ThoughtFarmer 5.0 - ThoughtFarmer Social Intranet Software

By: Thoughtfarmer  09-12-2011


ThoughtFarmer 5.0 is here! With a host of functional improvements plus the launch of the ThoughtFarmer mobile web app, ThoughtFarmer 5.0 continues to set the bar for social intranets — and now, it fits in your pocket.

ThoughtFarmer Mobile: An intranet in your pants

The biggest change in ThoughtFarmer 5.0 is the addition of a mobile-optimized version of ThoughtFarmer. Access your intranet content from modern Android, iOS or Blackberry devices: navigate or search pages, browse the people directory, update your status, comment on pages, view attachments.

Rather than a simple port of the browser version, ThoughtFarmer Mobile was designed from scratch to support the mobile context: hurried usage, screen glare from the sun, one-handed operation and touch screens. Unique mobile-specific features include:

  1. Plain-text comment entry at the bottom of every page
  2. Photo albums that support touch gestures
  3. Search-as-you-type employee directory
  4. User profiles integrated with device’s phone and maps
  5. Home screen that focuses on key tasks
  6. Full support for the iPad

ThoughtFarmer Integration Kit (TIK)

In ThoughtFarmer 5.0, we’ve improved our API and built even more ways you can extend the functionality of ThoughtFarmer.  We’ve packaged it up into a new system called the ThoughtFarmer Integration Kit (TIK). With the TIK, you can:

  • Move information into and out of ThoughtFarmer, using our simple REST API. Create pages, export content, sync customer profile information with external HR systems.
  • Enhance ThoughtFarmer with new functionality by embedding your code into page templates. Create dashboards showing content from external systems, like Zendesk or JIRA

More Enhancements in ThoughtFarmer 5.0

  • Don’t Rate It, Like It. Star ratings are gone in ThoughtFarmer 5.0, replaced by the more intuitive “Like”.
  • Page Info box. Metadata about a page — owner, created date, updated date, version history, and tags — is now consolidated in a single “page info” box in the right hand margin.
  • Feeds improvement. External RSS feeds can now be added to the home page and to group pages and will appear just like news items and other internal feeds.
  • New machine translation. The Google Translate API is being discontinued by Google at the end of 2011, so we’ve replaced our machine translation with the Microsoft Translator API.
  • Multilingual labels for custom profile fields. The labels for custom profile fields, used to add extra information to employee profiles, are now multilingual.
  • Change comment sort order. Opt to sort all comments in reverse chronological order (newest first) instead of chronological (oldest first).
  • New attachment and image uploader. No Flash required; supports drag and drop.
  • Bulk export users, bulk import users. Bulk export users and bulk update users are both now supported.

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