The Central interface has been completely redesigned, with a fresh new look that also improves the user experience. Following are some of the key improvements you will notice, in addition to the general appearance and color scheme.
The following general enhancements have been made to the interface and user experience.
Previously, Central worked best on larger screens, with some items being somewhat inaccessible on smaller screens.
Now the interface is more friendly to smaller screens and low-resolution monitors. In cases like this, you will notice that the main navigation and some elements are moved into a flyout pane, which you can open by clicking in the upper-left corner. This leaves the primary areas of focus in view, but also makes other options easily accessible.
The following enhancements have been made to the project pages in Central.
Previously, to see details for a particular build, you would select the row and the details displayed at the bottom of the page.
Now the details are no longer shown at the bottom of the grid. Instead, you can expand and collapse each build to see the details under it.
Previously, the Schedule Build dialog looked like this, using a 24-hour clock where you selected numbers for hours and minutes from drop-downs.
Now when you click in the Time field, you see a popup, which lets you click on the hours, minutes, and AM or PM to set the time.
Previously, target-specific options were in the top toolbar.
Now the target options can be found in the pane on the left side of the Builds page. The two most commonly used options—Build and View—are shown as buttons at the top of the pane. The other options can be found by clicking the ellipsis button and selecting them from a menu.
The following enhancements have been made to the task pages in Central.
Previously, the Calendar page showed a calendar at the top with a grid containing the pertinent tasks below it.
Now the Calendar page is shown with task cards to the left, instead of a grid at the bottom. This allows more space for the calendar, and makes it easier to use. Small, color-coded circles represent tasks and their priority levels. This design allows more tasks on a given day to be seen, with tooltips that let you know the names of those tasks. If a circle has a check mark, it means the task is completed (i.e., it is in the Completed milestone or in Archive).
Meanwhile, the task grid has been moved to its own page. This Grid view shows all tasks in all milestones, as well as Backlog and Archive. And because you can multi-select in grids, this view is especially useful if you want to move or delete many tasks at once.
Previously, there were some limitations on where tasks could be moved. For example, in order to move a task to Archive, it first had to be moved to the Completed milestone. Now you can move tasks wherever you like, with no constraints.
The following enhancements have been made to widgets in Central.
Previously, to filter widgets, you often had to open the menu in the upper-right corner more than once (e.g., first to select a project and again to select a target).
Now you will see that drop-downs have been added inside the filter menus. These let you remain in the menu to make all the necessary selections at once, rather than having to open it again afterward. Also, when you make a selection in the first drop-down, Central automatically expands the next drop-down so that you can quickly make your selection. Radio buttons (circles) mean that you can make one selection, while check boxes mean that you can make multiple selections.
Previously, the Reports widget was a single object that included all of the types of reports that you chose to add to it.
Now each type of report is contained in its own small widget.
Also, you can now add Report widgets from the Reports page, in addition to adding them from the Home and Project dashboards. In fact, it is recommended that you add report widgets from the Reports page because you will be able to add many of them to both dashboards simultaneously, as opposed to one at a time.
Previously, the Task Calendar widget showed only a single colored corner mark when a task was due on that day. And links to all of the tasks with due dates for that time period (e.g., month) were listed below the calendar.
Not only has the look of the calendar changed, but now a small colored circle representing each task due is shown in the calendar, and you can hover over each one to see the name of the task. Also, instead of links to tasks at the bottom, you will see task cards that are initially collapsed but can be expanded. And rather than showing task cards for the entire month, only those on the day selected are shown.