Development Report Q1 2016
All the ingredients for a great development year!
Our team has big plans in store for this year. Not only do we want to launch a lot of awesome new features, but we want to do so using our shiny new API, which will be our engine for innovation. In this first quarter we made serious progress towards our goals.
Building the team
To make sure the PressPage Platform keeps evolving at a fast pace, we have invested heavily in our development team, and will keep doing so in Q2. This will give our developers room to deliver roadmap items faster and better while also being able to spend more time on imagining and shaping future functionality.
After months of preparations, the first parts of our new API have been launched and are in use! Although access is still limited, the team is excited to report that everything is working as expected and a broader roll-out will take place in the coming months. Not only will more customers start using it, new features will make use of it as well. This is a major milestone and the beginning of a new wave of research & development.
Our customers reach a huge combined audience through their newsrooms and gather a lot of feedback on what could be improved or added. Based on that end-user feedback we introduced new search functionality and tag filters for the coverage and the tagcloud functionality to enable visitors to find the right content more efficiently.
Design and user experience also have a big impact on the way audiences engage. That is why our team has added a lot of advanced options to customize modules. For example, the featured release module can now be displayed full-width and the news carousel now has transition options. Displaying media coverage using the coverage module was sometimes frustrating as images were generated automatically, but the module now allows the selection of images to make sure a visually compelling overview can be created. The headlines overview can now be turned into a more lively place by toggling on featured images. The team even worked on the RSS module to make sure it supports inline images. As you can see, all of these updates are very visual and can have a direct impact on newsrooms when switched on.
The calendar module has also been completely revamped. In addition to having had a complete redesign, it now shows past events for reference.
To top it off, we added a brand new Pinterest module that allows our customers to show off their profile or individual boards. Another great way to make newsrooms more visually compelling.
Getting it done
The PressPage Manager is constantly being tweaked for usability and efficiency. In Q1, our team updated the Media Manager by adding mass include/exclude options, the ability to overwrite files, drag & drop upload and by selecting the appropriate tab after uploading. These improvements all aim to reduce the time spent on performing tasks, therefore increasing efficiency.
Module ordering is another aspect that has been updated. It now shows column positions and inheritance, which clarifies the modules resulting in less time spent on figuring out the steps to take to get the desired effect.
In user management, a new option to define the default language has been added. This will lead to fewer mistakes and a decrease in time spent on creating users.
A successful quarter for development, but we expect to do even better in Q2! For more information on upcoming features, please see the roadmap (top-right menu after login). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.