• New Pie Charts in CMS 2.1

    With CMS 2.1 right around the corner, we've been working hard to make sure everything in the app looks better than ever. One of our most recent tweaks is that we've changed the way we're drawing pie charts. Here's how they looked before:

    And here's how they look now:

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  • Search coming to CMS 2.1!

    At Spider Strategies, we have a "Research and Development" (R&D) day each week that allows us to pursue projects we find interesting. For the last few weeks, I've been working on a search feature for CMS 2.1 that will allow you to quickly search through everything in CMS: bookmarks, strategy maps, documents, reports, etc. This will be a handy feature if you're looking for something and you know its name but aren't quite sure where it would reside within CMS.

    Here is a screenshot of the new search feature in action.

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  • Going Mobile with CMS 2.1

    On the road and need to run a few reports? Need to check the latest numbers as you go into the big meeting? Maybe you're gathering data out in the field and want to update your metrics with the freshest data? In CMS 2.1 you will be able to do all this (and more) from your mobile device!

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  • Good Looking Gantt Charts

    Two weeks ago I posted about how I spiced up the graphs in CMS. Well, now it's time for the gantt charts. This is what they looked like before:

    And this is what they look like now:

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  • Design Advice - Look and Feel

    Note: An old college friend recently asked me to critique the design of one of his web projects. I thought some of my advice might be helpful to web developers in general, though, so I'm publishing a few excerpts here.

    Color scheme and ascetic choices are some of the more subtle design decisions, but they go a long way towards improving site usability. Take the video sharing site, Vimeo, for example. Zach Klein, one of my favorite designers, is largely responsible for its look and feel, and he’s done a great job creating a site that just seems easy. Don’t confuse good design with simplicity, though. A lot of effort has gone into making this page look clean.

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