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30 Days of 3.0 – Day 25 New Item Experience

Merry Christmas to all of you in the US, and welcome to Day 25 in our “30 Days of 3.0” series. Yesterday we talked about the new Learning Center, and how we use it to always evolve our help content. Today, I’m going to show you the new way to create things in AdvancedREI 3.0.

So, one of our goals over the last 18 months is to reduce the number of pop-ups in the app. That started in 2.0 with re-working the New Property Wizard into a simpler, full-page experience. Now that we had a sliding tray for the Learning Center, we thought we could use that same area to provide a cleaner experience for the “New Item” dialog.

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As you can see, the layout is very similar to the Learning Center. But instead of selecting help topics, you first select the type of item you want to create. Right now you can either create Properties or Scenarios, but in the future we’ll have more thing you can create. Then, you pick the item subtype in the second column. If you need an explanation for what that subtype is, just hover your mouse over the button (if you’re on a desktop or laptop, of course).

Simple, right? We plan on doing more with this approach in the future… like moving the options in the Sharing pop-up, for example. So after you've braved the day-after-Christmas sales and recovered from dealing with the in-laws, pop by tomorrow, and we’ll talk about one last thing that is available in both the Learning Center and the New Item tray. From all of us at AdvancedREI, we hope you have a wonderful day, and a very Merry Christmas! :)