We’re thrilled to introduce you to the newer, faster, and more intuitive Dovetail, available in beta to all customers right now.
We’ve been working hard evolving Dovetail based on your feedback over the past few weeks. This has involved improving our navigation and terminology to make it more intuitive for new users, fixing pain points in our highlighting experience, and releasing new features like templates, categories, trash, personalization, and more to make Dovetail the obvious choice for collaborative user research analysis and storage.
Read on for an overview of everything that’s changed.
The first thing you’ll notice is our new navigation. This new sidebar is available across all pages which makes it easier to move around quickly. Every action now has a label instead of just an icon, which makes Dovetail more intuitive for new users. The sidebar can also be collapsed if you’d prefer more screen real estate.
We noticed a lot of new users were struggling with abstract terms like teams, members, notes, and tags. To address this we’ve renamed a few things using better language and modified our information architecture so projects are more self-explanatory.
We’ve created a brand new highlighting interface that addresses some longstanding usability pain points. Our new highlighting interface lets you:
Note: Highlighting with insights is not available in this new version of Dovetail. Our current implementation of insights and tags are too similar, which has been a source of much confusion for users. We have some ideas about how we can make insights more valuable than they are today and obviously distinct from tags, but we’re still working on the details. If you’d like to highlight with insights, simply disable beta features to return to the old version of Dovetail. Stay tuned for more information on insights in early 2019!
We rebuilt the way highlights are stored. Now highlights are part of the note itself instead of a ‘layer’ on top the note. Highlighting with tags is now much snappier, and this new architecture means you can now do things you couldn’t do before, like:
Our new templates feature lets you create and manage shared project templates for the rest of your workspace to use when starting a new project. Templates are great if you want to re-use a set of tags between projects or standardize project structure!
Now you can organize projects into categories on the projects screen, with drag and drop reordering within a category. This is very useful if you have lots of projects and need to organize them by team, department, method, or status.
Accidentally deleted something? Now you can restore anything you delete for up to 30 days in the workspace or project trash.
Our menus were starting to get a little overloaded so we’ve simplified everything into two settings screens – one for the workspace which contains users, billing, and templates, and one for projects which has archive, delete, access, and export options.
Personalize your projects with one of 20 colorful icons, and brand your workspace by uploading your company logo and setting the name.
You can now toggle dark mode in your user profile. If you’re using a browser that supports OS-level dark mode, then you’ll find it’s enabled automatically based on your OS setting.
We’ve been listening to all of your feedback about insights and we’re working towards a vision for a completely new insights experience launching in early 2019.
We still have some work to do on speedy navigation – namely navigating quickly between notes or tags within a project, and improving our new navigation on mobile.
There are still some quirks we’re working through that will be fixed soon:
The new Dovetail is available in beta for everyone right now! To get it, simply enable beta features for your workspace. We’ll keep the new Dovetail in beta while we collect feedback and fix bugs before launching properly in early 2019.
All of our documentation will be updated in early 2019 to reflect the new Dovetail.
We’d love to hear your thoughts! Get in touch with us in the following ways:
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