New Features: Sharable Dashboards & More

Posted by Paul Joyce

Oct 13, 2010 10:36:00 PM

This is a really quick post to give a rundown on the changes made Geckoboard today.  I'll be going into more detail on each of these in the coming few days as even more new features are released into the wild.  For now, here's a quick summary.

Multiple Dashboards


You can now have multiple dashboards in one Geckoboard account.  There were lots of requests for this one but for many different reasons.  Here are some of the scenarios you, the users, have put to us, maybe you can think of more.

  • "I run multiple websites and I need a dashboard for each"

  •  "I'd like to see a dashboard for different departments in my organisation.  E.g. Sales, Ops., Marketing, Customer Service etc."

  • We manage different clients, we would like a dashboard for each"

Now you can, just click the "+" button next to your default dashboard to start adding dashboards.

Looping Dashboards

Now you've set up all your dashboards, you want a neat way of displaying them on the big screen, right?  Well, the good news is that you won't have to go out and buy more LCDs, you just need to hit the loop button and the dashboards will cycle one after the other at an interval you specify.

Sharable, Read-Only Dashboard

Another much requested feature; the sharable, read-only dashboard made it's debut today.  This solves a number of problems by itself but when you combine it with multiple dashboards and looping dashboards it takes on a life of it's own.  Here are some of the benefits and highlights.

  • You can now share dashboards with anyone without them needing a Geckoboard account.  Simply send them a unique URL and they can see a read only version of the dashboard from wherever they are.  The URL is unguessable which will ensure only people who have been given it can see it.

  • You can revoke access to a particular dashboard at the click of a button.  This changes the URL needed for access making all previous URLs for that dashboard obsolete.

  • You can't edit or move any widgets on the read-only version of the dashboard.  What you configure is how it stays.

  • Share looping dashboards, allowing users to see several read-only dashboard loop before their eyes.  You can specify which dashboards are included in the shareable loop in the dashboard configuration screen.

To get started with shareable, read-only dashboards click the "Settings" link at the top of your screen.

That's about it for now.  I'll be going into more detail on each of these features and a bunch of other new and upcoming features in the coming couple of days so stay tuned to our RSS feed and/or our tweets.

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