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New feature: Poll widget

Today we’re launching a new widget for Papyrs: the poll widget.

Although it’s already possible to create all kinds of survey forms using the form widgets, a poll can be useful if you want feedback on a single question, and immediately show the results. With Papyrs, you can now add two types of poll widgets. After adding a Simple Poll widget, people can vote for one of the available choices. They can also view the results of the poll, with a bar showing the percentage of the vote for each option.

The other poll widget is the Preference table. Using this widget, people can select multiple options, and a table is shown with the names of people who voted and the selected options. This is great for deciding between multiple alternatives/preferences with a group of people, from planning a date for a meeting to deciding between various designs for a new project.

Some examples:


To add a poll widget to your page, drag the Media/Widget to your page, and select the Poll tab. Only users with View & Submit permissions or higher can vote in a poll, but everyone with access to a page can see the results.



We hope you find the new widget useful. More updates coming soon!

Redesigning the Feedback Dialog

We consider our support one of the main “features” of our products. We try to respond as fast as possible, and we’re always curious to hear what you like and don’t like. Although the current feedback process seems to work well, we wanted to see if it could be improved even further.

As an experiment, we redesigned the feedback dialog in Papyrs. There are several goals for the redesign. First of all we want to make it easier to access, so we get more feedback if people have questions or comments. To get a better sense of user satisfaction/overall happiness with using the product, we also added smiley icons. Most people already write things like “we like it!”, but as it only takes a second to select your mood, we expect to get an even better picture. Finally, we also added an option to talk to us directly. Though this is an experiment, we think it might be interesting for questions that would take too long to handle over email, and to get to know our customers better. Because our users are in so many different timezones, when you check the phone icon, we’ll contact you about a date and time that’s convenient for you and call you back.

Here’s the updated feedback dialog, we hope you like it!



Manage your Form Workflows from your Inbox!

Today we’re announcing more integration for Papyrs with Google Apps! (available for Papyrs for Google Apps users).

If you’re someone who needs to spend a lot of time in your Google Mail Inbox, you probably already use the Notifications in Papyrs to stay up to date of new page changes and form submissions.

Some updates might require you to take some action, especially when someone submits a new request that needs to be reviewed. To reduce the time you have to spend switching between apps, we’re now introducing a Papyrs Widget for Google Mail to help with that!

Everytime a form is submitted with a status field, and you’re an administrator for the form page, a widget automatically appears below your mail. Just by pressing a button, you can change the status of the form directly from your Inbox!

As an example, consider a form page in your Papyrs intranet for requesting Paid Time Off. When someone in your team submits a request, a widget is automatically shown below the notification email in Google Mail:

If we want to change status (e.g. we want to Approve the request), just select the new status and click Change Status. That’s it, the status of the form request will be updated, without having to leave your Inbox!

Here’s another example, for a form to submit new Client Project Proposals:

We hope you like the new feature, which is now available to all Papyrs for Google Apps users!

Note: if your Google Apps domain is already using Papyrs, your domain administrator needs to approve access to this new Papyrs feature on the Google Apps Control Panel first (http://www.google.com/a/<domain>).

We’ll be back with more news about further Google Apps integration, and other features, soon!

Want to read more about workflows? You can find more information in our documentation about Form Workflow options.

Papyrs Launches!

After more than a year of developing, designing, discussing all the beta feedback with you (thanks everyone!), even more coffee and even shorter nights, we are thrilled to finally drop the beta label and announce the launch of Papyrs!

What is Papyrs?
Papyrs is a web application which anyone can use to build their own personalized intranet for their company or team. No technical knowledge is required: just use drag & drop. Nothing to host or to install. Super easy. You can create pages to share news, information, files, images, and more with your colleagues and clients. You can even add custom online forms, which you can use to collect data and process requests. Social features such as the activity stream help you to improve communication and work better together. With the powerful search bar you can find back all your information, discussions and documents instantly.

Since we started the beta in the summer of last year, we have added a lot of features and improvements (powerful instant search, activity stream, visual version history, updated design, Google Apps integration, just to name a few). As always we will continue to add more functionality, and we always appreciate your feedback! We really love working on this and we have big plans to take Papyrs further in the future!

Subscription Plans
With the end of the beta we’re also introducing the subscription plans today. We decided to keep it really simple: $5 (€4) per user per month, that’s it. No page, form, or file limit! People you invite via email to share a page, but are not in your team, do not count towards the number of users. For the very small teams or one man shops out there, we also have a Free plan for up to two users.
If you sign up within the next 7 days you’ll get a 10% life-time discount with the coupon LAUNCH10!

You can find updates information on Papyrs and the subscription plans at www.papyrs.com/signup/. The documentation and support pages are also updated.

What happens to us beta users?
You will receive an email today and a notice bar will be displayed in Papyrs. Your account will be converted to a free trial, so you will get an extra fully-featured 30 days to either pick a subscription or a Free account. As a thank you for all our beta users, if you subscribe within 7 days you get an extra beta discount on your Papyrs subscription – for life!

We hope you enjoy using Papyrs and we’ll keep you updated on this blog about the big plans we have in store for Papyrs in the future!

New in Papyrs: Keep everybody on the same page with the Activity Stream

Hi everyone,

Over the past few months we have been adding many new features to Papyrs. This week we launched a design update and the Activity Stream.

With a lot of different information going back and forth between team members, the Activity Stream is a great way to stay up to date with everything that’s happening in your team.  You can find all the latest actions, post or view comments and status updates for everyone in your team or in a specific subgroup.

Streams have been an important part of many modern social networks, and are also becoming an important way to communicate within businesses and organizations. It’s an easy way to get your announcements or questions & answers out to entire teams, without spamming and cluttering their Inbox. This also makes it easier for other people to reply on activity items, participate in discussions and keep people up to date about their progress. Because inactive discussions automatically ‘sink’  to the bottom of the stream, the stream is good central place for both having active discussions as well as posting about updates (like micro blogging social networks).



Example of the Activity Stream (click for larger screenshot)

Because the Activity Stream is fully integrated with the other functionality in Papyrs, any updates to pages and forms are automatically posted to the stream, and visible only to people with permission to view this type of activity. For example, when Mary submits an Expense Reimbursement form and Mark from Accounting denies the request, it will be visible for her in the Activity Stream and she can directly access the form to add that missing receipt.

The Stream also supports sharing with and subscribing to items only within certain sub groups. It’s also possible to add a summary of recent activity to your pages using the Navigation widget, e.g. on your homepage. Finally, discussions on pages now also support replies on comments (threading), and new posts appear in the Stream as well.

UI Design Updates



Screenshot showing the new design – Editing a page

We also made some updates to the UI design of Papyrs, and added new buttons to the top of the page to quickly switch between the main parts of Papyrs (home page, page navigation, activity stream, people directory and settings).

We hope you like the new look and features!