cyn.in v2.1 is here – The most significant cyn.in release, ever!
November 25, 2008
The much awaited release of cyn.in - v 2.1 is finally here, I am honored to annouce it's public availability. Some of the New and Notables for this release are:
Application containers of cyn.in v.2.0 gives way to Application Perspectives. Every space in cyn.in now come pre-fit with application perspectives. Manually creating applications as containers to content is required no more. Simply create or upload any kind of content (such as a wiki page or an excel sheet) within a space and the content appears in the correct perspectives. The important thing here is that all content is created within a space and not an application container. This helps users to focus on creating content and stop worrying about creating containers. This also facilitates easier interlinking and reusing of content between applications.
Main Space: The root of all content.
Spaces have been the pivotal aspect of cyn.in. Spaces help a group of users to create a secure work area within their cyn.in site and allocate explicit permissions to select users within it. Spaces are vital to most large companies with diverse teams. However, a substantial number of our customers & users felt the need for a simplified central collaboration area, that is accessible to every user of the cyn.in. This gave birth to the concept of the Main space. This is where All users of your cyn.in site can create or edit any content, without worrying about permissions or sharing rights. This makes the main space the best place for free form collaboration, and its no more necessary to create a bunch of spaces before new users start using cyn.in. Spaces should only be created when there is a need for security isolation.
All Updates - A consolidated activity stream
A new perspective called 'All Updates' has been added to all spaces. This shows all activity within a space (and from all spaces nested inside the space). This bridges content from all applications and types into a simple unified interface.A great deal of user experience enhancements have been designed for the all updates perspective, as we expect this to be the most used perspective on a daily basis.
Contextual Discussions. A whole new level
Commenting, the most used feature in cyn.in just got better. cyn.in v2.1 enables AJAX based discussions providing a live chat kind of user experience. These discussions are contained in all content types in the cyn.in. A comment posted to any content 'bubbles' the content to the top of the activity stream, pushing the content to the relevant audience.Read more about contextual discussions in this previous blog post.
The Status Log - Micro blogging for the enterprise
Get a micro blog dedicated for your team. Status logging tools like Twitter, Jaiku etc. have proved to be one of the simplest collaboration tools around, but public systems can rarely provide the context for work related collaboration. Public status messages help people to get word across to other people globally, where the context or content of the post is required to be relevant to a variety of audience. With cyn.in status logs, users can post work related information, which may not be appropriate or relevant to broadcast on a public system, specifically within the context of the business or enterprise. The status logs are tightly integrated to the activity stream and can contain threaded discussions. Status logs thus, are the easiest way to start a conversation with your team.More about the cyn.in status log in this post.
The Recycle Bin: Delete without fear!
Deleting content from an enterprise system is always a concern. Especially for businesses that need to follow compliance regulations. The new cyn.in recycle bin grabs deleted content from across the site, and allows the administrator to process the deleted content as per the compliance requirements. cyn.in rules can be applied to the recycle bin for custom automated processification of deleted content as well.
Completely revamped user interface
cyn.in has been well acclaimed for its simple yet powerful user interface. Focus on user experience and an user centric approach have been our strongest USPs, we have just taken the user interface to the next level. Based on a large number of user interviews, we have designed a new user interface from ground up, which is much less cluttered, and makes focusing on content much easier, yet providing required tools with minimum clicks.
A lot more minor improvements