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Published by Daria | Wednesday, 14 April, 2010

Ok, this is a very simple feature, but we know that it will bring some of you a substantial productivity gain. Wrike gives you the opportunity to collaborate on your project-related files online directly from your workspace and without attachments. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome online document management in Wrike’s award-winning project management software with Google Docs built-in!

Starting on April 14, those of you who have a Google account will be able to create and automatically share online documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly from your Wrike workspace. If you are already familiar with Google Docs, you will certainly appreciate the ability to link the tasks in your favorite project management software to your online files effortlessly, with no need to coordinate your data in two disconnected systems.

To see the power and simplicity of Wrike’s new feature in action, go to your workspace and click on the “Files” tab of any task. You’ll see two new links, one for creating an online document and another for starting an online spreadsheet.

As soon as you pick a name for your newly created online file, you’re taken to your Google Docs account, where you can edit your document. You also can upload your existing files to share them with your team members online.

After you save the file in Google Docs, a link to this item appears in your task in Wrike.

From this moment, your team members who also have Google accounts can access the file from their Wrike workspaces, change it and download it to their computers. It’s that simple! But just imagine how much more productive your team work will become with no need to manage project-related data in two separate applications. Now you can organize your project files directly from Wrike!

Published by Valerie | Tuesday, 06 October, 2009
As you know, Wrike has a keyboard-friendly navigation that makes it easy for you to create and update tasks.

Today, we added a new shortcut for creating tasks inline: “C”. You simply click the right pane with the task list (1), hit “C” on your keyboard, and a new task is created (2). Then, you enter the task title (required), due date and the responsible person (optional) and hit “Enter.”

Why is this shortcut so special? It works well for Mac users!
As before, you can create tasks by hitting “insert” on your PCs.

Published by Valerie | Monday, 27 October, 2008
We have a lot of customers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, and our own team is also quite diverse. Since we launched in States, we started with a U.S. date format for creating tasks via email, but we always got a lot of requests to make it international. As you know, we are always keen to implement your requests. Wrike now supports the international date format where the day goes first and the month goes second, like 31/12/2008.

By default, the date format is set as MM/DD/YYYY. However, account administrators can easily edit the setting to DD/MM/YYYY for all users in their accounts. The administrator needs to sign in to Wrike, go to “Account”->“Account Management,” choose the format that suits  his or her team best (1) and click the “Update” button (2). The changes affect all users in the account.

If two different customers of Wrike with different date settings collaborate on a task via e-mail, the date format of the task author takes prevalence in Wrike.

By the way, in the next six months we will have a limited number (15) of country reseller openings. If you know somebody who deserves to become a local Wrike reseller, drop us a note.

Published by Valerie | Friday, 24 October, 2008
The brilliance of Wrike is in its ability to help people manage a wide range of activities. Some Wrike users work 24/7 to get their projects delivered as soon as possible. Others work from 9 to 5 on business days only. So that every team can plan its projects in accordance with its work schedule, we have introduced customization of working days.

If you want to change the Monday to Friday schedule for your account, then the administrator needs to sign in, go to “Account”->“Account Management,” change working days (1) and hit the “Update” button (2). The settings are effective for all users in the account and can be set by the account administrator. The changes will affect all tasks created in the future by all users in the account. To avoid potential confusion, existing tasks will not be automatically rescheduled. When you change an existing task, the new settings will come into effect.

Published by Daria  | Monday, 11 August, 2008
First of all, what is RSS? It is an abbreviation that stands for Really Simple Syndication — a format for delivering regularly changing Web content. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content’s updates in the form of RSS feeds to help you keep track of newly published information.

How does RSS help you to be more productive?

The benefit of RSS is the aggregation of content from multiple online sources in one place. RSS makes life easier for people who regularly use the Web. You easily stay informed by receiving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You keep your privacy because, with RSS, you don’t have to subscribe to each site's e-mail newsletter. You save a lot of time because you do not need to visit each of your favorite sites individually.

How can you save time following your project’s progress with Wrike’s RSS feature?

You can use Wrike’s RSS feeds with Wrike’s e-mail to-do lists or instead of them, if you find it more convenient.  Wrike’s RSS feature is a perfect complement to on-site update notifications that you see in the upper left-hand corner of your workspace. RSS might be especially helpful when you are out of the office because you will still get relevant and up-to-date information about your team’s progress for you to read in your own time.  This information will be available with your smart phone, BlackBerry, iPhone or other mobile device.

How can I use RSS?

You need to have special software called an "RSS reader." It can be either Web-based or desktop-based. There’s a handy list of RSS readers in Wikipedia. Google Reader or Bloglines are very popular. Besides, you may already have one in your browser, if you use Fire Fox, Internet Explorer 7 or Safari.

To get updates from people you are collaborating with via RSS, you just need to click on the blue RSS icon in the upper right-hand corner of your workspace.

This will allow you to stay in the loop without having to stay logged on to all the time. All the messages will be chronologically listed in your RSS reader. When new information is added to a task, you get an update with a link to the renewed task instantly.

With little helpers, like Wrike’s RSS feeds, you become more productive and manage your projects more efficiently.

Published by Daria | Tuesday, 05 August, 2008
If you ever have tried to use Microsoft Project, you know that it’s not very easy to share a Microsoft Project file with your team. You need to purchase and install Microsoft Project Server and a bunch of other applications, such as Microsoft Office Project Web Access. On average, the ability to share your plans will cost you between $4,998 and $85,892, plus a lot of your time and patience.

