Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  

It has been a long time since our last blog post but the reason for that was we've been so busy with projects and customers that writing a blog post has always been pushed back and to the bottom of the pile.

However, today is the time to put that right - particularly as there is some time available whilst travelling by train.

Since the last update we've been busy improving yagmap as you would expect.  Most of the improvements have been around the data collection side and we are now able to support the upload of file attachments of any kind via the desktop forms.  Mobile support will come although at present HTML5 support by the major vendor's browsers is not as complete as on the desktop side.  We are also able to provide you with the ability to allow different access permissions to the captured form data, so somebody can review and amend the data that has been input, certain questions can be included on a form that are visible only to the reviewer which is great if data quality notes need to be added.  

One form feature that we're really pleased with is the ability to now support complex scripts that can pretty much do what ever you can dream up.  As an example, we have completed projects included complex scoring algorithms and complex form logic.

On the messaging side, and we're pretty excited about this one, we now support push notifications on devices that use the Google Chrome browser, so most Android devices and MACs/PCs using Chrome.  This means that any new group message you receive you will now get a push notification to your device letting you know, even if you're not actually on yagmap at the time!  Best of all, this is configurable per device so you could have notifications received on both your mobile and laptop, but not on your tablet.  As support improves, we will bring this to other browsers and devices, with Firefox browser looking like it's going to be the next to support the required technologies.  To enable this on your device or Chrome browser, simply go to the settings area (click on the cogs icon) and if your browser supports the required technologies you'll be able to activate this functionality.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

New Design

As you may have noticed we've redesigned the look and feel of our site when viewed using a computer when you're not logged in.  The aim of the redesign was to not only modernise the site, but to make it easier for visitors to understand what we do and find the information they need in a way that's also pleasing to the eye.  Do let us know what you think!

We are also delighted that the new design is now featured in the CSS Light Gallery!  Take a look at http://www.csslight.com/website/8318/yagmap.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Heartbleed Bug Update

You may have seen in the press recently a lot of coverage about the heartbleed bug that has been uncovered within the OpenSSL open source package that has affected a significant number of companies and websites.  We just want to reassure you that yagmap is not affected in anyway by heartbleed.

If you want any further information on the Heartbleed Bug vulnerability, please visit: http://heartbleed.com/

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Group Messaging Membership Limitations

There are many, many different group messaging apps out there.  Each of them have their own particular merits, some are more popular in other countries, some allow you to play games or have stickers, and other allow self-destructing message content.  However, what all of them seem to have in common is that they put an arbitrary limit on the number of group members.  Some of these limits are by design, for example there is an app aimed at couples so clearly the group is limited to two people!  When we were designing yagmap, introducing member limits never crossed our minds!  This means you can have as many or as few group members as you want.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Going beyond paper forms

A few months ago we hinted that we were working on some great new form features that would significantly improve data collection, well they are now fully tested and live!  We can now provide advanced fields that go beyond what is capable with paper-based forms with new logic functionality that provides skip logic based on the question response and calculated fields.

Skip logic is something that is fairly self-explanatory but calculated fields are something we like as they provide a great way of automating calculation of totals, averages or any other mathematical formula of numeric fields.  As to be expected, these fields are fully supported offline on mobile devices.

As always, if you believe yagmap forms could help improve your business’ data collection processes or would like some further information, please get in touch via forms@yagmap.com.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The native/HTML5 debate revisited


In a previous blog post, we outlined our thoughts on the native/HTML5 app debate and where we were going with our development.  Since then things have changed such as the well-publicised change of Facebook’s application to a fully native experience which many in the blogosphere have taken to mean that, certainly in the short term, native is the way to go and HTML5 is just not good enough, yet.

We would disagree with this assertion.  The Facebook app change was not as clear-cut as it is often made out to be.  In reality, Facebook chose to change from a hybrid app (one which is a native app that presents HTML5 pages within it) to a fully native one.  They did not kill off their true HTML5 web app, which is still fully available at http://m.facebook.com and works well, and quickly.

What they did do was make a change from the hybrid app model to a full native app.  This makes sense to us, as a hybrid app really does not work well.  The true HTML5 web app is best experienced through the device’s browser, which is designed and optimised for the task and certainly on iOS devices benefits from a faster JavaScript engine that is not available to hybrid apps.  Native apps, similarly, should be true native apps to take advantage of the devices APIs and the performance boost it can give.

As stated before, we are going down the HTML5 route as we believe this is the future and ensures the user experience is consistent across all devices.  The other major benefit for our clients is that it is so much easier to ask users to browse to a web address rather than hunting through a crowded app store to find the app, download it and then log in.  In the time that takes, they could have already completed the required task!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

A quick update on forms!


Hello all,

We're working hard on building some new features in yagmap that will make your mobile data collection even easier than ever. However, in the meantime, we thought we would take a break from the coding to let you know that we're really pleased that last week we had the ten thousandth form data item received! This is great news and we hope to build further on this success.

If you're interested in finding out how yagmap eforms can help your business' remote data collection - do get in touch via forms@yagmap.com.