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Design Approval System

A system to streamline the process of getting designs, photos, documents, videos, or music approved by clients quickly.

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2 stars
Terribly built. Could be so much better.
By , for WP 3.9.1

I downloaded this plugin probably about a year ago. I was impressed. It did a lot of things that I would find useful and was looking forward to using it with my clients. However, since downloading it, my experience has not been great.

First of all, it's heavy. Over 7MB to add to your webspace. Not terrible, but it's mostly made up of PNGs for the walkthrough. The walkthrough now uses text but the images are still included in the download...

Speaking of the walkthrough, it seems that randomly every now and then it will ask me if I want to complete said walkthrough. How many times do I need to say no?

The project board is only on the back-end, with no front-end option. If you want your clients to view the Project Board, they must have a login and access to the back-end. A front-end version would be much better, allowing them to login is fine but clients shouldn't be on the back-end, because the back-end typically isn't branded like the front-end.

It is not compatible for mobile. Both on the front end or back end. Want your clients to view the Project Board? Better hope they don't check it on their mobile phones - looks horrible and they'll need to pinch and zoom. The front-end looks just as bad out of the box on the mobile. You can't expect clients to be impressed with a design when the UI is a bad experience to begin with.

I managed to edit the plugin files to clean up the front-end design post, to make it responsive and allow it to match my branding, however once the plugin is updated, obviously my changes are overwritten and need to do it all over again.

I understand since 3.8.1 we can add in our own template folder in our themes. There isn't anything documented on how to do this outside of "adding a das folder". I copied the template files from the latest release into this folder, however even these default files didn't work.

The plugin itself is a great idea, the execution however isn't great. While I understand the choice to have some extensions that are at a premium cost, there are some features that I believe should have been built into this plugin without purchase. A drop down box that can choose your client automatically for example.

Looking through the source files, this plugin needs to be cleaned up a lot to be in line with some other plugins. I will keep an eye on it, but I'll be building out my own design approval system for now.

Cheers.

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