The good news is now you can share a Microsoft Project file with your team in minutes, and it will cost you only $ 11.99 per team member (with a year-to-year subscription)! Wrike’s new Enterprise version makes sharing Microsoft Project Gantt charts incredibly easy.

Signing up for a Wrike account takes a just few minutes, but it will save hours of your team’s precious working time. If you already have a Wrike account, it will be even easier to upgrade. With the new enterprise version, you can just upload your existing Microsoft Project file to Wrike. To do so click on the “MS Project” icon in the upper right hand corner of your workspace. 

Your file will be converted into a Dynamic TimelineTM that any member of your team can access and change. You can work on your Microsoft Project file together with your team online. The timeline will reflect all the tasks’ dates and dependencies. This feature makes the transfer to Wrike’s online project management software painless for you and millions of other Microsoft Project users.

Published by Valerie | Monday, 04 August, 2008
Wrike’s users benefit from the timeline feature that allows them to plan projects and reschedule tasks with drag-and-drop support. You can drag the task bar on the chart to change the task duration, start date or end date. Once any change is made, your team members are instantly notified about it via e-mail, RSS or iCal feed.

Task dependencies, an important project management feature, have been launched this week. Wrike automatically links tasks so that a rescheduling of a top task cascades down to its dependent tasks, immediately displaying the downstream effects on the entire project. This results in a far more accurate and maintainable project plan.  Watch a demo of task dependencies in action.

How task dependencies work.
  • Log into your Wrike workspace.
  • Switch to the Timeline tab.
  • Expand folders if necessary.
  • Point the cursor over the top right corner of the task bar. A small triangle appears.
  • Create a dependency using the drag-and-drop support. Click on the triangle and drag the line to the dependent task.
  • If you are a Wrike user and you don’t have an enterprise subscription, Wrike gives you an option to upgrade to an enterprise subscription.

Task dependencies are available to you with an enterprise subscription. We welcome you to upgrade your account and instantly benefit from task dependencies.

If you are keeping your plans in Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel, it is very easy to start using Wrike. You can simply import your MS Project files to Wrike, share them with your colleagues and work on the plans together, anytime and anywhere. Sign up for Wrike now and get a 30-day free trial.

Published by Valerie | Thursday, 22 May, 2008
We are often asked ask about how to email a task into the hierarchy in the Wrike workspace. There is a very simple way, which some of our users intuitively use.

If you want to email a task into a subfolder with the unique name, you can simply add the folder's name to the subject line of your email.

If there are several different folders with the same name in different parts of your Wrike workspace, you will need to provide a complete path to the subfolder. In the example, [folderA/subfolder] will put the task in the right place.

Published by Valerie | Thursday, 13 March, 2008
Today we are glad to tell you that we have implemented the ability to export your data. At any time, you can export all your tasks with their statuses, priorities, responsible parties, start dates and due dates to Excel (xls) format. Your exported tasks will be structured the same way as in your workspace, so you will have a hierarchy of tasks in your Excel file.

img To export a specific folder with its tasks and subfolders, you click on the “Export” link in the right top corner of your workspace.

To export all your tasks from all folders and subfolders, you need to click on “My Folders” in the left pane; then click on the “Export” link.

Go ahead and plan your projects in Wrike, at any time, you can export your data. It is risk-free, and a FREE 30-day subscription to Wrike's professional version is included.
Published by Valerie | Wednesday, 05 December, 2007

Wrike supports an open and collaborative environment.

From its beginning, Wrike has embraced an open and collaborative environment. Collaboration makes your team more agile, helps you to adjust to ever-changing market conditions  and brings you better results. That is why Wrike is a very powerful platform for managing small and medium businesses that encourage team members’ initiative, aiming to obtain more for less time and money.

You can collaborate with people from different accounts.

You can easily collaborate with your business partner who already subscribed himself and his team to Wrike. You also can easily collaborate with team members to whom you granted a professional subscription to Wrike. Likewise, You can easily collaborate with your spouse, who has a free Wrike account. You also can invite your friends to collaborate on your shared tasks. Apparently, you will be able to collaborate with your friends, whether they decide to keep their free accounts or upgrade to the professional version. No other project management software offers such an opportunity to you.

Our software, Wrike, is more like email where people’s accounts may be registered with different companies, but they still can email each other.

Share exactly what you want with exactly who you want.

Wrike allows you to manage the access rights of your associates within every part of your plans. Depending on your needs, these rights can be managed on the level of a concrete task, a folder with tasks or an entire project. You have one workspace, no matter how many tasks or projects you are involved in. You can share one task with your partner, another task with one of your clients and your support team, and a third task with your HR manager and project leader. This gives you unique visibility of all of your projects in one account.

Permissions in Wrike are based on the Wiki model.

Taking into account all the above comments, it becomes evident why Wrike’s permission system is not complicated by granular rights, such as view, edit, delete, etc. Granular rights would create formal boundaries on contributing to projects and add a level of complexity for people who share tasks. Therefore, in Wrike, there is one type of sharing. Either an item is shared or not. If you share the item, the user gets all the permissions (view/edit/delete). If you do not share the item, the user has no permissions (no view, no edit, no delete). This model is also used in wikis. If you give a person access to the task, a person can easily update it. Wrike's permission system is very easy to use and convenient, especially when backed up by a revision history and e-mail notifications.

You can get the best of project collaboration with Wrike. Thanks to Wrike, your business will become more flexible, mobile and transparent. Transparent business means openness to customers, openness to new markets, openness to new techniques and openness to learning. Your organization becomes empowered and more competitive with Wrike.

Also read: Ultimate Benefit that You Obtain with Wrike.