GroupCamp is proud to announce that in our latest release, we have added the ability to manage a project budget using time categories in GroupCamp Project.
The Budgeted time feature in each project allows you to do the following:
This week we are launching a new release which is a cornerstone of our upcoming offers: the GroupCamp Prepaid Account. With the Prepaid Account, you can now add more than one month’s worth of monthly subscription either by using a credit card or by using wire transfer.
The screenshot below shows the Prepaid Account application in the Account menu:
For more information please refer to the following article in the Resources section: How does the GroupCamp Prepaid Account work
In this week’s release we have made the following improvements following customer feedback:
- Access to application settings has been improved with a new pop-up window mechanism
- The Manage members pop-up window has been significantly improved with quick add links
- The organization of roles and privileges has been simplified
Improved access to application settings
Access to application settings works the same way as before. Go to the top right corner of the application zone.
When you click on the settings icon a new pop-up window will show up as shown below:
You can therefore update application settings without leaving your project
One of the key steps in project portfolio management is to easily identify which projects are at risk in terms of planning and profitability. At project level the project summary metrics already allow you to identify gaps between the allocated time budget and the actual time recorded by your colleagues. However when monitoring a large portfolio of projects it is vital to be able to track gaps and planning issues across projects. The new GroupCamp cross-project export file for project metrics allows you to do that.
Exporting project metrics in Excel
To get an export of project metrics across all projects, go to the Overview application in a project and click on the export icon.
On the screen below above you have multiple options:
- You can choose the time unit in which you want to export your data. Please note that conversion is based on the conversion rate set in your global settings.
- You can export metrics for the current project.
- You can export metrics for all projects in the account. For that since GroupCamp stores project metrics at the end of every business week and at the beginning of every month, you can choose the date for which you want the export.
The Excel file presents a list of all the projects in your account and with a list of all the metrics for that project.
We are happy to present the new GroupCamp features which allows you to add logos and favicons for each group:
- You now have default favicons for project groups and for the Timesheet app under the Tracking menu,
- Customizing groups with logos which are then displayed when you print from applications in your project groups.
- When adding custom logos, you can browse images in any web page by entering its URL.
- All images in various GroupCamp apps are now managed the same way.
The new GroupCamp group favicons
Favicons are now available in your projects and in the Timesheet application under the Tracking menu. When you are in those applications, the favicon displayed in your browser will not be the standard GroupCamp favicon but the new favicons for each group type.
The new favicons are displayed in the browser tabs.
You can customize the colors of the favicons in the Look & feel application as shown below.
We are happy to announce the release of the following new features:
- Email addresses are now unique in a GroupCamp account,
- changing the role of a user between Colleague and Guest is now simpler together with change in the company information of a user or guest,
new user management pop-up in a project,
- the privileges associated with the Colleague role can now be managed in the Roles and Privileges application
importing users, Colleagues or Guests, into an account from an Excel file,
- in the list of members for a project(Activity Application), the invitation status of each member is displayed and you can easily re-invite them to join a project.
Email addresses in a GroupCamp account are now unique
Up till now, multiple users in a GroupCamp account could have the same email address.
We have changed our policy on unique email addresses following feedback from a large number of clients: 1) duplicate users with the same email addresses 2) issues with re-invitation in an account 3) issues when using the Files or Tasks dropbox address 4) importing users from an Excel file was more difficult when duplicates were possible.
Please note that unique email addresses apply to both primary and additional email addresses of a user.
If you have existing users within your account with the same email address, GroupCamp will still allow you to have those even if they do pose certain issues as described above. However if you do try to add a user with an existing email address, GroupCamp will inform you of the existence of the email address so that you may solve your duplicate issues.
Identity management application. Changing user roles between Colleagues and Guests. Changing the company of a user.
In the Identity application, under Settings > Preferences > Identity, you can select a given user and when the user is a Guest, Administrators can now
- change the company of the selected Guest,
change the role of a Guest to make him or her a Colleague.
We are happy to announce that we have significantly improved the format in which time estimates are displayed in the the Tasks application in an effort to have a common format for time tracking records:
- Entering time estimates in hours: updated from the X.Y hours (X hours and Y tenth of an hour) to the hh:mm:ss format,
- Entering time estimates in 2 different time measuring units, hours and days with the use of the unit conversion rate to convert between the two,
- IMPORTANT NOTICE: please note that it is therefore crucial that you set your conversion rate between hours to days carefully,
- Forcing the use of a particular time unit.
Entering time estimates on tasks in hours: new format hh:mm:ss
Many of you have requested that we have a common format for both time estimates and time records for the amount of time spent. Using decimals when entering or managing time duration is not easy.
We have therefore switched to the new hh:mm:ss format:
Switching to the new format: 0.2 h is now displayed as 0h12. 2 tenths of an hour = 12 minutes