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New Components!

December 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM | 0 Comments

Yesterday, we added two new components to the proposal generator on the MODsolar Platform: a combined Production and Usage Graph, and a flexible and powerful Rich Text Paragraph with a WYSIWGY editor.

The Production and Usage Graph shows the monthly electricity production from solar (represented by twelve vertical bars) overlaid on the monthly electricity usage (represented by a filled area). Below is an example:

Production and Usage Graph new in the MODsolar Platform

The Rich Text Paragraph component is a new "special" component -- accessible from the left side of the Component Library:

New Rich Text Paragraph component

When you drag it into your proposal template, you'll have a full-featured WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor where you can enter fully formatted text, as well as bullets, numbered lists, and tables.

WYSIWYG editor

The formatting is done using HTML; you can click the "Source" button in the component's toolbar and have direct access to the HTML code, which you can then edit in order to make style adjustments.

This particular component has some unique customization options. You can designate that this should be a full page component; if you do, the proposal will automatically include page breaks before and after this component, so that it appears alone on a page. And, if you select the Full-page option, you have three additional options that you can choose: you can hide the page header, you can hide the page footer, and you can switch that page (containing the Rich Text Paragraph component) to landscape orientation.

Customize the Rich Text Paragraph

This new Rich Text Paragraph component is a powerful way for you to create a variety of "boilerplate" content for your proposals, including cover pages, cover letters, FAQ's, etc. It's even possible to have proposal data dynamically inserted into the text when the proposal is generated. If you look at the WYSIWYG screenshot above, you'll see the inclusion of this "placeholder" code:

${installer.client.name}

When the proposal is generated, that code will be replaced by the actual name of the client (i.e., your company name!). There are MANY different data values that are available -- including client contact information, lead contact information, proposal details, calculated values, etc. We'll be enhancing the Rich Text Paragraph component to make it easy for you to "drop in" these placeholders (and also to upload images that you'll be able to include within the text); in the meantime, if you have any specific data placeholder requirements, send us an email and we'll be happy to tell you how to do it!

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