Since Dashcube launched in free open beta back in mid-2014, we’ve been iterating constantly on key features and design. We’ve added video chat, screensharing, time tracking, GitHub and basic Gmail integration, and heavy-duty-user features like custom fields. We’re really proud of everything we’ve accomplished and grateful to our beta users for their engagement and suggestions.
Beta periods are for testing, and one big result from the our beta has loomed over all the others: Dashcube was way too complicated. That’s natural enough for a new product, but Dashcube is meant to be used by teams working together on important things, and we don’t want you to have to get a degree in Dashcube to get on board, distracting you from the important things you’re supposed to be doing.
That’s why we embarked on a product-wide redesign effort. When you next open up Dashcube, you’ll find that everything’s a lot nicer-looking and, we hope, much easier to use.
Below are some screenshots showing how the new Dashcube looks. If you have any feedback, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Above is a shot of the main project view in Dashcube. It’s like a nice clean board with tasks in columns. You can select each task and chat about it right in context (in Dashcube, each task is also a communications channel or chat room). You can also view and add subtasks in the selection details column on the right.
This is what it looks like if you hit the “Chat” button at the top of the project. It lets you see all the communications in all the tasks in one supercharged activity view.
We’ve set the Members view of each cube to Icons view by default. This is much, much cleaner! Just click on a person to chat with them and see other details.
We made a similar change to the People view, which you get when you hit the People icon at the top left of the screen. Go here to invite people into Dashcube and get chatting!
If you hit the Cube icon at the top left, you’ll see all your “cubes” or projects. (You don’t have to use cubes for projects though — you can use them just for chatting, for example.) Click on one to see its activity and details at the right, or double-click to open it up in its own view.
One last thing: click on your avatar at the top left to bring up the You page. This is like a dashboard that lets you see all your upcoming tasks, add tasks you have already completed to boost your mood, and see all the people in your Dashcube universe. As always, you can just click on things and people to navigate to their own view.