Update 15 for Vision launches Monday, 18th January 2021. Services will be down for approximately 3 hours while we complete the update and of course, we'll notify all users when services are back online.
The maintenance window start times are as follows:
|LONDON (GMT)||8pm, 18th January 2021|
|NEW YORK (EST)||3pm, 18th January 2021|
|LOS ANGELES (PDT)||12pm, 18th January 2021|
|SYDNEY (AEST)||7am, 19th January 2021|
Update 15 brings lots of exciting improvements to Vision.
First up is the new account management area; a brand new, more-intuitive space which we've been working on since Update 13 and which paves the way for a new organisation administration area coming in Update 16.
Secondly, Views are the new Projects. Most of you used Projects to simplify your view when working with lots of data. The new name better reflects how they're used and we've done more than just rename them in this update.
We've also introduced user preferences with Update 15, starting with Auto-Labels which automatically displays labels when you turn on a layer, and distance measurement units so you can choose between Kilometers and Miles.
There are also many other smaller changes and improvements to Vision with Update 15, including the removal of Layer Relationships, simplifying permissions and more!
Since the original administration area was released, we've been gathering use data and logging all of your support queries to identify how we can improve account and organisation administration in Vision.
The result is a brand-new account management area which is more intuitive to use and excitingly, for all of you responsible for administering your organisation's system, provides a teaser of the new organisation management being released with Update 16.
Views (previously Projects)
Projects have been given a major overhaul with Update 15 but don't worry, all of your existing projects have been converted into Views and are just as they were!
Views are still managed through account management, although it's much easier to do now. And, for the first time, you can now make a view your default view so that when you log in to Vision, it's already activated for you.
We've also given Views the same love and attention from the map with a new window which makes selecting the right view even easier by giving you a clearer picture of which layers each view contains.
Introducing User Preferences
A long-overdue feature coming with Update 15 are user preferences and we've started with the two most-requested.
Our current users are split almost 50/50 on whether or not they often use area labels when using Vision. However, during onboarding training, we're seeing more of a trend towards needing to see labels when turning on area layers - not everyone knows their territory network like the back of their hand!
Starting with Update 15, all new users created in the system will have area labels automatically display when turning on area layers. For our existing users, we've tried our best to set this feature on or off depending on how you've used the system to date. We can't guarantee to get it right for everyone, so just remember you can change it if you prefer.
Users can now choose whether distances in Vision are set and displayed using Kilometres or Miles. For those of you that were waiting for this, we appreciate it's overdue (we needed the new user administration area to be ready) and thank you for your patience.
Removing Layer Relationships
This heavily-underused feature for linking your data together is being removed in Update 15.
The current implementation was far too hard to implement by our users and required extensive API integration. We've taken the decision to remove the feature from the system, but are hard at work with a replacement feature that will be much easier to implement for all users. More on that in Update 17.
We've removed the redundant permissions View Filters and View Relationships which no longer have any effect on what your users can do in Vision. Similarly, we've removed the ability to limit a user's viewable records based on record relationships.
Other improvements and bug fixes
- Safari users can now set which layers their users can access in Vision. We apologise for how long this has taken to rectify - only Safari was affected and Chrome for Mac was not.
- We found the cause of a very rare error caused when lazy-loading areas on the map. This has now been fixed.
- We've fixed an error when searching using more than 50 characters caused (mostly) by address searches. Now, instead of an error, we still run a Google search for more than 50 characters but a message will display to advise a database search is not possible.
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