Quarterly Update 4.17: Arkit "Opal"

Nov 3rd, 2017

Introducing Arkit Opal, an update offering greater customizations and new, more granular roles. New Budget tools also allow you to better tailor your Arkit experience to meet your specific workflow needs. 

Customize Your Budgets

  • You can now add your own budget statuses in addition to "Active", "Pending" and "Closed". See below for a detailed walkthrough of how to use this feature to add options to your dropdown budget menus.

More Specific Sharing Roles

  • New Collaborator role allows you to share locked budgets with your collaborators, allowing them to update costs without allowing changes to budget amounts.
  • Better differentiation when sending user vs. collaborator invites so you can more easily see what kind of access you are offering.

Interface Improvements

  • More organized dropdown menus: now you can move items within dropdowns to change their order.

These features are available November 6th, 2017. Updates to Arkit are, as always, free and automatic for all users. See below for a detailed walkthrough of how to use the new features.

 

Using Custom Statuses to Filter Budgets

You can now filter budgets by any custom status you need, instead of just the three default statuses. These filters will appear in both the dashboard and project views.

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Creating Your First Custom Status

To create a custom status or budget filter, go into the "Budget Information" pane in your project template, and click "edit" on the status panel. These additions will then appear in the drop-down menus both in the Budget dashboard and in the Budget panel in individual projects.

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Clear Role Differentiation

We've made it easier to differentiate between internal users and external collaborators with descriptions of each major role type.

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About Arkit's New Collaborator Type

Now when sharing projects, you'll find a new collaborator role available! The privileged, locked budget amount role can be used to give access to collaborators who need to update cost information, but shouldn't be able to edit budget totals. 

 

Organizing Your Dropdown Menus

Dropdown menus are used in many project detail panels where you need to limit the number of options for that field. Now we have made it possible for you to organize those options by dragging and dropping them in the order you prefer.

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We hope you enjoy the new improvements! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or if you're new to Arkit, schedule a demo and we'd be happy to show you around.

 




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Arkit Update 4.16: Introducing Arkit "Citrine"

Sept 7th, 2017

We're excited to announce the release of Arkit “Citrine”, an update with new drawing tools, multi-sharing capabilities, and improved user experience in the dashboard and other areas. With this update, Arkit users will also be able to upload multiple files at once to save even more time.

Share More

  • Arkit Citrine introduces the ability to share a project with multiple people from different organizations! 
  • See who else is collaborating on a project right from the Summary panel.

Upload Faster

  • Drag and drop multiple files into the upload area, or select individual files to add detailed descriptions

More Interactive Dashboard

  • Now you can sort by any column in the dashboard
  • Move columns around to better compare data, and hide any you're not using
  • Share and un-share multiple projects at once
  • Information drop-downs let you quickly see who a project has been shared with

Draw Circles

  • We have added the ability to draw circles or radius rings on the project map. As with other drawings, area will be calculated for you automatically.

Other IU/UX Improvements

  • More budget details shown when adding costs

These features are available September 11th, 2017. Updates to Arkit are, as always, free and automatic for all users. See below for a detailed walkthrough of how to use the new features.

New Sharing Features

You can now share a project right from the project Summary, and you can also see who the project has been shared with from the same pane.

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ou'll still need to use the "people" panel to add or remove members from your list of Arkit collaborators. This new feature allows you to invite as many people from as many different organizations as you like.


Upload Multiple Files at Once

The multi-upload feature can be found on the file pane. Use this handy drag-and-drop feature if you have many files to manage, or use the single upload feature if you need to add detailed descriptions to each.

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New Radius Drawing Tool

You'll notice a new icon in the drawing tools, as you can now draw circles or radius diagrams on your project maps. To draw a circle, simply select a centre point and drag outwards from there.

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Using the New Dashboard Features

The dashboard has become more interactive! You can now move columns around, or sort by any column listed. Under "Manage Columns" in the upper right, you can also hide columns that you aren't using.

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We hope you enjoy the new improvements! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or if you're new to Arkit, schedule a demo and we'd be happy to show you around.

 




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3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Your Project Portfolio is Growing

More work is great.

Provided, of course, that you have the resources you need to tackle a greater variety or volume of opportunities.

If not, then a larger workload can place your staff and organization under a lot of stress, and delays from overextension can lead to less satisfied clients. Good organizational tactics and tools can prevent these delays from occurring, and taking the time to plan efficient use of everyone’s time can prevent a lot of the stress that often comes with a new challenge.




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Arkit 4.15 "Garnet" Update Release

July 14, 2017

We're excited to announce the release of Arkit “Garnet”, an update with better customizations, more file upload types and faster, more intuitive bulk change capabilities. With this update, we are also introducing a new forms feature! These editable forms are great for tracking daily reports and other information that will need to be entered on a recurring basis.

 

Better Email Summaries

  • Now you can pick and choose which projects to include in your email summary by saving search terms.
  • Summaries now have an improved layout.

Bulk Operations Improvements in Dashboard

  • After receiving feedback from our customers, we've made bulk project operations in the Dashboard views more intuitive. Change multiple projects with ease! 

New Forms

  • "History" has been replaced with Recurring Forms. Daily Work Reports and other forms where new entries are added frequently will be easier to track with this new feature.

More Personal

  • You can now save your favourite Map Overview. With this feature, when you log in you will only be presented with the map area that is most relevant to you.
  • Personal User Avatars: personalize Arkit and scan through user history more easily.

Experience Improvements

  • "Latest Activity" has been moved to the Summary panel, to make sure recent changes are highly visible.

Map Updates

  • You can now overlay a new file type on your project map: introducing shape file layers!
  • The base-map (road view) has been updated to incorporate better road and feature details.

 

These features are available July 15, 2017. Updates to Arkit are, as always, free and automatic for all users. See below for a detailed walkthrough of how to use the new features.

Choosing Your Email Updates

You can now choose what you would like to receive in your inbox from your saved searches. This means you can zero in on a specific geographic region, project stage, or other feature and only receive updates on what is most relevant to you.

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How to Perform Bulk Operations in the Dashboard View

Selecting multiple rows in the dashboard view will pull up a panel on the right where you can make changes to your selection.

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Using New Forms and History

A forms tab has been added to the drill down panel on the far left, which you can use to input or view reports or updates. Forms can be customized on your templates page, where you can create as many as you need for that project type, and choose what kind of data will be collected in each.

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Customizing the Map View

You can now choose how the portfolio map will appear on log in. Just click the "edit view" panel, move the map to where you want it to be, and hit save!

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How to Add Shape Files

Select the layers tab in the upper right and follow the "add new" prompts to upload and overlay a shape file on your project.

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We hope you enjoy the new improvements! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sincerely, the Arkit team.




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