July 2013 Intervals Updates and New Features

intervalsIntervals is an online project management software that has a very integrated time tracking system with its task management features. It is from Pelago, a web design, development, and creative company who at one time was searching for a timesheet program and ticketing tool for themselves, but found none that works for their requirements. So they build one. What they created is unique such that it is a web-based time, task, and PM software built by web designers and developers initially only for similar organizations. Now, with many businesses across a wider range of industries in over 100 countries using it, Intervals continues to be improved and updated.

Updated Web Text Editor with a New Look

Intervals has flexible task management that lets the user view task information and other work notes easily. These task notes are tightly integrated with milestones and projects to manage deliverables more efficiently. For editing these blocks of texts using a web browser only, the software uses CKEditor, an open source web text editor. As this program gets updated regularly by the CKEditor community, this PM software version now incorporates the latest enhancements which provide an improved HTML formatting across all browsers, smoother pasting of text from MS Word, and a new look for better user experience.

Updated Interactive Engine for Charts and Graphs

The people who created Intervals recognize the importance of getting informative reports on project time and effort. To create these interactive web charts and graphs, it uses the JavaScript Highcharts charting library and engine. Aside from appearing slightly different, the enhancements it carries will provide more flexibility and high level reporting. The use of Highcharts also comes with code optimizations that allow charts and graphs to appear faster on not only computer browsers but also on mobile devices. Because of the centralization of data and the integration of time tracking with projects, it is able to generate quickly reports that are highly informative and useful.
intervals report

Project Note Quick Addition

Intervals has the right project management features especially suitable for small businesses. With a simplified PM standard cycle, no one spends more time necessary in managing projects, but can focus instead on getting tasks done. Tracking the project is one of the essentials, and Interval’s Project Notes is very useful to track the project with general or secure details. In this latest version, when a Project Notes search returns nothing, clicking a button to add a Project Note can be done quickly. This small update can prevent a lot of damage later on by ensuring that nothing falls into cracks.

iCal Subscription Now Six Months Extended

The home page is a calendar view that reflects the philosophy of Intervals about the integration of time, tasks, milestones, and projects. Its underlying project management cycle of predict, track, and learn, shows the value it places on learning about the past and tracking the present efficiently to predict the future successfully. The calendar feature now has an extended six months of iCal subscription to allow project managers and team members to use this popular calendar software on a greater span of time. With a better view of what has happened and what is ongoing, the entire project team can prepare well for what is ahead.

Warning and Prevention of Simultaneous Milestone Updating

The popularity of Intervals has allowed it now to be used by businesses in over 100 countries across different industries such as factories, churches, automotive service, and advertising. With a changing and more dispersed employee base, companies are now taking advantage of, and experiencing issues as well, of time differences. This updated version now detects conflicts or collision when multiple users are updating simultaneously the same milestone. This is a safety feature that keeps the integrity of data on projects. Therefore, even if a company has several project teams across the globe, it will always have only the most updated and intact version of project information at any time.
collision detection

Other Updates

Intervals has also completed with this update many hidden optimizations and bug fixes with its code for better performance. Its popularity and success can be traced to its continued commitment on improving user experience of its growing customer base. Interested parties can also browse on their Blog to learn more about the software and their story.

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Jose Maria Delos Santos

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