It’s been a while since the last Ready Room release and in a different post we explain why, but here we’ll describe the new functionality made available this weekend.
This release introduces enhanced filtering and sorting across multiple Ready Room components, including in the main workflow board, the inspector portal, the inspection membership screen, and the user management screen.
We have greatly improved the ability to filter requests. Whereas, previously you could only filter requests on a single attribute, e.g. system ID, assignee, or label, you can now filter on any and all attributes simultaneously. To save on screen real estate, the filters are in a collapsible section above the inspection board. Clicking “Open Filters” exposes the available filters.
You can enter a value into any field and the results will be displayed as you type. When applying multiple filters, the fields are ANDed together. As before, filters are persistent.
A few things to note:
We’ve had many requests for sorting the inspection board over the years, but have always pushed back because sorting the workflow board would interfere with being able to position a request vertically within a column. Some months ago we solicited feedback from select customers regarding the removal of persistent column ordering in favor of having the ability to sort requests. More than one customer proposed a compromise: keep column ordering in the workflow board but enable it in the table view. Initially, we were kind of cold to the idea, but the more we discussed it, the better it sounded. So today, we bring you just that.
If you click the “Table View” button (now to the left of the board tabs, instead of one of the buttons on the upper right), the workflow view is replaced with a table view, one that is much cleaner than the previous implementation.
By default, requests are ordered as they are on the workflow board, i.e., by state and position, but now the column headers are clickable. Click a header once to sort by that column’s values in descending order, and again to sort in ascending order. To the extent possible, the current column’s sort order is maintained when clicking to sort by a different column.
A few additional notes:
Similar filtering and sorting has been implemented for the inspector’s view (replacing what was previously there). The principal differences, most of which have always been true, are as follows:
We have also implemented sorting and filtering in the inspection’s membership view. This will be a welcome change for our customers that are managing large inspection teams.
Finally, sorting and filtering has also been implemented on the user administration screen. Note that the user admin screen is not “live” and filters will not be applied as you type. Instead, you need to actively click the “Filter” button.
As hinted at above, we have been busy making significant changes under the hood. As part of those changes, you may notice some slight alterations to the Ready Room UI. For instance, the login screen looks very different, though it retains the same functionality. Popups for labels, links, personas, and assignees look slightly different too. And some icons have changed a bit. Mostly, though, the interface remains the same.
All of the following fixes have been in production for some time, but we are listing them here for completeness.