One of the best things about working at Traction is that the team lives and breathes because of the product—every process is conducted through the software we sell. It's not a matter of eating your own dog food, it's a matter of creating the tool that lets you work the way you want to work.
This is the first in a series of screencasts I'm doing as I'm starting to dive deeper into Traction TeamPage. I expect that I'll spend a little time as an end-user really immersing myself in the product for a while. The end game is to focus the product on ease of use, and simpler interactions that provide access to the most needed features on the surface, while still keeping the expert features within arms reach.
One of the features I recently began to appreciate is the shared folder functionality. This feature provides WebDav access to folders on the server, so you can do version control of documents in your repository. This quick demo shows how to access those documents natively in the Mac OS Finder without having to go to the web interface. It's useful for people who handle files frequently.
The Applescript that's needed to mount the shared folder volume is shown below. This script basically tells the finder to open your server, but with Quicksilver accessing the script, you don't have to first navigate to the finder to get there.
using terms from application "Quicksilver"
on process text share
tell application "Finder"
mount volume "REPLACE WITH YOUR SERVER NAME" & share
end process text
end using terms from
This week I'll be starting another new stage in my career, as I take on the role of Director of User Experience at Traction Software, Inc, marking my return to the subjects you've read me blogging about in the past: design of information retrieval and content management systems, knowledge management, and social networking and social software for the enterprise.
It's with great pleasure that I return to work on the application I used as a client, and to the team that I contributed some interface design work to over a year ago as a consultant. You'll be reading me return to blogging about the topics I mentioned above, but this time from the design and product development end of the conversation. Previously I wrote mainly about grassroots needs for social software and km and how blog/wiki tools meet these needs. In addition, I expect to show details of the application and its use for various forms of personal and enterprise knowledge management. I've used this tool in the past on a range of needs, including serving as a tracking system for usability testing issues, documenting project information (wiki style), and simply for logging my own projects and todo lists (personal km style wiki).
There will be more to come. I look forward to sharing with you.
Register here to get the free TeamPage5 installer. About TeamPage5:
Traction® TeamPage5™ is a free version of Traction Software's award winning TeamPage™ Server product. TeamPage5 supports up to 5 projects (blog / wiki spaces) and 5 named user accounts with individually defined permissions and identities. Projects can also be opened to Visitors (e.g. you can open any space so that anyone on your intranet can read, edit, comment or post). Registration for TeamPage5 provides a personal account on our support server to download software updates, read customer and product FAQ's, and participate in Traction's customer Forum.
Traction® TeamPage5™ is simple to download, install and manage. TeamPage software can be deployed on your intranet, corporate DMZ or on the public internet using a computer that supports Java server software, see TeamPage System Requirements. TeamPage5 provides a free way to create a collaborative communication hub which can scale to meet your future needs. You can easily upgrade to TeamPage15 or TeamPage at any time.
Excellent news for enterprises and now even individuals who are ready to take their knowledge management work to the next level.
InfoWorld has announced the 2007 Technology of the Year Awards for the applications they rated best and most innovative in each of 8 classes of information technology. Traction Software, who I began doing user experience consulting for last spring, won in the Data Management category for Best Enterprise Wiki.
Last year, Traction released version 3.7 of Traction TeamPage and Communicator, which introduced several very exciting new content management and theming enhancements and continued to focus on usability improvements. If you're in the market for an application that does enterprise collaboration tool the way you want to, you'll want to check out the Traction 3.7 feature set.
Congrats to all the recipients of the IW Technology of the Year Awards.