If you haven’t already heard, Bonzai 1.6 is here! Over the past year we've listened to customers from all over the world and are proud to release over 70 functionality and feature improvements that close the gap between SharePoint Intranets and true digital workplaces that drive productivity. Below is a brief list that summarizes the advancements followed by an in-depth description of the features that have heralded the most excitement from our global community.
- Addition of French to Bonzai's multi-lingual options with capabilities to add more languages faster
- Personalized page experiences so employees can quickly access their favorite documents, policies, procedures or forms from a homepage that is unique to them
- New Bonzai full-width to correspond with user-experience trends — this update comes equipped with 16 new page layouts for more flexible publishing experiences
- Added publishing page templates and newly designed news web parts for additional ways to present company stories
- New publishing features that automate review processes and expiry of content pages
A major new feature in Bonzai 1.6 is French Bonzai! Customers can now offer Bonzai Intranet to French-speaking business groups. This is a major milestone in our Bonzai multi-lingual strategy with many more supported languages coming very soon.
Customers asked for full-width Bonzai and we delivered! The new Bonzai width is now 1366px (up from 1080px). We also reduced a lot of padding throughout the product so you will see less white space and more content within and between web parts.
The new width also allowed us to increase the number of items that appear per row in the Navigation, MarketPlace, Employee Directory, and Locations directory from 3 to 4 items which is now the new default.
Here is the new Intranet Navigation:
Here is the updated Employee Directory:
New Landing Page Layouts
Customers now have more options to get creative with their landing pages. We introduced 6 new landing page layouts with much more flexibility for web part arrangements.
Since Bonzai is significantly wider, all 6 of the new landing page layouts have an extra column! This was a very popular request from the Bonzai community and we are happy to finally make the four-column landing page layouts available in Bonzai 1.6.
New My Favorites Web Part
Remember the Favorite Documents web part in the Document Portal? It is now a standalone web part so you may use it on any page to display end-users' favorite documents and forms. Simply favorite a file in the Document Portal and have the web part roll up those user-specific favorites anywhere on the intranet. For example, below are the documents favorited by a sales professional. All documents that appear to the end user are unique to the items they "favorite".
Additional Web Part Designs
Although our web parts are already beautiful, we wanted to give customers more options to display their content. We get that sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit and now you can with Bonzai Web Part Templates.
News Rollup new display option:
Revamped News Slider:
Documents Rollup's new display option:
Tabbed Web Part now has a new Accordion option which allows you to expand and collapse aggregated content.
People Listing Web Part has a new Table display:
New Publishing Page for Services
Customers asked for a new Content Page to publish information about their services and we delivered. For those that are inclined to get a little technical, this new page allows HMTL to be added into some of its sections.
Review/Expiry Publishing Feature
All 6 of our Content Pages now have an optional Review/Expiry field which means you can automate review and expiry dates of content. Communication professionals have praised this new feature as it ensures content remains up-to-date and factual to keep users engaged.
We are working on some exciting new functionality that leverages this new column. Keep an eye out for future releases where we introduce added reporting functionality.