Wide right pane in Fleep

For a while now, we’ve been iterating on some nuances of the right pane in Fleep. This has meant lots of revisions of its width, how it relates to the rest of the conversation and also to all the tabs on the right pane inside conversations in Fleep.

Expand and collapse the right pane in Fleep

Let’s start with the basics — in case you didn’t know, you can use the little arrow icon on the right pane tabs to expand and collapse the right pane. This is not new in itself, but what has changed recently are the sizes of the right pane when it’s opened.

wide right pane in Fleep

The wide right pane just got even wider

The smaller, default size of the right pane is now half of the size of the message flow. Also, the right pane now opens on top of the message flow in most cases — we support using the message flow and right pane actively side by side only when the Fleep window is wider than 1746px. Opening it on top of the message flow prevents the message flow from jumping around and some other not-so-nice user experiences.

The change we’ve made to the size of the expanded, wide right pane, is much more significant though. Now, if you expand the right pane, it enlarges to the width of the message flow, covering it entirely.

wide Pinboard

Read and write messages on the wide Pinboard

The Pinboard is a good place for any kinds of important messages, from meeting notes to product specs. Reading or browsing through long pinned messages just got more pleasant with the wide right pane. The text has more space, and you are not distracted by what’s going on in the message dlow.

The wide right pane also makes writing longer pinned messages truly enjoyable. No more distractions from the message flow! More space for your own thoughts! See for yourself:

right pane in Fleep

Zen task management with the wide Taskboard

In our own team, we use Fleep Tasks daily. And the Tasks can sometimes get quite long… That is, if the product manages to do a thorough, good job writing up product specs, bug reports, and other to-do items in the form of Tasks.

The new wide Taskboard is excellent for managing your Fleep Tasks. Why? First of all, you do not get distracted by what’s going on in the message flow in the background, because the Taskboard covers it entirely. Secondly, you can read the longer Task messages much more comfortably, as they can take up more space, and thus fit much more space on the screen. And, if you’re the one writing up the tasks, doing that in the wide Taskboard is just really zen.

wide taskboard

We hope you enjoy using the wide right pane in Fleep! All feedback and requests are welcome via support@fleep.io. Follow us on social media to be the first to hear about our product updates! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

New account preferences to customize how you use Fleep

There are many ways for you to customize how you use Fleep. For example, you can make emojis your conversations’ avatars. Or you can completely disable conversation avatars and use a compact conversation list. You can choose to switch off Fleep emoticons and only see emoji everywhere. And. So. Much. More.

Recently, we added a few new account preferences that help you customize how you use Fleep even further: the push notifications on every message setting and Sleep mode.

Push notifications on every new message

In building Fleep, we always optimize for less noise and more productivity. As such, we have designed Fleep push notifications to ping you only when you’re not actively using Fleep and only for every first new message in any conversation.

However, there are people who expect to receive push notifications on every new message, or even need push notifications to work that way. So, (drum-roll please) we’re happy to announce a new account preference, “Send me push notifications on every new message”:

how you use fleep

You can find the Account preferences by clicking on your profile in the bottom left corner, where your avatar is, and choosing “Preferences” from the menu that appears.

If you’d like to receive push notifications for all new messages across your conversations, just choose that option in your Account preferences!

Sleep mode

Do you sometimes leave Fleep open on your screen when you go to make a cup of coffee or chat with a colleague? If so, it’s possible that some of the new incoming new messages on your screen were automatically marked as read, as the conversation was open on your screen.

To prevent such cases where new messages could get marked as read automatically, we have introduced Sleep mode. Effectively, it means that if you leave Fleep open, active, on your screen but you are inactive on your computer (that is, not doing anything actively in Fleep) then Fleep ‘freezes’ your current open conversation, so new incoming messages on the screen are not marked as read.

You can find the Sleep mode setting in your Account preferences:

sleep mode

The main idea of Sleep mode is to prevent new messages being marked as read, when you are away from your computer or otherwise not paying attention to your screen, but have a conversation open.

You can always change the default setting for a longer ‘timer’ or even disable Sleep mode altogether, if you’d like.

What else?

Note that the new push notification setting affects your account across devices – mobile apps and the desktop versions (web browser and native apps). But the Sleep mode setting is a desktop-only feature.

