1.43 Release Note

As of Friday, June 28, both the mobile app and desktop versions of 1.43 were released.  

Wow, this version has some big changes. We completed 20+ user feedback tickets with this release. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the feedback — it’s how SolarGrade gets better

You will immediately notice that the platform looks different. These new changes are designed to keep information more organized and to help you get to key information even more quickly.  

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Design Changes 

SolarGrade has gotten a bit of a facelift, so you might notice a few design and color changes throughout the software. The goal is to make things more intuitive for you, all feedback is welcome as we continue to make this software more streamlined. 

New Dashboard 

The first thing you’ll notice about some of the new design changes is the dashboard. At the top of the screen is a filter that affects all of the information on the page – the map tile, the issues tile, and the projects table. The map tile got a makeover and now each pin is color-coded based on the issue severity for that site, so you can see at-a-glance which projects in your portfolio have open critical issues. 

Finally, you’ll notice that the old Projects tab has disappeared in favor of a dashboard-centered focus. As a result, the projects table has merged into the Dashboard. To access a project, simply click on the hyperlinked name in the project table.  


Automate Occurrences Based on Location 

We are automating the occurrence field to leave one less thing for your team to do on-site. Now, with every location you tag for an issue, the occurrence value will increase by 1. However, if you want to adjust that number, you can override the automation by setting your own value that might be different than the total number of locations tagged.  

Cropping UX Improvements 

Another way we’re hoping to help you move faster on-site is with our cropping UX improvements. Now, on both desktop and mobile, the crop feature is dynamic and edits as you move, so that you only have to hit save. 

Informational Items in Punchlists 

Now, when you create a punchlist, you will have the opportunity to add the completed informational items from the original inspection to that punchlist. This is a big win for construction teams who are creating daily punchlists based on the previous day’s work. 


Support Chat 

Our handy support chat is available on the mobile app as well as the desktop. All you need is cell service and you can reach someone from the SolarGrade Team to answer any and all of your questions! 


New Project Page Layout 

We’ve made major changes to each project page. The aim was two-fold: to organize what we have and to prepare for upcoming features. The new project’s page is tab-based, which makes you feel a bit like James Bond being handed a dossier on his new mission. 

Project details, team members, reports, issue summaries, photos (yes, the photo repository is accessible from the project page now!), site visits, drawing sets, and work orders are all at your fingertips, and you can navigate between them by clicking the tabs.  

It also means your site visits are in a table and you can filter by fails, passes, and percent completion (progress). And! All your basic project information (address, client, site access, summary of work) are all visible on the left panel.  

This view has it all so you can focus on the important things: the mission ahead. 

Georeferencing UX Improvements 

We’ve continued to improve our georeferencing process to be more intuitive and easier to navigate. Big changes for this one are improved drawing navigation and zoom at stage 2 (matching pins). Why are we doing more georeferencing improvements? Guess you’ll just have to stay tuned for 1.43.1 for more details… 


Issue CSV Exports 

We’ve improved our issue .csv exports and the way they handle occurrences. This change has four parts: 

  • A new column is added to the .csv titled “Quantity”. It is next to the “Occurrence” column. This value is the total number of locations included in that particular location. In other words, it should always be 1 for both parent and child location pins. 
  • Each location added should be its own line item in the .csv export. 
  • The parent location has its own line that includes all applicable .csv column fields, including the total value for occurrence listed on the issue. 
  • Each child location has its own line in the .csv. It includes all applicable .csv column fields except “Occurrence”. That field should remain blank for child location entries. 


Display of Viewer Users 

The next time you share an interactive report with a client, it will be a whole lot easier. All viewer users with the same @domain.com as the client will appear at the top of the list. Plus, all viewers should now be filterable by first name and last name. 


Creating WO and WO Tasks from Table 

As part of our ongoing improvements of our Planner feature, we have added the capability to create work orders and work order tasks from the Planner table. This is all about working quickly and creating what you need as efficiently as possible. 

Head to our Support Center from the app if you have any questions. Otherwise, feel free to drop us a line too! 

The SolarGrade Team 

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