Release Notes

Common Areas is continually updating our platform to deliver additional value to our clients. Click below to see release notes for each update.

2020.11 - November 3, 2020
2020.9 - September 24, 2020
2020.8 - August 11, 2020
2020.7 - July 13, 2020
2020.5 - May 19, 2020
2020.2 - February 19, 2020
2020.1 - January 16, 2020
2019.12 - December 19, 2019
2019.11 - November 15, 2019
2019.10 - October 15, 2019
What’s new in November 2020 release

November 3, 2020

  • Items are no longer permanently deleted. Instead, they are moved to a Trash Bin. Users are now able to view the contents of the Trash Bin, easily recover any of these previously deleted items, and restore them to their list of existing items.
  • Various additional enhancements and bug fixes have been made across the platform to improve efficiency and productivity.
What’s new in September 2020 release

September 24, 2020

  • Users are now able to create their own filters when using the global sorting and filtering features of the app.
  • The login screen is now more user-friendly and informative. The new login screen will provide quick access links to Common Areas featured content such as product update news, client success stories, blog articles, podcast episodes, and more.
  • A new Copy Link button has been added next to the name of each item. This will allow users to copy the item to the clipboard and embed that link into an email for sharing with internal users on the account.
  • Various additional enhancements and bug fixes have been made across the platform to improve efficiency and productivity.
What’s new in August 2020 release

August 11, 2020

  • Users now have the ability to filter and sort the columns of any grid. User-defined filters can be set and used repeatedly.
  • A new, easy to use Workflow tab has been added to the user's plug-in toolbar. This tab enables users to view and manage their existing workflows as well as their workflow history within one centralized location.
  • Users are now able to assign, remove, add, and delete groups or contributors in bulk. This bulk editing feature gives users the flexibility to manage their groups and contributors more effectively.
  • Users now have the option to select multiple attributes within a drop-down menu to filter their data results.
  • Mapping and address control functionality have been improved by giving users the ability to update GPS coordinates, search and add an address to a coordinate, and modify a pin location on the map.
  • Google Map styles have been enhanced, making the users’ map experience more contextual and visually appealing.
  • Various additional enhancements and bug fixes have been made across the platform to improve client efficiency.
What’s new in July 2020 release

July 13, 2020

  • Users now have the ability to create and schedule reminders for any Common Areas record. The type of reminder (recurring or one-time) and its frequency of delivery can be customized by the user. Reminders can be configured to be sent via web-app, email, and/or mobile app.
  • Multiple user interface improvements have been made to the user’s Welcome Screen, including the addition of three new filtering buttons: Items with unseen/unread Activities, Reminders, and Archived items.
  • Badges have been added to alert users to the total number of unseen/unread activities of any item on which they have contributed.
  • Various additional enhancements and minor bug fixes have been made across the platform to improve client efficiency.
What’s new in May 2020 release

May 19, 2020

  • Users now have the ability to select their preferences for the type of notifications they would like to receive and the delivery mode (email and/or mobile alerts).
  • Notification badges have been added to alert users to the number of unseen/unread items in their Inbox, Connections, Item types, and Items.
  • Multiple user interface improvements have been made to the user’s Welcome Screen, including the ability to effortlessly view their most recently viewed items within their inbox.
  • Users can now view the total number of items within each of the application’s plug-ins.
  • A new, interactive page within the application has been added that displays the users’ most recently added, viewed, and/or edited items.
  • Push notifications will now be sent to users’ mobile devices. These notifications will alert the user whenever an item is modified.
  • Labels have been added to recurring items, enabling users to quickly and easily identify items.
  • Various additional enhancements and minor bug fixes have been made across the platform to improve client efficiency.
What’s new in February 2020 release

February 19, 2020

  • Users are now able to add, edit, filter, and sort schedules in bulk. The bulk management of schedules, combined with a new ability to filter related items, gives users the ability to find and manage their schedules more effectively.
  • Users can now filter the data that they are entitled to see within the specific groups that they have access to and are associated with via the user settings. This data segregation allows users to only view data in the group in which they are assigned.
  • Common Plans functionality has been greatly improved by giving users enhanced toolbars and the ability to add icons, shapes, symbols, and other objects onto the interactive plans. These objects can be bound to existing or new related data elements. New modes in Common Plans include a View Mode to view and interact with data, a Layout Mode for creating and designing, and a Schedule Mode to interact with schedules.
  • Various additional enhancements and bug fixes have been made across the platform to improve client efficiency.
What’s new in January 2020 release

January 16, 2020

  • Improved Offline Photo Handling: This functionality gives users the ability to take individual or multiple photos rapidly without a live internet connection. These photos are stored in a queue locally on the user’s device until connectivity is re-established, allowing users to resume uploads at that time.
  • Photo Annotations: This updated functionality allows users to quickly markup features of interest directly onto an image or file immediately after it has been taken and uploaded. This includes adding text, shapes, and measurements as annotations.
  • Inbox Filtering: Users are able to search and filter by their customized categories to compartmentalize issues according to their processes, making it easier to quickly find applicable data.
  • Inbox UI: An updated inbox design displays more information at a glance including the item message and a badge indicating the amount of updates made since it was last viewed.
  • Image & File Filtering: Uploaded photos and files can now be filtered by creation date and date range, giving users the ability to locate their files in a more efficient manner.
  • Enhanced UI: Our software’s interface has been improved throughout the application, giving users a better overall experience with our platform.
What’s new in December 2019 release

December 19, 2019

  • Various additional enhancements made across the platform to improve client efficiency.
What’s new in November 2019 release

November 15, 2019

  • General UI/UX improvements have been made across the entire application, including new iconograpy. These icons serve as important visual cues that will help facilitate your user experience, making it easier and clearer for you to navigate throughout the system.
  • A fresh new look-and-feel has been applied to our user Welcome Page. Updates to the left panel options and displays have been made and the navigation menu has been simplified, thereby improving your ease-of-use and enhance your overall flow through the site.
  • Recent security enhancements and improvements have been put in place throughout the application, including areas such as the sharing of comments, files, and time entries
  • Various additional enhancements made across the platform to improve client efficiency.
What’s new in October 2019 release

October 15, 2019

  • Enhanced security and privacy with sharing Kit Items: Proprietary information contained in the activity stream, Common Plans, active schedules, timelines, files, time tracking, and comments will no longer be visible or shared with external users who have not been granted access.
  • The UX/UI design has been updated to now give users the ability to view what Connections are working on by selecting the “Contributing On” tab within the Connection's record.
  • Ability to set timers to trigger workflows based upon criteria such as intervals, time date, and date time.
  • Various additional enhancements made across the platform to improve client efficiency.