Feature Review Spring 2012

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Here’s a quick recap of where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re going.

When we first set out to create Playspedia, we had a pretty simple goal: re-create the online playmaking tool we were using for the Ultimatehandbook, to give anyone the ability to create their own plays.

Since our original launch, we’ve been pleasantly surprised to see how many Ultimate players have latched onto Playspedia to create plays of their own. One of the coolest things for us is seeing people from literally all around the world, create and share their plays with one another. As of this writing, we have over 300 public plays and a community of 700+ members going strong!

Along with getting decent usage, we’ve also been receiving lots of great feedback and ideas through direct emails, our original blog, and Facebook page, for improving the Playspedia toolset.

Feature Requests as of Spring 2012

Here are some of the suggestions we’ve received so far:

  • Add ability to copy/duplicate plays
  • Add ability to copy/duplicate steps or player arrangements within plays
  • Add ability to combine steps into a single sequence
  • Add ability to change labels of the players/disc
  • Add more discs
  • Add ability to draw paths for cuts and disc movement
  • Add ability to select and move multiple players as a group
  • Add ability to preview a play before publishing it
  • Add alternate playing formats (Beach, 4-on-4, 5-on-5, Indoor)
  • Add offline storage capabilities so that plays can be viewed on iPhones/iPads without requiring network connectivity
  • Add ability to print plays step-by-step

We’ll be working through these and providing updates on our progress here on our blog and the Playspedia Facebook page. Some of these are easier to do than others, so stay tuned to see which ones make it into the next round of updates.

Other To-Do’s

In addition to specific features, there are a few more things we’re thinking of tackling as we continue to build out Playspedia.

  • A refreshed look and layout
  • How-to info/docs (maybe screencasts?)
  • A “curated” or “edited” collection of plays for teachers and coaches
  • Member highlights – a chance for us to acknowledge some of our most active contributors
  • Translation of plays

What do you think? Did we miss something?

At this point, these are all just ideas – your input and feedback will help us figure out what to focus on next. We’re always appreciative of all the feedback we receive – did we miss a killer feature that you’d love to see? Let us know about the lists above or any other ideas in the comments below!

  • More field markings: brick marks, and ‘home’ and ‘away’ labels for the side lines. A wind direction indicator. Also, +1 for alternative playing fields, particularly basketball key zone indoors.

    Otherwise, great work so far!