As usually happens, a long lasting silence on this blog is followed by important updates on Panmind. While you were standing in the sun, getting tanned, drinking in the pool or whatever other activity means holiday to you, our team of little magic elves was working hard to let you find a glad surprise once back home.
Panmind has interesting updates, varying from a fresher visual style to a whole new set of features. The aim was to make Panmind an easier and smarter tool to deal with for your everyday work, so we focused all our efforts to one major subject: how you manage project’s content. And our thoughts drove us to an interesting place.
Panmind, Projects and Files
What is a file in 21st century? And what it’s not? Is a blog post less important than a zipped archive to your project? Is a link to an external image less important than an image you upload from your computer? When it’s time to run a project, all project’s assets have the same importance, and all you need to for is a tool to have them on the same page and deal with them in a seamless way.
You must be able to put into Panmind everything you need to drive you projects to success, whether they are things which you find on the web like links and videos, stuff you create on place like posts or a writeboard, or stuff you own on your computer and want to share with your team.
Cloud computing is knocking down the borders between what a filesystem is and what it’s not. Every resource you need to view, manage and share can be thought as a file, no matter today (and even less tomorrow) where that piece of information is located as long as you are allowed to access it. All we want to do is to find and provide our users with the best tools we can, to help them embrace this change.
We used to have a separation between content and non-content assets on Panmind. That was crazy, we realized it, we changed it, and the result is very simple:
Panmind is made up of projects that contain files.
It’s easier now to create files into Panmind than it was before. Just two simple buttons to choose from, ‘Upload’ and ‘Create new’.
‘Upload’ file tool is now powered with a new multiple upload feature, that allows you to browse your filesystem and select more than one file at time. Many of you were asking for this feature for so long and in the end we did it. And that’s cool.
‘Create new’ button lets you access four simple types: Post, Link, Video and Writeboard. Among those types, we introduced a new feature that avoids the need to populate title and abstract for links and videos by hand. We are trying to guess it for you, and most of the times we are right!
Good news for someone of you: tags are back in place! It’s now possibile to tag your stuff with autocompleting in the project’s scope.
Files page changed a lot. It’s easier now to find stuff. You can now filter by author and by tag. We still miss the keyword search in the project, we are working on it, it will follow up very soon.
The other important change in Files page is the introduction of multiple actions. Checkboxes are now allowing you to mass delete files or add tags to many files at time.
Panmind is continuously growing up, we are constantly working to improve the quality our users deserve. This one is just a tiny step in a direction we know can lead to great value. Stay with us if you are curious to know what we are able of. And don’t forget to fill our mailbox with every kind of feedback, insults included!