ease of format and recomposite

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Andras Banky

12 Jan, 2017 04:07 PM

I suggest the following:
Being able to set more than only 1 segment of the chart. This way it is easier to format fonts, colours etc. in some cells.
Being able to modify the structure of the site by merging, or dividing cells.
Too ambitious?
Andras Banky

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Richard Parslow on 12 Jan, 2017 05:13 PM

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    Hello Andras

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    1. It is not possible to select multiple goals at the same time. The panel on the right of the screen displays the attribute information (Importance, Progress, dates, Notes, etc) for the goal selected in the goal map; and that information will be different for different goals. This makes the coding extremely complicated; and even if it were easy, displaying multiple values (or even no values) in the panel could be confusing.

      We are though investigating ways to 'clone' goals (rather than copying them) so that updating any attribute in any instance will also update that attribute in all the other instances. This would of course not include the Importance attribute, which depends on each goal's relationship with its neighbors. For more details see the Public discussion here.

    2. From your reference to 'cells' it appears that you are looking for some spreadsheet type functionality. Note that the 'merge' and 'split' functions in a spreadsheet are required in order to maintain its grid format. By contrast, Goalscape does not impose such a rigid structure: any goal at any level can have any number of subgoals. So you can achieve what you want to do quite easily:

      1. If you merge cells in a spreadsheet, only the information in the top left cell will be retained. In Goalscape you can achieve exactly the same result by simply deleting the goal you do not want: its neighbors will expand to 'fill the gap', maintaining their relationship to each other (except for any that have locked Importance).
      2. If you decide a goal needs to be split into 2 (or more), all you need to do is to select it and Add neighbors or subgoals. Give the new goals meaningful names and update their attributes as required (you can C&P any relevant Notes from the original goal).

    Thanks again for taking the time to post here. Customer suggestions directly influence our development plans – and we move fast when we recognize a good idea, so keep 'em coming!



  2. 2 Posted by andras.banky on 12 Jan, 2017 06:33 PM

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    Hi Richard,

    OK, I accept your explanation although there could be a format mode where no importance and other croucial attributes would change only the colours, type of font etc.
    Or maybe you can make it similarly how the formatcopy brush works in Word.

    If we woud merge two cells it woud get new attributes and the old ones automatically could disappeare. Or if we would devide a cell into two than these cells also would get new attributes.
    Maybe programming these are complicated and may effect other areas of the code. And maybe only few people would require or use it.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Richard Parslow on 12 Jan, 2017 06:41 PM

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    Yes, what you are asking for would indeed be very complicated – and potentially confusing for the user! We are keenly aware of the dangers of 'feature creep' – and we are particularly careful to maintain Goalscape's essential clarity and simplicity.

    I confirm though that we are considering implementing a format 'brush' to apply (say) colors to other goals by clicking or dragging.



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