Our beloved Sourceforge was experiencing issues for a few days, so we couldn’t upload the latest versions for a while. While today we were finally able to upload to Sourceforge, we decided to create an official Feng Office account on Github.
So now we have two options for downloading and contributing on the Community Edition source code:
You can download version 188.8.131.52 (stable) from Sourceforge.
Or you can download version 184.108.40.206 (stable) from GitHub.
If you are looking for the latest development release, that would be version 3.2.3-beta.
Please let us know what you think.
During the past weeks we announced the new features that would be available in the 3.2 version. Well, the wait (and lots of testing!) is over. Version 3.2 is already available packing all of the new features and modules we have been working on during the past months.
Lets go over some of the new features and improvements this new version has to offer.
Many of you value Feng Office Templates a lot. They make work much more efficient and save tons of time. We love and use them a lot too – so we decided to improve them some more.
You may now set up different kinds of flows upon tasks completion such as the ability to create a task and set its start and due date upon a task completion.
For example, lets say that after you complete an initial task to “Do A”, you want to “Do B”.
So, if you complete the task Do A today, the task Do B has to be automatically created, starting today, and ending in 3 days from today.
This way you can define processes and no longer have to have all the tasks created at the start of your process and then have to worry about adjusting dates. It makes for a much more fluent and efficient flow.
Please note: This will be good for some cases, like service management, but might not be the best way to manage a project if you need to have all the dates for all tasks visible for the project, like in a construction project.
Here is how the variables look like in this example:
On the other hand, one can also set conditions for tasks completions, meaning that the system will not allow users to complete a task if there are empty fields. For instance, a task cannot be completed if it has no description, or any other field you select.
Custom fields for your Projects, Clients, Folders and Workspaces
As many of you have already noticed, Feng Office powerfulness comes from its flexibility and extensibility. This is something we are very proud of, and to continue in this line of work, besides being able to add custom fields to your tasks, documents, events, contacts and other objects, you are now able to add custom fields anywhere else (On what we call ‘Dimension-members’).
This means that you will have the opportunity to integrate and manage even more information than before, have it organized the way it fits your organization best, and therefore save even more time.
You see, it is all about efficiency.
The following is an example for adding properties on Clients. Again, you could add any to your Projects or anywhere else too:
Improved Projects List
Projects list could have used improvements. So we did them.
More information about it can be found in this blog article, but in short, it now looks like this:
Improved Clients List
New: Invoicing module
Yes! You can now manage and print invoices from Feng Office. Other than just printing them, it will make your life easier to manage which invoice has been paid for and which one has not.
If you are interested in this module, we strongly suggest you take a look here.
Google Calendar sync updated and improved
Feng Office used to have a working synchronization with Google Calendar. When Google changed its API a few months ago we had to make some amendments on our side. They took longer than we hoped for, but it is done! A big upside is that Google has made Calendar Sync safer than before, but our Design Team took the opportunity to improve our side’s user experience too.
If you are interested in synchronizing your Google Cal with Feng, we have prepared a special article here for further assistance.
Considering ‘Non Working days’ for tasks management
When pushing tasks or creating tasks from templates, sometimes one would like to skip weekends or non working days such as national holidays, bank holidays, and company holidays. This way you would avoid having tasks on a Saturday, Sunday, or any other day where no one in your organization is supposed to be working.
Have a look at this article for more information about it.
Rolling out the new version
For Feng Sky and Supported Feng OnSite accounts we have already started a gradual rolling it out. We started with the clients that have been requesting improvements and fixes available on this upgrade and who are comfortable with working with the newest versions. Contact us if you are in a rush to get it.
We hope you are as excited as we are about this new version, and that you enjoy everything that comes with it. It was hard, HARD work.
Customer feedback is our #1 tool towards improving the system, so, we would love for 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Data entry, task completion, comments… all can be achieved with fewer clicks and intuitive actions.
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.
Sounds awesome!! How can I access it?
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.