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  • Pallabi Patnaik

    Hi Ayal איל שפירא

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. There are some aspects on dark mode that we are investigating. Further, all our designs have been taking into account accessibility best practices as well. But would love to gather more ideas from you. Would you like to be part of our Beta User community and help test any new features we build sharing more UX perspective?

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  • Alex Solorio

    Thanks Pallabi, I have a couple of doubts the company icon on the web looks like a company but on Mobile it is a heart, there is an error.

    And the many interface icons are cut off look:

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  • Anna Paparizou

    Is there a possibility to add colors on each field?

    Not only different kind of categories, but also in the category field eachself or text fields or telefon fields etc.

    It would be very user-friendly for a person that only uses some apps. 

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  • Rainer Grabowski

    I really like the new colour. The very similar (a bit darker) Sea Foam theme has been my Google colour for quite a long time.As a beta tester, I've been using the new design for a few weeks now and actually like it better every day. 

    As a beta tester, I've been using the new design for a few weeks now and like it better every day. And as a Podio consultant, I work in Podio all day.
    Pallabi Patnaik Thank you for the explanation:

    But fun fact: 'light teal symbolises creativity and provokes thinking'  

     

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  • Pamela Alexander

    Benedict Stalder I have an iPad Pro and am able to update my templates just fine. The only issue I have is that I have to use a mouse (either external or on magic keyboard), as the screen does not seem to be responsive when touching with your finger. 

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  • Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen

    Thanks for the feedback on colors Paul and Amy, did you try to adjust categories to the new darker versions? You can adjust the category to darker colors and make these show up in calendar instead:

    Peter, great find on notification color - we should get this fixed! :) 

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  • Tue Roth

    Well... most of us have a lot of wishes for features depending on our own circumstances. 

    What would really be interesting to know and what would put everything into perspective, is if you Pallabi Patnaik could share with the community how many developers you have exclusively working on Podio. 

    I know there are a lot of shared resources in Citrix making sure the servers are spinning and who are doing day to day maintenance, small fixes etc., but how many, if any (my guess) are actually working exclusively on developing podio as a platform?
    If we know that there is only 0,5 dedicated developer(s) looking into new features and upgrades, then it is completely understandable that nothing is happening on the platform.

    So... please let us know

    Thanks,

    /Tue

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  • Pallabi Patnaik

    Hi Maeve Richmond Thanks for sharing this detailed feedback. And we love users with OCD because that challenges us to keep improving our product further. I will definitely take this feedback (on the width of numbers and letters) back to our design team to evaluate if this can be made better. However, this has not been a common feedback, so I may not be able to guarantee an improvement here as of now.

    Also regarding your feedback on the broad teal header: This has actually been a common feedback from multiple customers and our design team is already looking into it. The header size was increased to unify our branding look with the other Citrix products and also to match with the modern industry design standards. But we understand how important the screen real estate is for our Podio customers and so, we are working towards making it it better.  

    / Pallabi - Podio Product Manager

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  • João Neto

    I don't think the light teal a problem. But the contrast with the light grey background maybe doesn't make me feel good. Imho

    We're Podio users since 2012. Get good things coming! =)

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  • Eugen Baryshnikau

    Ok, dear community, since it looks like changes we asked above were just ignored and the new theme now is obligatory, here are the basic CSS fixes for it. To use them, you would need to install a plugin for your browser that allows to add custom CSS styles for any website, for example, User CSS for Chrome. And then add the following CSS to it. A lot may be done this way, but these are just two things that were the most annoying for me. 

    1. This will fix the font to support Unicode glyphs like cyrillic and jewish letters etc. (since the now used font Public Sans does not supports them and the theme has no correct fall back):

    body,
    .header-sub-title, 
    .header-title,
    .app-sidebar-new__current-views,
    .sub-navigation .tabs ul>li h5 {
      font-family: sans-serif !important
    }

    2. This will reduce the height of the top panel: 

    :root {
    --panel-height: 40px /* set your own height (63px is default) */
    }
    .content-container {
      margin-top: var(--panel-height)
    }
    body.section-app .content-container {
      padding-top: var(--panel-height)
    }

    #header-global,
    #header-global .nav-box>.inner .user-navigation,
    #header-global .nav-box>.inner .user-functions,
    .space-switcher-wrapper,
    .space-switcher .search .default-title, .space-switcher .search input,
    .space-switcher .search {
      height: var(--panel-height)
    }
    .space-switcher .search .default-title,
    .space-switcher .search .img {
      line-height: var(--panel-height);
    }
    .space-switcher .search .img {
      margin: calc( (var(--panel-height) - 16px) / 2);
    }

    Provided as is, some bugs may be still there, so no guarantees, use it on your own risk :)

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  • Adam Chipman

    Can organizational admins change the UI for the organization or does this need to be done on a per user bases. 