We hope you enjoy these new account preferences to tailor how you use Fleep! All feedback and requests are welcome via support@fleep.io . Let’s also stay in touch through social media. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Introducing emoji reactions in Fleep

Today, we’re happy to announce Fleep emoji reactions! Read on, if you’d like to find out more about why and how to react to messages…

Fleep reactions
Why reactions?

Reactions are a simple and handy way to respond to something, without actually posting a message. Want to show your support for something? Give it a thumbs-up. Want to share your excitement for something? There you go, throw some confetti at it. Or blow up some emoji-fireworks. Or even show some love with a heart emoji reaction.

And this why reactions are so powerful – as they replace the messages that otherwise would have been posted to respond in those ways, they can actually significantly reduce the noise levels of any Fleep conversation. Every reaction could have been a new message, waiting to be consumed.

In fact, if we see a dip in the total numbers of messages sent in Fleep, and a rise in the use of Reactions, we will know that this feature release was a success.

How to: Fleep emoji reactions

To add an emoji reaction, click on the reactions button right next to the message actions menu entrypoint. This will launch the emoji picker, so you can choose the emoji you wish to react with.

Fleep emoji reactions

All reactions are shown below the message in the message flow. The reactions you have added will be highlighted in blue. You can also see the count of how many people have reacted with each emoji – and if you hover over any of them, you will see a small popup that shows names of who have added it.

Fleep emoji reactionsWhen others add emoji reactions to a message, you can click that emoji to add the same one – and you can always click on a reaction you’ve added to remove it.

We also thought about our users who love keyboard shortcuts and commands. So, if you type and send “+1″, this will add a thumbs-up reaction to the latest message in the message flow. Even more, you can add any emoji reaction by sending “+1 emoji” or “+1 :emojicode:”. See it in action below:

Fleep emoji Reactions

Voting and polling in Fleep with reactions

Reactions can also easily be used to create a simple and quick vote or poll in Fleep. To do so, share the options in a message and ask people to mark their preferred option with emoji reactions. This is super handy for making decisions in a democratic way.

Fleep vote poll

Creating a vote as a pinned message will highlight it in the message flow and also allow others to add options!

What else?

Currently, Fleep emoji reactions are available on all desktop versions (web browser, macOS, Windows, Linux native apps) and can be added to any type of message in the message flow, including tasks and pinned messages.

We are rolling out reactions on the iOS and Android apps in the coming months, and we’re planning to add custom emoji support for all Fleep for Business users in the future as well.

We hope you enjoy using Fleep emoji reactions! All feedback and requests are welcome via support@fleep.io . Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep Tasks update

There are many reasons for why we consider Tasks as one of the three main pillars of Fleep. In short, managing work in the form of a to-do-list or tasklist is effective, and we believe there is no better place for tracking tasks than contextually in Fleep, where work discussions happen and decisions are made.

Fleep Tasks

Internally, we often call it “contextual task management”. What we mean by this is that you can always see the context of the tasks created in the conversation and, if necessary, ask further questions or details about the tasks. We organize our product development in a slightly modified Scrum framework, and we use Fleep Tasks exclusively for managing our backlogs of tasks.

You can find an in-depth overview of Fleep Tasks functionality in this blog post: Fleep Tasks help you get stuff done! Recently, we’ve added some helpful functionalities to Fleep Tasks. Read on to see what’s new!

Task completion notifications

We’ve added notifications for when tasks are completed. So, every time someone marks a task as completed, a system message will be posted that will notify all of the conversation’s members, informing which task was completed.

task completed

By default, the notifications are switched on. If you find them too noisy or unnecessary, you can switch them off from the appropriate setting under Conversation settings. However, we hope the task completion notifications provide a nice sense of accomplishment and virtual high-fives all around.

Move to section action

From our own use – and users’ feedback, of course – we’ve realized tasklists can get lengthy. And if you use sections on Fleep Taskboards, moving tasks from one section to another can become cumbersome.

For this, we’ve added the “Move to section” action. Just open the message actions menu on any task, and choose “Move to section” — and then what section you want to move it to. The task will then be moved to the top of the section you’ve selected.

