We’re improving the layout of the review page to make it easier than ever to review proposals in ProposalSpace!
Starting Wednesday, July 11, reviewers will no longer see each proposal’s contents displayed in tandem with the review form. Instead, the two will be side-by-side. In case you’re wondering what that looks like, here’s a comparison of the old and new layouts. (Click on a layout for a larger view.)
And here’s a larger view of the new layout with details about specific improvements:
- The panels are independently scrollable, so you can navigate to specific areas of the proposal or the review form without one affecting the other.
- The panels are resizable. Just slide the divider between them to the left or right.
- We’ve removed the “No answer” option for scoring questions. Now, clicking a score once selects it and clicking it again de-selects it.
- If the review form has more than one scoring question, each question’s score is displayed to the right and the total score is displayed at the end of the scoring section. (Not shown in this screenshot.)
- The Save Review button becomes active only after you’ve made a change to the review form. (If you try to leave the page without saving your review, the system will prompt you to save your work.)
- Navigation buttons at the bottom of the page allow you to move to the previous or next proposal in your list of assignments, or to return to your list of assignments.
- An indicator across the top of the control bar helps you keep track of your overall progress.
We hope the new layout and functionality will make it even easier for reviewers to complete their work. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment below!
We’ve just released a software update that includes some really exciting improvements to the Review Module (which comes standard with every call). Here are just some of the new features:
- You can now add reviewers and review chairs to a review group even if they don’t have a ProposalSpace account.
- The search function for reviewers and review chairs is built into the review-group page, making it more efficient.
- To improve privacy, reviewers and review chairs need to confirm their addition to a review group before they are actually added to it.
- The layout of the review-group admin page has been updated, making it easier to manage for both call admins and review chairs.
As always, let us know how the new features are working out, and if you have any ideas for additional improvements!
One of our users recently reported a problem with the way our data-export tool was handling special characters. Abstracts for his call often contain mathematical symbols, which were being displayed correctly on the ProposalSpace website, but were becoming garbled in the output file generated by the data-export tool. For example, Δ (delta) was showing up as Î” and ± (plus-minus) was showing up as Â±.
We fixed the issue by changing the character encoding for the output file. Now, any character that is displayed correctly on the website is also displayed correctly in the output file.
(A special note: Some programs, like MS Word, might ask what encoding to use when opening the file. If that happens, select “Unicode” on Windows or “Unicode 6.3 (Little-Endian)” on Mac.)
Also, we’ve removed the “strip HTML” option from the data-export tool and made that the default action. If you miss having that option, just let us know and we’ll be happy to put it back!
The data-export feature now has an option for controlling how HTML-formatted text is exported. You can find it on the data-export page (Tools -> Data Export) right above the Create Report button:
So if you’ve set up any of your forms (submission, role, or review) to include a formatted-text field, you can now tell the data-export feature whether you want that text exported as formatted text (with HTML tags) or as unformatted text (without HTML tags).
For example, let’s say you have a field in your Presenter role form for the presenter’s bio. You’ve set up the field so the user can format the text, but you don’t want any of that formatting when you export the bio. Now, all you have to do is check the box at the bottom of the data-export feature and voilà—all of the HTML code is stripped out!
We’ve just released some exciting improvements to the data-export feature in ProposalSpace!
- Proposal information is no longer spread across multiple rows. All the information for a proposal—including role data, reviews and scheduling information—is now on the same line.
- You can now select individual questions from the submission and role forms to include in the export file.
- Special characters (like é) now display correctly in the export file.
- The “Proposals to Include” section now shows totals for each category so you can tell in advance how many proposals will be included in the export file.
- We’ve streamlined the code so the export file is generated even faster.
All of these changes were in response to feedback from our fantastic users. Keep the ideas coming!
We’ve just released a new dashboard for the Session Tracker in ProposalSpace. The dashboard contains a couple of charts designed to help call admins track proposal activity over time and to monitor how many draft proposals are incomplete vs. complete. It also contains an Alerts section that displays issues that might require attention, like impending deadlines, submissions that haven’t been approved for review, and submissions that need to be assigned to reviewers.
The idea is to make the Tracker Dashboard a place where admins can stay on top of every aspect of a call. We’re always looking to make the feature more useful, so if you have any information that you would like to see on the dashboard, please let us know!
We’ve just uploaded a new video tutorial that shows how to update the photo associated with your ProposalSpace profile. Check it out.
Good news, call administrators: You no longer have to re-open a call just to create a late submission. Now, even if your call’s submission deadline has passed, you will continue to see it on the Start a Proposal page.
A few important notes:
- Only you and your fellow administrators can see the call on the Start a Proposal page. If you want to allow a non-administrator to start a proposal, you will need to re-open the call.
- The call will remain listed on the Start a Proposal page until it is archived.
- Proposals you create are attached to your account. If you want to create a proposal on behalf of someone else, you will need to add that person to the proposal so that he/she can have access to it.
- Proposals you create after the submission deadline has passed will still need to be approved for review.
If you are one of the growing number of organizations using ProposalSpace for managing award nominations, you might not have cared for the term “proposal” we use throughout the site (for example, “Start a Proposal” or “Edit Proposal”).
Well, good news. Now you can customize the term. The default is still “proposal”, but you can change it to “nomination”, “abstract”, “idea”, or anything else that fits your needs. Just pull up the call and look in the General Settings page for a field called Submission Type.
We’ve made it easier than ever to find your way around ProposalSpace with breadcrumbs. Just check the top of any page to see where you are in relation to your Account Home page.