Piestar Periodical – April

The Piestar Periodical is a monthly blog about updates, changes, and improvements to the Piestar systems. We gladly welcome requests, suggestions, comments, and feedback.

Enter Target Indicator Data

This video demonstrates how to enter target indicator data into the Piestar system.

Google Translate

Since so many users of the Piestar system speak several different languages, we decided to take advantage of what Google offers with Google Translate. We added the Google Translate plugin to the Piestar system so users of the system can choose the language they prefer. Google Translate provides the option to choose from 103 different languages and allows every word throughout the system to be translated to the selected language. Although the language can be changed throughout the system, information still must be entered in English. The Google Translate plugin is in the footer of every page throughout the Piestar system.

Google Translate

Image Thumbnails

We have created image thumbnails for the Project Photos and Travel Reports modules, as the screenshots demonstrate. Users of the Piestar system can select photos, upload more photos, or write a description. Selecting an thumbnail image provides a larger version of the image for viewing.

Report Photos
Edit Photos
Select Photos

Email Templates

We wanted a way for our clients to view all of the different email messages that are sent from the Piestar system, so we created a page view of all of the email messages. If clients want to change any of the email messages, they simply need to contact us to let us know what they want to have changed. Select MANAGE, then select EMAIL CAMPAIGNS. From the Email Campaigns page, select the View System Email Templates button to review all of the System Email Templates.

Email Campaigns
View System Email Templates

Budget Modification Request

Some clients wanted a way to submit budget modification requests for approval, so we added a budget modification request feature which collects the modification reason, justification for the modification, and an upload of the new budget file. Then, in the same way as travel and equipment requests, clients can approve, request changes, or deny the request. The Budget Modification Requests feature is under REQUESTS in the top menu. Approval of Budget Modification Requests is under MANAGE in the top menu. (This feature is available upon request.)

Budget Modification
Budget Requests

Character Count

Many of our clients conveyed that they would like for those who report into the Piestar system to have a character count in the corner of the text box field so they can know when they are nearing the end of their character limit for the text field. We added the character count feature to most of the text boxes throughout the Piestar system.

Character Count

Top Header

We found that many clients had several logos they wanted displayed on their Piestar system. We wanted to be as accommodating as possible, so we changed the top header to a white background and made room at the top for several logos.


Excel Exports

Lastly, we wanted to place the most important information at the front of the spreadsheet in the Excel export files. We have arranged the columns in the Excel spreadsheets to correspond with the most desirable information of the file.

We are very grateful

We are continuing daily to improve Piestar. Our goal is to continue to make Piestar the best system possible for our clients’ needs. We are also interested in providing information and training for users of the Piestar system. If there is an area of the Piestar system that needs further explanation for users, we are happy to conduct training sessions or even make short video tutorials. We are very grateful for our clients, and are so proud of the important work they are doing for people around the world. We know the research world is vast, but the network of researchers is small. We welcome referrals. The more people using the Piestar system, the better it gets for everyone. We gladly welcome thoughts, ideas, requests, suggestions, comments, feedback and questions. To schedule a Piestar demonstration, please visit Piestar Demonstration.

Ben Kohl
Vice President