio to its full extend since they find the interface too difficult and don't know how to get to what's really relevant for them. These users are usually team members, so not the ones who've setup Podio in the first place. They only use Podio once a day or week and - before the new app view - had a hard time working with views and filters since they were too hidden. But without these little "helpers", Podio is really hard to use and so these guys got frustrated and just gave up. And we think that this is the worst case, so we decided to take a first step towards making Podio more accessible and easier to use.

Yes, printing is important but sometimes it's more important to look at the bigger picture to move the needle and get to a better experience / product instead of checking off one feature after the other.

This being said: Now after the app view is live, we will be enabling support for printing table and card layouts in the next three weeks. So, no worries. You don't have to wait for too much longer. ;)

Tina Egolf 0 votes
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Hi Tina - that is fantastic news, thanks very much. I will hold my breath for three weeks...

Ben Rubinstein 0 votes
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Hi Swapna,

The tag cloud is no longer visible in the right side tile I'm afraid. You can create a report to show an overview of the tags you use, and this will show in the report overlay.

I hope this can work.

/Mette
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Mette Frøkjær Hansen 0 votes
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@Mette,
How does creating a report of the tags help me? Viewing the report, in no way allows me to click on a record and to view it.

I need to be able to search for items based on their tags. Now, there is no quick/easy way to do so. Is there any plan to bring it back? Or is the tag cloud gone forever?

Where are the Release Notes? Where can we see exactly what features were removed.

Swapna Mistry 0 votes
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Hi Swapna,

Creating a report of your tags helps you to see an overview of your tags and for example how many you have of each tag. It is a different layout than the tag cloud, but serves the same overall purpose.

We don't have a list of what was removed but rather an overview of how it works now. You can see this article here: https://help.podio.com/hc/en-us/articles/201019638-Views-filters-and-reports

It was decided to remove the tag cloud from the right side tiles into the report overlay along with the reports going into the overlay.
In your app view you can use the filter to find the items with the relevant tags.

/Mette
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Mette Frøkjær Hansen 0 votes
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Hi Swapna,

If you want to use the tags as filters (to search for the items with these tags) you can also create a view and select "split by <tag>". This will create a view for you on your left-side view list that shows all available tags, the number of items with these tags and when you click on one of them the filter for this tag will be applied.

It's the same functionality as the tag cloud, just on the left-side and with a slightly different design.
I hope this helps.

Best, Tina

Tina Egolf 0 votes
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Wondering when the podio "design" team is going to step into this century and figure out how to use columns to increase the density of on-screen data. The kindergarten sized rows are just a huge waste of screen real estate and cause unnecessary scrolling.

Al Bunch 1 vote