Weava Product Updates
For a long time our development team has worked hard to rebuild our Weava Chrome extension, which has now been released.
Due to technical debt and changing technologies, Weava has had to undergo considerable redevelopment to make the tool future-proof and with the right foundation to build additional improvements for you in the future. This has essentially meant that we have had to rebuild the software from scratch.
Finally, we have now released this re-developed version of Weava that will help us usher into the future with improved and additional features on the horizon for you and our 700,000+ users.
However, considering the scale of our update, and the amount of users Weava has, the newly released version has included some interruptions and performance-related issues, of which we humbly apologize for the inconvenience caused. The team is currently working tirelessly to have all these issues resolved as quickly as possible.
With our new foundation, Weava will finally be able to issue more frequent product updates and improvements to the software. And there will therefore also be more frequent updates here from the team of our work and plans, as well as more interactions with our users on our Feature Request Portal in the time ahead.
We humbly apologize again for the inconvenience caused. But please rest assured that these current issues are a result of our hard work and aspiration in making Weava better for you, not that we are neglecting the software.
Product Update: Notifications, Browser Notifications & Minor Fixes — Web App 1.52 & Chrome Extension 1.33
While we are still largely focusing on numerous large and fairly complex back-end matters related to our back-end (APIs, server and database related), we have been able to dedicate some time to introduce an exciting new feature and various smaller improvements.
New feature – notifications:
Shortly put, beyond the existing folder invitation notification, we will now be able to issue product updates and other notifications to you. And, you can now enable browser notifications for Weava. So no more missing out on shared folder invitations sent to you.
Some of you may be thinking “Yay… Notifications…” but to Weava this is a pretty big deal for several reasons. While there is still room for improvement of the feature itself, this will really enable us to easier share product updates and other relevant information with you going forward. We realize that we do not always do a good job of providing you with updates and showing the progress of our work. So, hopefully, this will enable those of you who want to stay better tuned to our product update releases, special offerings and more. And don’t worry, we will certainly not spam you with notifications, and will only share occasional offers and product updates.
And as mentioned, we have not only introduced an in-app notification feature but also created browser API notifications – so that you can see Weava notifications wherever you are on the web. And of course, we have given you the option to enable/disable such browser notifications, which you can change in your account settings. So, if you do not want to receive browser notifications, simply disable the feature. However, we know that many of you have been keen to see this feature built so that you can easier notice and access folder invitations from your friends and colleagues, so we’re excited to have it ready for you!
- Introduced various referral feature improvements. We simply want to make it easier and more rewarding to share Weava with your friends. You can read more about referral here, and we will share more about this next week.
- Enhanced font and style in various places on the web application.
- Removed the ‘Skip this step’ feature in the Weava signup process that enabled users to create a temporary account to test Weava. Now, users will need to sign up to use Weava.
- Minor tweaks to our onboarding emails.
- Minor improvements introduced to the User Registration Questionnaire that users see when they first register with Weava.
- Minor tweaks to our Chrome extension sidebar promotion image for free subscription user – which will now show instantly instead of after 5 days.
- While not a technical update, we have created an offer for charities around the world. If you know of a worthy charity that you think could benefit from Weava, why not tell them about it? Read more about Weava for Nonprofits here.
- Fixed a bug where when a user would edit highlight colors on the web application, there would appear an invisible layer (even after closing the pop-up) which would block parts of the clickable elements on the folder sidebar.
- Fixed an issue with the highlighter color pop-up not closing properly for some users.
We are still largely working on our bigger back-end projects related to upgrading our Chrome extension (WCE) code, breaking more of our “monolithic” code structure into microservices and preparing for a database shift from Firebase (which is costing us a lot of money at the moment). However, we have found some time to attend to some smaller improvements that we deployed to our users.
- We have added Chrome store descriptions of Weava in several new languages, including Arabic, German, French, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese. Before, we only had Spanish and English. However, please note that these translations are only currently for the Chrome store listing itself, and not translations for the software. However, in the future, we aspire to be able to offer more languages on our software as well.
- We have changed our Google Firebase emailer to use our root domain (weavatools.com) instead of verify.weavatools.com which will help avoid certain bugs that some users were experiencing when trying to reset passwords.
