This guide provides Illume users with information on how to benefit from the new features supported in Illume Next, released on May 18, 2015. Illume Next now includes responsive design and several other new features designed to enhance the look and feel of rendered surveys and improve overall performance.
The new responsive survey design feature in Illume Next gives users the ability to create online surveys that optimize the user experience for survey respondents — including easy reading and navigation with a minimum of re-sizing, panning, and scrolling — on any desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone.
This feature detects the size of the browser window of the respondent’s device, based on industry standards, and automatically adjusts the rendering style – desktop, tablet, or mobile – within the survey to be most functional for their browser size. For example, if the browser size detected is less than 992 pixels, the survey will be optimized for a tablet; a browser size less than 768 pixels will be optimized for a mobile device.
Once Illume determines the pixel size, it automatically adjusts the Cascading Style Sheet that controls the display of the web page that is the survey. Users have the ability to view and edit the style settings associated to each rendering style.
To use responsive design in an Illume Survey:
There are two main considerations when determining whether a survey built in a prior version of Illume should be altered to allow for Responsive design:
To view and edit the rendering styles associated to a responsive survey:
To edit a style setting associated with a particular rendering style:
For example, to edit the “alternating question highlighting color“:
The following additional changes have been made in the Illume Survey Editor to improve end user experience. These features are supported in the Responsive mode only:
The Background Task Handling feature gives users the ability to initiate bulk actions – such as bulk participant import, delete, and update – and have them process in the background, while continuing other administrative tasks. Progress can be monitored using the Task Indicator in the bottom right corner of the web interface of the Enterprise Manager, Discovery, or the Data Manager:
Once an action is complete, the Task Handler will display the successful completion of the task:
You may view and export a summary report of the task handling via the interface.
New indicators have been created within the Remote Data Collection client to assist data collectors in monitoring synched vs unsynched submissions. Surveys for which unsynched survey sessions exist will be listed in red font. If a survey has not collected any data, or all collected data have been synched, then the survey will be listed in green font.
For example, in the screenshot below, the survey has collected no data, and thus appears in green:
When Users of Remote Data Collection type (as opposed to Users of Normal type with the Data Collector role) click Add Survey, the survey(s) to which that User has been assigned are automatically added, bypassing the need to select the survey(s) from a list.