Feng Office 3.0 is ready and available!!

12/18/2014

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Feng Office 3.0 is ready and out, at your service!!
 
The entire Feng Office Team has been working very hard, day after day, improving the system and making enhancements until the last minute so that this version would be the best Feng Office ever released.
 

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What does “ready” mean?

That Feng Office 3.0 is ready means that we have been using the pre-beta, beta, RC, and RC2 versions internally for over 2 months now, that over 1.000 beta testers have been testing it for the past two weeks, and that all known major and critical bugs have been fixed.

 

It also means that it is – in the opinion of most of the beta testers – a significant improvement over versions 1.X and 2.X.
 
Most importantly, it means that it will be much easier for new users, Administrators and end-users, to get started and quickly familiarize with Feng Office.
 
And also of great importance, it means that we have achieved the ultimate level of foundation that will allow the Development Team to build upon without having to worry about framework impact. All the pieces of the platform are now in place.
 

New and improved

Having gone through several studies with new Feng Office users, we identified many elements of the initial approach for new and unfamiliar Feng Office users that could be significantly improved. With this data and a lot of design and tests, we implemented a brand new Getting started Wizard.
 
The goal was to make the initial experience with Feng Office a much more intuitive one.
 
The new wizard guides the users through the initial configuration and first data input, making them feel comfortable at every step and realize the time-saving benefits from the very beginning.
 
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Implementing Feng Office for the first time in your project teams, or adding a new user to your existing Feng Office system, will yield a much faster learning curve for your users.
 
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The new design, usability enhancements, and new features make your working day easier and faster, as they allow you to control all of your project’s tasks (or even all your projects) with powerful dashboards and reports, knowing at all times the status, what needs to get done, by whom, and when.
 
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Data entry, task completion, comments… all can be achieved with fewer clicks and intuitive actions.
 
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All of the improvements in Feng Office 3.0, and the upcoming versions, aim for the user to feel more comfortable, guided, and familiar with the system, so that everyone knows they can rely on it to benefit and help their own, their managers, and their team’s day-to-day work.
 
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Sounds awesome!! How can I access it?

You can test a demo here.
 
Or you can create a free trial account here (no credit card required).
 
Lastly, if you have enough technical knowledge you may download the Community Edition, for free, here.
 

Does this mean Feng Office has achieved all its goals?

Far from it!! Feng Office has a lot of improvements on its Road Map. Too many – in fact – it would be ridiculous to comment here on even a fraction of what we have planned, but, for the curious ones, a few of them have been commented on here.
 
Some of you will notice that some of the forms have been changed to be modal forms. Since it would have delayed the release of 3.0 considerably, we decided to postpone the change of all the system forms to the new format until a bit later in the future.
 
New button styles. Changes in text alignment and sizes. New input boxes. These are but a few examples of little improvements that will be coming in the near future.
 
Other (bigger) improvements, like new features and even new modules, will also be making their way in the upcoming weeks and months.
 
And now that we have the ultimate platform for the upcoming improvements, you will see them coming at a much faster pace!
 

When can I upgrade my installation?

Technically speaking, everyone could upgrade their installation right now.
 
For Feng Sky accounts, we will gradually start rolling it out. We will begin with the clients that first request the upgrade and that are comfortable with being some of the first to try it in actual production environment.
 
@Old timers, we know upgrading to Feng Office 2.0 was a complex matter for large installations, but there are no major challenges involved in this upgrade. That said, system administrators should ALWAYS backup EVERYTHING before doing any upgrade.
 
We hope you are as excited as we are about this new version, and that you enjoy everything that comes with it.
Customer feedback is our #1 tool towards improving the system, so, we would love you to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions with us. We invite you to please comment below or on the Feng Office forum.
 
Remember to follow us on Facebook to stay tuned on even more improvements coming soon.
 
You are also welcome to privately contact us if you prefer.
 
Enjoy!
 

A look at Liquid Office’s mobile app for Feng Office: Liquid Notes

11/21/2014

 

Mobile project management requires a good understanding of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and how one’s time can be organized in the best possible manner to achieve this. The “best possible manner” is a very personal statement that will fit each individual differently. For some, “best” refers to spending as much time as possible with family while for others, it means maximizing profits in the work space. As different as these views might sound, they both share the same goal: to use working time as efficiently as possible!
 
