The Weekly Dig: AutoSpecs UI/UX Update Results

The Weekly Dig is an easy-to-digest peek into trending industry topics, thought-leadership, and product updates from Pype.

The What

You may recall the AutoSpecs UI Update that we launched in May of 2019. The overarching goals of that update were 1) to bring Pype AutoSpecs’ color palette in line with Pype Closeout’s, and 2) to improve the overall user experience (UX) by making changes to the user interface (UI). As it turned out, one such change caused a 500% increase in views of the “Requirements Overview” page across our user base. 

The How

If you just said to yourselves “Wait, I thought that was a new page,” then surprise! You’re probably part of that 500% increase. Though, we wouldn’t blame you for missing it up until this point. Prior to the update, the link to the Requirements Overview page was a single line of text above the Additional Requirements section on the dashboard. 

See the blue hyperlink that reads “View Requirements by Spec Sections?” That’s the one.

Since the update, however, there’s a second table underneath the Additional Requirements titled “Requirements By Division/Spec,” listing the divisions that AutoSpecs identified submittals from. Each of these is hyperlinked to the Requirements Overview page.

Much more noticeable, isn’t it?

The Why

As that table might suggest, the Requirements Overview page lets the user dig into the submittal requirements by spec section and submittal type, then open those specific submittals in the SmartRegister. This allows a simple, easy way for users to edit submittals piecemeal, letting GCs divy up the work for reviewing their submittal log among their team, or by removing sections or types in the final submittal log. Here are a few ways to optimize this page:

  • Separate your closeout submittals into a separate log. 
    • Export those separately, and remove them from the SmartRegister. 
  • Create a sub-specific miniature submittal log. 
    • Click through the relevant spec sections and export. 
  • Report how many total submittals your project has, broken down by type and section. 
    • Export the whole Overview.

Jason Gilligan

A newcomer to the construction tech industry, Jason has a background in content creation and brings a fresh perspective to Pype. A graduate of George Mason's film department, Jason uses both written and visual mediums to share information.

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