It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here – probably too long. The past couple of weeks we’ve spent a lot of time improving the performance of Action Method Online. We are proud to say the changes are up and running smoothly. We’ve done things from the simply obvious (loading screen between tabs) to the outrageously maticulous (optimizing CSS). Due to these changes everything runs faster including loading time, drag-and-dropping, resizing, switching tabs, and searching. You may have also noticed we got rid of that “2.5 Seconds Remain” countdown after the site finished loading. That always was irritating to us and the optimizations let us finally remove it. Read more →
You said it, and we heard it. Based on the great feedback shared by early adopters of Action Method Online (AMO), we have added a number of enhancements to the application. The additions include the ability for you (or anyone else) to email an action step to your AMO InBox (via your own @action.me email address) as well as increased messaging features, multiple delegation, importing contacts, and more… See all of the latest enhancements on our What’s New page.
Behance was featured at the annual UCLA-Berkeley “Play” Conference at the Haas School of Business. I (Scott) had the opportunity to make the case for empowering creative professionals with the new age of technology, and I had the opportunity to discuss (and in some cases debate) the importance of boosting productivity in the creative world – and protecting the time and effort that goes into great pieces of creative work.
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Our team was thrilled to further launch Action Method Online (AMO) today. We’ve been working for years on developing the methodology, the products, and the concepts, design, and technology behind this service. It feels good to finally share AMO with others (beyond the beta user program).
The application received reviews today in TechCrunch, Mashable, LifeDev, and (via TechCrunch) in the Washington Post. Read more →
Our team was thrilled to discover that top featured projects from the Behance Network are now streamed on design supersite DesignYouTrust. We’re thrilled that featured works in the Network are getting more exposure around the world. Sites can apply for a Network project widget by contacting the Behance Team.
You may have noticed our sites were down for around 30 minutes from 6:15 to 6:45PM EST time. There was a slight misconfiguration while we changed settings to make our sites more stable and secure. So ironically, the changes to make the sites stay up, made the sites go down. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure this does not happen again. We can also assure you that nothing was lost and that the sites are now, in fact, more stable and secure than ever before.
The Behance Network homepage is now “Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional!”, as the W3C would say. If you are a developer you might want to check out the HTML Validator yourself. Even if you think “Bah, that’s far too technical for me” it can help you spot random HTML typos, as it did for me.
So here are some of the many changes and tweaks to the network this week:
GigList to JobList
We figured it was about time we changed the wording from “Gig” to “Job” to make things clearer for you and the people wanting to hire you. In case you have yet to check out the page, there’s a good listing of creative jobs there.
Full Screen Video
It was long overdue, but now user’s can click an icon under each video to see things full screen. This should make our HD videographers extra happy.
The reordering system for your inner circle and projects has been redone. This makes it compatible with more browsers, including Safari 3.
Don’t Forget About Us
Circles now have the “Us” tab defaulted to on instead of the “Our Projects” tab.
I haven’t posted in quite a while it would seem. Last night we relaunched Behance.com. We had outgrown the site quite a bit seeing as the front page was our magazine when there is a lot more to Behance.
So we broke the site up to help people make the most out of Behance.
The site now showcases everything we do with a simple navigation. You can easily find out and get to all aspects of Behance.
Our online magazine now has its own at http://www.behancemag.com/. On top of the facelift, it now houses our Glossary of Productive Creativity. The new filtering design on the main page allows you to apply the “Most …” and “Field” filters to only tips, interviews, and articles. The old site applied the filters to all articles at once only.
The Creative’s Outfitter is now at http://www.creativesoutfitter.com/. The design is lightened up with less lines so things are clearer. You can still go straight to all our Action Method Products or our Sketchbooks and Notepads.
We hope that these changes will make everyone’s experience with Behance better. We look forward to hearing back from users on all the change.
Just an update on new features: Yes, as the team continues to work on some exciting projects in the pipeline, we are also adding new features requested by Network participants. Here is a quick update…
(1) A small display of each member’s work at the bottom of each project view. The purpose was to help drive visitors to your portfolio, especially those that visited your project from a link on a blog or somewhere else in the ether of the internet…
(2) /Frame View: For those that don’t already know it, you now have a special “framed” version of your portfolio that you can send to prospective clients and others… It is free, clean, easy, and early testers suggest that it is very helpful. Simply add “/frame” to your profile address (ie: http://www.behance.net/trochut/frame)
(3) Circles are a key part of the Behance Network. Hundreds of circles have been created to gather people around certain interests… To keep you posted on the discussion thread activity, you can now “subscribe” to certain threads
. This feature will send you an email whenever a new post is written.
(4) Remember that circles can now be used to gather a select group of projects by members. When creating/editing the circle, you can “limit by tag” which will display ONLY projects with specified tags.