One of the key benefits of Stormboard is you can use it both real time and on your own time. Or said more nerdy synchronous and asynchronous.
When using Stormboard together with other users either in the same room or everyone on their own device spread around the world. Keeping track of what’s happening is pretty easy as you see it all happening 100% live.
When using Stormboard on your own time, it’s sometimes a little challenging to know what you might have missed since you were last on Stormboard. Our new activity tracking changes all this. Now you’ll never miss a new idea or comment and it’s super easy to get caught up on what everyone else did in your storm while you were away.
New Stormboard Dashboard
The first thing you’ll notice when logging into Stormboard is our new dashboard!
The dashboard is a visual way to easily see all of your storms. At the top you’ll notice up to 4 tabs. If the tabs aren’t showing it means there is no data to show.
1. Activity – shows all the storms that have activity that you haven’t seen yet.
2. Recent – shows all your storms sorted by the last time you accessed them.
3. Closed – this shows all the storms you’ve closed. When you close a storm it becomes read only so it can’t be modified.
4. Invites – this shows a list of all the storms you’ve been invited to but haven’t visited yet.
The new activity panel shows you all the things that have changed in your storm. It is broken up into five categories – ideas, comments, moves, legend and votes.
Ideas shows all the ideas that have been added to the storm that you haven’t seen. Comments shows all the comments you haven’t read yet. Moves shows all the ideas that were moved from one section of the storm to another. Legend shows all the color/ legend changes made to your ideas and votes shows ideas that have had votes added or removed that you haven’t seen.
If you click on the idea in the activity panel, Stormboard will automatically zoom you over to that idea. You can use the down arrow key on your keyboard to quickly go through and view each activity or you can click the “Mark All As Seen” button to clear that particular activity.
When you go into a storm, if there are new ideas you haven’t seen yet, they will show up as fully coloured stickies. They are also filled in on the viewfinder, making it really easy to quickly see what’s new. To show that you’ve seen the idea, you can just move your mouse over the sticky or touch it if you’re on a touch device.
Ideas with comments you haven’t seen show up with a red notifier on the idea (as always). Additionally, they are highlighted with a red border in the view finder to make it easy to see them. To clear them, simply read each comment by clicking on it.
The history panel shows all the activity in the storm in chronological order from newest to oldest in case you cleared your activity by mistake. As with before, if you click on an idea in the history panel, it will automatically zoom you over to that idea.
Please let us know what you think of these new features!
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