This month marks a milestone for us. It’s been eight years since we launched our original ‘SWFT’ web interface. As technology has improved, the outdated design, functionality, and code architecture of SWFT was no longer providing the modern features and usability our clients need.
SWFT Has Been Officially Retired
We launched a brand new interface last year, and in late February, we pressed the button — the last of our clients were transitioned to the new interface, and we shut off the old one.
Our entire team put a lot of planning and hard work into making this transition smooth, but we want to give a special shout-out to Tom Fite in Engineering. Tom has been with ExaVault for almost a decade and built our SWFT interface from the ground up. With a tear in his eye, along with the rest of us, Tom said farewell to SWFT last month, as we happily move forward with the new application. We couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks, Tom!
As you’ve all seen by now, the new interface has a more streamlined look and responsive design. Easy to use navigation lets you get to the tools and features you need faster. And Tom is much much happier with a new, better code base to maintain.
UI Updates Make More Than A Visual Impact
While we were busy shutting off the old interface, things haven’t been standing still with the new one. We recently updated our new interface to the latest Material Design standards as part of our continuing focus on ease of use. While you may notice little changes throughout, we’d like to point out three key places where you can see these helpful updates:
1. Input Boxes
More easily identify what you can interact with when viewing forms. You’ll clearly see the input boxes and exactly where to enter information.
2. Action Buttons
Solid color action buttons stand out more now, so you can tell at a glance which buttons are active. These action buttons in the web interface allow you to select from a drop-down menu of actions for each file or folder in your account – from downloading to setting up a direct link or setting up a receive folder for web integration.
The color has been updated to be much more apparent when a toggle is enabled, with whatever color-theme you have set for your account. We wanted to take the confusion out of toggles, and being able to tell whether they are turned on or off.
New How-To Video Help
Also in the works: we’ve been creating videos to help you use all the features of ExaVault. From sharing folders to setting up direct links, you can watch a quick video that will walk you through the process. Sometimes it’s easier to watch a video than read through a support doc — we get it.
Check out our YouTube channel for these new additions to our support materials. We have plans for more in the future, so be sure to let us know what additional topics you would find helpful.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at our support email, which is firstname.lastname@example.org.
~The ExaVault Team