In this series of articles we’re taking a look at version 4 of our iPad app, how it
came about and the changes it’s bringing. If you’d like to read more about what’s
new, you can read our ‘20 changes coming to version 4’ article here.
If you have any questions around the release itself, you can find our developer
Work on (what would become) version 4 started at the end of 2018 when the team spent
a few days of their holiday break reimagining how Sign In App could look as we moved
into 2019 and beyond. As the year progressed, the scope grew; incorporating more and
more ambitious ideas. By the summer of 2019 it was clear that a whole new app was
needed and following six months of development and three months of testing, we’re
now ready to release version 4 into the hands of our community.
Continual evolution of the product and platform is part of our DNA. If you’re a Sign
In App subscriber or have followed us for a while, that won’t surprise you as you’ll
have seen the fruits of the team’s labours each and every month. We look at where
workplaces are heading and build useful features, releasing them at no additional
cost to benefit our Sign In App community.
While no-one could’ve predicted the challenges we’re all facing today, we’re glad to
hear that so many of you are using Sign In App to adapt; whether that’s switching to
remote working with confidence, building detailed health questionnaires for
contractors and staff or producing daily rundowns of key workers still signing in to
We understand that visitor management might not be at the top of everyone’s agendas
as we release version 4. But just like remote sign ins, each new feature gives our
subscribers more ways to customise the product, adapting it to suit their needs at
the time. With that in mind here’s a quick overview of version 4 and why we feel
it’s our biggest step forward to date.
Supporting new features
The team behind Sign In App are ambitious, talented and imaginative. Our roadmap is
packed with ideas that we can’t wait to release and share with our community.
Because the product evolves so quickly, it’s already radically different from the
version 3 which released at the start of 2018. Back then we were introducing GDPR
features and visitor groups for the first time. In the months since, we’ve added
events, companion app, Sign In App Tap, personal fields and many more.
By building a new app with version 4, it gives us the opportunity to take everything
we’ve learned from a period of rapid growth and optimise the app, streamlining the
code to create a new platform to support future projects. With a clear roadmap
ahead, version 4 is ready for many new features to come. At launch we’re introducing
video messages, message documents, video welcome screens, new evacuation reports,
support for multiple sites and lots more. To read about 20 changes coming in version
4, click here.
More ways to customise
We’ve always been passionate about providing the best sign in experience in the
market. We do this by having a wide range of customisation options, a stable, secure
platform and the simple sign in process that’s become our trademark. We’ve been
amazed by the ingenious ways people use Sign In App, from signing out keys to
signing in dogs, we’re constantly impressed by how our community uses the
customisation options available to them.
As we continue to grow Sign In App, customisation will remain at its heart with even
more options to customise the sign in experience for your staff, contractors and
guests. The new sign in experience in v4 adds an optional ‘light mode’ theme and
support for videos throughout the application to give you more ways to stand out,
promote your brand and share important site information.
Our team is proud of the feedback we get around Sign In App’s usability and
intuitiveness. That applies across the board from the online portal, to our
companion app for smartphones and of course our iPad app for receptions. Many people
who sign in to site via the iPad are using the product for the first time, so it’s
critically important that the experience there is simple and self-explanatory.
It’s equally important that the app itself is accessible, allowing guests of all
ages and levels of technical experience to sign in unaided. It’s one of the main
reasons we chose a touchscreen (iPad, for its familiarity at home) and suggest using
landscape orientation (for the largest onscreen keyboard). This has helped Sign In
App become popular in sectors such as care homes and charities where the user base
is wide and varied.
Never content to rest on our laurels, we want to do more to ensure Sign In App is
the most accessible visitor management solution in the market. Version 4 introduces
improvements across the board with larger and heavier fonts, clearer buttons and
audio feedback such as button sounds and spoken messages. The optional new sign in
experience takes this even further with larger custom fields and more accessibility
options including button and font sizing.
We continue to work with our clients who regularly sign in visually impaired guests
to ensure the changes we’re bringing are helpful and encourage feedback from our
community around any accessibility issues you’d like to address.
Version 4 of our iPad app is a leap forward in accessibility and usability, with
more customisation options than ever and an interface that’s still simple to use.
We’re looking forward to getting it in your hands and remember, version 4 and all
the new features are included at no extra cost as part of your Sign In App
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at
email@example.com or start a live
chat online and the team will be happy to help.