Usually we don’t advertise the details of a release beforehand. It’s just safer that way - it makes it easier to hold a feature back if it’s not quite ready, or add a few more days to the schedule if we run into unforeseen issues. This release is a big enough change, though, that we wanted people to know it was coming in advance.
We started Lucid Meetings as a side project in 2009, and launched the current incarnation of the product in late 2013. Over the course of 2014, we added a ton of new features to connect meetings to other systems, track meeting performance, and more.
Leading to today’s feature rich but button-heavy system, a Lucid Meetings that’s powerful, but a bit cluttered to look at and clunky in places. Certainly not the mark we were striving for.
Over the past few months, we’ve been working hard to streamline and simplify the Lucid Meetings interface, and it’s nearly ready.
Work like this is never done - software can always be made more elegant and more usable - but we’re excited to be releasing this update as a great improvement towards our goal of providing the most comprehensive AND usable meeting platform available.
For all you folks running Lucid meetings today, here are some of the changes you can expect to see in March.
Less is More
After the release, you’ll notice these changes right away.
- Navigation when you need it
The big dark navigation bar on the left can now be toggled open or closed when you need it, and out of your way when you don’t, making it easier to focus in on your work.
- Click-to-edit agendas and notes
Working with agendas and notes now feels more like working on regular document. The structure that lets you collaborate and run an organized meeting is all still there, but the big clunky gray edit boxes are gone.
- Simplified setup
We’ve moved a bunch of the extra buttons and form fields out of the way. You’ll find fewer steps and fewer options on most pages when you first visit them. You’ll still have access to all the optional stuff when you need it, but won’t have to worry about these features every time you try to create a meeting or add a note.
And MORE is more
The upcoming release also includes some amazingly powerful new features. We’ll go into all the details in the release announcement, but for now, here’s a sneak peek.
New! Meeting Templates Gallery
Browse professionally prepared meeting templates that spell out exactly how to set up and run successful meetings for your team.
Need help running an Agile stand-up online? Not sure how best to approach a one-on-one with your remote workers? The template gallery will include meeting templates providing examples, expert advice, and an agenda you can click to use directly within your Lucid meeting room.
New! Professional Subscription Level
We’ve heard from several independent professionals that they want access to the features available with a paid subscription, but as a one-person shop, didn’t want to have to pay for other team member seats that they couldn’t use.
For all you solo meeting heroes out there, we’re pleased to be adding a Professional subscription level with the March release.
“But, where are the pictures?” you ask. Patience, grasshopper.
Now that the word is out, you can expect our crew to be working diligently to get everything ready for the big release date, pictures included!
Offer for current subscribers: want a preview?
If you have an active Lucid Meetings subscription and would like a quick tour of what’s coming, let us know by sending a note using the Help! button in the application, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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