By now it should be no surprise to our users that Crugo has started looking a little different recently. I’m proud to announce that the team behind Crugo have been hard at work planning a large update to the platform which is now available to all. Over the past 8 months we have been working extremely hard to build the core platform that our clients today enjoy using and rely on. The core functionality is the same, you still can chat, share all types of files, assign tasks, create calendar events and monitor RSS news feeds all within your own private & secure network. However, we have been refining the user interface, making it easier to interact with the platform and overall a more enjoyable experience. While doing this, we have added several small but very powerful supporting features, so let’s take a closer look;
Your Crugo sidebar is a critical part of your Crugo experience and provides you with a directory so you can easily navigate between groups and direct chats with colleagues. We have had a lot of feedback from our clients and our own team using the platform and we decided it could be better, much better. Therefore, we made a few changes.
Your new Crugo sidebar is now separated into different sections rather than being one long list. There are three sections in total, unseen, groups and people. The groups section displays all the groups you are a member of, both private and open groups. The people section displays all the direct conversations you have open with other Crugo users on your network. Both the groups and people sections are ordered alphabetically making them easy to sort through.
The ability to see when a fellow colleague is online has been available on Crugo for quite some time, it’s nothing new. However, we have made a few significant adjustments here. There are now three user statuses, online now -green dot, away – orange dot and offline – no dot. With these three status, we can accurately indicate if a user is active on the Crugo platform at that point in time or if they are away from their desk, busy or simply just offline.
The chat functionality in groups and for users one to one is a highly relied upon core component of the platform. Not only have we completely re written the Crugo chat component to make it quicker, but we have also added in a few improvements along the way. The Crugo chat now supports the preview of third party files from a URL. Just send a message with a URL of a photo, YouTube video or website and a quick preview will appear within the chat. If it’s a photo you will see the photo display in the chat, like if you uploaded a photo to the chat yourself, meaning you don’t have to navigate away to another website to view it. If it’s a YouTube video, you can play the whole video back from within the chat window. Or if it’s just a website URL you will be presented with the title of the website, its description and a preview image or logo if available, making the chat more visual. And yes… this does mean you can now share those hilarious animated GIFs. Like this cat sticking it’s tongue out.
Another small but timesaving improvement revolves around scrolling through chat history. Chat conversations can be a great way to look back on decisions and discussions that have previously taken place, you can literally scroll back through time. Now not only have we made this significantly quicker and now return more messages per scroll, but we have also made it incredibly easy to jump right back to the latest message and continue with the conversation. We now have a “jump to bottom” button that appears once you scroll past the first page of messages, allowing you to easily jump right back to present time and continue where you left off.
A paper trail, well virtual paper trail can be extremely useful within the workplace. Not just for official auditing purposes but also to see the path of progression. We have identified this at Crugo and have built in a global activity log for task lists. This task activity log stores the entire history of each task along with every change or edit that was done. When a task is assigned to a user, the description updated, attachments uploaded, title changed, due date set and even when the status is changed. All this information is logged and now visible on the task itself meaning, you can see who has been involved and how the task has evolved from start to finish.
Thanks for reading!