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New Default Chart Colors in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, August 17, 2014

When you create a chart, we automatically choose colors for the data series. In previous versions of the software, the color palate included colors like red, yellow, and green. This could be confusing because red, yellow, and green are also used to designate performance.

We've switched to a default chart color palate without red, yellow, or green. We don't want to mess up your existing dashboards, so this new color palate only applies to new charts you create.

This is just one of many changes we've made in version 2.8. If you'd like to be a beta tester, be sure to let us know!

Briefing Book Redesign in 2.8

Scott O'Reilly, July 14, 2014

The Spider Strategies development engine keeps pushing forward, and we're excited to announce the release of version 2.8 beta! We've made a lot of great improvements throughout the application, but one of the most welcomed changes will probably be the complete redesign of full-screen Briefing Books.

In previous versions of the software, sending a Briefing Book to full-screen opened a new browser window. Because this content was in a new widow, though, there was no navigation and you couldn't click on an object to drill down to a new screen.

In version 2.8, briefings are now in the current browser window. The top and left app navigation slide out of the way, and a navigation bar appears on the bottom of the screen to switch slides.

If you click on a link that takes you away from the slide you're viewing, the current slide indicator on the bottom changes to a link back to that slide. You can click the link at any time to jump right back to where you were in the briefing, so it's impossible to get "lost".

In the lower left corner is a button that toggles the display of the top and left navigation. By default navigation is hidden, but you may find it useful to turn navigation back on temporarily when drilling down or changing calendar periods.

Clicking on the "X" in the lower right corner exits full-screen mode.

This is just the first of many changes we've made in version 2.8. If you'd like to be a beta tester, be sure to let us know!

Other Connect Enhancements

Scott O'Reilly, June 30, 2014

We've put a lot of work into Connect lately, as you've probably noticed from our last three blog posts. There are dozens of new enhancements, like the ability to read from DB2 databases, and the ability to import start/archive dates for scorecard objects.

The biggest change, however, is performance. Connect is now much faster when setting up and running imports. Screens load much more quickly, especially for large data sets.

If you're a hosted customer, the good news is that we'll automatically upgrade you to the latest version of Connect. If you run the software on your own servers, we'll be in contact with you to help you take advantage of the new software.

Connect Unmapped Data Report

Scott O'Reilly, June 16, 2014

Spreadsheets and databases change over time. When you first set up a metric value import, you may have a spreadsheet that includes 10 metrics with values. The next month, there may be 12 metrics with values in the spreadsheet.

There's a good chance you also want to import values for these two new metrics, but they haven't been mapped to metrics in Scoreboard/QuickScore yet. For this reason, Connect now has an Unmapped Source Data report showing all source data metrics that haven't been mapped to any metrics in Scoreboard/QuickScore.

Data Transformations in Connect

Scott O'Reilly, June 2, 2014

Spreadsheets and databases often contain negative or blank values, and Connect has always imported the data as-is. Usually this is just fine, but occasionally people have wanted to tweak the data while it's being imported.

The latest version of Connect now lets you do just that. The options for negative or missing values are to "Allow", "Ignore", "Interpret as Zero", or "Set to N/A".