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The inability to go “full screen” while browsing on the Mac has been a pet peeve of ours for a while.  Nowhere is it more apparent than while using Theater in court (demo video here) — Get that menubar off the top of my projection screen!

Recently, we encountered a 98% pain free solution, involving Fluid.  Billed as a “Site Specific Browser for Mac”, they point out that “Your browser is for web browsing”.  Their offering provides an “application” feel for sites that behave… well… like applications.  We think TrialManager.com fits that bill quite well.

Getting started is simple:

  1. Download and install Fluid (free)
  2. Start it up and set your URL to: https://secure.trialmanager.com
  3. Give any name you like.  Maybe “Nextpoint” or “TrialManager”.
  4. Run the application (as you would any other app) and set your “User Agent” to the most recent version of FireFox available in the dropdown (see image below).

fluiduseragent

That’s it – The newly created application will look just like any other, neatly wrapping your browser.  You may even find it more convenient than the normal browser when you’re not using Theater!

And, of course, here’s that screenshot of Theater running full screen (Window -> Toggle Full Screen Mode).

fluidtheater

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In the footsteps of our recent improvements to document imports, tonight we’ll be launching some fantastic enhancements to our document export and PDF download features.  First, we’ve created a specific area to keep your document exports organized.  After requesting an export, you’ll be able to track it’s status as a whole, or the status of the individual volumes.

New Export Page

New Export Page

From here, you can also download each of the volumes, even before the entire export has completed.  You’ll be notified as new volumes become available with our new notifications feature, and you’ll also receive an email when all volumes of the export have finished processing.

The second enhancement is to the download document PDF functionality.  You now have the ability to kick off the processing of the document and continue working.  The processing of the document occurs in the background, and you’ll get a notification when the document is ready to download.

Notification Popup

Notification Popup

You’ll notice that after clicking on the download link, that the PDF icon will have a bell on it, signifying that you’ll be notified when processing is complete.

We’ve also added a page called “My Downloads” where you can view all of your document downloads and the current processing status.  You can get to this page from the “More” menu in the top navigation bar.

My Downloads

My Downloads

We think these new enhancements will make keeping your exports and downloads organized a breeze.

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We’re always looking at better ways for users to have a smooth, continuous and efficient work flow in Nextpoint.  Our upcoming notification feature unobtrusively informs you of activities occurring in the system, without you having to leave your current work flow.  Activities such as document downloads, imports and exports now notify you of status changes via a notifications pop up window.

Notification Popup in Upper Right Hand Corner

Notification Popup in Upper Right Hand Corner

In the example screen shot above, clicking on the pop up notification will automatically start the download of the PDF request.

In addition to the pop up notifications, we’ve also added a new link to the top of the page that shows all of your new notifications.  This includes notifications that have occurred even when you were offline.  When you click on that link, you’ll see a drop down of all your new notifications.  Each of the notifications in that list link to a respective location, such as a PDF that is ready for download, or the detailed import status page.

Notifications List

Notifications List

You’ll also notice that from this list, you can turn off pop up notifications if you find them distracting.

We hope you’ll find this feature useful, yet out of your way, so you can keep moving in your work flow with ease.

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