Dear Friends and Customers, Last Friday we introduced for new signups a new version of Samepage featuring a substantially reworked and improved user interface, as well as some important changes in functionality. This is a major redesign effort and it's not complete yet. In this article we want to explain why we are changing Samepage, what is different in the new interface, and what this will mean for you.
As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to spread and affects millions of people and businesses around the globe, Samepage is committed to helping our customers and users survive and thrive in this very challenging and unprecedented time in history.
Today we are introducing a new page type, the File Document. The file document is similar to all of our other page types. It holds just one individual file but adds all the Samepage goodness: Chat, tasks, events, adds a flexible preview, and automatic file versioning.
Samepage's primary focus has always been documents and the team collaboration around them. And it excels in that area. Tasks and events have been a great complement to manage projects and processes around Samepage documents. Today we are making a big leap forward as tasks and events are now first-class citizens in the product.
It's crucial to be able to quickly navigate through the folder structure to be able to quickly find what you are looking for. We usually remember the right folder not by its name but by the position in the folder view or by the color.
It's extremely convenient to have everything on the same page. Without having to switch context or having to remember all the application you have to check during the day to see what's new. You probably have specialized tools for billing, marketing campaigns, or product development.
Subscription management is not a core collaboration feature and not something you think about as part of the user experience. It's not something you use every day. If it gets the job done, why change?
Most companies are always on the lookout to save money. Especially now as many of them are under some form of lockdown and the world economy heads toward a depression, finding cost savings is critical. How can yet another productivity app help save you some money then? Let's take a look at the problem of context switching.
Working from home can be challenging. There are a lot of distractions from work that you would ordinarily do when you arrive home from work - like laundry. Keep in mind that not blending your free and work time together is crucial; otherwise, you will lose balance and will either work too much or not work hard enough.
This redesign is the result of a long process of listening to our customers and prospects. As with all major changes in a product, there are bound to be people who are unhappy. One prospect took the time to write me a long letter explaining why this redesign was terrible and misguided.
In the second part of my response, I shared my thoughts on Porsche, continuous improvement, the Toyota Way, and product redesigns.