Dear ShortPoint Community,
Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season. The start of the year always feels like a new beginning and brings forward hopes for a fruitful year ahead. We feel the same this January at ShortPoint, as we bring in a new perspective on our product with changes to how we call its editing interfaces. Check out our renaming initiative below! We are also restating our commitment to a safe and secure upgrade process which our colleague discusses in a newly released product video. Finally, we take the Image Lists Design Element to help you keep your goals for this year at the top of everyone’s mind.
Face the new year head-on and achieve your goals! See you next month!
Content Unit Manager, ShortPoint
Tutorials in January
Bringing Focus and Clarity to Our Product Name
We introduced numerous product updates in the past couple of years. We have a Page Builder, Theme Builder, Visual Builder, and Wireframe Builder. How many builders can there be when there is just one ShortPoint intranet solution? We want you to be comfortable and have a clear understanding of the different features that provide value in our product.
And so, we begin this year by bringing focus on one ShortPoint Page Builder. We are currently in the beta phase for a major update which will give you the Live Mode (formerly visual builder). It allows you to design and edit your page using ShortPoint tools and view the results in real-time and live. On the other hand, your trusty Grid Mode (formerly wireframe builder) is still available and will be fully enhanced. Switch to it and you can design in an outline-based workspace whenever you want. When the all-new ShortPoint Page Builder goes public, we will not forget the old version and we will call that Legacy Page Builder.
Such exciting times for ShortPoint. Check out the beta version of the upcoming product update to know what is in store for you.
ShortPoint Is Safe to Upgrade
Watch our ShortPoint Expert Tetiana as she provides you with detailed information about the ShortPoint upgrade process and what measures we have in place to ensure that it is safe and secure.
Video Tutorial: How to Upgrade ShortPoint?
If you have a ShortPoint SPFx version that is lower than 7.1.5.xx, then this video tutorial is made for you. It provides you with the steps you need to take to upgrade ShortPoint and, most importantly, get the upgrade options tthat make updating ShortPoint in the future quick and easy. Watch the video to get started.
Design Element of the Month:
A new year is upon us and with it comes new or updated goals for ourselves, our teams, and our organization. New Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), projects, milestones, and other targets are lined up to be implemented to have a collaborative and productive year ahead. Looking for creative ways to keep these at the forefront of your audience’s mind? We suggest adding images to the list with our Design Element of the Month: Image Lists.
You can create a list of projects and add the project manager’s image, a short description, and the target completion date. You can add creative images, icons, or badges that would identify the goal everywhere on your site. You can make the list a springboard to direct users to a full page about your KPIs. There is so much that you can do with Image Lists.
Here are a few support articles that can help you design a section of your page that is dedicated to your goals for 2022:
- Make a horizontal Image List. Who says lists have to be vertical? Try out a horizontal one and make it more interesting.
- Connect Image List to an image library. Use compelling images to represent each one of your goals lists, add them into an image library, and connect them to an image list.
- Display video thumbnails. Do you have videos of your executives explaining each company strategy? Use image lists to display these video thumbnails or a playlist of your videos about your company’s goals.
These are just a few of the creative ways to use Image Lists. We bet you have more brilliant ideas on how to take advantage of such a flexible ShortPoint Design Element.
The Faces of ShortPoint
Meet Paul, Our Lead Automation Engineer
The software development cycle has inherent routine processes and tasks that take time and resources away from value creation and innovation. At ShortPoint, we have a brilliant Automation Department that lends its expertise to automate these tasks so that everyone can focus on bringing the best product improvement ideas to life. This department is headed by our Lead Automation Engineer, Paul Gladoon who we will introduce to you this month.
Paul works out of Odessa, Ukraine. With over 6 years of experience in automation, he joined ShortPoint in November 2020, laid the foundations of automation within the company, and grew his department to a team of three. He built ShortPoint’s Night Watch which tracks changes in SharePoint’s user interface (UI) so that we are proactively aware of any updates that may affect the performance of our product. He and his team continue to build automation initiatives in different parts of the company today.
Outside work, Paul is a devoted husband to Helen and doting father to Eve. They love to travel to different destinations and camp out in tents. He also likes to keep himself fit by going to the gym, swimming, and cycling. An interesting fact, Paul went into a special diet of Soviet athletes which aims to increase physical strength and muscle mass. It involved being on a strict vegan diet for a specific period, his was for five years, and coming back to a regular diet afterward. He now has increased strength skills and added weight in muscle mass by 15 kilograms. If you walk around Odessa, you might find Paul enjoying his regular dose of street workouts.