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Doodle gets a fresh look!

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You might have noticed that things are looking quite different on our website. That’s for a good reason: our new redesign! Today we’re rolling out our completely redesigned online service in the United States. Currently, the fresh look will be visible for free Doodle users. Premium and logged-in Doodlers will get the chance to join the fun in the coming months too!

 

The redesign has already gone live in the UK, Australia, Canada and many other parts of the world. The launch in the United States marks the largest release of the new design so far. 

The goal of this redesign has been to make Doodle visually more appealing and even easier to use. Our users have been part of the redesign process since day one. Based on your input, the new design features less steps, a decluttered calendar view and other optimizations that speed up the process of scheduling.

We’ve caught your attention? Watch this video which highlights some of the awesome improvements we’ve made.

We’re excited for you to use our redesigned online service to organize your next occasions. Thoughts and feedbacks on what you like and we can improve on are greatly appreciated.

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the entire testing process throughout the last couple of weeks with their feedback and patience and help us achieve this amazing, very good-looking 😉 result!

 

April 1st Special Offer: Doodle’s secret recipe to keep calm!

Doodle‘s mission has always been to get rid of the stress when scheduling. We at Doodle took our mission quite literally. According to the credo “Treat yo self” we have set you up with all the tools you’ll need to, for once, just say “no”, lean back and enjoy life. Head over to Doodle and check them out!

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Spring isn’t only calling for Kick-Offs but with its warming, inviting sun currently tries to lure us out of our offices to relax. With all the time you’ve saved with Doodle, why not invest it in productive unproductiveness, put yourself first and just lie back? Spend time with friends, treat yourself to some yoga sessions or just go outside and tan (if you don’t happen to be a I-never-tan-I-just-burn-person).

Everything’s set up to provide you with the necessary tools to do so. Let us clean up your calendar by removing anything that involves stress. Work? KPI’s? More like I‘m Keen on Partying!

May we also introduce you to Al? Al is really important. Al is driving our suggestion machine. Al will replace all of your meetings that sound complicated with anything related to sleeping, relaxing or eating in just one click. Al’s great. You’ll love him!

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Speaking of suggestions. Our excuse generator will avoid all your meetings that sound complicated, preventing you from getting any more goosebumps triggered by the sole thought of all the related To-Do’s. And last but not least it will entertain the poll organizer with witty responses rather than a formal “no”: The link you’ve sent doesn’t work #sorrynotsorry

Replacing all your meetings and trying to keep your stress levels at the record low, we are wishing you a wonderful, calm, relaxing and sunny weekend! 🙂

Doodle Kick-Off – let’s bring people together

Spring is here – for Doodle this is the time for the yearly Kick-Off, to clear our heads and bring some fresh wind into our office.

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The Doodle team on Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of Mount Rigi in Switzerland.

Where do you start when your teams are based in three different countries and you want to bring everyone together? First of all, find a date that suits everyone. Peanuts with Doodle. A few clicks later and the date was set – let’s do this!

The teams from Tel Aviv and Berlin packed their bags and flew to Zurich.

It became a little cozier in our Swiss office. The whole team in one place: counting 35 people, 10 nationalities and feeling like 20 different languages. But one mutual goal in mind: our Retreat Day!

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Our aim was to get out of the office and up in the mountains. For our workshops we rented a location on Mount Rigi. The journey featuring a mountain railway, a wonderful sunrise and a view on snow covered mountains were reason enough to start the day early yet motivated.

But first coffee – afterwards we started our morning with intense power-workshops. When the Engineer meets the Sales Manager and discusses our product… and the Product Manager receives a different view on how to approach our users.. We communicated, interacted, designed, developed, presented and last but not least laughed a lot. Courageous ideas, crazy approaches and one question: What can we improve?

Now it’s all about implementation. It’s going to be an exciting year for everyone!

Who still was in need of some more action had the opportunity to go sledding in the afternoon. Still healthy and well supplied with fresh air we brought the day to a close with a delicious dinner and a couple of beers. Some might correct: got set for the night 😉

Michael Brecht to resign as CEO of Doodle

Media Release

Zurich, 19 April 2016 – Michael Brecht will resign as CEO of Doodle during the summer of 2016. He will continue to be a leader and investor in the digital sector outside of Tamedia.