- During this period, we also rolled out a new version of our web app with new internal API keys for enhanced security purposes.
Product Update: User Storage, Design Improvements and Bug Fixes — Web App 1.51.7 & Chrome Extension 1.32.20
While we are still working on numerous large and fairly complex back-end matters related to APIs, our servers and more in order to ensure we have the best foundation to build new features upon, we have once again squeezed in some time to fix some bugs and introduce some front- and back-end enhancements to our users:
Overall we have made numerous updates and improvements to the storage limit functionality which was soft-launched in our previous update.
- Implemented function for limiting PDF uploads for free users, and fixed a bug where uploading PDF through drag and drop did not update storage.
- Storage now updating after uploading PDF (initially this was only set to update on a daily basis).
- Other improvements made to the computation and rendering of the storage limit.
- Implemented new design for “Upgrade to Premium” in Chrome extension sidebar.
- Updated Facebook authentications and revised Facebook permissions.
- Created a refresh feature for the card details to render properly on the account details pop-up.
- Implemented new design for “You have discovered a Premium feature” pop-up.
- Fixed a bug that arose from the previous update where users could no longer add a new folder on the Weava dashboard.
- Updated “back” buttons on “Invoices” and on “Update Payment Details” pages to go to the new account details page.
- Fixed issue where “Upgrade to Premium” due to almost full storage was overriding account details settings dialogue.
- Fixed a bug where a new user who signed up via email encountered a “loading forever” on the account details pop-up.
- Fixed a bug where clicking “Open In Weava Dashboard” button on the invitation email took users to our website, instead of the dashboard.
- Fixed a bug where if the user clicked on the notification icon (bell icon), the “Invitation to Collaborate” pop up would load continuously.
- Fixed a bug where folder items were not properly displayed when the window size was not maximized.
Product Update: Account Details, User Storage & Referral ID — Web App 1.51.5 & Chrome Extension 1.32.17
While we are still working on numerous large and fairly complex back-end matters related to APIs, our servers and more in order to ensure we have the best foundation to build new features upon, we have now squeezed in some time to introduce some front-end enhancements to our users:
- We have released a new “Account Settings” menu that contains user storage details, shortcuts to relevant links such as customer support, feature request portal and Weava keyboard shortcuts. These can be accessed by clicking the Weava cogwheel or the “Account Details” text in the bottom left corner in the Weava sidebar and on the Weava dashboard.
- We have introduced an Account Page that has all your main user details in one place, including navigation options for cancellation, deletion, invoices and more. These can be accessed by clicking “Account Details” on the new “Account Settings” menu.
- Introduced unique user referral ID to all our users, which new users can insert during signup in the registration form. Such referrals will award the user with Weava Premium. You can read more about this here. You can see your unique referral ID on the “Account Details” page.
- We have enabled users to finally see their storage amount (currently it will only update on a daily basis, but we will work on future improvements to this).
- To avoid confusion and ensure greater consistency we have updated the labelling info text for the color labels.
- Similarly, we have updated various tooltips to have consistent information and phrases across Weava.
- Fixed a typo on the Weava dashboard where the number of highlights selected was written as “#selected” as opposed to “# selected” (space between number and text).
We are currently working on numerous large API-related and other backend projects, as we outlined in weava.upvoty.com/b/feature-requests/brief-note-from-weava-team-on-current-progress-focus and therefore there will be some time until we implement our next front-end design and feature improvements.
In this process, as we were breaking up some of our monolithic code into proper microservice structures, some users may have encountered that some of our general pages on our website (www.weavatools.com) were down. That is now taken care of because our website is now properly split from the rest of our code and now is a proper stand-alone website. It is not nearly in a pristine condition that we aspire for it to be – but at least now it functions properly and can be properly maintained by our marketing team. This will, among others, also ensure that we are publishing a lot more articles and information on the website in the time ahead.
- Fixed bugs with our referral code – which gave users Weava Premium for free for up to 76 years (we sure hope they still use Weava in 2096!). While we’re always keen to help as many as possible and give some of our advocates a special referral code that they can share with their followers etc., 76 years was a bit excessive from the 1-6 month referral codes that we intend to share.
- Fixed various other smaller bugs.