Welcome to blink! The following tour is designed to give you a quick run-through of the functionality and the terminology of the product. It’s a short tour, which speaks volumes for its ease of learning and administration, which have been key design points all along our development of blink
Zones are used to divide the workspace into logical sections.
Create as many as you need and assign Users and Categories to them from the Admin tab if you are the administrator—which requires nothing more than basic reading and writing skills.
Categories are the basic elements through which you add content to blink. Elements created in one zone are not visible in other zones, but can be linked to other elements through Relationships.
You add an Element by clicking on the category and then clicking on the New button, then filling in the fields as required.
The list of Categories available to choose from in a given Zone is on the left of the screen. Click on a category to get the list of Elements and then click on an element to see its details and Relationships.
Relationships are one of the key features of blink. They allow you to create a link between two Elements and quickly navigate that link to the other element, which can itself be linked to other elements… allowing you to seamlessly tie together related information.
In this example, we see that John is a Team Member on this project, and that there is a list of Problems linked to this Project. To display a problem, just click on it.
…and view the Problem details; notice the link to the project which can be used to navigate back to the project. Elements can have any number of different relationships to other elements, all easily configurable by the Administrator.
Attachments are not just for e-mail. They are actually quite a bit more valuable in blink, since adding one here will allow all authorized users to access it, and not just clutter up everyone’s mailbox, whether they needed it or not.
The Administrator can manage all aspects of blink, from Zones and Categories, to Users and Relationships, which are shown here.
Managing blink couldn’t be easier, as the administration of the system was designed to be handled by a non-technical person.
For example, adding a new relationship is as easy as selecting two categories and giving a name to the relationship that will link them.
Managing a Category—or creating new one for that matter—is very easy. Attributes can be dynamically added or removed, and a series of standard Types can be selected from for flexibility.