TeamLab New Version: Vast Opportunities For Your Business

Dear all,

As recently promised in our roadmap, this week we’ve launched a new version of TeamLab SaaS. The updates can be divided in two categories: changes in general settings and the Projects section.

Firstly, the Projects section has been essentially revised making navigation easier and faster. We’ve optimized the interface having removed the redundant information fields and added advanced filters.

The dashboard now includes three widgets: 1. the projects you participate in and follow 2. the milestones of the projects you work on 3. the discussions you take part in or follow.

All your projects, milestones, tasks, discussions are now displayed in single lists with the advanced filter option. You won’t have to search for a necessary item again and again. Once having set one or several necessary filters, the filtered result will remain the same for your next Internet session.

Speaking more precisely on the new style of the Projects module, there are the following changes:

Projects

The page on every project contains statistics on the number of milestones and tasks, discussions and files, the information on active and overdue tasks and milestones. You can determine the status of a project: active, paused or closed.

The filter option enables you to list projects by status, tags, a particular team member (you or your colleagues), a project manager (you or your colleagues), or choose to view the projects you follow.

Milestones

Every milestone has a person in charge. Using filter, you can search through milestones by status, due date, person in charge.

Tasks

Now you’re able to set subtasks and priority for a task, assign a task to several employees. The minor improvements include the new format for time tracking: hours/minutes, extended description field in tasks, the ability to remove attached files in tasks.

Tasks can be filtered by due date, person in charge, milestone, status (open or closed) and your personal tasks.

Discussions

Discussions are filtered by author, date, a particular project, projects you participate in or follow.

Time tracking

The time tracking has a new format as mentioned above: hours/minutes. You can get the necessary time-tracking info using filter by tasks, the group or person in charge.

Project templates

We’ve made the creation of project templates more convenient. Now you make a new template or edit it in one single page, saving your time and efforts. To create a project from a template, you also need to make just a few clicks, setting a manager, adding team members and assigning tasks on one page.

For you to understand and get used to the new interface, we’ve included the ability to switch between the new and old versions of the Projects module. Go to the Settings, General tab, scroll down till the section Portal version, choose New Version (6.5).

Secondly, now you get the opportunity to control access rights for every user not only in Projects and Documents but in CRM and Community as well. The new advanced permission settings include the ability to limit the number of portal users, who have access to this or that module. For example, your client or a partner can view Documents and Projects, while Community and CRM are not available for them. Besides, you can determine what actions every user can perform, choosing from the several levels of rights in each module. I.e., Peter can have the extended rights of an administrator in CRM, be an ordinary user in Projects and have no access to Community and Documents. The detailed description of difference between administrators and users in every section is below:

Community

User can create and edit his or her blog post, wiki-page, messages on forums, etc.

Administrator possesses all the user’s rights and also can edit any blog posts, wiki-pages, messages on forums.

CRM

User has rights to:

  • create and edit contacts, cases and opportunities, manage access rights to the listed items
  • edit contacts, cases and opportunities shared with them

In addition to all the user’s rights, administrator can also:

  • maintain bulk mailing
  • manage settings
  • import/export data
  • manage any contact, case and opportunity

Projects

Here the division of users’ roles contains more tiers:

User (who does not participate in any projects) has rights to:

  • view all the data in the open projects
  • create and edit his or her discussions and documents

Project team member has rights to:

  • view all the data in the open projects
  • create and edit his or her discussions, documents, tasks
  • assign tasks to other team members
  • set time tracking

Project manager has rights to:

  • perform all the activities that project team member can do
  • edit projects
  • add team members and manage their rights
  • create and edit milestones
  • edit any tasks, discussion, document, time tracking entries

Administrator has rights to:

  • perform all the activities that project manager can do
  • set project manager
  • create, edit and delete any project
  • create and edit projects templates

This way you get a full control of all the information every single user can view and all the actions he or she can make.

If you have any questions, please contact us at support@teamlab.com, Facebook page, Google+ or Twitter account.

Nina

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  • Any indication on when the 6.5 features will make it to open source? We are chomping at the bit to get subtask functionality!!!

    • Scottie, in 3 weeks we plan to release the 6.5 server installation file. Please keep track of our news!

  • Hi,

    Could you please confirm if version 6.5 or newer are available to download and install as standalone open-source version? I am only able to find version 6.0 at SourceForge.

    • Grant, there's only 6.0 version available to download. In up to 3 weeks we'll release the installation for 6.5 version. Keep track of our news.

  • Suggestion:

    Let me suggest to improve the Project template allowing the assigning of customized time frames different than the default "0.5 months" minimum period. It would be great to be able to configure these values as customized ones, (for example, allowing milestones with "days" durations).
    Thanks again.
    Pablo.

  • Great to see this site. I'm just working with your great service.
    I'm experiencing a little problem, probably based on not knowing in depth about its usage... let me ask you:

    -I can't see in this new version the Action Panel when I'm seeing a particular project. So, there is no way to activate the "Follow this project" any more. I'm the administrator of that project. is that the reason? If so... how can I re-subscribe to follow by email all the comments on projects, because before that I went to the subscribing section and clicked the Unsubscribe option for all my projects :)

    I hope you understand my inquiry.
    Thanks a lot, and continue with all this improvements. Great tool!

    Pablo from Argentina.

    • Pablo, to follow a project, go to its description page, there you will see the link "Follow this project" right under the name of the project.

  • Overall, I am very happy with the changes you guys have made. The one area I feel like things have gone downhill is project templates.

    First, a bug: when I attempt to add a project from a template, clicking "create project" often doesn't do anything (I've tried both in Firefox for Windows and Chrome for Mac).

    Also, I really miss the granularity of scheduling milestones by date in templates. I work on a lot of weekly projects, where I have a milestone every day. Having "0.5 months" be the smallest increment by default AND having lost the option to "move all milestones" means I have to go in and change each milestone's date by hand every time.

    Thanks for your attention and the great service!

    • Dear Aaron, concerning the bug you described, we have not received the similar complaints so far. Please try to clear the cache. If it doesn't help, our support specialists are ready to help you at support@teamlab.com And thanks for your comments on the new templates, we'll think them over.

  • Здравствуйте. Правильно ли я понимаю, что серверное решение не обновляется и нововведения (в том числе будущие) будут только для SaaS версий?
    P.S.
    только что поставил на свой сервер, возникли конечно затруднения. Работать захотел только с MySQL ODBC Connector версии 5.1.9 (какая по умолчанию в дистрибутиве) с последней версией почему то не стыковался.
    А вообще продукт хороший! Спасибо!!!

    • Добрый день, серверное решение обновляется, и последние апдейты будут доступны уже в ближайший месяц. Если у вас возникают какие-либо трудности, будем рады помочь через support@teamlab.com

  • Still having difficulty with TeamLab's calendar. When I create a 'new event', the event does not show up in my calendar. Others in my office using Teamlab will show the event, but they are often coming across in a different time zone. How doe we fix this ongoing problem?

  • Я начал использовать новую версию Тимлаба.
    Она на много лучше.
    Единственный недостаток в том что, когда ставишь задачи с неточным дедлайном, не возможно указать какая задача должна идти первой, а какая второй.

    К примеру, я знаю что, в июне у меня дедлайн по задаче А1(но точно не знаю какого числа), а в августе по задаче А2.

    Теперь когда я сортирую задачи, я не могу А2 поставить до А1, что нарушает мой порядок выстроения задач.

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