Gather feedback and reviews in our new lightbox!
Our photo contests and picture polls get a new lightbox. The redesign includes some technical improvements as well as a lot of your feature requests, some of them especially for the needs of photo clubs.
The most important change in the photo gallery are photo comments. In addition to the direct comments in your PollUnits, it is now possible to give individual feedback to each photographer. Also the evaluation and the export has been extended by photo comments.
Use our lightbox as digital picture frame by activating automatic playback. A click on the play symbol starts or stops the auto play mode.
The photos can also be played, viewed and evaluated in full screen. Click on the full screen icon or press the F key to activate the full screen mode.
In addition to the hotkey F for full screen, other functions can also be triggered by using your keyboard shortcuts. These include the arrow keys to navigate back and forth between photos - additionally press Shift to move the gallery to the beginning or end. The space bar starts and stops auto playback, and C opens and closes the comments.
Participants with mobile phones can now use swipe gestures to navigate between photos.
Especially for photo contests with hundreds of photos, we have integrated a slider that allows lightning-fast navigation through the entire contest.
As always, we are looking forward to your feedback! Let us know what you like and what we can do better.
Published at: 2020-05-13 08:52 AMGather feedback and reviews...
Simplification of the computation of star ratings
We have simplified the calculation of our star ratings. The old PollUnits are not affected by this change. For all new votings and photo contests, the option or picture with the highest average rating wins!
What will change in concrete terms? Previously the average was formed considering all voters. If a participant did not vote for an option at all, this was equivalent to a vote with 0 stars. If an option has only ratings with 5 stars but significantly more voters, the rating was significantly lower than 5 stars. This is now changing!
With the new star ratings, the average is now only formed by the votes for this option. In extreme cases, this means that an option with a 5 star rating will be rated better than one with thousands and a lower rating. If one option has the same average as another, the one with more votes wins.
With this we align the star rating with the well-known rating systems of various online shops and rating portals.
You do not like this change? Please give us feedback!
PollUnit offers you beside star ratings also other types of voting. This includes simple upvoting, likening, loving, systemic consensus and dot voting. With votes of this kind, the sum of the positive votes counts, not the average.
Published at: 2020-04-23 06:05 AMSimplification of the compu...
Simple up and down vote with hearts and thumbs
We supplement the green check mark of our simple yes/no votings with a heart and thumbs up symbol to agree more sensitively. So now we distinguish with our three upvoting methods between »love«, »like« and »accept«.
In photo contests, pictures can be hearted or marked as "like" with a thumbs up symbol. The symbols are also available in the tabular voting and scheduling and allow you to collect emotions and reactions of your participants.
You decide how emotional your voting should be!
A PollUnit with active resistance votes turns the heart symbol into a broken heart and the thumbs up into thumbs down. Thus the upvoting becomes a downvoting.
Published at: 2020-04-15 01:41 AMSimple up and down vote wit...
Redesign and extension of the options generator
With today's deployment we roll out a major update. We have updated our voting and photo contest generator. To be more precise, we got rid of some old technologies and redesigned our date and option fields. Besides a better usability for mobile devices you can now change the order of options and photos.
The order can be set in the wizard while creating or editing. Except for date options, they are still displayed in chronological order. To rearrange your options or photos you can grab the handle and drag it to the desired position.
Published at: 2020-04-06 06:00 AMRedesign and extension of t...
Stay productive while working from home
COVID-19 has the world under control. Only a few weeks ago, hardly anyone would have expected this.
As a team with many children, we know what it means to work from home, to do homeschooling, to take care of the children without the help of grandparents or a babysitter. But as a collaboration tool or as the team behind PollUnit, we also know how to work remotely and have been doing so for a long time. PollUnit will continue to provide a first-class service you can rely on.
Being productive despite corona: with our tools and programs you can shorten online coordination processes, find appointments, brainstorm, evaluate designs, collect information and thus use your time efficiently.
Or you can cheer up your team with a photo competition about the most beautiful home office desk - all with one tool.
To be able to offer all our services at a reasonable price in this crisis, our discounted introductory price is now active again and our long-planned price adjustment has been postponed indefinitely.
As with our introductory prices, the subscriptions that will help you through the Corona crisis will remain exempt from future price increases. Of course you can still get our free accounts!
Let's stay positive!
Let's connect in distance!
