Tag Archives: New features

Navigation Improvements are Live!

18 Feb

Last week we mentioned that navigation changes were coming soon.

Today we’re excited to launch a better way to navigate your workspace! Now it’s easier for you – and your users – to find key features like uploaded files, get in touch with other users and locate tasks and milestones (for Business Edition).

We made a few tweaks based on your earlier feedback and rest assured we’re keeping all your desires in mind.

With these improvements, we wanted to:

  • Tie your workspaces together and make moving between them easy
  • Make navigation within your workspace clear and simple
  • Highlight common and popular actions and bring them into easy reach

These changes are available now. To see them log into your workspace, or take a look at these screenshots from a sample standalone and business edition workspace.

For more details, check out our usermanual.

Standalone Workspace Navigation:

Standalone Workspace

Business Edition Network Workspace:

Network Workspace

Details about the navigation:

On stand-alone workspaces, the breadcrumbs allow you to navigate directly to your personal list of workspaces (also listed on your my.pbworks.com page), and view the list of workspaces that you have recently used.

On networked workspaces, the breadcrumbs allow you to navigate to your network dashboard and to the the workspaces that you have recently used.



These workspace tabs allow you to access the front page of your wiki, quickly navigate to your uploaded files and administrators will be able to view their settings. These features act the same, only the navigation has changed. If a user does not have access to your uploaded files, they will not be able to view the list of files on your workspace.

What do you think about these improvements? Tell us in the comments.

Try the New PBworks Voice Collaboration Beta

16 Feb

Voice Collaboration Video

For the first time ever, click-to-call teleconferencing has been integrated with collaboration software.

With the new PBworks Voice Collaboration beta, you can pull your teammates into a instant conference call.  You can conference in as many people as you want, and even add them on the fly.  You don’t need to install any special software, or use any special phones.

Unlike traditional conference calling, there’s no dial-up numbers or meeting codes to remember (or forget, rather!)–PBworks automatically dials everyone for you.

When the call is over, you can save a recording of the call to your workspace.  We even give you the option of automatically sending a link to the recording to all the participants.

PBworks Voice is integrated with our chat as well, so you can switch seamlessly from group chat into a group conference call, and vice versa.

If that weren’t enough to convince you to try it, during the beta program, all calls are free.

After the beta program ends, we’ll provide a 200 conferencing minutes for free to trials and customers, and those who need more can purchase a 300 minutes/user/month plan for $5/user/month, or 2,000 minutes/user/month for $20/user/month.

While the beta calling area is limited to the United States and Canada, we’ll be adding global calling plans soon.

If you’re a Business Edition or Legal Edition user, you already have access to PBworks Voice Collaboration–just click the phone icon on any page.

If you’re not a user yet, sign up for a trial of Business Edition and enjoy 200 conferencing minutes – free! Click here to sign up.

Read more about Voice Collaboration in our previous blog post.

Coming Soon: Host a Conference Call from your Workspace

9 Feb

At Enterprise 2.0 we announced our Real Time Collaboration update, integrating chat and live broadcasting on all Business Edition networks. Today we’re excited to introduce the final part of the real time update – Voice Collaboration.

Voice Collaboration is the fastest and easiest way to set up a conference call with vendors, clients and colleagues.  There is no need to set up an external conference line, instead place a call and add participants from your workspace.

Voice collaboration will be available on all Business Edition networks soon.

Here’s how to create a conference call in two steps:

1.  Choose Voice Collaboration on the bottom right of your workspace.

2. Add conference call participants – you can add existing users or enter a phone number. Now start your conference call.

It’s that easy!  Now you can host a conference call while streaming live edits and chatting on IM all from one place. Voice Collaboration will be available on all Business Edition networks soon.

“You’ve done it again.  Intuitive functionality, tight integration, and affordability.  Team members or clients are directed to a workspace page, the call is launched and collaboration begins… It’s single-button functionality that accelerates team collaboration.”

–Tracy Campbell, CEO, Simplicated LLC.

New feature preview – Navigation Improvements

4 Feb

In the next few weeks your workspace navigation will be automatically updated. This update will change how you access your core collaboration features, making them easier to discover and use. The navigation impacts how you:

  • Create and manage wiki pages
  • Access uploaded documents and files
  • Share the list of users on your workspace User
  • Manage project plans (Business Edition)

Changes on Stand-alone workspaces:

Top level navigation to access your my.pbworks.com account and navigate between your many workspaces by clicking ‘workspaces’.

Tabs to easily view your wiki, pages & files and settings. The settings tab is only available to workspace administrators.

User Tab that all users can see.  Now the user list will be viewable to all users on your workspace.

Changes on Business Edition Network Workspaces:

Top level navigation to access your network dashboard and navigate between your recent workspaces by clicking ‘workspaces’.

Tabs to easily view your wiki, pages & files, tasks, and settings. The settings tab is only available to workspace  administrators.

User Tab that all users can see.  Now the user list can be viewed by all members of your workspace.

These screenshots are just a preview and the navigation may look slightly different when it’s activated on your workspace.

Tell us what you think of the new navigation!

Rename your Front Page

2 Feb

page name change

The front page of your wiki is the first page that users see and acts as the table of contents for your site. Information on the front page should explain the purpose of your wiki, how you want users to participate and important pages that users can navigate to when getting started.

Now you change the name of your front page to more accurately reflect the purpose of your wiki.

To rename your page, choose edit and click ‘rename this page’.

pagetools

New User Panel for all Networked Workspaces

12 Jan

Until today only administrators could see who is on a workspace, and what permission level each user has. It’s pretty difficult to work on collaborative projects when you can’t see who’s on your team! With the new user panel all users can see who is on the workspace and what workspace-wide permission level they have. Administrators can access the users panel from workspace settings, all other users will see a link in the top right of their workspace. Here are three reasons why we love this feature:

  • Now you can quickly find your coworkers email and check out their latest status update
  • Better understand exactly what your clients can see by checking their workspace-wide permission level
  • Sort by name, permission level, even email address! It’s easy to find who your looking for.

What non-administrators will see: users image

What all users will see: NEW USERS2 See a larger image here

Introducing the PBworks Template Store

12 Jan

The Template Store serves many professions
(Image appears courtesy of Joe “Shiggy” Sciglitano)

The great thing about PBworks is that you can use it to do just about anything.

The bad thing about PBworks (at least for those of us who tell its story for a living) is that you can use it to do just about anything.

Saying that PBworks combines wikis, document management, project management, social networking, microblogging, and real-time communications (with integrated voice coming soon) requires strong lungs.  More importantly, simply listing all the features in PBworks doesn’t necessarily tell you how it solves *your* particular problem.

That’s why we built the Template Store.

Not only does the Template Store show how you can use PBworks workspaces to solve specific problems, you can clone these examples into your own PBworks network, where you can customize them to meet your needs, or even convert them into custom workspace templates.

Plus, all 25+ of our templates are free of charge to PBworks users.

There are templates for specific industries (e.g. a Client Engagement Template for consultants, a PR Client Extranet for marketers) as well as specific functions and processes (a Branch Office Intranet for corporate use, a Presales Extranet for sales, and a Competitive Analysis Template for marketing).

If you’re already using PBworks Business Edition (formerly Project Edition) or Legal Edition, you can access the Template Store from your network — chose ‘Workspaces’ and select “Template Store.”

If you don’t currently have a network, you can preview the Template Store here.  You can even submit your own templates for inclusion.

Check out the Template Store and see if there’s a template to solve your problem.  And if not, leave a comment, and we’ll work on building one!