UI Renewal Step One, and lots more!

Support announcement

First, a friendly reminder: FIBRES will stop supporting Internet Explorer browser as of December 31, 2020.

We encourage all our remaining IE users to switch to current versions of Chrome, New Edge, Safari or Firefox immediately. There are known issues with our UI renewal on IE that we are also not going to address.

New FIBRES Release!

FIBRES 2.16.0

We are super excited to bring you the biggest release we've had in a while, with a massive amount of improvements all over! We're especially happy to release the first step of our major UI renewal. Full release notes below, but here's just a quick TL;DR summary first:

  • UI Renewal Step 1: Improved navigation and Content preview, plus introducing the Network Builder for even easier management of content linkages and for browsing AI recommended articles. Stay tuned for even more exciting updates here in our next releases!
  • Web Clipper improvements: in addition to web pages, you can now clip online PDF documents, too.
  • Also improved web clipping from web pages overall, as well as even better auto tagging.
  • Our premium FIBRESEED Data Service now also integrates with GDELT, the largest and most comprehensive open database of human society ever created!

And now, into the details then:

New

  • Major UI Renewal Step 1
    • Improved navigation from Home and Discover (and Collect for those of you with Data Management Booster Pack enabled) views to Content Full View, always remembering the original context where you left off when navigating back to the home/list view
    • In-place Preview in list views: No more additional step of opening a Preview on the side (or on top on mobile) when clicking on a Content Item! You can still see a summary of the Content Item on the list view by expanding the article on the list. This should please especially those using FIBRES on a mobile device!
    • Introducing Network Builder for managing the Linked Content of an article. Now all modifications to pins and linked content happens in Network Builder, and the Content Full View only showcases the already pinned / linked content as well as content Recommendations made by AI. This change will happen in several steps, so please note especially that
      • Filtering by content type will be restored in the next release
      • Showcasing the existing pins/linkages and recommendations will also be improved to address the problematics with having scrolled a carousel, navigated to a different article and then returning to the previous one
  • Web Clipping improvements
    • Overall improvement on how data is extracted from web pages, addressing issues with several sites where only limited data could be extracted
    • Capability to create a Content Item from an online PDF document (with further improvements coming up shortly)
    • Improved auto tagging of Content Items created from web pages
  • GDELT for FIBRESEED: For those of you using the FIBRESEED Data Service, you'll now have articles available from GDELT, a huge database that monitors hundreds of thousands of broadcast, print, and online news sources from every corner of the globe in more than 100 languages, every moment of every day. Please contact us at support@fibresonline.com for details.

Smaller improvements & fixes

  • You can now hover over a flash message with your mouse in order to prevent it from closing before you have read it in full, or close it before it times out
  • Performance optimizations, especially with initial loading of the FIBRES application, and with opening Content Full View
  • Fixed an issue where you needed to click twice to start editing an empty title or description in Content Full View
  • Fixed a problem where User list actions were not available for a Trend Manager for managing Trend Scout and Read Only users
  • Fixed an issue with Radar item sizes when a small number of items were shown
  • Fixed a problem with closing the Joint Evaluation Poll modal using the "X" button on top-right corner
  • As usual, numerous small layout and other fixes here and there

Phew. That's a big one. Hope you like it!

UPCOMING: MAJOR RENEWAL FOR THE FIBRES UI!

Support announcement

We develop FIBRES primarily with minor steps so that your main user experience remains familiar.

However, we will now introduce a major renewal of the FIBRES user interface and related navigation as this is the only possible way of taking its overall usability to the next level.

This UI renewal will be implemented in three main steps during the period from November 2020 to January 2021. Please see selected previews of the new UI, and of the renewal steps in this online presentation.

Also please feel free to book a personal demonstration and Q&A session for your team with a FIBRES expert right from this online calendar.

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Over several months, we have compiled a lot of feedback related to FIBRES overall usability.

Then, we have run a lot of experimenting with optional further development paths. We have reviewed benchmarks, we have implemented our own mockups, carried out internal and external user tests, given demonstrations and Q&A sessions with our premium customers, and then some…all in order to find the best possible solution for the FIBRES UI renewal. Phew.

And now indeed we are proud to introduce the updated FIBRES UI!

We trust you will love it. Obviously we also understand that such a big change in many steps during the next three months may cause some irritation. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but still fully convinced you will enjoy the new experience.

Please keep your feedback coming.

PS.

Just a friendly reminder: FIBRES will not support Internet Explorer browser after December 31, 2020. We encourage all remaining IE users to switch to current versions of Chrome, New Edge, Safari or Firefox immediately.

