Online Resources, How-Tos, Tutorials and Attachments just got even better!
Escape Online 5 has some pretty handy features that I like to use on a regular basis. The fact that I can open up a How-To document or a detailed tutorial that explains everything about the activity I’m in without needing to leave the activity itself is pretty darn cool. With just two clicks, I’m there: one click on the Tools menu to access the drop-down menu, then another click on the How-To or the Tutorial option, whichever best suits my needs at that moment. I can then toggle between the activity and the training documents, putting what I’m learning to use immediately! But wouldn’t it be even better if I could have that tutorial or How-To open right next to my activity, so that instead of having to toggle between pages I can just shift my eyeballs back and forth? Well get ready to be excited, because we are bringing you that functionality in the next Escape Online 5 release, v15.03!
And we didn’t stop at How-Tos and Tutorials. Now when you access any of the links under the Online Resources module those will be opened in your default browser, outside of Escape! So you can browse Friday Features, learn while being entertained by our own Terri Hammond by watching past webinars, see what fun webinar topics are forthcoming, access our newly designed website, newsletters – you name it – all without leaving the activity you were working in!
This all came about because at least one of you had requested a specific enhancement to the attachment functionality. While you appreciated that you could view a document that someone had attached to a requisition, you needed to be able to view that attachment and the line items page at the same time, to verify the items ordered matched what had been submitted on paper by a non-Escape Online 5 user. In addition, you needed to be able to edit those line items or add one that may have been missed, using the attachment as a guide. Right now you have to either have a photographic memory or you have to print the attachment. But with the introduction of v15.3, when you open any attachment in any document it will be launched in the default program for that file type; typically Excel for .xlsx or .csv, Word for .docx or .rtf, or Adobe Reader for .pdf, etc. (Where possible, the documents are opened read-only or require the user to do a ‘save as’ if they were able to edit the document. This helps cut down on confusion since most users don’t know where, or have access to, the server on which the attachment file is stored.) This leaves Escape Online 5 unimpeded, so you can view the document and update those line items if you need to!
So thanks to a seemingly simple (yet brilliant) request by you, our wonderful customers, Escape Online 5 has become a much more powerful tool to get you through your busy work day!