Your PollUnit Team
Published at: 2020-04-02 10:00 PMStay productive while worki...
Bulk download of all photos in your contest
For the creators of photo contests, which use PollUnit to generate content, we have a small update. With a batch download you can now download all submission files with one click.
We provide all users with access to the export function with a zip file. This zip file can be downloaded in the evaluation or in the export dialog. It contains the source files of the uploaded photos in the business account. This way, the files could also be used for print media.
We have also simplified the single file download. As administrator you will find a link to download the file in the context menu of each image.
Published at: 2020-03-05 10:45 AMBulk download of all photos...
Addition to data processing according to CCPA
As part of the improvements to our contract for the processing of personal data, we have added a further annex. This extends the contract to include the requirements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This guarantees that we do not sell nor use any personal data or other information of our customers for advertising purposes.
The California Consumer Privacy Act is a California state privacy law. It regulates how companies may handle the personal data of California residents. Each state in the United States has its own privacy law. Of all US data protection laws, the CCPA is considered the most stringent.
Published at: 2020-03-02 01:54 PMAddition to data processing...
Opt-in, double opt-in, privacy policies, terms and conditions
We start by saying that we are a service provider and you as creator determine which data must be indicated in your PollUnits. This can be anything from absolutely anonymous to any personal data. If the latter applies in your case, we now make it even easier for you to create GDPR-compliant photo competitions, brainstorming sessions, tables and votings.
If you collect or process personal data, the person concerned must be informed. Data is personal if it can be clearly assigned to a specific natural person. This includes information such as name, address, e-mail, telephone number, etc. .
You should also determine the legal scope for your event. This is important, for example, when it comes to the rights of use of uploaded photos.
You can now enter your own terms and conditions and privacy policies. This information can be accessed directly in your PollUnit via link. It is also possible to have the terms as well as the privacy policies explicitly confirmed by Opt-In before participation. If the participant does not check the checkbox, he cannot continue.
Depending on the collected personal data, opt-in may not be sufficient. For such a case we have implemented a Double-Opt-In procedure. Here the participant must additionally agree in a subsequent confirmation e-mail.
This is useful, for example, if consent to the use of the e-mail address is requested - as in the case of a newsletter registration. Without the consent in the confirmation e-mail, it cannot be proven whether a third person has registered with the e-mail address. So in case of a dispute you are always on the safe side with a Double-Opt-In!
Published at: 2020-02-19 10:30 AMOpt-in, double opt-in, priv...
Submission approval dashboard
PollUnit makes it as easy as possible for your users to upload their content or add new ideas and options. The participants just need to know the link to your PollUnit - without registration or login.
To check, approve or reject the submissions, there is now the Submission Approval Dashboard.
Before the newly added content is published in your PollUnit, you can conveniently view it on your smartphone or computer and subject it to a quality control. Only after your approval, the new contents will be published. You can activate the Submission Approval Dashboard in the settings of your PollUnit. The approval function is available for all our PollUnit types.
Published at: 2020-01-10 07:52 PMSubmission approval dashboard
Retrospective 2019; Outlook 2020
We look back on an eventful year 2019. With almost 600 updates, we have not only released numerous improvements and functions, but also fulfilled user requests. We released three new PollUnit types, integrated Slack, created private and group ICS feeds, translated PollUnit into French and enabled the administration of organizations and their members.
The biggest innovations are the new PollUnit types.
With Free Tables you can create online lists and tables in which your members can register themselves in rows.
With our idea collections you can do brainstormings and collecting feature requests. The suggestions or ideas can be posted and discussed online.
Host your own online photo contest and let users rate existing photos or allow your participants to submit their own photos.
The main points of our Roadmap 2019 are almost completely fulfilled. The extremely high demand for photo competitions has prompted us to postpone the questionnaires until next year and bring the competition forward. And so we have already reached the most important question:
What will happen in 2020?
Surveys will allow you to ask several consecutive questions. For this purpose, various answer types will be offered for selection.
In a submission approval dashboard, user-generated options, images and photos can be approved or rejected. Only after an administrator has reviewed the content, it will be visible for the participants of your PollUnit.
We will improve our photo contests published at the end of 2019 and add new features like image export.
And of course we are still looking forward to your feedback and feature requests. Feel free to write us at email@example.com. Until then we wish you a good start into the new year!
Published at: 2020-01-08 12:43 PMRetrospective 2019; Outlook...