End of IE support

Support announcement

Since we announced our plans to end support for Internet Explorer (IE) in May this year, we've seen a constant decline in number of IE users on our platform. This in combination to the ever growing amount of extra work needed to maintain support for IE, we have decided to stop supporting Internet Explorer browser as of December 31, 2020.

We encourage all our remaining IE users to switch to current versions of Chrome, New Edge, Safari or Firefox immediately.

Fixed

Version 2.15.4

Coincidentally, we have fixed what we hope will be our last IE specific anomaly, which resulted the application getting stuck in "Loading…" state when trying to access FIBRES using Internet Explorer.

Fix for showing content in "Search for more..."

Version 2.15.3

Fixed

When searching for more content to link to a Content Item in "Search for more…" on Content Item view, all content was not always shown when a search text was not specified. Now you will get all respective, unlinked content in All, Megatrends, Trends, Signal Clusters, Signals and Collections tabs when there is no search text defined. On Best Matches you will always get unlinked content recommended based on currently viewed Content Item.

Fixes for search and CSV export

version 2.15.2

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause CSV exports to fail with "not authorized to perform operation" error message
  • Fixed a problem in Content Item search where fuzzy matches were returned to a quoted search phrase, when the phrase only had one word ("example")

Introducing FIBRESEED, and more!

Version 2.15.1

Our October update brings some Cool New Stuff to your FIBRES Account!

New

  • We launched a new and customizable FIBRESEED premium service for bringing in new external trend data! Please contact us for more information and a free trial!

  • We've added some more intelligence to Recommended Content in Content Item View, so you should get even more precise recommendations for the Content Item you are viewing.

  • Improved Users view: Users view has been reworked based on your feedback: The invitation controls are now easier to access, and the Users listing works much better especially on mobile devices

  • Invitation emails to Joint Evaluation Polls and Collections now have a more user-friendly layout

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue with Email Notification where user would sometimes get notified even if the content was last updated by the user herself
  • Fixed an issue with Email Notifications where user would get notified even if they opted out in their profile. Sorry!
  • Fixed a bunch of layout issues on Radar visualisation
  • Fixed a problem with content carousels where the last item was sometimes not shown in full
  • Fixed an issue which caused an unauthenticated user to land on Home view instead of Content Item view after logging in, when clicking a link to a Content Item in e.g. Email Notification
  • The usual bunch of layout issues here and there

Maintenance on Monday 5th of October

We are about to introduce some nice improvements for your FIBRES Account again! Thus, we are doing some maintenance on the FIBRES platform on Monday, October 5th, starting at 6 pm EEST (= time in Helsinki, Finland).

FIBRES will be available during the maintenance. However you may notice the Recommended Content section in Content Item full view not showing any recommendations until the maintenance is completed. Also you might experience some actions taking longer than usual.

Once the maintenance is completed…we hope you enjoy the again improved content recommendations, and some other nice stuff also. We will inform you about the implemented improvements in more detail soon!

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the maintenance on Monday.

Radar Improvements and New Signup!

Version 2.14.0

We have been working hard during the summer, and are happy to bring you again a new FIBRES release!

New

  • The algorithm for placing your Megatrends and Trends on the Radar visualization has been improved, resulting with even better readablity for your Radar!
  • If you would happen to be reading this even if you don't yet have a FIBRES Account, this would be a perfect time to sign up and give it a try - signing up to a new Account has never been easier!
  • Change history of a Content Item now also shows changes to content sources
  • All FIBRES Accounts now have additional activity statistics shown in the Content Item full view

Fixed

  • Fixed a problem where an archived Content Item would sometimes show in your Discover search results even if you did not opt to include archived items
  • Fixed restoring an archived Content Item in Discover view
  • Fixed a few corner cases with Content Item search when using a search phrase
  • Fixed an issue which sometimes caused invalid Joint Evaluation Poll invitation messages being sent

Issues with Web Clipping - Fixed

Issues with the FIBRES Web Clipper have been fixed.

While clipping during the next couple of hours, you might still see some "empty" results due to caching effects: if the same article has been clipped during the issue, the empty result may have been stored in a cache and now still delivered to you. Even this problem will be solved in a few hours from now.

We now also have an alternative clipping service immediately available in case such problems should ever appear again.

Thank you for your understanding!

Issues with Web Clipping - Fix is on the Way

For fixing the current issue with the FIBRES Web Clipper, we are already running tests on migrating onto a new clipping service. We will soon know whether we get a fix for the current clipping service or whether we replace the current service with this new one. Either way, a fix will be there asap.