Feng Office 3.4 is here!



Hello everyone!

Looking for new features and improvements for your Feng Office? Well, version 3.4 is here, with so many new things and goodness it is hard to decide where to start.

OK, how about…

Custom properties: more power for your data

One of the most loved power-features of Feng Office is the ability to create custom properties to extend the default set of data that can be registered with any object on the system.

Documents, tasks, contacts, events, purchase orders, invoices, expenses. Even projects, workspaces, folders and clients… everything in Feng Office can have as much data as your organization needs!

Form with custom properties

And what is more amazing and powerful is that this information is not just a data record. It is data you can work with. You can list, sort and filter information using this data.

list of clients grouped by status

You can make better and more useful reports. Easily and efficiently.

With the new features and improvements on custom properties, lists can now be sorted and grouped using your custom properties. Data entry can be optimized by placing the properties in the right position, select whether they are mandatory or not, and be placed in different sections of the form.

custom properties setting

Custom properties are an essential tool for Feng Office consultants and administrators setting up a business solution. It is not just an enhancement. It is an essential piece for building the best platform for a business.

*Note: you need to request a special plugin to be installed on your account to be able to try custom properties on dimensions.

Object sub-types: Even more power for your data

The latest addition to the Feng Office set of building blocks is object sub-types.

Object sub-types are, in fact, the last piece of the puzzle that allows Feng Office to be the most flexible Business Process Collaboration platform out there.

object subtype properties

We just talked about how every object can have its custom properties. For example, you can add a special field for a task (for example, an id used by another system, a special category that is business-specific, etc).

object subtype selector

But what if you need different types of tasks? Or documents?

This is very common in processes that require a lot of data gathering.

You can have a document for a type of process that requires a number of meta-data being recorded (Example: measuring a field, preparing a case, gathering info for a job order, enter who gathered it, etc).

Each type of document (Or tasks, or notes) will have its own set of fields.

And this is what Object sub-types allows.

object subtype form

You should try it. You will be amazed at its power.

*Note: you need to request a special plugin to be installed on your account to be able to try this.

Better filters and search

Searching for specific information is now easier thanks to a cool new feature.

type filter

Want to narrow down the search for archived, trashed canned and overview lists objects? No problem, just do it with the new Object Type Filter.

Advanced billing

You can now define different hourly rates for different types of work, clients, projects, service types… even for the same person!

Also, you can define independent rates for price (for billing purposes) and costs (for expenses).

Billing Categories

Not only can you make financial reports out of the different rates for your projects, clients, project portfolios, etc. You can also generate the invoice and/or expenses associated to that work. Magic, eh?

advanced billing2
advanced billing3

*Note: We call this the “Advanced Billing” module, as we decided to still support the more basic Billing features available on the Community Edition.

Shift key function for lists selection

Looking for a more agile way of selecting list items? The shift key function for bulk selection is finally here!

Lit of documents
shift button
List of documents selected

Other improvements and fixes

Other improvements and fixes featured in version 3.4 include:

  • UX improvements on the Overview tab.
  • New plug-ins for new -optional- dimensions (Available for the Enterprise Edition).
  • Allowing (if permissions are set) users to enter time for other users in the time tab.
  • Updates on French and Turkey language packs.
  • Several bug fixes.

Please let us know how you like the new features and improvements.


Sorceforge issues, new Github account, and versions and 3.2.3-beta


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 (stable) from Sourceforge.
Or you can download version (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.

Feng Office 3.0 is ready and available!!


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?

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.