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New board view redesign

How to visualize boards in the new interface

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Written by Gustavo Simões Braga
Updated over a week ago

In 2023, Placker has launched a redesigned board view, which will make it simpler for you to tailor your work information and make decisions based on it.

Using the new Placker interface is a great way of visualizing your board data in a robust and customizable way.

If you were used to the previous version, this article will show you how to enable and utilize the new board view. Although most features were available in the previous versions, their locations have shifted.

How to enable and disable the new design

To enable the new board board view, and if this is available on your account, open one of your boards in Placker and click “New design”, as in the screenshot below:

If after using the new design for some time, you decide to switch it off, you can click “Disable new design”, as shown below.

There will be a pop up asking the reason for disabling it, which helps our team understand what made you revert and take this into consideration.

New board structure

At the menu, there are mainly 4 buttons: Settings, Filters, Layout and Me/Team.

Settings: select which attributes you want to display in the card front. In the example below, we have disabled every attribute except for duration and members. This results in a clean overview, but that still shows important information when it comes to analyzing task times and assignments.

You can also set layout options, such as whether empty lists and boards will be shown or hidden, and combined boards options, like merging lists with the same title or not.

The example board above has a list called “Waiting”, but it has no cards, and “Show empty lists” is disabled, therefore this list will not be visible, resulting in more space for the data that matters on what is being analyzed.

Filters: apply filters to search for a specific card, show or hide them based on their attributes and select a date range.

For example, a filter can be set so that Placker only show cards that will be due this month, so a manager can analyze the upcoming tasks and make sure they are planned properly.

Layout: use the layout setting to change the way in which columns are organized, providing different points of view on the data available.

  • Default layout (with lists, same as Trello and MS Planner),

  • Grouped by attribute (a column for each member for instance, showing the cards assigned to them),

  • Swimlane (similar to group, but having horizontal section splits)

  • Planner (organized by due date).

Me/Team: this toggles between seeing all cards on the board or only the ones assigned to yourself. It is a quicker alternative to creating a filter and selecting yourself as a member.

The example below has cards assigned to me using the Planner layout by month:

Right click for more options on card editing

Now, you can right click a card and choose from additional options and quickly accomplish more tasks. There are links to create a duplicate, move to another list, get the card URL, archive and delete.

How to open the board settings

The board title is no longer shown at the top of the lists, which leaves more space to work on the cards. But at the same time, clicking it to open the board settings is no longer available.

From now on, to open the board settings (and change members, labels, etc.), you can click the board title at the scope bar, then “View board settings”:

There, you can open the board rules, planning settings and more.

Board background

In the board settings option, there is now the ability to include an image as a background, making the board more personalized according to the team’s preferences.

In case you don’t wish to add an image, but want to make the boards different, you can also select a color, which will then be set as the background color of the board.

These changes come with updates on the web elements to provide a better experience.

Card covers

You can now set a card cover in the Placker board view. When an image is added as an attachment, you can click “Cover settings”, then select an image or color, and the light or dark theme.

You can also set the size, so that the image overflows the card title with a gradient, or that it is separate.

Other changes and feature roadmap

We are also planning to include more in the next releases and would love to know the topics that would result in the most benefits to your team.

Please share your thoughts with us so we know what are the most important topics for you.

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