12 December 2014

Responsive Web Design In Solutions

Nowadays most of us use several different devices. I myself have a couple of laptops, a desktop, a tablet and two smartphones. This creates problems for some software, and in these cases the answer is responsive web design.
Responsive web design

Adaptable layout
A responsive design makes forms and websites adapt to different screen resolutions. The adaption can be a size change or a change of placement of certain elements. For most Solutions there is no need for responsive design, but when a responsive web design can enhance a product we will certainly implement it.

Folder HelpDesk comes first
Folder HelpDesk logo The Solution for issue tracking in Outlook will be the first to get a responsive design. Folder HelpDesk converts e-mails into tickets that have all necessary information
for structured cooperation and follow up.

We hope to release the new version as soon as next week. Below is a short video that shows how the responsiv design works in a Folder HelpDesk ticket with the default layout. (The video has no sound.)

The responsive web design is an enhancement, but Folder HelpDesk has been on the market for 14 years with static tickets and it has still been one of our most popular solutions. When it comes to our new product under development: Study Manager for SharePoint, the situation is different. Here the responsive design makes a big difference.

Adaptable layout in Study Manager
Study Manager for SharePoint logotypeIn Study Manager teachers can add self correcting study material to SharePoint, and their students work in SharePoint with exercises and tasks. Each exercise can have many different tasks,
shown one after another together with the exercise.

Both exercises and tasks can be of different sizes, because the responsive design makes the parts adapt to each other. For example, if the exercise is narrow the tasks are displayed beside it. A wide exercise will instead show the tasks below the exercise.

Without the responsive design we would have to considerably limit what teachers could add to Study Manager. With the responsive design we don't have to set limits, because we can still give students with small screen sizes a good user interface with no horisontal scrolling.

Kanban Task Manager with new design
Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint logotypeNext version of Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint will have responsive design in the kanban board. That will prevent phases from going down to a second row when
there are too many phases to fit the screen size. The responsive design will also make it possible for us to add a zoom feature to the tasks.

Responsive web design is something new, an invention triggered by the the smartphone revolution. The team did not invent it, but we are certainly taking advantage of its benefits. We are always diving into new teqniques, and sometimes we find a pearl!

Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions

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