Bee for Android and iPhone: Introducing Version 3.5.0

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INTRODUCING THE LATEST VERSION OF BEE

We are constantly developing our app, Bee, based on your feedback and to make sure we’re utilising new technology. That is why on Tuesday 24 April 2018 we are due to release Bee version 3.5.0, which includes improvements to the usability and functionality of the app, including:

  • A new menu: Version 3.5.0 of Bee introduces a new way to navigate around the app with a hamburger menu. This menu appears when you tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines in the top left corner) or swipe the screen from the left edge when you are anywhere in the app. Your schedule for the day also now appears when you sign in, instead of the previous ‘home page’ for Bee.
  • View your availability and breaks: Following your feedback, we have now made it possible for Bee users to see their availability and breaks within the schedule.
  • See your schedule nine days into the past or future: Bee version 3.5.0 shows your schedule up to nine days both in the future and in the past.
  • New functionality to support GDPR compliance: We have developed new Bee functionality to allow Webroster.net users to hide selected details and extras in Bee.
  • Compare a scheduled roster duration vs a real time duration: Bee users can now compare their scheduled hours with the hours they actually work using information from ECM (Electronic Call Monitoring).

This release also includes:

  • Scanning barcodes in low-light conditions
  • A more consistent conversation page for Android and iPhone users
  • An easier way to abort a visit
  • Easier installation of the PASSsystem
  • General bug fixes

As part of Bee version 3.0.0 we made significant updates across both iPhone and Android versions of the app to ensure they offer visual and functional parity with one another. As a result, version 3.5.0 of Bee offers the same updates for both iPhone and Android users – so the release notes are the same regardless of the device you or your staff are using.

In the meantime, please click on the titles below to learn more about the updates coming as part Bee version 3.5.0 for Android and iPhone:

The new Bee menu

You need to quickly see what’s in your schedule for the day – so we’ve made it the first thing you’ll see when you sign in, instead of the previous home page.

We’ve also developed a totally new navigation menu system that can be accessed from anywhere in the app – either by tapping the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines in the top left corner) or swiping the screen across from the left edge.

The menu displays the items: ‘Refresh’; ‘Schedule’; ‘Inbox’; ‘Unsent; ‘Settings’, and ‘Signout’.

View your availability and breaks

Schedules in Bee now display daily availability and the breaks you have scheduled. These are now visible within the Bee users schedule and are colour coded to make it easier to see what is what at a quick glance.

How availability and breaks now appear in Bee
How availability and breaks now appear in Bee
The roster screen showing availability and bookings
The roster screen showing availability and bookings

 

 

See your schedule nine days into the past or future

Previously, Bee was only able to retrieve up to nine days schedule information in the future but only one day in the past. Bee version 3.5.0 now shows you up to nine days both in the future and in the past.

New functionality to support GDPR compliance

With the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force, Webroster.net now has the functionality for users to hide individual details and extras for clients and co-workers from visit details in Bee.

Compare a scheduled roster duration vs a real time duration

Bee users can now compare their scheduled hours with the hours they actually work using information from ECM.

Within the visit, Bee users can also now see whether they’re under/over early/late in their arrival/departure and the visit duration.

Version 3.5.0 of Bee includes functionality to show scheduled duration of a visit vs real time duration
Version 3.5.0 of Bee includes functionality to show scheduled duration of a visit vs real time duration

 

Scanning barcodes in low-light conditions

Some Bee users got in touch with us to say scanning client barcodes in low-light conditions could be a bit of a headache. Recognising this problem, if your phone has a flash function we’ve now given them the option to use this to light up a barcode when scanning.

A more consistent conversation page for Android and iPhone users

Recent Bee for Android versions had a slightly different implementation of Inbox Conversations than was used in Bee for iPhone. We’ve now made the experience consistent across both platforms.

The improved message conversation screen, which is consistent for iPhone and Android Bee users
The improved message conversation screen, which is consistent for iPhone and Android Bee users
The message conversation before you enter a message
The message conversation before you enter a message

An easier way to abort a visit

To streamline and tidy up your schedule listing and to make the feature easier to use, should you wish to abort a visit they can now do this from within each visit’s detail page.

Easier installation of PASSsystem

If you are using an Android device, you can now be quickly taken to the Google Play Store to install the PASSsystem app if it is not already installed on your device and you are using it to coordinate with Bee.

General bug fixes

Login

Previously, when you loaded Bee you had to tap the entry fields to show the input interfaces. We’ve fixed that, so now the interfaces display automatically.

Schedule

When you create an Unplanned Visit, Bee now shows the available products in the correct sort order as configured in Webroster.net.

Inbox

Previously, enquiries with recurrences into the future didn’t display the end date correctly. This has now been fixed.

Occasionally incoming Bee message notifications also didn’t arrive. These are very important for you, so we’ve addressed this problem as well.

General

We’ve made a number of improvements to increase the stability of Bee.

Support

If you have any questions about version 3.5.0 and any of the associated updates, please do not hesitate to contact the Webroster Customer Support Team. We are available from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

Phone: 01733 516 030

Email: support@webroster.com


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