Archive | August, 2012

Introducing the New Legal Hub

27 Aug

For the past few years, law firms of all sizes, ranging from solo practitioners to AmLaw 100 members have used PBworks Legal Hub for internal, client, and partner collaboration.  Legal Hub gave law firms all of PBworks’ standard collaboration tools (wikis, file sharing, project management, social software) with the additional legal functionality of server-side encryption and a complete audit trail to ensure the privacy and security of confidential information.

Now we’re adding new legal-specific functionality to help litigators by providing online case binders.  As litigators prepare for their courtroom appearances, they can use Legal Hub to store and coordinate all the key documents and filings, including motions, pleadings, and expert witness testimony:

Legal Hub even applies Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to uploaded images of court documents, indexing these previously unsearchable files and making them part of Legal Hub’s search engine.

If you’re at the ILTA conference this week, contact our sales team at sales@pbworks.com, and we’ll be happy to arrange an in-person demo.  You can read the full press release here.

Introducing PBworks Gallery View

13 Aug

One of the major benefits of PBworks is how it serves as a central hub for all your work.  Whatever the nature of your work product, be it text on a wiki page, a spreadsheet of financials, or an important presentation, PBworks gives you a secure way to collaborate and share that content.  Now we’re making PBworks even more powerful for working with photos, images, and other files.

The new PBworks Gallery View will let your users browse the pages and files of a workspace in a whole new way, replacing a flat list of files with a tiled gallery option.  If you like working with lists, don’t worry–you can toggle between Gallery View and the standard pages and files interface.  Each one of your users can choose their preferred view, and switch between the views whenever they want.

You’ll still be able to use all the great PBworks features you’re used to, including custom security, easy sharing, sorting files by name, type, or last revision date, drag-and-drop movement of files, bulk operations, and more.  Gallery View is simply an additional way to view the contents of a workspace folder, similar to the options in your computer’s operating system.

We’re also replacing the current “More” menu (which currently appears when you hover over a page or file) with a preview card.  Not only is this preview card more aesthetically pleasing and elegant, it’s also functional.  The preview card will make actions and meta-information (such as access to prior revisions) available about the page, file, or folder much easier to understand and use.

Finally, we’ve added a new Gallery plugin, which will be available in the editor.  The Gallery plugin lets you embed the visual power of Gallery View on any wiki page.  When you’re editing a wiki page, go to Insert > More Plugins… > Page Information > Folder Contents.  Choose “Gallery View” for the display format, and we’ll display all the files in that folder as a single scrollable strip of Gallery images.

Whether you’re a graphic designer, creative director, or just someone with a refined sense of aesthetics, if you have a collection of Powerpoint Presentations, images, or PDFs to share, the Gallery plugin will allow you to create a much more dynamic and visually appealing page for that, rather than simply linking to a folder or adding a list of files.

We will be launching the new PBworks Gallery view, along with the new preview card and Gallery plugin on the evening of Monday, August 13.  You can direct your users to https://docs.pbworks.com/Gallery-View for more details, and a preview of what the new options will look like when available.  We’ve got plenty more enhancements in store for you in the next few months, so stay tuned!

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