Version 6.24: three great new developments for staging sites

We have a handful of neat enhancements to tell you about this month…

In our last release – Version 6.23 – we outlined ways for publishers to embed ecommerce onto landing pages in iReports and we’re building on that success with three great new developments for Version 6.24 – which will start to hit your staging sites in the coming days:

Enhanced APIs

We’ve made it easier to manage licensing through external software by beefing up our APIs. Previously, APIs allowed you to externally control individual user licences for reports.

Our new APIs extend that function to allow external control over both report and category level licences and allow external control for multiple users across an account.

Bulk account imports

To make it easier and far quicker to launch an iReports-powered website or bring a new customer account into the platform, we have added a new function that allows a bulk import of accounts.

Publishers now just need to fill in the appropriate template – and away you go!

As an added feature, iReports will now also list any mistakes or issues with your import file. This will help ensure information is uploaded correctly.

Start reading

On every report landing page, we have added a ‘Start Reading’ button for users who just want to navigate straight to chapter one of any given report.

Remember…

If this 6.24 update is due to go through to your production site – we’ll be in touch with you to schedule it!

Version 6.23 enhancements: Embeddable ecommerce

In Version 6.22 we told you about two new APIs and how we’d deepened integration with Marketsight – and now we can tell you how Version 6.23 is about to hit staging sites with a way for publishers to embed their ecommerce into iReports.

How does it work?

On a report landing page, users can now be given a button to ‘Buy Now’. Pressing this will pull relevant purchasing info out of your ecommerce platform and display it as a pop-up in iReports.

The information that’s displayed is entirely up to you.

The benefit of this enhancement is a more seamless user experience. In one simple motion, users will be able to interact with two distinct websites and make report purchases, but in a way that’s convenient and friendly.

The options

Of course, how you choose to present this latest enhancement is also up to you.

You can have the new ‘Buy Now’ button linked to a pop up (as described above). Or you can have the button open the relevant purchasing page of your website in a new tab. Or, if you don’t like the sound of it, you can stick with your current method of linking users to a report purchase.

What about purchases by users who aren’t subscribers?

For those publishers who’d like guest and anonymous users to first register before being able to make a purchase, pressing the ‘Buy Now’ button can instead open a pop up containing registration fields to be filled out prior to displaying purchasing information.

Version 6.22 enhancements: further Marketsight integration and new APIs for licensing

We’re really excited about the first changes to the iReports publishing system of 2017. Before Christmas, we told you about changes made in Version 6.20 and Version 6.21, now we’re pleased to release Version 6.22 to staging sites with two great, new elements:

Extended Marketsight Integration

Marketsight can be used to create charts from survey data which can be pulled into iReports for embedding into your reports. We have enhanced this integration by making it possible for end users to now copy these charts to Clippings, in the way they can with other interactive charts and tables.

This change means end users can use Marketsight charts more widely. They can copy to clippings and save them for later use, share them, or export them into .PPT files with other content for presentations.

To make this as easy as possible, we’ve added a ‘Copy to Clippings’ button to each embeddable chart.

Two new APIs for licensing

Version 6.22 of iReports contains two new APIs that let developers add licences to users and accounts from an external programme.

That means, for the first time, an external customer management system can issue licences that allows shopping cart systems to automatically allow access to a report once it has been purchased.

Version 6.21 enhancements: easier images, numbered lists, custom banners.

Publish Interactive has made a series of updates to the iReports publishing system. As we’re not that far from the big enhancement made in Version 6.20, the changes to hit staging sites in Version 6.21 are generally smaller, but useful nonetheless:

NUMBERED LISTS

Instead of numbered lists being turned into bullet point list during the upload process, iReports will now retain the number and place each point on a new line in the report.

EASIER IMAGES

To make it easier to change the images that appear around your site, we’ve introduced self-service image hosting. You can now upload images directly to your site and then make the appropriate HTML changes to pull those images into relevant spaces.

HOMEPAGE BANNER IMAGE

It’s now possible to have a different homepage banner image for each different account. Simply use the image upload process mentioned above and reference appropriate images in the HTML.

