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June 26, 2024

New Feature: Review Templates

Workspace admins can now create reusable review templates to streamline the review creation process. Here’s how it works:

  • Create Templates: From the workspace settings menu, you can create templates that include predefined review titles, descriptions, checklists, and reviewers.
  • Apply Templates: When starting a new review, simply select a template from the "Select a template" menu to apply all the predefined settings.

For more details on using review templates in CoLab, please refer to this knowledge base article.

June 19, 2024

New Feature: Review notebooks

You have a review in CoLab. Your team added high priority issues. Now,  you’re moderating a design review meeting to assign these tasks. While the issues live in CoLab, you have action items from this meeting that live in Word or paper.

Not anymore.

Starting today, every review in CoLab includes a “live” collaborative notebook. With review notebooks, you can create review pre-reads, track meeting minutes, and assign action items without leaving CoLab – or even your review. 

You can also see any reviewer leave notes, resolve action items or add follow-up tasks right on the document. 

Made a mistake? Not to worry. CoLab also saves the version history of every edit made to the notebook. 

More key features include:

  • Rich text capabilities: Add hyperlinks, lists, text formatting, and tables.
  • Image support: Attach images to support your notes.
  • Collaborative editing: Like in Google Docs, you can see the cursor and activity of other users in real time.

To learn more about review notebooks, check out this knowledge base article. It includes feature walkthroughs and FAQs. 

June 6, 2024

CoLab now integrates with Teamcenter Active Workspace

Exciting news! CoLab now integrates with Teamcenter Active Workspace. This integration allows users to send CAD data directly from Teamcenter’s Active Workspace client to any CoLab workspace.

If your team uses Active Workspace, here are a few reasons you should consider integrating with CoLab: 

  • Version control: Files shared to CoLab will maintain version information from Teamcenter, ensuring you always work on the latest revision.
  • Preserved metadata: The integration preserves associated metadata for shared files, such as part dimensions and material specifications.
  • No need for file conversions: Upload native design files to CoLab directly from Active Workspace, eliminating the need for tedious file conversions.

Interested in using the CoLab integration for Active Workspace? Contact your Customer Success Manager to get started.

May 17, 2024

May enhancements

We have implemented several enhancements this month to improve the feedback creation process and make it easier for you to filter issues and reviews:

  • Sort option in feedback panel: A new sort option has been added to the feedback panel in workspaces, allowing you to sort all feedback on a file by date, status, priority, and more.
  • New Review Owner Filter in Track: Users can now filter Track by the review owner, making it easier to find and manage specific reviews.
  • Speech to text for Google Chrome users: Google Chrome users can now use speech to text functionality when creating feedback titles and descriptions, simplifying the feedback submission process.
March 5, 2024

Schedule reviews in advance

Reviews can now be scheduled in advance without an attached file.

We're delivering this update to make it easier for you to schedule upcoming reviews, even if your design file(s) aren't ready to be uploaded to CoLab.

  • The "Request Review" icon has been changed to "Create Review" on the home page, in Track, and in the  menu
  • Users can still request a review on a specific file or package of files
  • Reviews can be created from the Home page, from Track, or from a workspace.

More Improvements

February 14, 2024

New UX updates 😎

Based on your feedback, we've recently released several fixes and improvements to give you a smoother reviewing experience in CoLab.

Here's what's new:

  • Users can now easily pin feedback directly on an open cutting plane, without needing to hide the plane first.
  • When editing feedback, CoLab now automatically saves a draft of your in-progress work. This feature, previously available only for creating new feedback, has been extended to include edits as well.
  • Downloading many files at once is now fast and reliable. You can download multiple files efficiently without any issues, and there's virtually no limit on the amount you can download.
  • Sharing a workspace link with a portal guest ensures seamless redirection to the portal, eliminating any previously encountered errors.
  • Clicking feedback titles now selects all the text instead of moving the cursor to the end.
  • Performance improvements for notifications.
February 7, 2024

New file sharing controls for Windchill users

Company admins can now configure rules to control data transfer between Windchill PLM and CoLab workspaces.

  • Use a combination of exclusivities and restrictions to specify the files that can be uploaded to CoLab via the Windchill integration
  • Rules are based on file attributes and custom values chosen by the user
  • Unique rules can be designated for both restricted and unrestricted workspaces

To learn more about controlling file sharing between Windchill and CoLab, visit this knowledge base article.