Our platform is changing. We started with the design changes some time ago, both on the live platform and under the hood.
After a mammoth effort of the dev team, everything is now ready for those changes to be released. Soon you will see important improvements across the interface, with re-designed forms, buttons and other elements.
We are making these improvements in small doses, so they don’t get in your way. We all get used to a certain way of doing things with the tools we use daily, and big changes are not always welcome. We understand that, we have been there too, so we will always keep it in mind.
All the changes we have made so far, and the ones to come in the near future, are visual updates: part of an effort to modernise our interface and make it even more pleasurable to use. You will still find everything (buttons, options, menus, etc) in the same place, so they will not impact your workflow.
One step beyond
At a later stage, changes will go beyond the visual. We are working on usability improvements that will help you to get your work done faster and navigate the platform more efficiently. Pages will load quicker, forms will be shorter, useful defaults will mean you need to type less… you will do more, with fewer mistakes and in less time!
We are also working hard to make everything more accessible for people using assistive technology, like screen readers and screen magnifiers, and to be able to use the platform with a keyboard alone. Inclusive design is an omnipresent goal in our work.
One of the changes we made is invisible for most users of Adestra: the deprecation of very old browsers, among them Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. These dinosaurs of the Internet are a serious security risk for you and for our platform too. Very few users are on those old browsers, but if you happen to land on the “unsupported browser” page and don’t know how to proceed, get in contact with our awesome support team and they will guide you to update to a modern browser.
In the coming weeks, we will be updating other pieces of the platform’s interface, but you won’t even notice many of those changes. If you encounter any issues, or if you have any suggestions to give us, don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Do you want to help us in making Adestra even better?
We are looking for volunteers to help us with usability testing and give us their opinion on new features. You can also become an early adopter by signing up to our beta program. Please contact your account manager and we’ll get you sorted.