It's been a busy month for our engineers as we continue to expand the boundaries of what online research software can do. There were two releases of new functionality pushed live to Recollective customers plus a raft of last-minute custom requests accommodated.
The first release on 11th March included functionality we've been keen to implement: in-line comments directly in the feed, an improved visual style, a new Activities Report and support for an increase to 512 segments.
Recollective was the first platform to introduce a social feed of responses into online research and we're really pleased to keep pushing ahead with more functionality in this area so that our customers never fall behind the leading edge.
This latest release enables participants to navigate a feed and add both comments and photos in-line without leaving the stream itself. That makes it easier for people to add their thoughts and reactions by quickly engaging in conversation with other participants. For a researcher, that means you can expect more community insights that add both textual and visual depth of understanding to responses enabling you to draw more accurate conclusions and better recommendations.
The new styling makes it easy to see the author of each response and comments, eliminating any confusion for participants and researchers alike. As with everything in Recollective, the new features and styles work perfectly on any mobile device and operating system.
The Activities Report goes beyond the existing Participation Report by providing an at-a-glance breakdown of who has and has not completed a specific Activity. The data can be viewed as a chart (exportable in the usual formats) or summary data table (export into CSV format).
To round off the month, we released another upgrade on 27th March that included support for bulk download of photos and video plus a whole host of minor usability improvements.
The bulk download of media can be done at the level of task, activity or whole study and you're given an indication of file size before starting the download. To facilitate researcher usability, all of the files in the export are conveniently put into a logical folder structure and given a descriptive file name which means you won't waste hours trying to decipher what X115_E3.JPG means.
April is shaping up with even more great improvements planned to the Response Stream and some top-requested enhancements to the Discussions tool.