DatStat Connect™ App Studio 2018.3

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Release Date: October 9, 2018

This release of DatStat App Studio™ focused on a significant user interface redesign, as well as improvements to existing features to support end user configuration of portals. 

New Features

There are no new features in this release, only updates to existing features.


User Interface Redesign

This release of DatStat Connect™ App Studio is designed to improve the user interface and its form and function, keeping participant engagement as the highest priority but also understanding that goal is best served with a good user experience. This UI redesign includes an update to the color scheme and overall layout of DatStat Connect™ App Studio, as well as changes to improve navigation and processes for ease of configuration and management. Below is an overview of what has been implemented or moved with the user interface redesign:

  • The page and module configurations for Desktop and Mobile renderings have been brought together to make configuring them more convenient. Rather than having to create new pages and modules for each rendering type, both can be configured in one location, allowing for easier reuse and re-purposing of content.
  • Users can now configure page text and email content with the new text editor. This allows users to enter and style content without needing to enter it in HTML, although the option still exists for users that prefer it. The text editor contains a number of functions common to word processing programs, such as bolding, italicizing, and underlining text, creating lists, and inserting images, among other functionality.
  • Now when configuring pages, each page provides a Module Overview to describe the layout of modules on the selected pageOverviews detail the columns configured for a page, the column’s background color, the modules each column contains, and each module’s width within that column. This gives users a better understanding of how modules will render on a page.
  • Modules that require files, such as image modules, now allow users to browse and select files on their computer while configuring the module, rather than needing to navigate to the Resources page. Once uploaded, all files are listed and available from the Resources page (previously known as the Files page)
  • Part of the redesign effort included relocating a number of pages to provide more intuitive navigation and grouping of configuration pages. These changes include the following:
    • The profile configurations for participant portals have been consolidated under the Profile section and include: Account Information page, Security page, Notifications page, and Persistent Sidebar Content page.
    • The Consent page in the participant portal now contains Signatory Page text field, a CSS field for styling the Signature page, and the Signature Success page.
    • The Verification page in the participant portal contains configurations for verifying participants, located in the Enrollment section.
    • Google Analytics Tracking ID and URL Key Pairings are configured on the Analytics page, in the Settings section.
    • The custom CSS field for styling the selected portal and the Status Code Colors are configured on the Styles page, in the Settings section.
    • Portal Footer configurations are now located on the General page, in the Settings section.
    • Participant Identifiers in the coordinator portal are now located on the General page, in the Settings section.
Improvements to Existing Features
  • Users can now configure URL key pairings, to capture URL referral information, in fields rather than needing to enter JSON code.
  • A new text editor for page text and emails has been implemented.
  • Icon library updated to the latest Google Material Icons library.
  • Initial configuration of the system now includes a step to select a campaign.
  • The filter for the coordinator portal’s Tasks page now includes sites and select-one type participant fields.
  • If the participant portal has no pages configured, participants are now directed to their profile page on login.
  • To support accessibility, language has been added to General Settings to set the HTML language tag for all portal pages.
  • To support accessibility, the system automatically assigns alternative text to participant portal images.
  • To support accessibility, dropdown menus in the participant portal’s header now contain an Aria attribute, including Profile, More Pages, and Multi-Portal dropdowns.
  • Optional participant fields in DatStat Connect™ can be set to required on the registration and activation page configurations within a participant portal.

Resolved Issues

  • Resolved an issue that caused page headers to display behind modules in a portal’s mobile view.
  • Resolved an issue that caused file names to not display in a portal’s mobile view of the file management module.
  • Resolved an issue that displayed inoperable Chat page configurations for a portal’s mobile view.
  • Resolved an issue that caused users cancelling a password change to not be directed to a portal’s login page.
  • Resolved an issue that allowed multi-portal support to be set up during initial configuration of a portal.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented users from configuring portals without logos

Known Issues

There are no known issues at the time of release.