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Anouncements is a great function that allows you to present, whenever you wish to, everything about your company. More or less it is like your company's News Page.

The greatest advantage of "Announcements" is that what you post here is indexed by search engines as your announcements are public and this is a great asset for your company's recognition. So if you have published 10 announcements in your account, then search engines will index your account 10 times, one time for each announcement.

Creating an Announcement

view your account menuAnnouncements can be created when viewing your account. You can go there by clicking on View Your Account Menu item, under "Your Account".

You will be transfered to your account's page where you click on Make Announcement TAB and you see the following interface:

announcements page 1

The first time you visit your announcements tab you see the above message. Click on Create New button. You will be transfered to a new page with the following interface:

announcements page 2

Published: Select if the Announcement will be published or not. This is usefull when you have not yet finished your Announcement and you want to save it and edit later.

Title: Write a title for your Announcement.

Post: The main body of your Announcement.

This is how your announcement going to look like on your account for visitors.

announcements page 3

The full text of the Announcement shows when The title is clicked.

Directory is another very useful function that iShipNet members can use. It is your private space where you can store all the files you need for your daily business. You can store Tech Specs about your company's products, Plan views, product info, draft files etc, that you might need when you are "on the go".
 
For example…
 
You are a Shipowning Company. You can create a separate folder for each of your Vessels and store in this folder all files and images about this Vessel. This way you can have these files available, whenever you need them, from everywhere (office, home, trip etc). You need just connection to the internet.
 
Let's see how it works!

Supposing that you are logged-in to iShipNet, you click on View Your Account, under Your Account menu.
 
view your account menu
 

You will be transferred to your account page.

IMPORTANT: As the account owner you have different options from other users that view your account. Other users view what you allow them to view!
 
Locate the Directory TAB. This is your storing space. By clicking on Directory you will see the options to create folders or upload files.
 
directory 01
We will start by creating a new folder. Click on New Folder button and you will be transferred to a new page where you set some info about your new folder. These info are:
 
  1. Published Select if this folder will be published or not
  2. Name Insert a name for this folder
  3. Description Insert a description that will help you understand what this folder contains
  4. Privacy Set who will be able to view this folder. Default setting is Private
 After you have set everything, click on Create Folder button and the folder is created. You will be redirected to your account's directory TAB, where you can see the new folder.
directory 02

directory 03You can edit the folder settings anytime you want, by moving the cursor at the upper right corner of it to display the folder options.
Edit You can modify your settings (name, description, privacy)
Unpublish You can unpublish the folder.

Delete You can delete your folder

 
  

How to upload and store your files in your folders

Our folder is ready to accept our files and what we have to do now is store our files in the folder we created. We click on New Upload button and we are transfered to a new page with title "New Upload". There we click on Click or Drag & Drop to Upload. Using the pop window, we select the file that we want to upload from our computer. When we complete the selection of our file or files, we see the following page:
 
 
directory 041. The type of file we are about to upload
2. The nema that we want to give to our file
3. The folder that we want to put our file in

4. The privacy settings for this file

When we finish we click on Save to store our file information and Done to save and return to our folder.

We can upload as many files as we want in each folder and we always have the option to delete, unpublish and Edit our file settings.

That is all about uploading and storing files in your account's directory.

 
 
 
 
 
Collaboration Groups were created to allow easier communication between companies that are members of a Group. A company that creates a Group, can invite and include all cooperating or not companies, so that they get informed immediately about everything related to this Group.
 
Example:
A Chartering Company is searching for a φορτίου ή πλοίου προς ναύλωση. Immediately… all members of the Group will be informed, having the chance to respond right away.
Groups can be created from any type of company and for any type of job.
 
Creating a Group
view your account menuGroups can be created when viewing your account. You can go there by clicking on View Your Account Menu item, under "Your Account". You will be transferred to your account's page where you click on Groups TAB and you see the following interface:
 
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We are clicking on New Group button to be transfered to the Group creation form. The Group creation form has the following fields:
 
Category: Select the group category based on the business activity you creating the group for (i.e. Chartering, S&P, Spare Parts etc).
 
Type: On type field you decide how other companies join this Group. There are 3 options.
 
  1. Open means that this Group is an open and any company of the platform can join. Open groups are visible to all registered companies of the platform.
  2. Approval means that companies, that are interested to join this Group, have to be approved by the Group Admins (creators) in order to grand access. "Approval" Groups are visible to all companies in the platform. The approval or rejection, determines if the requesting to join the group company can access to the groups posts.
  3. Invite means that a company can join this group only after an invitation by the Group Admins or other group companies, if this option is enabled. "Invite" Groups are secret (hidden from companies in the platform, unless they receive an invitation to join.
Name: In this Field you enter a name for the Group. The Group will appear with this name.

Description: In this field you can enter a short description about the group. For example, the purpose of creation, activities that the Group covers or any other information should be entered, for other companies to know before joining.
 
Canvas: A canvas background for a group can be specified here.
 
Logo: Here you can enter a group logo.
 
Users: This setting gives the ability to Group Admins to let other members know the number and the Names of other companies that participate in the Group. If disabled, the participating companies are not visible.
 
