Back in August, we launched part 1 of a series of upcoming user interface enhancements. Designed to tackle some of our biggest complaints, we've been working very hard to streamline and simplify our app, while not taking away from the power and usefulness you've come to expect from us. The August update was fairly subtle and only affected the Calendar, but our next site update will bring many changes to the navigation, calendar and dashboard, the cornerstones of our product. Fear not! Though the changes have been a huge undertaking for our development team, they will feel natural to you, and I'm quite confident you won't be lost upon your first login.
Our key design goal was to bring navigation, contextual awareness and task representation to a more simple, obvious and "un-layered" clarity for our customers. Huh? Lets just say, this ain't your Grandma's TrainingPeaks anymore.. and I think she'll be able to use it now too!
Change is hard right? Well, I don't think this will be too tough, let me show you what we've done. I've summarized the changes in a screenshot included below. But the main highlights include:
- Eliminated the 3 right-side tabs of Calendar, Spreadsheet and Dashboard by consolidating them into the left-side icon navigation
- Added text descriptors to each navigation icon
- The Spreadsheet view is now simply a view option of the Calendar, called "List"
- There is now a Calendar icon which acts as the "take me home" button in the navigation bar
- Workout, meal & food libraries are condensed into an expandable menu attached to the Calendar navigation icon
- Date navigator is easier to use with bigger buttons, especially useful when using a tablet
- Fonts are clearer and larger
- No more confusion from "left side" and "right side" functionality where the left-side items don't match the functionality of the right-side of the application
- Removed the traditional "week view" from the Calendar
- Weekly summary no longer shows "planned" or "completed" information if there is no planned or completed time/distance data
Because we are constantly evaluating and working to make TrainingPeaks easier and better to use, we sometimes have to realize that certain features or functions either stink, or just never get used like we hope. One feature that is getting the axe with this update is the "week view". Originally designed to be an hourly overview of your day, it saw little use and was difficult to support. Ultimately, it just didn't add enough value to the experience, and we've added features in the QuickView, and to the main view of the Calendar that make the need for the hourly overview rather pointless. I'm sure some of you love it, but we've decided to remove it. Instead, you can configure your regular Calendar view to show just 1 week, which will achieve most of the traditional week-view's functionality.
We've also cleaned up the Dashboard by moving the controls for adding charts right on the Dashboard itself. Did you say charts? What about Pods? If you've been paying close attention, we've always tried to use the more generic term of "pods" as the descriptor of what you can add to your Dashboard. Well, we've given up on that, and lets just call them charts. Same features, same idea, just a more appropriate name.
You can see above there is now a dropdown selector to add a new chart, just click and drag a new chart onto the Dashboard. This change is an example of improved "context-sensitive task representation", that's for the UX nerds, yes, we pay attention to that stuff in between our workouts and recovery drinks.
I have to point out again, notice there are no more tabs! Simple, simple, simple. There is just one way to navigate now, using the left-side icon bar.
Look for these changes to happen on our next site update in the coming weeks. As always, we appreciate your feedback and look forward to helping you train for your events by creating the world's best training software. Let us know what you'd like us to work on by submitting a feature request.
Thanks for reading!