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New Online Log UI

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Hello everyone,

The online log has been a troublesome aspect of Radio Toolbox for a while. I am looking to improve it. I have a slate of things I want to do but for now the largest improvement has been implemented which allows it to work off of an api in the background. This means the page will load quickly, however your data will accumulate slowly. The reason this aspect of radio toolbox is troublesome is all of the large data sets. We could improve things by implementing caching layers and utilizing better time series backend technology. However I want to stretch what we have as far as it will go first. The new UI is now available at:

https://www.radiotoolbox.com/services/log/view

It should look similar but feel faster. You will notice that the time window of the log view will expand as you sit on this page. It will also maintain sync with your radio toolbox installation without having to refresh the page which has been taxing on our backend. Additionally, I have now introduced a new horizontal view graph on the top of the station views. This graph will show you the last 12 hours or track and listener data.

Some things to look forward to in the new view:
  • Date range selection (a much wanted feature)
  • Improved graph views, (doughnut charts for server stats on all widgets, time based metadata/listener log option, song distribution pie chart)
  • Library performance view (see how your entire song catalog performs in the given time period.
  • Day by day comparison charts for track performances
  • Download your data, hey, it's yours right?
For now we have restricted the view window 1 month into the past. Historically we have allowed 1 year but that has been static and not very useful.

If there is anything else you would like to see or if you have any issues using the new view, let us know.
- Jay

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Re: New Beta Online Log UI

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Hi Jay!

Need to think about a thing or subject answering your last line. But first of all; this is a great/big improvement! Thank you for your time doing this! :D :wink:

Regards,
René

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Re: New Online Log UI

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Hey all,

I have now released the new UI. Please start using it asap and let me know if you are experiencing any issues. This view has been heavily tested in Chrome and Firefox in both desktop and mobile views. If you are using anything else and experiencing any problem let me know your browser information and what kind of device you are viewing it on.

Further, to keep things somewhat predictable, new work on the ui will be done at:

https://www.radiotoolbox.com/services/log/beta

If you want the latest I am working on even if it is somewhat broken, feel free to check it out and give any feedback.

If things are catastrophically broken for you on the new view you can go back to the old report view. However at some point this will go away but hopefully that will be because no one is using it anymore. :)

Thanks!
- Jay

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Re: New Online Log UI

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Hi Jay!
Could the tracks plus the number of listeners set to vertical? Or maybe switchable? Horizontal is unreadable for me. 8O :wink:

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Number orientation will definitely be changed, just did that for now to get around the funkiness of really long numbers. As for the track listing, the idea is to put those at a 45 degree angle to make them legible. I am mixed on whether they would be better above or below the graph.

Timescales I want to show for the graph going forward will make a vertically traversing graph odd to use, hence why you can now scroll the graph horizontally. I am certainly open to ideas to make it more readable I just worry that a vertical scroll on both the page and graph will be weird. nested scrolling is troublesome on small devices.
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Re: New Online Log UI

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Hi Rene,

I have updated the graphs in the hopes that it improves their legibility. Please note that now song titles angle 45 degrees to the left. You can also now mouse over the color zones for each title and your browser should render accessible text giving you the song title for that zone. This doesn't include graph zones yet, but I have plans to add accessibility text to the graph so that you can hover a region and see clearly counts and track info.

Thanks for your input so far. I look forward to hearing from anyone who has any concerns about the new panel.
- Jay

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