The IQ30 milestone release of SmartIQ will deliver an exciting new project design experience. This article is aimed at existing trained users of Design who are looking to familiarize themselves with what has changed.
The overall approach to this refresh was to create an interface with tools that are easily discoverable for users and that provide the powerful features needed for SmartIQ projects.
The Preview period is available with the release of IQ29.9, at that time you can explore the new UI using the “Try New Design” toggle available in the Global Navigation bar. The new Design UI has also been enabled for all pure cloud and NA2 sandbox environments.
The all-new Blocks panel on the left-hand side replaces the top bar as well as several other fly-out menus from the existing UI. This provides an easier, more organized way to find content to add to your projects.
Blocks are a combination of individual elements that can be added to your project with a single click and grouped elements that are a collection of related blocks, as indicated a chevron.
For example, in the image above, the Draft Editor is a simple block you can click on and add directly, while the Input block provides quick access to various types of input as depicted below.
The Input block is a good example of the revised approach. The blocks menu allows you to search, select and insert a Date Field directly. This dramatically simplifies and expedites how a designer can apply different inputs within a project.
To return to the main Blocks menu, click the left chevron icon in the title area.
Blocks can be dragged and dropped directly onto the Pages panel or Form Editor view. When you drag and drop a collection block, it will provide a default sub-type which you can then change via the question’s properties. For example, dragging and dropping the Input collection block will create a Text Field question in your project.
Subtypes have also been extended to layout types making it quicker than ever to create multi-column layouts.
There is a quick Search tool built into the Blocks panel allowing you to find matches of any type – whether a new question type or placeholder.
Often referred to as the Tree View, the Pages panel has been enhanced in the new Design UI to provide a range of user benefits.
Designers can now multi-select items in the Pages panel by holding the CTRL key as they click each element to add to the selection. This can be used to quickly move (where allowed) a collection of items from one place to another with drag and drop, or to bulk delete several pages or questions at once.
When you drag a new or existing item, a new drop position indicator shows you more clearly where the item will be placed, relieving some frustrating complexities.
Pages panel offers a similar Search tool to the Blocks, allowing you to quickly narrow the view to matched items that you can then jump between to make changes a lot faster.
The right-click context menu has been expanded to include quick access to annotations and find dependencies as well as the usual cut/copy/paste and delete functions.
If you need more room for the pages panel, you can quickly Pin the panel which moves it out from under Blocks to its own full-height space to the right of Blocks, allowing you to see more of your project in one place.
The Form view also received an refresh that makes it more interactive than ever, bringing it one step closer to feeling like a rich editor experience rathen than a preview.
Hidden elements such as Variable question types are now visible in the Form view, so you can easily select them even when the Pages panel is hidden.
Hover reveals useful tooltips and boundary indicators, and selection of any element uses a color-coded tint to identify layout (purple) or question (blue) selections.
Click the plus (+) indicator line to add a new element to the form directly in the view, revealing a floating panel where you can browse or search Blocks that are valid for adding inline. Click ‘Show More’ to reveal (almost) all Blocks in the floating panel.
Note: some blocks are not valid for inline add, such as those which are only valid to be added to the Finish page.
A new floating tools area in the top right of the form view provides quick access to:
- Page selector – change the current page or create a new page
- View options – enable/disable highlighting mode
- Screen size picker – choose an appropriate preview width to help lay out pages on smaller screens
The Inspector panel has been updated as part of the blocks concept to show the current block type name and icon right in the title area for the selected item.
If the selected item is a sub-block from a collection, both the parent and child icons are shown – including any sub-block from a collection such as a Date Field, along with a drop-down to easily change between the sub-block items.
The panel has also been changed to provide top level tabs for Properties, Conditions, Validation and Summary, as well as grouping individual properties into accordions that can be expanded or collapsed.
When a referenceable element is selected, such as question or answer, the ID in the title area can be clicked to copy a valid reference to the clipboard, ready for pasting somewhere else.
Conditions have received a major visual update, however most of the editing options remain basically intact.
Rather than separating the condition types behind a drop-down selector, each type (Active, Visible, etc.) are always visible within the Conditions panel, which gives you an overview of set conditions much more readily.
To add conditions, you can click the + Add button and select Condition from the context menu, or simply drag items from the Pages panel and drop them in as the source of a new condition.
To add groups, click the + Add button and select Group from the context menu. A new group will be the opposite type than its parent, so the default child group within an ‘any of’ will be an ‘all of’ group. To change the type, simply click the group header and a context menu allows you to switch between ‘All Of’ or ‘Any Of’.
The More Options (…) menu for the topmost item allows Copy All, and Psste All which replicates the old Design UI functionality, as well as a Delete All funsction. Every other item below the topmost has a More Options menu with singular options to Delete, Duplicate, Move Up or Move Down just that item.
It’s now easier than ever to move items betseen Active or Visible or Editable conditions by dragging and dropping elements between the accordions, allowing more control where previously you could only copy/paste all items and then had to remove unwanted ones.
We want to hear from you!
If you’ve been exploring the new Design interface, you’ve already located the “Try New Design” toggle. If you switch back to the existing UI, you are given an opportunity to send feedback on your experience. You can also do this any time while you are in the new Design UI by clicking the “chat” bubble icon located in the Global Navigation bar.
Whether something didn’t feel as intuitive as it could or you had trouble finding what you need—or anything else—we want to know.
Updated about 2 months ago