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IP.Tracker 1.4 ACP: Projects

Posted by Alex , in IP.Tracker 09 July 2010 · 2,090 views

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When new major versions of applications are released, they tend to include a bunch of new features that have been requested over the products lifespan. New features are nice, but this is not the only route we are taking with IP.Tracker 1.4. Of course, 1.4 will include lots of new features which we are sure you are bound to love, but we thought it would be equally important to go over every single interface within IP.Tracker and bring it up to a level of quality we've never done before.

As promised, we shall be going over different areas within IP.Tracker as they are nearing completion and explaining some of the changes you will find once you upgrade to IP.Tracker 1.4. Today we will be showing off the new interface within the Project Manager Admin CP.

Project Listing
First and foremost, the first screen you get to when you visit the Admin CP is the project listing, this simply lists the projects you have and provides links to edit them. I'd first of all like to remind you of the level of detail and quality we are putting into 1.4, we don't regard this as an area that is used much, but we are putting the same amount of quality in all areas of 1.4!

Here is the current interface you are presented with if you have 1.3.x installed on your forums:
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As you can see, it's nothing special - as said in previous entries IP.Tracker 1.3 was a quick port to get Tracker working on IP.Board 3, now with 1.4 we have had the time to streamline and simplify all the interfaces.

Here is that exact same screen in the latest revision of 1.4:
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As you can instantly see, everything has been slimmed down and made cleaner, only things which need to show are there, and the whole interface just looks a lot more friendly to use.

You may have noticed that in the 1.4 screenshot the sub-projects are no longer links underneath the project description, and you no longer have to click the project title to get to them. One of the main bits of feedback we received with 1.3 was there were simply too many clicks involved to get to the project you wanted. With 1.4 we've gone with an 'all on one page' approach, if a project has sub projects, a collapse icon appears next to the project title. When clicked, it slides down the sub-projects with all the same information you got with 1.3, and more.

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We have also implemented the new control options that you will be familiar with if you own IP.Content, or been keeping up-to-date with the IP.Nexus development. These replace the IP.Board 3 circular drop-down icons with a set of 3 controls, 2 of which are common features (for the projects we have 'add subproject' and 'edit project'), and 1 which provides the same drop-down found in earlier versions.

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As you can also see, when hovering over a project you get a brief summary of the project statistics - something which we think may be useful! Now, this is where our favourite part comes into play, have you noticed how you can no longer see the usual drag icons you had in IP.Tracker 1.3 to reorder projects? This video below explains all! For better quality, please watch it fullscreen on YouTube, in 480p.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRbESAjyJ74

Editing a Project
The final interface we will show you today to do with projects is the edit screen, we will not show you much today as we have hidden several areas which we want to surprise you with in another blog entry. However, we will show comparison shots and go over the main changes.

Here is the interface you have been used to in IP.Tracker 1.3.

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Now, we're going to be honest here, this was possibly the worst interface in the whole of IP.Tracker, and we knew it had to be changed! We wanted an area which was easy to use and looked nice, and it couldn't simply be a long list of form elements. It also had to be fluid enough to include extended areas that are not defined by default *hint hint*. We believe that products within the forum should all have the same look and feel, so we've taken what we feel are the best bits from various applications and merged them together. This is very early in the design change, and it will probably change quite a lot - but the same structure will be apparent throughout, so this is why we are showing you it now.

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Now, being the evil developers we are, we will not be showing you any of the areas that are on the left (Additional Options, Versions, etc.) simply because they are all worthy of their own blog entry, and each area will get one in the coming weeks. There are also a few 'tabs' that have been skinned out of that screenshot, you'll just have to wait and see ;)

Recapping
So that's our first development entry for IP.Tracker which shows you some of the new cool stuff we have planned! This entry is not necessarily about new features (even though some of the drag and drop is really cool), but more about showing you how we are going over every single interface and completely revamping it. We hope you like the changes you've seen, and we can't wait to show you more!




After watching that video, I want to be able to re-arrange forums, downloads, galleries and Links in the same way!!!!
    • estan, Windstiller, Alex and 4 others like this

After watching that video, I want to be able to re-arrange forums, downloads, galleries and Links in the same way!!!!


As an aside, improving things like that will be coming in the main products, don't worry :)

As an aside, improving things like that will be coming in the main products, don't worry :)

That's good to know. Wasn't trying to dog on the main products, just saying it was like "WOW! That rocks!" so please don't take it in a bad way. :)

"WOW! That rocks!" :)


+1 :)
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Olivier Turbis
Jul 09 2010 03:37 PM
Love!
Wonderful news !

Good job :thumbsup:
Very nice. Thank you!

I do not use IP.Tracker on my Community but now with the incoming new release I'm considering installing it.

Can I manage non-bug, non-software related projects via IP.Tracker?
Incredible ;)
I almost fell of me seat... (w00t)

Marvellous job :thumbsup:

No actually it absolutely incredible and will be an asset. :D

Very nice. Thank you!

I do not use IP.Tracker on my Community but now with the incoming new release I'm considering installing it.

Can I manage non-bug, non-software related projects via IP.Tracker?

Sorry ... just saw this. One of the focuses of this next release it to make it easier for the product to adapted for other uses. You'll see as we progress with development and a lot of the new features are revealed.
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Massive Dynamics
Jul 24 2010 03:38 PM
I want. Great job, guys :)

After watching that video, I want to be able to re-arrange forums, downloads, galleries and Links in the same way!!!!

+1 !!! Please add it to other products!

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