Lots of software changes and improvements, and more on the way. Here’s a list of what’s going on.
Creating a project has changed!
- First, we completely revamped how you create a new project. We’ve consolidated the photosynthesis measurements and chlorophyll content measurement into the same protocol to make it easier to find and order. This new protocol is called “Leaf Photosynthesis” – please use it! For existing users – NOTE! Please use the new protocol, but if you absolutely need to find the old protocols (The One v3.0 and Chlorophyll Content III or any others) you can always go to the ‘advanced’ screen for the old interface.
- You email invite people to join your project as collaborators or administrators, and have multiple administrators to share the workload of writing results or adding or editing questions.
- You can add multiple images to your project and higher quality descriptions. And there’s tags and categories so other like-minded people can find you and you find them.
- We found that directions was underused, so we removed the directions box. Don’t worry, we’re going to put directions back in later in a much more useful form, but for now if you have directions for collaborators put that in the “Descriptions” box.
Android App bugs fixed + new features
The android app (to be released next week) also has some updates. An improved data display screen, better bluetooth connection screens, and a new history feature. History keeps track of every data point you have collected, so you can identify mislabelled measurements and track your progress through the field. In the “settings” tab, you can set the app to wait before sending the measurements to the cloud – giving you the chance to delete bad or mislabelled measurements at the end of a day of collecting data. Once your confident the data is correct and you’ve remeasured if necessary, you can push the data to the cloud. No more spending months trying to track mistakes by data collectors you can’t contact anymore!
Finally, both apps now automatically stay up-to-date with the website, so no more syncing when you change a project or protocol! The entire platform should be up to date, all the time – ensuring that as you and other project partners make improvements everyone data, projects, protocols, and discussions are current.
We have a lot of additional news on the hardware front, but I’m waiting for more data to come in before posting about it – so expect that soon.