SugarCRM, the largest open-source CRM platform with more than 800 customers and 80,000+ downloads per month, became one of the first major web application vendors to deploy YUI when it released its version 4.5 into beta last week (see C|Net’s report, "Open-source firm polishes interface with AJAX" or review recent blog coverage of SugarCRM).
The main SugarCRM interface consists of a dashboard on which live configurable "dashlets." With release 4.5, those dashlets can be repositioned on the page using drag and drop. When new dashlets are added (or current ones are dismissed), animation is employed to gradualize the page change and make it more intuitive for the user. The modal DHTML options panel for each dashlet animates down from the top of the screen. When you add new dashlets, your choices are presented in a tree format. The administrative interface also received a major injection of interactive richness. To accomplish all of this, Itani, Gupta and Pan leveraged many of the YUI components: Event, Animation, Connection, Drag & Drop, Container, and TreeView.
To explore SugarCRM’s new interface, visit http://www.sugarcrm.com/crm/demo/45-community-preview.html.