Mobile project management raises efficiency by using otherwise idle time productively; above all time during our daily commute, like waiting at the bus station, at the doctor’s office or even when an emergency rises and you are not in the office.
 
For people that are in constant idea process, there is nothing worse than having a bright idea but nowhere to write it down, structure it and put it into the right context. Nowadays, at least one mobile device is always at hand. With simple functionality, such as the ability to dictate, mobile devices turn into idea savers which save you a great deal of money and frustration.

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Liquid Office, our developing partner from Austria, has created Liquid Notes, an application 100% compatible with Feng Office that accomplishes all of the above into one useful app.
 
Liquid Notes helps you manage your Feng Office notes on your mobile, and can be downloaded for both Android and iOS users.
Here are some of the features of Liquid Office:

  • The ability to create new notes wherever you are, without the hassle of having to wait for a computer.
  • Read, sort and filter your existing notes, in case you need information in an emergency situation where waiting to get to the office is simply not an option.
  • Classify new and existing notes to specific workspaces, to maintain organization within your Feng Office account.
  • Delete notes you no longer need right from your mobile device with just one simple finger swipe.

What’s in future for Liquid Office?

Liquid Office is planning to come up with additional apps in the Liquid Office Suite by the summer of 2015.
 
They are also working in parallel on a completely refreshed synchronization architecture, which will allow for off-line, as well as real-time synchronization. Real-time synchronization will answer the big question of document management, namely whose changes are to be taken over. Real-time synching also allows for even smoother work-flows in the future.

Interested in Liquid Notes?

If you are interested in learning more about Liquid Notes and giving it a try, drop us a line, or visit Liquid Office website and download the app.
 

Feng Office 2.7 Version!!

08/28/2014

 
Hi Everyone!!
We are proud to say that Feng Office 2.7 is now available!!
We know you have been expectant of this new version, and we can assure you the improvements and enhancements will not disappoint you!! Lets have a look at them:
 

1- Improved Overall Performance:

Time is the most valuable asset on your work day, so the faster you can execute your processes, the better outcome you will have.
We’ve improved the overall performance of the system, making it so it loads and executes processes faster than ever before! Some of the main functions affected by this upgrade are:

  • Initial Loading: Forget loading delays when accessing the system. Now you can login to Feng and have your system up and running in no time.
  • Navigation Panel: Have all of your information accessible right away without having to wait. Your clients, projects and workspaces will load up and be ready much faster as well.
  • Overview Panel: The widgets on the overview panel will be accessible much faster as well, especially the People and Activities Widgets.

 

 

2- More Gantt Chart improvements!

We released a brand new Gantt Chart not too long ago, with many new improvements and features!
Well… we continued working hard on it, and have added even more improvements that make it more practical to use

  • Hide Left Grid: You can now hide the left grid that displays the task’s name and start time.
  • Full Screen Mode: Furthermore, if you only like to see your Gantt Chart, and have no other distractions on the screen, we’ve enabled the Gantt Chart Full Screen mode.

 

 
You can learn more about the new Gantt Chart module here.
 

3- Fully renovated New Contact form:

We’ve renovated the New contact form, so that you can input all of your contact’s information in a much more practical way!
Some of the most significant changes are:

      • Input method: Now the form is separated into two sections: Main information and Additional Information. Select additional information to input more detailed data for your contact.
      • Name field for phone numbers: For additional phone numbers that may not belong to the contact (Assistant, Family Member, etc.), you can now add a Name to identify the number.
      • Birthday: Add a birthday to your contacts, so that it displays on the calendar view, and never miss a birthday again!

 

4 – Birthdays!

Many of our clients have asked about birthday reminders for Feng Office, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a birthday message on their special day?
Well now that you can input your contacts birthdays on their detail information, you will also be able to view it on your calendar so you can wish them a Happy Birthday!

 

 

5- Further improvements:

This version also includes many other minor improvements, but since we don’t want to make this post long and dreadful, you can contact your Feng Office Account Executive at anytime for further detailed information.
 
We will be implementing the upgrades on our clients progressively. Since there are not few though, in case you would like to your upgrade right away, just ask your Account Executive or the Support Team, which will gladly help you out.
 
We hope you like this new version, and remember to follow us on Facebook to keep tuned on the upcoming improvements as we are working on many!
 
Last but not least, feel free to comment below and let us know what are your thoughts on it!
 
Or you may also privately contact us.