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  • איל שפירא

    Hi Pallabi Patnaik,
    you are welcome to contact me via email, we can elaborate on the subject further.

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  • Pallabi Patnaik

    Adam Chipman This is a user level setting. So users would need to voluntarily switch to the new look themselves. Organisation admins cannot control the same.

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  • Pallabi Patnaik

    Benedict Stalder This entire update has been focussed on a visual re-do and styling updates. We are also launching an update for our iPad app soon. However, that too would majorly be a UI update. Having said that, we do have web-mobile parity as one of the critical items on the roadmap, while drawing the fine line between flexibility and complexity on apps. Idea would be to keep the apps light-weight with only absolutely needed functionalities that are needed on the go. So we will need to first understand if app template modification is a common customer demand for our mobile and iPad apps or at least iPad apps specifically.

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  • Alex Solorio

    This icon that we use a lot for companies / clients is a heart in the Mobile version:

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  • Jacob Thorp

    Looks great!

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  • Benedict Stalder

    Pamela Alexander you are right; the Magic Keyboard does the trick! Solves a problem I had for a long time. Thank you very much!

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  • Peter Guldager Dahl

    You missed a spot. The "1 new post" notification does not fit the new theme. The clash is more obvious when seeing the whole page.

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  • Kenneth Oronsaye

    Has anyone noticed this on event apps?

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  • Richard Kennett

    I love the update! The new interface feels fresh and is enjoyable to use. I do not agree with most of the comments regarding color, but realize it would be good for users to be able to choose and customize to theor own preferences. One size does not fit all.

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  • Samuel Artmann

    Podio team, congratulations on the color theme change.

    I would like to suggest to also upgrade the whole UI/UX to something more modern. Especially, the ability to change the layout of the UI (positioning of fields on e.g. a grid) would be great.

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  • Pallabi Patnaik

    Hi Kenneth Oronsaye Thanks for raising this issue. We will try to reproduce this and definitely fix it.

    Germán Gutiérrez Hernández Dark mode is on our radar  - on both web and mobile. I just do not have a definitive timeline for it as it would not be a quick item.

    Richard Kennett Thanks for adding your kind words and loving Podio. I totally agree and like I mentioned in my earlier comments, color is a subjective matter, so I am not surprised if the choices vary. In fact we also get business cases where companies want to update the color to match their company branding. We may not have color customisation in Podio right now, but we are working towards similar user value with Citrix Podio and Citrix Workspace together. Stay tuned for more news on the same.

    Geoff Chatham I hear you and I would not say you are wrong. Customisation of apps, flexibility of setting up our own business processes are definitely one of the biggest selling factors for Podio. But Podio's power and user base is also owed to its extensive calculation, workflow and automation abilities. There are new tools in the market who have great UI but may not be as powerful as Podio. So we are taking a more holistic approach at continuous improvement on all aspects. (For example, calculation reliability performance was one of them and you would be hearing about some improvements in near future). I too am sad that our UI had not been through a major update all these years, and we know users wanted more than just a look and feel change. Let's  just consider this as step1 in that direction. There is more to come.

    David Schaap Thanks for adding your thoughts. I would say we have mix of both backend and customer facing use cases, but I do understand the spirit of your comment that there are many companies who are primarily dependant on the powerful capabilities of Podio rather than just the client facing UI. Having said that, we want an improved UI for your employees as well (not just clients) and like you suggested, it actually adds layout and responsiveness updates as a key roadmap item for us. Search in filtered tables is also a very valid requirement and we will add it to our feature backlog.

    Tue Roth I am not authorized to share our team size publicly. However, I can assure you that the focus and investment on Podio has been steadily growing and we are positive towards a brighter future in Citrix. In fact if you check our Product News section again, this last 1 year has actually seen a lot of feature improvements related to security features (2SV, SSO) and performance improvements. In addition to that, we have successfully undergone multiple platform updates and maintenance activities over the last couple of years. We are dedicated to keep making Podio better! 

