New feature: The clipboard sidebar for copying or moving notes between canvases

 

As you might know, we focussed a lot on fine-tuning the actual canvas editing view. We removed unnecessary clicks here and there, streamlined the dialog windows and in general added a lot of flexibility such as zooming and filtering, helping you adjust the view perfectly on the amount of data in your canvas.

We are very happy to announce a completely new feature to Canvanizer 2.0. Today we are opening up a new set of possibilities. We are introducing the “clipboard sidebar” on the right side of the canvas view – to enable you to copy or move notes easily between canvases.

You can use the clipboard to drag any note onto it. The clipboard is personal to your account. It is persistent and its contents are staying across canvases, workspaces and on any computer you are using Canvanizer with.

The default action: if you drag a note to it, the clipboard is leaving the original note on the canvas and creating a duplicate inside the clipboard. This will e.g. help you if you decide to complement your Business Model Canvas with a Lean Canvas. The Lean Canvas shares some fields with the Business Model Canvas while adding a different perspective on the topic, so from now on it’s much easier to always work with both approaches at the same time.

If you want to move notes between canvases instead, you can alternate the default behavior into moving notes out of the canvas to the clipboard by pressing and holding [Ctrl] (on windows) or [Command] (on mac) while dragging.

You can also use the clipboard as an additional vertical “brainstorming section” for notes that are still needing refinement or where you are unsure of whether to place them already. You can filter the notes inside, see what canvas they originally came from and collapse the clipboard display to fit in more notes. Of course we also added a power-user keyboard shortcut to toggle the display: Press “d c” (for display clipboard) to hide or show it, to save mouse movement 😉

The new clipboard is the first of our planned features to help you organize your work across canvases. We’ll continue to release incremental updates to Canvanizer 2.0 to help you structure and share your ideas and collaborate easily with your team. We hope you like it and are looking forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions.

Try out the clipboard here at our Canvanizer 2.0 Demo 🙂

The thoughts behind our new notes-inserting interface

As you may know we are continuously releasing small changes and hopefully improvements to Canvanizer 2.0. In this post we’d like to share an example of this.

You always have three ways of inserting notes into a canvas:

1.Directly in the canvas: Double-click anywhere in a segment to insert an empty note. This is good for adding short notes with keeping an eye on the context.

2.If you just edited the description of the lowest note in a segment you can press tab and a new empty note will be created directly below (this is also a recent change which you may not have yet stumbled upon).

3.Click the + sign at the top of each segment to make a popup appear. This works well for bigger notes as it keeps you focussed on editing.

This is, how the insert notes popup looked until todays release in the 2.0.

When looking at this during our continuous improvement process, we found that there is much visual distraction going on. We have lots of labels for the input fields. We more or less implemented what worked in the old Canvanizer 1.0 in the 2.0. Now we thought about how we can help you focus on your actual work and make sure that the interface does not get in the way.

This is what we came up with:

A lot less text to distract. Even the cancel link is now an “x”, which should be self-explicatory. This is the closest we have ever been to the original paper sticky notes. A nice trick for the advanced users: tick the “Create another note” checkbox and you can add lots of note without leaving the popup. A click less every time adds a lot to the overall simplicity of the tool.

But wait: We did not forget about the helpful questions for each segment. They are still available by pressing the “?”. We think there are two distinct usage situations:

1. you’re just about getting to know the template: The questions are a good guidance in this case.

2. You focus on getting the thoughts out of your head and want less distraction.

Moving the questions out of the interface and making the display separate as well as optional should work better for both ways.

On a side note (!) we also removed the color from the tutorial hints: The notes with your thoughts should be colorful, not the interface. With the neutral look it should get less in the way.

We hope, this explains a bit the reasoning behind our changes and would love to hear your input as well.

Happy canvanizing!

Update:

And while we were at it, we just added the keyboard shortcut to save the new note directly by pressing “Ctrl-Enter”. If you tick the “Create another note” box and choose any color before this is probably the fastest way to get all your ideas out of your head and quickly fill out any segment.

You can try out everything mentioned in this blog post – even if you are not a premium user of canvanizer 2.0 yet – at https://next.canvanizer.com.

New feature: Questions to help you understand a canvas template

We have added a new feature to our tutorial section to help you understand a canvas template faster. To show all the questions in each segments you now have two options:

  1. Use the new keyboard shortcut: “d q” (for “display questions”). Press “d q” again to hide.
  2. Or select “Canvas Questions” in the ? Section in the left sidebar to toggle the display of the questions.

As a bonus feature you can also select each question you answered and mark the ones you just answered with your sticky notes to track your progress. This should help you get to know the intent of each segment at one glance.

This feature is especially helpful if you want to try out a new canvas template that you did not work with before.

New feature: Keyboard navigation in search results

We are making working with many canvases even easier: Welcome keyboard navigation between canvases!

1. Press / to search
2. Enter the search term
3. Use cursor keys to select any canvas
4. Press Enter to open it

Your latest canvases will appear first, so switching back and forth has never been easier. So why don’t you give your Business Model Canvas lots of iterations and companions today? 😀

New canvas template: 4 Quarters Canvas

About to plan 2017 ?

We added a pure “4 quarters canvas” for you to outline your big picture for the next year.

Inside each quarter field you have two colums for internal ordering and separation. Use colours to either assign priorities, semantic business unit separation or update idea states when you revisit during the year.

Play with the demo here: https://next.canvanizer.com/canvas/wc6Jbcbuv4KHu

Have fun canvanizing through the festive season 🙂