Top Ten for Version 10
by Kristine Green on July 24, 2014
No blog would be complete without at least one top ten list! So here it is, the top ten features in OU Campus version 10.
10. Modernized Interface, Icons, and Drag-and-Drop Functionality
The updated OU Campus v10 user interface includes modern styling, streamlined functionality, and major usability enhancements that make everyday actions faster for users. Specific and notable functionality changes include the ability to hover and access menu commands from list views, linked content, responsive sidebars, customizable Dashboard, drag-and-drop file upload, and in-context help, among other handy and useful features.
The new v10 iconography includes intuitive graphics with a light modern look and feel. The icons on global and list view menus provide users with a quick visual indication of feature functionality, page status, or content type.
The addition of drag-and-drop file management allows for quickly adding files such as images to the system and to a page. Images can be dragged onto the upload dialog or dragged from a gadget or the navigation sidebar, too. Drag and drop can also be used to add images to an Image Gallery and insert a form element anywhere in a Managed Form.
A filter field has been added to list views, which provides a quick and easy way to filter content. This is especially useful with large sites containing thousands of pages, images, and other files.
Color-coordinated notifications provide tips, status updates, and error messages in easy-to-read, user-friendly human language. For example, a notification is provided during a page publish and after the publish has been successfully completed.
Other examples include the display of a success message when a version of a page is created or reverted; when a file is copied, moved, or deleted; when settings are successfully modified; and error messages that include tips when settings modifications are incorrect.
8. Reports Integration and Standardization
Administrator functionality is integrated on the Reports menu, and reporting functionality includes on-screen filtering and sorting of reports as well as the ability to export to CSV. Report views depend upon authority levels, but all levels can view their own Checked-Out Content, and levels five and above can also view Recent Saves and Recent Publishes.
7. Find and Replace
The Global Find and Replace feature includes enhancements to functionality that increase the ability to define scope by offering options to ignore case, include assets, exclude locked files, delimit by extension, and/or selectively choose directories, files, or even a singular file. The addition of the Preview Replace button helps prevent accidental replaces by allowing for quick viewing of a summary of the content to be replaced. The list view of find and replace has been augmented to provide an easier interpretation of the results. The results include the total number of results found, the ability to filter the list and hide the text, and, importantly, the capability to selectively apply the replace.
6. Assets Management and Assets Action Toolbar
Version 10 expanded the ability to manage assets with the addition of a new actions toolbar similar to that available for pages. This provides direct access to preview and edit, versioning, properties editing, scheduled publish, and approval workflow.
The Dashboard enhancements provide a quick overview of content and content updates within the system, and include access to system workflow and system sent and received mail. Flexibility is offered, as Dashboard gadgets can be configured to be shown or hidden, as well as re-ordered. And avatars can be set up for each user.
4. Source Editor Enhancements
The Source Editor includes updated iconography and interface changes, as well as on-page find and replace in a drop-down bar, theming, syntax highlighting, and the ability to upload and edit an image file with the Image Editor.
3. Binary Management
Binary files can be managed directly on the staging server in OU Campus v10. This includes the ability to perform various page actions and file operations on binary file types. Internal links are managed within the current site and among sites within the OU Campus account, if applicable. Links to binary files are automatically updated by the Dependency Manager in a fashion similar to that of pages. If a file is renamed or moved, then pages with links to that dependency are updated. Certain file types, particularly image files, can be previewed and edited in OU Campus, sent to another user for review or approval, published directly, or even scheduled for a publish.
2. Image Editor
The new Image Editor provides fast and easy access to edit an uploaded image. Images can be uploaded by dragging the image from the desktop and the editing session initiated. Intuitive editing features include frequently used image editing tasks such as the ability to crop, rotate, resize, and zoom. Undo and redo commands are included to easily revert changes. The new Image Editor is integrated into the CMS and does not require Java, thereby allowing unlimited access across all systems and browsers.
And my all-time favorite… gadgets. Gadgets make website editing and maintenance a breeze. How can you not love them?! All-new gadgets functionality provides handy drag-and-drop functionality when editing pages, including the ability to drag images and snippets onto a page. There are also gadgets for shortening a URL, viewing checked out pages and activity, page information, page and site analytics, Dependency Manager tag information, and more. Gadgets are context sensitive, displaying only where their use is appropriate. So they may be displayed on the Dashboard, a page sidebar, or both. System administrators can choose which gadgets to make available and determine access with group assignment, and users can choose which gadgets to show or hide on their Dashboard and page sidebar. And, with OU Campus’ open APIs, you can even create and add your own custom gadgets to the system!
So what’s in your top ten feature list for OU Campus version 10? Comment below!