    Samuel Artmann Yes upgrading the complete UX and layout changes are definitely on our to-do list. I just cannot indicate any timeline here owing to the massive scope the project would entail. However, we will make sure to give due importance to UX while adding more functionalities on Podio.

    / Pallabi - Podio Product Manager

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  • Kelly Brito

    I appreciate the team's work on making this UI/UX better. But I haven't seen any significant improvements in that regard. Still looks too close to the old design. And, while the old design colors were less than impressive, so is the new one. I can definitely see hints of improvements and more modern feel here and there, but... 

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  • Matt Angell

    Pallabi Patnaik, I must have missed it,  could you point me in the direction, or give me any information when Citrix will deprecate the old look?  The image popped up today as a reminder that the old look will go away

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  • Hakim AB

    Hi there. I sincerely appreciate all of your efforts that your team has put into the UI/UX changes, I will explore them when time permits. I have witnessed first hand via usability studies the effect UIX changes can have on users. The reactions can be harsh and pull up all kinds of psychological issues associated with each person. I do however want to bring to your attention a feature request that I deem to be very important for Podio. Many of us build and maintain a large number of workspaces. Better workspace management has been requested over the years (i.e. https://help.podio.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/202504513-Workspace-Organization-and-Menu-Customization) and this in my opinion takes precedence over cosmetic changes to the UI.

     

    If we could get a drag-and-drop menu with nesting (similar to Google Tasks) for the workspace icons, that would do wonders for a great deal of Podio users. I suspect that the code base may not have been built to support this, hence the lack of response from Podio/Citrix development.

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  • Matt Angell

    Hi Pallabi Patnaik, I'd like to bump my question - can you tell us when the old look will expire?  Per that screenshot I attached to my last comment I infer that the retirement is imminent, but there's no mention of date.

    Thanks.

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  • Shawn Terry

    I'm curious how the modifications are coming that have been requested by the community.  

    Pallabi Patnaik

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  • Jesus Perez

    Is this new look now being forced? I don't see a way to switch back and I prefer the older layout by a mile.

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  • Alex

    I use the awesome Podio Super Menu checkbox option "make new Teal UI nicer" to tone down the horrid teal banner and another checkbox "Remove animated Glipies" which makes the interface look a bit more professional. Thanks Eugen for the CSS options might give that a go one day. Cheers

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  • Pallabi Patnaik

    Thank you Users for pouring in your thoughts, likes and dislikes about this new theme. Of course 'colour' by itself is a pretty subjective matter, so while our new and brighter color palette makes the UI look more modern for some, we completely understand that it might not turn out to be the best theme for others. Your feedback really matters and we will pass on the same to the relevant teams within Citrix. 

    In the meantime, would like share my 2 cents summarizing on the different concerns raised above:

    Header Color

    One common concern I see above is regarding the "light teal header". I would want to highlight that the teal shade in the header helps us align with the new Citrix brand. Further, based on our user research, we have gathered that it gives a fresh new and modern feel to the UI, something that is more 2021 as compared to the old blue we had. I may not have the right answer to "Why Citrix chose teal color for its brand". But fun fact: 'light teal symbolises creativity and provokes thinking' I feel this is something that aligns well with Citrix's inclination towards unlocking human potential and innovating.

    Category Color Palette

    Our new color palette contains 16 new colors, 8 in light and 8 in dark shades. The 8 category colors from the old theme have a 1-1 default mapping to the lighter 8 shades in the new theme. If that seems too light, will suggest try updating some of them to the darker 8 shades in case it helps.

    Icons

    We are definitely recording feedback from these comments. Will highlight the concern with the " quotation mark icon and we will get it fixed. For any future comments, always feel free to submit your feedback via a Podio support ticket and that will be re-routed to product team for necessary action.

    Fonts

    Thanks for highlighting this. We have escalated this concern internally and hope to hear back soon.

    Dark Mode

    This is not a top priority item on our roadmap currently, apart from some aspects of dark mode compatibility. Our major focus was to get you users a new UI look with updated styling first. But if we see this as a growing feature request similar to the comments I see above, we can definitely bump up its priority. We already have certain posts requesting for Dark Mode/theme in our Community page. Feel free to add more comments there to showcase the demand!

    Thank you again for all your feedback. Keep them coming. And we will keep the improvements coming in to the product.

    Cheers,

    // Pallabi - Podio Product Manager

     

     

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