Invitations: Group Admins allow other companies to send invitations for joining the group. If this option is disabled only creators can invite others to join the group.
 
Wall: Group Admins can choose how the group wall will be used by the participating companies. There are 3 options that can be set by the admins.
 
  1. Enable means that all participating companies can make posts within the group without any restriction
  2. Enable with Approval means that all participants of the group can make posts, but the creators should approve them before they become visible. With this option, creators control information shared within the group.
  3. Disable means that no one has the right to post within the group, exceptGroup Admins. With this option only the owner of the group can make posts within the group.
Files: Group Admins allow or not participants of the group to upload files inside the group. Files uploaded to each group are visible to all group members. There are three options for uploading files.
 
  1. Enable means that each participant is able to upload files and share them with the other Group participants.
  2. Enable with approval means that each participant can upload and share files inside the group, but approval from the Group Admins is required before those files become visible or available.
  3. Disable means that only the Group Admins have the ability to upload files to the group.
Photos: Group Admins allow or not participants of the group to upload photos inside the group. Photos uploaded to each group are visible to all group members. There are three options for uploading files.
 
  1. Enable means that each participant is able to upload photos and share them with the other Group participants.
  2. Enable with approval means that each participant can upload and share photos inside the group, but approval from the Group Admins is required before those files become visible or available.
  3. Disable means that only the group creators have the ability to upload photos to the group.
Videos: Group Admins allow or not participants of the group to upload videos inside the group. Videos uploaded to each group are visible to all group members. There are three options for uploading files.
 
  1. Enable means that each member of the group is able to upload videos and share them with the other members.
  2. Enable with approval means that each member can upload videos and share them with other members inside the group, but approval from the Group Admins is required before those videos become visible or available.
  3. Disable means that only Group Admins have the ability to upload videos to the group.
 
Once your desired settings are set, click on Create Group button and your group will be live.
 

 

iShipNet platform has two online calculators embedded. Voyage estimation and Amortization calculator. All members can use them both, in order to calculate the voyage of the ship or the amortization of a vessel loan.


Voyage Estimation
From the main menu on the top of the page, select Voyage Estimation – Dry Cargo under "Tools" and you will be redirected to the calculator form.

Fill all fields with the values of your trip and with ship's specifications. The outcome will automatically appear on the relative boxes. Voyage estimation form looks like the followin screenshot:

voyage calculator


Amortization Calculator

From the main menu on the top of the page, select Amortization Calculator under "Tools" and you will be redirected to the calculator form.

Fill all fields with the values of your trip and with ship's specifications. The outcome will appear as a list bellow the form after you click on Calculate button. The Amortization Calculator form looks like the followin screenshot:

ammortization


 

mailbox moduleiShipNet Messaging System in an inline mailbox, just like your e-mail. The difference is that all sent and received messages never come to your own computer. You manage them through iShipNet. Both when you send or receive. This means that you are 100% protected of being infected from any type of virus that may destroy your computer.

When you are online on iShipNet you always know what happens in your mailbox. The Mailbox widget (screenshot on the right) allows you to have quick access to all Messaging System's functions.

  • Inbox (Where you can see the mails you received)
  • Outbox (Where you can see the mails you have sent and get informed if the receiver opened them or not)
  • Trashcan (Is the place where the messages that you have trashed are kept, till they are deleted from the system)
  • Contacts / Lists The place where you can create your contact lists, circular lists, or anything else might be usefull for your business communication)
  • Compose (This is the form to create and send a message)

Here are iShipNet Messaging System's functions one by one.

 

Inbox Inbox

The Inbox holds all your incoming messages, every email you receive is located there.

  • read The message has been read (you can toggle the status).
  • unread The message is still unread (you can toggle the status).
  • Attachment The message contains a file attachment.
  • delete Delete a message (move message to trashcan).

 

Outbox Outbox

The Outbox keeps a copy of every message you send, you can come back to it and see what you've sent.

  • read The message has been read.
  • unread The message is still unread. Unread messages can be recalled.
  • Attachment The message contains a file attachment.
  • delete Delete a message (move message to trashcan).
  • recall Recall a message. Sent messages can be recalled when they have not been read by the recipient yet.

 

Trashcan Trashcan

The Trashcan holds all deletes messages. Messages are not deleted immediately and kept for a certain period of time. As long as the message is stored in the trashcan, you are able to restore it.

  • read The message has been read.
  • unread The message is still unread.
  • restore Recycle a message (move message from trashcan back to inbox or outbox).

 

Contacts / Lists Contacts / Lists

Contacts allows to maintain contact lists (also known as circular lists). These lists allow to send PMs to multiple recipients. Instead of adding multiple recipients, you can simply enter #listname and the message will be delivered to all companies included in the list. (Bellow we will see how to create circular lists in details)

 

Settings Settings

Settings comprises all configurable user options..

  • E-mail notification
    Configuration of the email notification when a new message arrives.
  • User blocking
    You can block users. These users can not send private messages to you.
  • More settings
    Here you find some more configuration settings

 

Compose Compose

Compose allows to create a new private message.