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December 2023 Release Notes (23.25)
December 2023 Release Notes (23.25)

Find information about release enhancements from December 2023 (23.25).

Updated over a week ago

In this article, you'll find a list of our most impactful new features and enhancements that we have released this month.

Don't worry, for more significant enhancements, you can still check out our blog, as well as read our newsletter. If you have questions about these items, don't hesitate to contact our support team.

Coming on January 17: Files added to “Trash” will be deleted after 30 days

In Ziflow’s first feature release of 2024, we will be introducing new logic to the “Trash” state in Ziflow. Starting on January 17, 2023, proofs will automatically be deleted by our system 30 days after being added to the Trash, this includes proofs already in “Trash”.

For many users, a persistent “Trash” state creates clutter in their dashboard environment, as these proofs will never fully disappear from their view. This update will help to automatically optimize your dashboard environment and ensure a more efficient creative process.

In fact, this change may result in an adjustment to your methods of managing unwanted or unneeded proofs. For example: “archiving” a proof will not delete it, but retain that asset in an archived state that can be searched and referenced later. Beginning on January 17, moving a proof to the “Trash” will result in it being deleted after 30 days, making it easier to purge old assets permanently.

Enhanced commenting interface in Ziflow’s Viewer

This release brings a significant improvement to the commenting interface inside Ziflow’s Viewer, with an aim towards providing a cleaner, more collaborative, and colleague-centric experience. The layout of comments and replies has been streamlined, removing visual clutter and making the content of the comments the primary focus.

We've increased the contrast between active and inactive comments, making it easier to differentiate and focus on the relevant discussions. We’ve updated the typeface and font size for improved readability. Avatars are now larger, enhancing the visual appeal and making it easier to identify contributors in the discussion.

Recognizing that comments should not just be about the text but also the conversations they spark, this release aims to create a more "human" interaction. These UI adjustments should make Ziflow’s Viewer a more engaging space for collaborative discussions among colleagues.

Dashboard 2.0: Updated “Stage” column

We’ve changed the look and feel of the “Stage” column within your views in Ziflow’s Dashboard 2.0. Previously, this column only displayed each stage as a small icon (S1, S2, S3, and so on), shaded green for Complete, mustard for In Progress, and red for Late.

With this release, we’ve added the custom display name for each stage and the time until the deadline, in addition to the shaded icons, giving dashboard viewers much-needed context at-a-glance about how each project is progressing through the review and approval process.

This will be immediately familiar to users of Ziflow’s legacy dashboard, due to the detail the original Stage column provided. Based on feedback from users who have made the switch to Dashboard 2.0, we believe this new design is even better.

More updates to Ziflow’s updated dashboard are coming soon, including top requests like thumbnails, previews, aspect ratio control, a refreshed UI to configure stages, and much more.

New setting: Set default comment type to Private

Prior to this week’s release, when leaving comments on proofs with both Public and Private comment types available, the default was set to Public. This meant that internal commenters had to manually toggle to "Private" each time they wanted to leave a non-Public comment in Ziflow’s Viewer.

With today's release, we've introduced a new setting that allows admins to set the default comment type for proofs featuring both Public and Private comments.

New setting: Set default comment type to Private

When the setting is set to “Private”, internal commenters, or those with permission to leave Private comments, will find the switch pre-set to "Private" when leaving a comment.

This will ensure that discussions within Ziflow’s Viewer remain private by default, requiring a deliberate switch to "Public" for comments intended for broader consumption.

Improvements to the Compare Mode user experience in Ziflow Viewer

With this release, we’ve made a minor but useful change to Ziflow's Compare Mode with an aim towards enhancing usability and improving the overall comparison experience. The change is a slight adjustment to how and where the screen is divided between versions, to accommodate space for the comment panel.

(prior to release)

Previously, the screen would split 50/50 between the new and previous versions of a review, and this new adjustment accounts for the fact that the new version either doesn't yet have comments—or this feedback doesn’t need to be displayed initially—while the previous version’s comments are more relevant and used to “Verify” (using Comment Reactions) that the requested changes were made.

(after the release)

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