Exploring the NEW! top menu features

The top menu bar has a new design currently available in preview release (update from BETA). The redesign provides better branding, workflow improvements, and user interface updates. There are quite a few changes, and the location of some menu items have changed. It is easier to find the settings you are looking for and the clean design removes distractions so you can focus on what's important.

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Branding

Branding is a full Vehicle Tracker theme, applying to all of the window menu bars. It's the first thing end users will notice, giving tracking partners and their clients an appealing branded application. Distinct branding for each application also makes it easy for administrators to quickly identify which Vehicle Tracker application they are in.

Set the branding in Site Admin > Applications > Branding.

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The logo can be placed above the menu bar items or on the left side of the menu. The background color shows on the top menu bar behind the logo. It is also the menu bar color for all other open windows in Vehicle Tracker.

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Workflow improvements


A cleaner workspace with fewer menu items

The new top menu bar has fewer items to keep the Vehicle Tracker free of visual clutter. Some of the previous menu items have been included as sub menus in the top menu bar. Others have been moved (full list in the next section). The rearranged (moved and grouped) settings achieve a less cluttered workspace for users, removing distractions and putting focus on the important items. 

Menu items               Description
Reports all existing reports
Admin administrative items (event rules, tags, etc.) plus the Development and Links submenus
Windows all plugin windows/panels plus the Workspaces submenu
View switcher     displays the current view and allows access to all existing views
App switcher        displays the current app and allows access to all apps the user has permissions for
User displays the current username and lets the user change password, edit user settings (language, measurement, refresh rate), and log out

 

Improved workflow with better-organized menus

The location of some items has changed to support logical workflows. Related settings are grouped and settings are found where you use them. For instance, some settings have been moved directly into the panel menus to make them easier to find. User settings have been moved into their own user menu.

Items that have been moved to optimize workflows:

Item Location
Center on click                     Map panel menu*
Change password User menu
Development Admin menu
Follow selected Map panel menu
Fuel consumption Windows menu
KML feed Vehicles panel menu
Links Admin menu
Localization User menu
Log out User menu
Maintenance Windows menu
Maps Map panel menu
Marker attributes Map panel menu
Marker style Map panel menu
Refresh rate User menu
Show trace Map panel menu
Track visualization Tracks panel menu
Workspaces Windows menu
Zoom to view Map panel menu

 

*the panel menus are accessed by clicking on the menu icon in the top right corner of each panel.

Faster work with searchable dropdown lists

Search is now available in the Reports menu. To quickly find a report, simply start typing in the search bar under the Report menu. The list will update as you enter characters.

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The menu dropdown items in the top menu bar also display in alphabetical order. This makes it easy to find the items you want to access.

 

Design and UI changes

The user interface optimizes the user experience. The top menu bar updates make menu items clear, easy to understand, and easy to select. You will notice tweaks and improvements across menus and windows.

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Upcoming changes

There is more coming soon!

Autosaving settings will save users time... and headaches! No more worries about saving your settings. Changes you make to your settings will automatically save. 

Panel menu UI updates will make the panel menus easier to find and access. The user experience will be friendly and consistent throughout menus.

 

To get access to the new top menu bar, update from BETA.