Move to section

Improved Taskboards on mobile apps

Quite recently, we rewrote major parts of our architecture. This included rewriting the code for our Taskboards, improving the experience of everyone using Fleep Tasks. And perhaps the biggest improvements can be seen in our Android and iOS apps, where the Taskboards are now significantly faster and more reliable.

To-do and done emoticons

Last, but not least, we have brought back a nice little hidden feature for those, who use Fleep emoticons – you can click on any ((todo)) emoticon in the message flow to mark it as ((done)) and vice versa. You can even use these inside pinned messages or inside tasks to create sub-tasks within a task message!


Anything else?

We’re working on one of the most requested Fleep Tasks features of 2017 – a My Tasks view. This view will give an overview of all Fleep Tasks assigned to you. My Tasks will be very useful for everyone who do not organize their team’s backlog in one dedicated Fleep conversation, but rather have them across different dedicated conversations. If you’d be interested in giving this a try in beta, let us know via Fleep Support!

We hope you like the direction we’ve taken with Fleep Tasks! As always, feedback and requests are welcome via support@fleep.io . Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep for Business – now even more powerful!

Fleep for Business

Our Business subscription is perfect for managing risks – all Business users can sleep soundly knowing they have full admin control over their Fleep conversations. Since launching Fleep for Business in September, we’ve been listening to our users’ feedback and continued to improve the functionality offered with it. In short, we’ve been adding more advanced features to conversations and teams. Here’s an overview of what we’ve added to Fleep for Business in the last three months.

Admin rights in conversations

With Fleep for Business, admin rights are given to the creator of the managed conversation – or to the Fleep for Business user who configures the admin control setting.

One of the features we added recently is that all admins can also give admin rights to others in the managed conversation:

make admin

The only requirement is that the member they give admin rights also belongs to the same Fleep for Business organization. All you need to do is find the member actions in the Members list – and click on Make admin. Note that all organization and conversation admins can share the rights in the conversation.

All members can now leave managed conversations

The main value of managed conversations is that the admins have control over the membership, settings and message history. However, the limitation that members could not leave managed conversations seemed a little too crippling.

We do not want admin controls to create any unnecessary admin overhead – so we’ve made the change and now allow members to leave managed conversations even if they do not have admin rights.

Admins can delete any message

This is something a lot of our Fleep for Business users have requested. Now, everyone who has admin rights can delete any message in the conversation.

admin can delete message

As always in Fleep, this will leave a mark of who deleted the message, as well as who was the author of the deleted message. Please use responsibly.

Default settings when creating conversations and teams

Now, all group conversations, teams and team conversations created by Fleep for Business accounts are created as managed ones by default. This means the creator will have admin rights in the teams and conversations they create. If needed, the admin control setting can always be turned off. Note that all 1:1 conversations will still be created as regular, non-managed conversations.

Organization-wide team

All companies, big and small, have a way of communicating with all of their employees. We like to make sure that such communication can easily be done in Fleep. Organization-wide teams are a feature we’ve built exactly for this. Now, all Fleep for Business organizations have an organization-wide team. That is, all organizations have a team that has all of the organization’s accounts as members, and that membership is kept in sync.

organization-wide team

With organization-wide teams, you don’t have to worry about whether all of your company’s accounts have been included in the company-wide conversations. As long as those conversations have the organization-wide team added to them, every new member you add to your Fleep for Business subscription will automatically be added to the organization-wide team and its conversations. And vice versa – if you remove someone from your Fleep for Business organization, they will be also removed from the organization-wide team.

Improved receipts

We’ve gone through a few iterations of receipts in the last few months. Besides the obvious fixes like adding Fleep’s company details, your company’s VAT number and some necessary legal info to the receipts, we most recently also added the Billing period information, so it would be clear what period you have paid for. Do note that previously generated Receipts will not have this info – but if you need past receipts with Billing period info, contact us at support@fleep.io and we can re-generate the necessary receipts for you!

Anything else?

Well, yes of course. We are working on quite a few features that we’ll be adding to the Fleep for Business subscription over the coming months. More specifically, we’re working on a “Read-only” mode for managed conversations (where only admins can post messages), and on some some advanced task management features that will only be available to paying users. Stay tuned!

We hope you like the direction we’re going in! All feedback and requests are welcome, just shout out at us via support@fleep.io . Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.