Version 6.20 enhancements: a big change to report uploads arrives on staging sites

Each month Publish Interactive makes a series of updates to the iReports publishing system – and this month is no different. In fact, we have one big and two simple, yet extremely useful, enhancements to tell you about as Version 6.20 hits staging sites:

Uploading reports

We have made significant changes to the way content can be uploaded into iReports (you may have already seen these in beta). These changes make it quicker and easier to turn Word documents into Interactive Reports. This enhancement is quite large, with a few different elements, so we’ll go through them one by one:

Convert Word docs directly in iReports

It used to be the case that you’d download an application onto your desktop to convert .doc reports into the .ids format we use for Interactive Reports. Then, you’d have to create a report in iReports, upload the .ids file, and edit to correct any errors created during the reformatting.

This is no longer the case. Version 6.20 is about to hit staging sites with an upgrade that will allow you to drag and drop .doc or .docx files directly into the system.

No longer will you have to convert with the desktop application, because iReports will now perform the conversion for you seamlessly as you input your report document.

Formatting notes

Once your .doc document has been uploaded into iReports, a list of warnings will now display in the platform. These warnings detail formatting elements in your Word document not supported in iReports.

To make any required editing easier, a further enhancement allows you to download the originally uploaded file with all the warnings displayed as comments in the right-hand navigation panel. You can then make any necessary changes and re-upload the document.

Of course, if you prefer not to download the report in this way, any necessary edits can also be made to your report within the iReports platform.

Customised Styles in Word

It used to be that Word documents would have to be converted and uploaded with default Style for specific formatting to be carried over – this is no longer the case.

Now, iReports can manage formatting within customised Styles in Word. Once your document is uploaded, the platform will prompt you to assign any formatting in Styles does not recognise, so it knows what to do with them. You only have to do this once, as iReports will also learn and remember formatting attributions in Styles it does not initially recognise.

Sort data by value

To make it easier to get useful metrics from your tables in DataViewer, it is now possible to sort your data by value. The system can even do this for grouped or multi-layered data. To do this all you need to do is click on the arrows in the column header. Sorted!

Attachment dates

iReports used to display upload dates next to each attachment in a report. We removed these dates in a previous version, but as so many of you missed them, we have re-introduced upload dates next to corresponding attachments. You spoke, and we listened!

Data product attachments

To make the user experience more consistent across the various elements that go into iReports, we have added attachment links into the right-hand navigation in Data Reports. Why have we done this? Well, attachments are found in this spot in Interactive Reports and we thought it would just make sense to have them in the same place in Data Reports – so you know where to find them.

Continuous development: three projects to look out for in the coming months

Recently, we highlighted a raft of enhancements we’ll be adding to iReports in the New Year and a few upgrade options, but the development doesn’t end there!

We just wanted to quickly share with you further changes we have in the pipeline and expect to be rolling out in the very near future:

Improved charts in PowerPoint

When a chart downloads to PowerPoint each individual graphic element is placed on a separate slide without any related text or commentary. In the pipeline is an upgrade that will ensure charts in PowerPoint look exactly as they do in iReports, including the placement of associated text on the same slide as the chart to which it relates. Not only will this make the downloaded document look smart and coherent, it will free up time previously spent reformatting.

More one-click actions

One of the goals of continuous develop is to empower end-users by having functionality appear in useful places. With that aspiration in mind, we’re redeveloping two key elements: translation and the ability to compare documents side-by-side. A one-click action for each will be added to make it easier for users to multitask as they compile notes, clippings, and produce bespoke reports.

Four enhancements to make iReports even more intuitive and powerful

Christmas is just round the corner but we’re much more excited about the first weeks of the New Year – because we’ll be rolling out a series of big enhancements to the way iReports works for all customers.

We’re delighted about the seamless way we’ve integrated some powerful new stuff into iReports, but we’re even more excited how it will now offer a richer, more intuitive, and engaging user-experience.

