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SprintGround Product Update - Drag & Drop

Introducing accurate prioritizing and the most advanced Drag&Drop ever!
New features
  • Accurate Prioritizing
    This is the feature we are most excited to release, because it is a complex ordering an prioritization algorithm designed to be appear completely invisible, yet give you all the advantages. Under the hood, there is a new in it's kind advanced algorithm storing accurate order of the tasks and preserving positions relative to other items when moving tasks between the lists. All you have to do is drag the task to set the desired position once, holding Ctrl key.
    Keep an eye on this one. In the future it will include "smarter" pre-prioritization, freeing you even more from manual actions.
  • Task board & Planning board Drag&Drop
    Planning and progressing the tasks in the workflow cannot get easier than this. You can move, order and even prioritize tasks just by dragging them around.

    In short:
    • Normal drag for automatic sorting
    • Ctrl+drag for real-time manual positioning & prioritization
    • Shift+Click to select multiple items (Planning board)

    The regular dragging using primary mouse button allows quickly moving items between the columns without requiring you to think where exactly the item should land in the new list. Simply drag an item overlapping the surface of the new list and drop it. The item will find it's new position automatically, taking advantage of the new Accurate Prioritizing feature.

    Holding down Ctrl key while dragging will allow you to set item's position as you drag it. This way you can set up tasks in a desired order and even change their priority just by moving them along the list. For example if you move a task with any priority between two Critical priority items, it will become Critical as well.

    Adding on top what's possible with Drag&Drop on the task board, the Planning board allows you to drag multiple tasks simultaneously. Multiple tasks can be selected by checking the checkboxes or using Shift+Click.
UI Design Updates
  • Cleaner UI input control design
    As a user, this is probably the first thing you noticed. There are less edges and shapes. However, this is not about minimalist design. These changes aim to simplify and declutter visual representation of most input controls. All the visuals that help you navigate on the screen are kept intact, and even enhanced.
  • Lighter colors and subtle gradients
    Lighter colors are more favored by the majority.
Usability Improvements
  • Drag&Drop now fully replaces moving items across lists and columns. It's also possible to drop items on collapsed lists and list headers.
  • Task icons have been removed from items on the boards in favor of better readability.
  • Side bar 'peek' temporarily expands to let you access navigation without having to click on Expand/Collapse icon.
  • Collapsible panels now remember their last state. These are for example left navigation side bar and releases on the Planning board.
  • Navigation panel is now sticks to the viewport (in browsers that support it) to be within your reach at any time.
  • Time input accepts '0', '0:00', '0m' or '0h' as valid and auto-corrects common typos.
  • Support for easier input using Numpad on version and time input fields.
  • Ability to select releases and projects using Shift+Click.
  • One-click "Close" button for tasks.
  • One-click switch controls for settings with two options, for example: Enabled/Disabled.
  • "Time spent" prompt now automatically appears when closing tasks. You don't have to go through the validation message first.
  • Over a hundred minor enhancements have been implemented to improve readability and usability. These improvements are the next step towards our primary goal: to build the most usable and user friendly task management application possible.
SprintGround API foundation
We've built the foundation for the API that will allow two-way integration with other tools. Although in this release the API is already in use internally, it is yet to become full featured and prove itself reliable enough for public access. We will be expanding and completing it during several upcoming updates, before we will make an official announcement and publish the documentation. If you would like to speed up the official release of the API, you can express your interest through one of the available contact channels.
Performance
  • Continuing the tradition of speeding up SprintGround, in this update we have reworked and optimized JavaScript code that runs in your browser. Many resources have been optimized to load and run faster and have a lower memory footprint.
  • This release takes a lot more advantage of the newest technologies, like GPU accelerated animations and other recently standardized built-in browser features.
  • Less page reloads. Some core features already use our new API to enable real-time updating.
With all these optimizations SprintGround works noticeably faster and feels smoother.

If you like the new updates, please show your appreciation by leaving a review on one of the sites we are listed on: Your reviews help us grow, which will help us make better tools for you.