Michael Brecht took over as CEO of Doodle in February 2014 after the founders sold the scheduling platform in its entirety to the Swiss media group Tamedia and stepped down from the company. Michael Brecht successfully fuelled the international growth of the platform, and today, approximately 26 million people worldwide are using the online scheduling tool. Doodle is currently used in a total of 175 countries and is available in 22 languages, making it an international brand. In 2015, the use of Doodle on mobile devices increased dramatically, and Michael Brecht also assembled a team in Berlin to further accelerate Doodle’s international growth.

Moving forward, Doodle’s focus on product advancement will continue to increase, particularly in relation to mobile devices. Michael Brecht’s successor at Doodle will be announced at the appropriate time.

The management of Tamedia would like to thank Michael Brecht for his successful and dedicated leadership and wishes him all the best for the future.

 

Further information:

Simon Marquard
Digital Communication Manager, Tamedia
Email: simon.marquard@tamedia.ch

 

Discover the power of productivity apps Doodle and Evernote in a limited offer

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For a limited time, the two global productivity specialists Doodle and Evernote have a great offer for you: in order to boost your productivity they have teamed up and offer their Premium solutions in a bundle: until the end of this year you can get three months of Evernote Premium free when you sign up for Doodle Premium. This offer is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom until the end of the year. Good stuff.

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Doodle is the best way to schedule a meeting. Evernote is the best way to capture your ideas. Bringing the two together seemed like a natural next step in creating an even greater experience. Starting immediately, you can add context whenever you need to your Doodle polls by directly linking in your notes from Evernote.

The two apps were recently mentioned within the Top-7 Apps used by productivity experts in The Productivity Book – recently launched and available for download in the main online bookstores around the world.

Ever wondered how Doodle works?

Have you ever wondered how the red and the green boxes are getting from your friends to you? The engineers at Doodle work hard each day to keep this process as easy and straightforward as it always has been. The infrastructure and back-end architecture has been explained by this Blogpost; so this post will focus on the front-end part of the web app.

It is very important to us that every person all over the globe is able to use Doodle to make scheduling possible between all kinds of people. This is why we support all major browsers (IE8+). Mobile devices are covered by native Apps (Android & iOS) or our mobile web version for other smartphones.

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But what exactly is happening under the hood?

When a page is requested by a browser, our servers are serving a skeleton HTML page using JSF. This page includes some basic HTML, JSON data, templates and an initial JavaScript AMD module.

This module is the starting point for everything you see on Doodle. It loads all its dependencies with the help of RequireJS, reads the provided JSON data and finally renders the data with the Mustache template engine. To give Doodle a modern face we use the famous Bootstrap3 framework and customize it with SCSS. Since HD screens become common we are building Doodle to become Retina-ready.

At this point it’s on you – the Doodle scripts are loaded in your browser and now await your input; be it creating a poll, participating in one, or adding a comment. Most of these actions do not need the page to be reloaded, since our client handles your input and actions immediately and communicates asynchronously with our servers in the background using a RESTful API that is provided by the Java Jersey framework implementing JAX-RS. The responses of the server can be handled again by the JavaScript and give you immediate feedback using jQuery to handle the DOM easily.

To offer the huge variety of all our features we use the following third-party-libraries: FullCalendar to show you the polls within context of your personal calendar. Feature detection (legacy support) with Modernizr. Fancy Input elements with ChosenJS and Select2.

Doodle will focus on its core product

About two years ago Doodle successfully launched and established BookMe as a professional appointment booking service.

Today we are announcing that BookMe will be discontinued. Doodle will focus on its core product, the worlds largest and most successful tool for scheduling group events with over 20 million users.

For BookMe users this means that BookMe will only be available until October 31st. Afterwards, the BookMe page will be deactivated. However, there are many great other scheduling products out there that focus specifically on your business requirements.

In order to give you enough time to find a replacement for BookMe we will keep offering BookMe until October 31st 2014 – for free. As of today existing users will not be charged for BookMe anymore.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the upcoming changes.