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  • Advanced Task Updates: Prioritization Improvements and New Milestone Feature

    Van Hu

    Apr. 3, 2014 at 02:32

    By popular request we have released several optimizations to Task Management. To take advantage of this feature, you will first need to enable Task Management features from your Group Settings.

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    Improvements to the Priority View:

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    1. Items that have not yet been prioritized are shown highlighted with an orange edge at the bottom of the list.

    2. Items that need attention (Estimation not set, Assignee Pending) are shown with an alert icon.

    New Feature: Milestones.

    To add a milestone, first click on Change Priority/Milestones and then click the Insert Milestone button.

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    You can then add a title and date and drag and drop the Milestone to the desired position. You’ll likely want to add more than one Milestone. In this example, I’m calling the first Milestone “This Week”, and the second Milestone “Someday”. Adding titles and dates are optional and in this example I’m omitting the date on the Someday Milestone.

    Now save your Milestones. If you have enabled Estimates or Time Tracking you will see the relevant subtotals under each milestone and the total at the bottom of the entire list.

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    That’s all for now. Please let us know if you like the new Priority View and Milestone features and if you have any suggestions on making them better.

  • Pay for Qortex, or Don’t

    Kilian Muster

    Mar. 31, 2014 at 03:54

    Our payment system is now online which is good news for everyone who has been waiting to pay. For everyone else: stay around you can keep on using Qortex with all the core features for free.

    Qortex Free

    Sign up for Qortex Free to start using Qortex right away and give your communication the transparency and clarity it deserves.

    What else do you get with the free account? All the core features of Qortex (chats, discussions, soon to come mobile apps, knowledge bases, and translation/multilingual features). You can create your own groups (as many as you like) plus you can join groups shared to you by other organizations.

    But we also give you all the Qortex Pro features to try out for 30 days (because we believe you will love them) after which you can stay on Qortex Free or upgrade to Pro.

    Qortex Pro

    Qortex Pro is the full fledged version of Qortex with all the advanced features for task management, file sharing, advanced notification and acknowledgements, and the ability to share your groups to any number of other organizations for smooth collaboration across companies.

    Qortex Enterprise

    If you want to run Qortex on your own servers, need more control, more customization, or just more of anything, the enterprise version is what you are after.

  • Try Before you Try

    Kilian Muster

    May. 15, 2014 at 06:51

    Even trying out a product can be a bit of a chore with the registration and configuration required to get started. Also, with a communication platform such as Qortex, a first impression without other people there and communication happening can be less than compelling.

    We have addressed these issues with our Interactive Tutorial. 

    The tutorial will show you the basics of how Qortex works and you can get a quick impression of the whole environment. No signup required. Just click on the link below to give it a spin!

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  • Can you commit to change?

    Kilian Muster

    Feb. 4, 2014 at 10:04

    Here is some advice if you want to try out Qortex and really see how it can make your life easier: commit to a trial.

    You can’t swim with just one toe in the water 

    Let me explain. Probably the seemingly obvious (yet flawed) way of trying out Qortex would be to sign up, invite a few of your employees or colleagues, and have a stab at Qortex using it along with all the other tools you are already using.

    This approach, as straightforward as it may sound, evades most of the key benefits of Qortex: reducing noise and focusing your communication efforts on one platform, thus increasing productivity. Adding more and more tools will only accomplish the opposite.

    • Your data is spread all over the web, on different platforms and services
    • Information overload through too many services/platforms in use
    • Confusion about where to share and where to find which information (due to too many platforms, protocols and services)

    Qortex is here to solve the problems above by replacing some or maybe all of your current communication channels, consolidating them on one platform. When all your data is in one place, there is just one location to find it, to ask questions, to share important things, to do your project management.

    Qortex really shines if it is used as the main platform for communication for one or several projects or even better as the main platform for communication and project management for one or several teams.

    Trying with minimal Commitment

    Naturally we cannot expect you to drop all the trusted tools you are using currently only to use an unknown platform without prior evaluation, so here is our idea how you could just try Qortex while reaping most of the benefits that it offers.

    Approach A: Commit a Project

    Find one project that requires a lot of communication and get the whole team working on the project to join you on Qortex.

    Try to use Qortex as the main platform for communication, file exchange, chat and project management for this one project and see how it works for you.

    Approach B: Commit a Team

    Find one team in your company that needs to communicate a lot, and is in dear need of a good platform to communicate better.
    Possible candidates for such a team could be:

    1. Your marketing department (lots of communication needed)
    2. Your developers (lots of communication and task management needed).
    3. A team that has members in different physical locations, so communication via the Internet is a given already.
    4. A team that needs to communicate a lot with clients or vendors and isn’t quite happy with their current platforms/tools.

    You can have all team members join Qortex and create groups for projects, activities and clients of that team.

    Dive in and check out how much more effective communication and collaboration can be using Qortex to replace all of your tools for at least one team or project.

  • Instant Presentation

    Kilian Muster

    Jan. 30, 2014 at 23:54

    If you just want to prepare a quick presentation for your colleagues or as an internal memo, don’t bother launching a dedicated application, because with Qortex you can put together a few slides in no time.
    screenshot of instant presentation feature for Qortex

    1. Just click on [ Entry + ] to create a new entry.
    2. Tick the check box in the right sidebar of the editor labelled Presentation
    3. Notice the button for headline styles changing to Title/Slide +. Every new headline will now start a new slide

    You can insert images in your slides and use all other styles in the Editor.

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    Once you click publish your entry will be published as a presentation with a big Presentation button. Clicking it will display your presentation as slides within the browser.

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    Now that was easy, wasn’t it?

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