Initially, the changes might not seem drastic, but we think once you’re playing with our new toys you’ll notice how seemingly small shifts can have a significant impact on the way you use the technology.

In fact, we think there are four key enhancements that will make iReports an increasingly vital part of a researcher’s workflow and allow the creation of, frankly, slicker bespoke reports than ever before:

Fixed width

Previously, iReports would fill the available space in your browser window – it won’t do that anymore. Moving to a fixed width makes reports easier to read and navigate when researching. It also means a more consistent experience across your various devices and screen sizes.

Ask the analyst – and other one-click features

We’ve brought several existing features closer to the content, making it easier to write notes, add interesting sections to clippings for later reading, or to download a section directly to Word. We’ve also added a new one-click feature that allows users to directly email the report’s author with a query or question about an individual section or report chapter.

Advanced charts to view data

In the coming weeks static charts will be enhanced with animations and a tool to tell you X and Y values as you hover your curser over specific areas. A further enhancement will help ensure overall brand consistency as charts will start to assume the author’s chosen colour palate when they are clipped and embedded into a report.

Intuitive search results

In-report search returns used to be displayed in the right-hand column listing the number of times a query appeared in individual chapters. We’ve now moved the search function to the left and significantly enhanced the way returns are displayed and navigated. From now on, results will be listed in a series of drop down ‘chapter’ menus outlining how many times a query appears. Clicking into that menu will open up all sections in that chapter, again showing how many times the query appears in those various sections and contextualising each listing. It’s a whole lot smarter and easier to use.

Upgrade your iReports for full-screen mode and advanced layout editing

We’ve already told you about the enhancements we’re launching in the New Year to improve the way everyone uses and interact with iReports, but guess what? Those aren’t the only developments we’ll be rolling out!

After Christmas, we’ll also be offering our customers the chance to upgrade their technology to integrate two amazing new features – and they are:

Advanced report editing and branding

With the addition of editable layouts, a customizable colour palette, and a shift away from great big linear sections of text to a format containing more, smaller, richer capsules of content, we’ve made it easier and quicker to compile and export bespoke reports that are more brand-friendly and engaging.

Full-screen mode

Not only can we help you create better bespoke reports, we’ve also enhanced the reading experience with the addition of full-screen mode. Compile a report, switch to full screen, and flick or swipe with ease. Full-screen mode helps publishers place greater emphasis on individually rich content capsules by encouraging a more ‘slide-like’ approach to formatting and report consumption.

Four reasons why you’ll love iReports’ new search functionality

In the coming weeks you’ll notice a few modifications to the way iReports works as we introduce an upgrade to our search functionality.

Doesn’t sound like a big deal, does it? But trust us, we’re actually pretty excited! On the surface the changes won’t seem major, but soon searching in iReports will become a faster, smarter, and more accurate way to find market intelligence.

In fact, we’re prepared to bet on it. We think these four reasons are why you’re going to fall in love with our new search:

01 PERFORMANCE AND SCALABILITY

We’ve switched from SQL to now power search using Solr. This dedicated engine will provide faster, more consistent searches – so random slowness should disappear. It also means search can be scaled separately from your site, allowing iReports to handle high volumes and large libraries effectively, and letting you build out your digital archives with greater confidence.

02 POWERFUL SEARCH QUERYING

Search will now allow users to dig deeper, and more quickly, with Boolean, wildcard, and fuzzy search capabilities. Improvements to multi-term search mean relevant content will be found more easily and without having to match terms perfectly. But when terms do match well, content can be enhanced in the search results to highlight a strong connection.

03 GREATER ACCURACY

The accuracy of keyword search will be advanced by superior stemming and synonym handling, while phrase search will be made smarter through the use of configurable proximity settings. Publishers will also have the option to boost content in search results – allowing them to promote key reports, pieces of new research, or to prioritise relevant content.

04 FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

Perhaps the most exciting element of the upgrade is how the adoption of Solr opens up a range of development possibilities and allows us to continue evolving the search function of iReports. These new features are just the beginning. Search is becoming increasingly intelligent and intuitive.