Developing a product of any sort revolves around many different inputs and ideas. One that is all important is listening carefully to customer feedback and doing your best to meet your customers needs. Balance is also important, you simply can’t go and add every feature that everyone suggests or you’d finish up with a product thatÂ no one would want to use and you’d probably be broke because you’d put way too many resources into its development. I mention this because the latest Surfulater release, V2.00.20.0 is all about meeting customer needs.
As products evolve and more people start using them, they may be put to use performing tasks the product designers hadn’t ever considered. This is certainly true of Surfulater. In fact I’m sure I don’t know the half of what people are using Surfulater for. This isn’t too good from my point of view, but it speaks well of Surfulater that so many people find it, not only capable, but well suited to handle a variety of tasks above and beyond its core competencies.
The prime enhancements in this release revolve around the ability to reorder content in the Knowledge Tree using a new Advanced Article Sort, along with the ability to change the Date Created for Articles. Advanced sort enables you to sort the entire Knowledge Tree, or aÂ Folder and optionally its sub-folders. Sorting can be done by Article Title or Date Created, in either ascending or descending order.
To access Advanced Sort right click on a Folder in the Knowledge Tree and select it from the context menu as shown here.
Select from the various Sort options and then click Sort.
To change the Date Created for an ArticleÂ right click on itÂ and choose Set Date created from the menu.
Choose the new date from the date picker window or click on Today or None, the latter leaving the date as is.Â When the current date is selected the time is set to the current time, otherwise it is set to 12:00AM.
These new capabilities are useful when you use Surfulater as a Journal or simply wish to move articles in time.
While we are talking dates one thing I’ve personally wanted in Surfulater isÂ to be able to set Reminder or Follow Up dates in articles. Sometimes when I capture content I know I don’t have the time to read it then and there. The ability to pop-up a reminder in a week or so would be very handy here. Alas no one else has requested this yet, so it sits on the sidelines awaiting.
For the other changes and bug fixes in this release see the Release Notes in the Help or on the Forum.
5 Replies to “Surfulater V2.00.20.0 Released – Balance is important”
I agree entirely. It would be a tragedy to see Surfulater turn into Bloatware like so many good apps have done. Speaking for myself, I think it has all the main functions it’s ever going to need and only needs minor tweaks to make it perfect. I’d like to see more people post their way of using Surfulater on the forum, as not only yourself will benefit from this but everyone else will too. So how about it everyone….? Cheers, Nick
“While we are talking dates one thing Iâ€™ve personally wanted in Surfulater is to be able to set Reminder or Follow Up dates in articles. Sometimes when I capture content I know I donâ€™t have the time to read it then and there. The ability to pop-up a reminder in a week or so would be very handy here. Alas no one else has requested this yet, so it sits on the sidelines awaiting.”
I think this is a great idea, and I will certainly request it on the forum.
I really love the new release so far, thanks for all your hard work.
Thanks for the heads up Thom. I’m really glad I mentioned “reminders” in the blog post and can now add this to the todo list without thinking it was purely added because I wanted it.
One thing I do do now, is to put articles I don’t have time to read, but want to, asap, in a “Pending Reading” Knowledge Base. Then I shift them to their true home (KB.Folder) once read. This is only partially working for me though!
And everyone, yes do as Nick says. Maybe I should create a new Forum area for this?
One of the nifty things I actually use in Outlook to keep track of the Tasks people send me at work is to use the Flag field, using the different categories for different classes of request.
Using dates for pending reading would be a little over the top for my uses (though I’d use it if I had it)
I agree that using the KB structure to categorise articles would prove problematic.
Thanks for your continued work!!
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