SprintGround Product Update - A new design

The new release has received a new UI design and a significant performance boost!
The new design
  • No more borders!
    We planned to go for a borderless UI a long time ago. It was a matter of time and it's finally here. The result turned out to be very satisfying.
  • Noise free interface that lets you easily focus on the content
    All graphic elements that do not contribute enough to the usability have been removed without regret. (No, we are not following "minimalist" design trends.)
  • Brighter backgrounds and intenser functional colors
    The mid-range gray backgrounds became much lighter, calming and more pleasing to the eye light blue. As always, every color within SprintGround has it's purpose. The intensity of these functional colors (highlight, selection, notification, warning and others) has been adjusted for easier subconscious recognition.
  • Less edges
    Since the way our brain recognizes shapes is by finding connected color edges, we decided to free your mind of any unnecessary information overload.
  • Better spacing
    Such an underestimated technique to focus your attention on the right thing when you need it. Such a great tool to group and divide information. It's invisible, but it's there: spacing. In this design we have come to appreciate spacing a lot more.
  • Bigger click areas
    Less aiming, more time to focus on the work.
Navigation changes
  • Navigational links to Project management, Release management, User management, Change log and Release overview are moved to a collapsible sidebar on the left.
  • SprintGround home button now only contains actions related to the tool itself: Help and Send feedback (please do!).
  • Profile link, Logout button and Settings dropdown are merged into one menu underneath your avatar.
  • Pages dedicated to a certain type of a work item (Tasks, Bug reports, Feature requests, etc) are merged into a single page: Work items, but keeping the adaptability of each page to each item type. Filtering work items by type "Bug report" will now automatically only display columns with properties that a bug report can have. The same principle is applied to the pages dedicated to different types of users.
A few new features
  • Recent activity history is now available for each individual work item.
  • Task board: Current release is now displayed on top of the page with a progress bar and the ability to switch between releases.
  • Task board: Tasks can now be moved in both directions.
Usability enhancements
  • Readability is increased, with bigger fonts for higher DPI screens.
  • A new unique color is introduced for time tracking. All time values system-wide share the same easily recognizable consistent background color.
  • A lot more elements received a dynamically set ellipsis on text overflow, saving you more precious horizontal screen space for more important things.
  • Simplified all numeric input
    All numeric input fields (for example: version number) now have a default value and will sanitize your input on paste/key press automatically.
  • All dialog buttons now reflect the action, for example: "Delete/Cancel" instead of "Yes/No".
  • Tooltips and popups will now use smart(er) positioning in all four directions if there is not enough space on your screen.
  • Description (WYSIWYG) editor just got blazing fast with on-demand expanding toolbar and re-grouped formatting buttons.
A lot of fixes and tons of minor usability enhancements have been implemented. We have practically re-built the foundation of the tool. So far, every change that we made according to our (still growing) usability formula has proven it to be insanely accurate. This re-design is a big step towards the "ideal" and we are excited to see how this and future enhancements will improve your work efficiency and overall satisfaction.
Two new languages
Performance
The architecture, as well as almost every component, has undergone a performance optimization. As a result, you can now enjoy noticeable performance boost!

If you like the new updates, please show your appreciation by leaving a review on one of the sites we are listed on: Your reviews help us grow, which will help us make better tools for you.

If you knew exactly what has to be done to achieve your goal, would you do it?

This question is rather rhetorical. Of course you would!

As an active professional or an entrepreneur you are probably working hard trying all possibilities to bring your vision to life. At some points in your journey you may be one decision away from a breakthrough. How disappointing would it be if you missed an opportunity like that, simply because you were absolutely unaware of it?

We cannot deny it. Knowledge is the most valuable asset we can have. The right knowledge at the right time may open up new possibilities and reduce the risk to practically zero. Would it be convenient if you could just call or send an email to another company and ask how they do things? We would like to offer you exactly that.

Starting from today, we are giving you the opportunity to become our Knowledge Partner. As our Knowledge Partner you may just ask us about our professional experience, feedback on your product from a different point of view, or if we have any ideas.

Here at the development headquarters of SprintGround we think that this seemingly insignificant attempt to contribute access to our knowledge may over time very well evolve to become a big and powerful network of professionals and entrepreneurs willing to help each other.

Before you sign-up, please read a few key points about what Knowledge Partnership is about and what to expect from it.
https://www.sprintground.com/en/knowledge-partnership/