Archive for December, 2009

We are happy

12/23/2009
We are happy

We are happy

Feng Office is closing year 2009 having achieved many important milestones.

Here are some of the facts that make us so happy.

Service

We are now serving over 100.000 happy Feng Office users, with a very high satisfaction rate. How do we know? You constantly let us know it. People write about it on their websites, blogs, Twitter accounts. People write it on the forum, they e-mail us to simply say thanks. People use our software and services and rarely walk away. This is the highest achievement we could have hoped for. And we’ve done it! Still, we promise you that we’ll keep getting better. We’ll keep improving all that we can.

Please, do remain vocal. Don’t be shy to tell us that you like what we do. Your messages serve as a great fuel to keep us wanting to do better and better.

Version 1.6

We are proud of this baby. The versioning number might not look all that impressive, but those who’ve been around since version 1.0 (or earlier!) would be very aware of the huge improvements that Feng Office has had over this past year.

Thanks for sticking with us! And prepare for the upcoming versions. We promise you’ll like Feng even more.

Merging OpenGoo and Feng Office

For the reasons mentioned in this post, it was very important for us to do merging and rebranding of OpenGoo and Feng Office.
It is already providing for better communication, and has relieved us from many repetitive chores.

Record-breaking end of year

December is already breaking all our past records. Not only has Feng Office received the most new visitors, customers, downloads, and Feng Sky Trials. It has done so by a great leap. Imagine how excited this makes the team on the verge of a new working year.

You might easily notice that most of what makes us happy is related to our customer and user community. So please receive our

Thank you!

Feng Office releases version 1.6.1!

12/18/2009

Feng Office 1.6.1 has just been released! You can sign up for a new trial or download the community edition.

This release has been thoroughly tested by developers and the community. The new features include:

Feng Office 1.6.1 screenshot
Feng Office 1.6.1 screenshot
Feng Office 1.6.1 screenshot
  • Archive objects and workspaces.
    • When you no longer need an object or workspace you can archive it to remove it from your every day views, while it still is searchable and accessible through the “Archived Objects” workspace.
  • Mark as read/unread for all types of objects.
    • Until now the read/unread functionality was only available for emails. Now it is also available for all other types of content objects. If an object was modified since your last view it will be marked in bold for you to quickly notice that it has changes. Once you view the object it will be marked as read.
  • Tons of improvements to the email module.
    • Share mail accounts among several users. This allows several users to read or write email from one common email account.
    • Assign a workspace to a mail account to automatically classify email to that workspace.
    • Group emails into conversations. Quickly access an email’s replies or original message from the email’s view.
    • Attach files directly from your computer when writing an email.
    • Send other emails as attachments. Just attach an email and mark the “Attach contents” checkbox.
    • Email Junk folder. Mail classified as spam by your mail server is sent to the “Junk” folder.
    • Emails are sent asynchronously. You can continue working on Feng Office while an email is being sent. Useful if sending email through a remote SMTP server.
    • Create task from email. Shortcut to quickly create a task from an email.
    • Insert inline images into Feng Office emails.
    • Pre-configurations for known emails (GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo) when setting up an email account.
  • Upgraded the document editor.
    • Improved loading times. The new version loads much faster on all browsers.
    • Improved cross-browser compatibility.
    • Improved functionality. Insert images into a document, from the computer or from Feng Office.
  • Lots of other improvements
    • Improved workspace permissions edition.
    • Events can now span more than one day.
    • Basic editing concurrency. A user is warned if an object being edited was edited by someone else.
    • Improved password recovery procedure.
      Option to autodetect timezone.
    • VCard contacts importing.
    • Filter the Object Picker (the popup control to pick objects when linking) by text.
    • Plus more.
  • Lots of bug fixes since 1.5.3
    • Fixed file uploads on Opera 10.
    • Fixed events “Holiday” repeating.
    • Forwarded emails and drafts didn’t keep attachments.
    • Could not send emails to addresses with apostrophes.
    • Fixed some issues about repetitive tasks and templates.
    • Received emails with account’s email address as “From” were marked as read before being read.
    • Pressing enter on a header field in IE and Opera would send the email.
    • Plus more.

You can view the full changelog here.

Enjoy!

OpenGoo is now Feng Office

12/16/2009

OpenGoo is now Feng Office

Today we will officially start the rebranding of the OpenGoo software as Feng Office Collaboration Platform.

There are some mixed feelings to the rebranding, as we have grown fond of the ugly name. But there are stronger reasons in favor of doing the change.

This post attempts to give light on a few of the reasons for changing the name, and a bit on the process we’ll be following.

Economics

The first reason to do this move is an economic one. We better advertise our services at the Feng Office site. People and Businesses that subscribe to our services are vital to keep developing and improving the product towards our shared vision.

We hope that having an easier access to our services will drive more people to subscribe.

Simplicity

Having two names (brands) increases the complexity when explaining what we do. It is especially baffling for customers that we send them to the OpenGoo forum when they have a question about Feng Office (What is OpenGoo?). We sometimes found ourselves on the need to duplicate information too.

This all will be simplified by maintaining just one site.

The name

To some people (native English speakers, mainly), the word “Goo” sounds disgusting. Not that ‘Feng’ doesn’t have its detractors (my friend Keith Teare just hates the name). But we’ve tested it, and it does get more acceptance.

There was also the connotation that OpenGoo was an Open Source alternative to Google products. We believe our product to be unique and with merits of its own. We want it to be regarded as such, and not as an alternative to any product (There is not one product with the exact same characteristics as ours). The name just wasn’t helping.

The migration process

We will start by redirecting each OpenGoo webpage to the corresponding Feng Office page, when applicable. Some sections (the forum, the Goo blog, the wiki) will remain the same for a while. We will gradually adjust the content to fit to the new name.

Please bear with us during this process. We are thankful for your support, and hope that you soon start benefitting from our simplified approach.