As I mentioned in my last post, the ability to load custom charts was not the only thing we released recently. Here’s a brief rundown of the changes that are now live in your Geckoboard, you may need to refresh your browser to see some of these.
Add widget >> Misc >> Image
You can now view images to your status board in one of four widget sizes. They’re a useful way to brand or personalise your dashboard particularly if it's being view on large monitors or in public places. The image guidelines for each widget size are as follows:
- 1x1 - width: 220px; height: 190px;
- 2x1 - width: 460px; height: 190px;
- 2x2 - width: 460px; height: 430px;
- 1x2 - width: 220px; height: 430px;
Gone are the spinning preloaders you used to see when widget content was being refreshed; instead, we refresh the data in the background and only update the widget when it’s ready. This makes for a seamless experience that not only looks better but performs better too. Added to this is even greater stability; if an API is down or responding slowly we park it, let you know and try again in a few minutes.
HTML in test widgets
In addition to adding a new text widget size (1x2), we now allow you to include some HTML both in static and custom text widget. It’s standard HTML and the allowable tags are b, i, u, table, tr, td, img and a.
Right now we’re working on some major changes to Geckoboard, changes that you’ve asked for that will open it up to a wider set of uses and make it even better than ever. As ever, stay tuned to our RSS feed or our Twitter or Facebook profiles to find out first.