We are super excited to announce that Onware Version 8 is now available!It’s been a long time since we have released a major update to Onware, and lots of thought and effort has gone into this update. We have primarily focused on improving the User Experience based directly on user feedback. In addition, we have added a whole new set of features to help General Contractors manage their sub-contractors and trades. If you are currently using Onware Version 7, we have already made contact with your IT department or key Onware contacts and are making plans to upgrade you to Version 8. Keep scrolling to learn more about what’s new and different in Version 8…
- General Look and Feel
- Behind the Scenes
- Integrated Shop Drawing Stamping
- Integrated PDF Mark-up and Editing
- Submittal Schedules
- Meetings & Site Visits User Interface Improvements
- Sub-Contractor Workflows
General Look and FeelThere have been many improvements to the look and feel of Onware. We have started to make our layouts more responsive, which means you will have a better experience, no matter which type of device you are using. This is especially important for users of mobile devices, with smaller screen sizes. The top tool-bar now contains two sections:
- We have moved action buttons, such as “Issue” or “Close” to the top tool-bar, to make them easier to use and find. Previously they were located at the bottom of the form, which meant lots of scrolling. Now they are always visible at the top.
- The three buttons you are already familiar with: Save, Save & Back and Back, work the same as they previously have.
Browse/Search ScreensWhen searching for documents on browse screens, Onware will now automatically save your last search. When you return, your previous search settings will be remembered and the results will default to whatever you saw last time. We got rid of ‘Show Advanced Options’ and will now show all filters by default. We’ve also made improvements to the layout, adding a second column and more consistent filter use. On select columns, you will now see links to allow you to sort the results in the table. Click a second time and you can control whether the search is ascending or descending. If you want to reset the sorting, just do a new search and it will go back to the default. Does your project have 1,000 Supplemental Instructions? In Version 8, you will see paging on many of the browse screens; this means that only 25 results will load at a time. Having paging drastically speeds up loading of results and will save time when searching for documents. We will continue to incorporate paging across all features in Onware. If you have Administrator access, you will now see a link to the ‘Document Audit’ feature. This gives access to the full audit trail for a particular document. Also, Administrators will now see a short cut link to the Settings of each feature from the tools area at the bottom of the browse screen. Back to Top
Behind the Scenes
Rich Text EditorOnware’s Rich text editor, used to type content into all Onware documents, has been updated and improved. It will now work on mobile devices as well has a built in spell checker.
New PDF GeneratorWe have updated our 3rd party tool used to generate PDFs. The new version works better for multi-page documents and documents containing large tables.
E-mail DeliveryOnware has adjusted how e-mail subscriptions are delivered from Onware. All e-mails sent from Onware will now be sent from a “do not reply” e-mail address, which will hopefully help address false-positives on spam filters and messages getting lost. You can still reply to the received e-mail, since we add a “reply-to” e-mail address based on the sender’s e-mail address, as populated in their Onware preferences. Back to Top
Integrated Shop Drawing StampingOne of our favourite features in Version 8 is the new integrated shop drawing stamping tool. When reviewing an uploaded PDF shop drawing in a Transmittal, you will be able to electronically stamp the PDF – directly from within Onware! It works on tablets as well as your desktop browser, with no plug-ins or other software to install. This will save downloading the file, opening in a third party tool, saving, and re-uploading to Onware. Onware will automatically recognize uploaded PDF attachments and will provide a “Stamp” link. Selecting the “Stamp” link will allow you to select the size of the stamp (small or large) and whether to apply the stamp to the first page or all pages in the PDF. Back to Top
Integrated PDF Mark-up and EditingWe are excited to offer a new value-added feature beginning with Version 8. Onware has integrated a third-party tool for PDF annotation and mark-up within our software. This feature will allow you to edit any PDF file that has been uploaded to Onware within your browser or on your tablet, without the need to install plug-ins. You will no longer need to download files, open them, make your edits, save and re-upload to Onware.
- Insert Text
- Draw Lines, Arrows, Circles, Rectangles
- Free-hand drawing
- Sticky Note
- PDF Adjustments
- Rotate Pages
- Crop Pages
- Delete and Append Pages