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03 May 2021

Welcome to InUse new layout !

One of InUse’s key feature is the capability to build you own web application on which you’ll be able to deliver digital services like predictive maintenance or production optimization. As the application is used either by your teams and/or your customers, we know that customization is key and you have high expectations in terms of design. That’s why it’s already possible today to propose an application aligned with your visual identity where the name, logo, colors, icons are fully customizable as well as the content of each page.

Recently, we’ve had many feedbacks and ideas on how the appearance could be improved. It’s been a while since the layout has changed and we felt it was the moment for a full facelift. We’ve worked hard to make it more modern, cleaner and more intuitive. We believe that the more appealing the application is, the more your collaborators and your customers will want to use it. Isn’t it the case for the personal applications we love to use every day?

 

A clearer structure

As a reminder, the web application structure is based on the entity hierarchy (Manufacturer (you) > Customer > Factory > Line > Machine). Each node of this hierarchy has its own set of pages that can be of different types (Dashboard, Synoptic, Documentation, Newsfeed etc).

The global structure of the page has been reshaped to be more coherent. As illustrated below, it is composed of four parts:

  • Navbar. Dedicated to global navigation and user-centric features.
  • Header. Provides information about the current entity & the content displayed.
  • Menu. Lists all the pages accessible for the current entity.
  • Content. The page content itself. It may be a newsfeed, a dashboard, a snap etc.

As you can see, several things have changed. The left column has been removed and its components have been moved in several places:

  • Breadcrumb is now more visible.
  • Shortcuts have moved to navbar.
  • User list has been removed.

 

The navigation bar

This navigation bar has two goals:

    • Navigate globally in the application through the entity search bar.
    • Gather all the features related only to the user:
      • Notifications button which displays the unread notifications.
      • Favorites button. You may declare as a favorite any of the entities. This might be useful to filter entities from which you want to receive notifications.
      • Shortcuts button. You may add a shortcut to any of the application pages.
      • User menu. This is where the user will change its settings and may log out.

 

The header

The header’s goal is to see at a glance on which page the user is. As the below image illustrates, it’s composed of several parts:

  • Entity logo
  • Entity name
  • Favorite button. Useful to quickly (un)favorite the current entity.
  • Page name.
  • Shortcut button. Useful to quickly add a shortcut on the current page.
  • Menu toggler. Clicking on it will show/hide the page menu.
  • Fullscreen button. Click to display the current page in a fullscreen mode.
  • Breadcrumb. In this version, the breadcrumb is more visible and provides quick access buttons to current entity parents.

 

 

The menu

The menu is now vertical (versus lateral before) which is more standard nowadays. This avoids annoying horizontal scrolling and is more adapted to the new submenu capability which allows you to declare a page as a child of another one. It’s also togglable using the button in the header if you want to see the page content with full width.

 

A refined design

The global design has been reshaped to give a more aerated impression:

  • Borders have been removed in favor of box shadows.
  • Logo sizes have been shrunk in the newsfeed cards.
  • Font weights have been reduced.

 

Before Image
After Image

 

What about mobile?

We see many users using the application with their mobile and sometimes in crucial moments like during an intervention. Thus, this new layout has been designed to be perfectly responsive. As the below image shows, the left menu now appears in a drawer, only essential information is displayed in the header and there is less blank space in the newsfeed.

 

Deployment strategy

Entering a new navigation experience can be sometimes destabilizing for some users, that’s why the deployment of this new layout will be progressive and will take place as follows :

  • From May 2021: This layout will be available on demand. Ask your customer success contact if you want to activate it.
  • From November 2021 (ie 6 months later): This layout will be activated by default and the previous one will be deprecated.

Interested? Don’t hesitate to ask your customer success contact for a demonstration or further precisions.

Guillaume Thomas
InUse CTO
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