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June 24, 2014

Barcodes, books and more…

This week’s update to Vesica has introduced some new functionality that will not only substantially improve your experience, but it should help you track new types of objects (books) and start using barcodes within Vesica. Here’s a highlight of what’s new this week:

  • Barcodes. Every piece in your account now has a unique barcode. You can print this barcode when printing the piece and track the item as needed. Your collection can be searched via the barcode and looks like this:


  • Documenting books. You’ll now see  a Books tab allowing you to document books in the system. You can track and enter everything about the book, from authors to editions to ISBN numbers. Here’s a screenshot of what the Books tab has:

    books and new layout

  • A wider, better interface. Most Vesica users spend 90% of the time on the piece editing screen. So we’ve widened it to allow you to have more space. Plus, you’ll see your confirmation messages overlaid and will always be able to view the barcode and default image, making it easier to identify the object you are working on.

We’d love to hear from you if there’s something more you’d like to see.

May 13, 2014

Vesica Mobile App for Android

This weekend we released the Vesica Mobile app for the Android Platform.

The first version of our mobile app allows you to connect to your Vesica account and view your pieces and collections. Subsequent releases in the coming days will allow you to search your collection, followed eventually by allowing you to add new pieces to your account from your phone / tablet.

You can download the app on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ws.vesica.

The app has been tested on a variety of devices. If you come across any bugs, issues or have any suggestions, please post them here or drop us a line on info@vesica.ws.

 

April 8, 2014

What’s new in Vesica this month?

Lots of stuff. March and April have seen several new features and additional functionality. Here’s a summary of what you can expect to help you manage your collections:

  1. Multiple dimension records. You can now add multiple dimension records for each piece. Add dimensions, with packaging, with a frame, or however you wish. You’ll just see a + button in the Dimensions section on the Document tab when editing  a piece / object.
  2. In addition to adding historic transactions in the Finance section on the Manage tab, you can now create expense records and valuation records to note down any piece specific expenses and formal valuations.
  3. Re-order you piece interface as needed. If you want to enter artist information first, simply move the artist section to the top. You can reorder your entire interface – then just press the save interface button (which is the left-most of the 3 on your piece editing screen) – and that will update the layout across your account. Remember, this will update the interface for all users on your account. Two screenshots below to show you what you could do:

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  4. YouTube and Vimeo videos. Instead of uploading video files, on your video upload screen you now just paste a YouTube or Vimeo URL and stream that video inside Vesica.

There’s several other small tweaks which should improve your overall experience, including some compatibility issues with IE11.

March 6, 2014

Sneak Preview of the Vesica Mobile App

The Vesica mobile app is in the final stages of testing. We intend to roll out across Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 in quick session in the coming weeks. Before we get there, I thought a preview a preview about the technology behind the application and some visuals might be useful for those looking forward to it.

What to expect

The first release of the mobile app will only allow you to browse objects and collections in your Vesica account. Subsequent releases will allow you to update objects, add images and videos and with mobile device cameras – but how quickly we’ll roll that out depends on the popularity of the app. We’re also considering having a free and paid version – the latter allowing you to do more than just view your collections.

The technology

The Vesica mobile app is built with HTML5, JQuery Mobile and PhoneGap. This will mean that we can deliver a consistent experience across all 3 major platforms that the app supports – iOS (for iPhone / iPad), Android and Windows Phone 8. We’ll roll the app out on Android, followed by iOS and then Windows Phone 8. This should happen in quick succession and all 3 platforms will be supported by the end of the first quarter in 2014.

The preview

Here are some screenshots to give you a flavour for what to expect. These images come from s

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December 13, 2013

Vesica is here in White

Vesica White Theme

And just in time for Christmas. With this past Thursday’s major release, along with other things, Vesica is now available in a white theme. Yes, for those of you who have been waiting for this day, as promised, it’s here in December 2013.

Of course, if you like the default black theme, you don’t have to switch. But if you really want to, have a look under “Settings”, and you’ll see “Themes”. Just click on that and you’ll be presented with the theme selection page. Pick you theme and press submit – and see things change.

Along with the new white theme, we’ve introduced continuous scrolling across all the screens. So you will no longer have to click on the page to see more objects – just keep scrolling and more results will keep loading on your pieces screen.

There have been many other optimisation updates across the platform, including  major upgrade to JQuery and JQuery UI fix some compatibility issues with IE11.

This will be our final feature release for 2013. Early 2014 will see us release some great features and functionality, including our beta mobile apps, Drupal and WordPress modules, image libraries, workflow management and more.

Stay tuned, and on behalf of the team at Vesica, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!