Posted by: Bryan Anderson
RepairMaps v3.1 has been released!
The RepairMaps team has been hard at work improving our product, and v3.1 released today offers a number of new features and enhancements that will optimize productivity and improve our users' experience.
Overall, we've moved to a more responsive layout on all interfaces, with pages that leverage all of your screen's real estate, eliminating wasted space and optimizing RM's visual footprint. Responsive layouts are the new gold standard for web applications, and this new layout will permit you to see more content at any one time, while minimizing the need for tedious scrolling. (click on each image below to enlarge)
We've also consolidated and reorganized Help-related content into two new components within the RM application: a) a collapsible Help & Glossary Bar that lives on the left side of every RM screen, and b) a series of minimizable/maximizable Utility Panels across the lower left side of every screen.
The Help & Glossary Bar presents two sections of Help content that had been presented in different ways in past versions of RepairMaps. The Help on this page section collects all the various context-sensitive Help content sections on the current page and presents them in a navigation list.
The Glossary Items on this page section depicts a listing of all the Glossary Items that can be found on the current page and presents them in a definition list. Clicking on an item displays its definition. Additionally, moving the Highlight on page slider will toggle a highlight on every instance of each Glossary term on the current page.
RM's new Utility Panel feature unobtrusively presents four utility-type features across the bottom of every RM screen. Each of them can be maximized, re-sized, moved around on the screen, and minimized as needed.
The TI Lookup panel exposes the TI Lookup form, which behaves the same way as it has in past versions of RepairMaps - users can search for a particular Tracked Item by Unique ID or by Operator ID. If found, the TI is presented in the standard Review Screen.
The Scratchpad panel exposes a brand new feature - the Scratchpad. As its name suggests, the Scratchpad allows you to jot down notes of any kind as you work in the RM application -- reminders, a to-do list of TIs to finish processing, or any text-based content of your choosing. It's designed to facilitate the kind of short-term note-taking required of any laborious process of working through lists of tedious data. Any text entered here will always be saved, both as you move from screen to screen in a single user session, and even from one session to another. The Scratchpad panel can be maximized to consume the whole screen (if you're inclined to write a novel!), re-sized, and moved around to maximize its utility while keeping it out of your way on various RM interfaces. Also note that its status (position on screen and size) will persist as you move from one RM screen to the next.
The RM University (RMU) panel presents Help and related content to optimize your understanding of the RM system. Context-sensitive help content that's launched from any Help icon throughout the app will be depicted in this panel. The panel will also suggest other help content related to the content that you requested. Also note that the RMU panel's status (position on screen and size) will persist as you move from one RM screen to the next.
We've also added some keyboard shortcuts to help you nimbly accomplish repetitive tasks. These are listed within the RMU Utility Panel (top-right icon that looks like the Esc keyboard key). Feel free to make suggestions on any other repetitive tasks that might beg for a keyboard shortcut.
The Tech Docs section has moved into the RMU Utility Panel, and there serves largely the same purpose and is organized in exactly the same way.
Finally, we've integrated a 3rd-party Feedback system that allows you to share feedback, make suggestions, and report problems in a way that we'll be able to more effectively track and act on. The submission form can be accessed via the Feedback Utility Panel.
Your feedback--on these new features, this new release, and RepairMaps in general--is very important to us. Please let us know what you think. Happy mapping!