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Workflow improvements launched with SurveyTown release – March 2018

Hi fellow SurveyTown surveyers:

It is March 12, 2018 and we have just released a new version of SurveyTown designed to give you a better access to the workflow of making a survey.  See below for the major changes.

Redesigned WorkFlow for Creating and Sharing Surveys

Now that you can more or less freely edit active surveys, we have turned the management of surveys into a “Build -> Preview -> Share -> Results” workflow.  This makes it easier to get a comprehensive view of your survey before and after you have started collecting results.


Mobile, Tablet and Desktop Previews

We have added an new preview step which give you an opportunity to see what  your survey looks like in a tablet and mobile screen size.

Interface de-cluttering

We de-cluttered the listing of surveys by moving the Close, Copy and Delete functions under a “three dot” navigation on the left.

Word Cloud Report

We have added a Word Cloud report to the short text and long text question types. This gives you a visualization of the words used in people’s responses to give you a “feel” for how people are responding.  You can still of course read individual responses by clicking on “Show Responses”.

Modified Look for Survey List

We have added hover-over navigation to give you quick access to the “Build > Preview > Share > Results” sections of your survey.  Additionally we have a slightly different look in the list for surveys are have not collected any responses yet.  If the survey has not collected any responses, the list of surveys will show the number of questions.  Once the survey collects its first response, it will show the number of responses.

PLEASE NOTE: We have done away with the concept of having to “Start” a survey. Newly created surveys are ready to collect responses immediately. When a survey collects its first response it will automatically be switched from “New” to “Active”.  The API call Survey_Start will still function to move a survey from “New” (formerly “Draft”) to “Active”.  API call Survey_Status_Changed will fire when a survey collects its first response.  The survey value “status” returned by the API  are also unchanged, meaning they will return “Draft” instead of “New”

Change in restrictions on Basic accounts

We have modified the restrictions on our Basic account.  Instead of just one survey, our trial accounts get Unlimited surveys but with only 100 responses allowed on any particular survey.  This is a by-product of our having lifted the requirement that people press start to activate surveys.  If your survey goes over the 100 response limit, we will continue to gather responses, but you will need to upgrade to see and download all of them.

We hope you enjoy the new SurveyTown features!