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.

2020.7 - 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
2019.9 - September 13, 2019
2019.8 - August 15, 2019
2019.7 - July 15, 2019
2019.6 - June 13, 2019
2019.5 - May 17, 2019
2019.4 - April 15, 2019
2019.3 - March 13, 2019
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.
What’s new in September 2019 release

September 13, 2019

  • Improved communication via email: A new detail view has been added to pass all Kit Item data through to emails so Contributors and Assignees receive all necessary information
  • Kit UI Creator: This allows builders to create UI's through codeless drag and drop functionality making Kit building easy and fast.
  • Improved Connection assignment visibility: A control was created to view shares and add shares from the Kit Item details screen
  • Export PDFs: Ability to export any Kit Item data based on customized PDF templates
  • Various additional enhancements made across the platform to improve client efficiency
What’s new in August 2019 release

August 15, 2019

  • Map integration improvements enable users to see where each of their related kits are located
  • Map functionality has been updated by highlighting/popping open individual items that have been clustered into a small area on a map
  • Ability to add comments to files and search for comment keywords within File Library
  • Drag and drop functionality has been added for GPS location accuracy
  • Various additional enhancements made across the platform to improve client efficiency
What’s new in July 2019 release

July 15, 2019

  • PDF viewer added and all file types can be viewed as a PDF within Common Areas
  • Added the ability to remove files from the Kit details and the Library Browser
  • Improved OData integration to allow for images to be exported
  • Numerous enhancements made across the platform to improve client efficiency
What’s new in June 2019 release

June 13, 2019

  • Action Items have been removed to support new functionality of Work Requests and Work Orders
  • Locations have more functionality including the ability to associate building and specification plans to them
  • An Inbox has been added to see all tasks, documents and communications in one tidy spot
  • General bug fixes and improvements
What’s new in May 2019 release

May 17, 2019

  • Space Planner functionality: icons are now properly displayed. Stencils have been reconfigured, merged, and positioned correctly. Space Planner has been modified to now properly display dates, month, and year within the calendar.
  • Recurring Kits: eliminated error messages when saving recurring kits.
  • Scrolling issues: horizontal scroll bar is now visible when the user’s screen size changes. Scroll bar no longer gets distorted when working within Schedules.
  • Mobile user interface: Activity Stream issues when using iPhone X have been resolved.
  • Uploading images: the amount of time it takes to upload image files has been reduced.
  • Related Kits error messages: Related Kits no longer display the error message “Invalid” when updating contact and location fields. Additionally, users are now unable to accidentally add a duplicate kit item within Related Kits.
  • Missing titles: Default titles will now be given if a user neglects to set one initially for any Kit Element.
What’s New in April 2019 Release

April 15, 2019

  • Kit Items title: Administrators can now assign kit items as a title element. Items are clearly displayed as titles in both the Inbox and the Details views.
  • Deploy multiple tasks simultaneously: Improvements made to the manner in which schedules are created and managed. Schedules can now be viewed in Timeline or Calendar format.
  • Active scheduling: Users are notified when Kit items are deployed, modified, or deleted. Users can now create Schedules within the Calendar view.
  • New tool bar icons have been added that allow users to browse the Today, History, and Scheduled buttons within the Space Planner view.
  • Point in time forecasting: Past plans and future plans are now visible in the Space Planner view.
  • Space utilization: the ability to track historical data has been added, allowing predictive analytics to be performed.
  • Using the new Today button in the toolbar, users can now toggle between historical plans and future plan availability.
  • Navigation improvements: Users can see exactly where they are in the hierarchy of pages using our enhanced navigational tools. Site navigation is simplified, making it easier for users to move between the pages they’re working on without using their browser’s back button.
What’s New in March 2019 Release

March 13, 2019

  • Map integration with Kit items: Ability to open a Kit item such as a Work Request, Inspection Checklist, and Location from the map view
  • Add files and images to the Library: From the green plus button, navigate to New Image and upload documents and images
  • Multi-select functionality: From the Library Browser, select multiple files at a time to add to an existing or new Work Request
  • Scheduled Kit Items: automatically deploy Kit Items (such as Work Requests, Inspections, Lease Renewals) based on a previously set schedule, location, assignee, and instructions
  • File Comment Plugin: Include any comments when uploading a file. These comments are then visible within the Library Browser
  • Reporting improvements: More detailed analytics and cross Kit reporting.
  • Notification updates: enhanced notification system via SMS
  • OData API: This protocol allows for querying and updating data across different sources for integration
  • Activity Stream & Email updates: Contributors are notified when actions occur to a Kit Item.
  • Common Plans: Interactive floor plan builder for space and asset management
  • Bulk Updates & Edits on Kit items: Select multiple Kit Items and batch edit