Hey, LiveWhale users. This is a reminder that an upgrade to LiveWhale happened last night. What does this mean for you? You may see some minor changes but if something isn’t working – especially if it impedes your process – please let us know as soon as possible. The developers at White Whale will be on hand, ready to receive any bug reports. And, if you have a moment, come to our Office Hours where we can answer your questions about this particular upgrade.
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Updating LiveWhale this month (to version 1.4.3)
Later this month we at New Media (that’s me, David, and Nick) will be working with White Whale to upgrade our LiveWhale content management system to the latest version (1.4.3). If you would like to read the release notes, they are here: http://livewhale.com/releases/1.4.3.php
However, let me take a moment to point out a few of the more important changes.
(1) Event categories. Some events in LiveWhale currently (in 1.4.2) use tags like “student event” or “faculty event.” This will now move out of tags into a new righthand checkbox called categories to simplify event management.
(2) Facebook widget. Similar to the Twitter widgets that some of our sites use, Facebook widgets can call status updates from Facebook Pages into our site (with the help of a special API key).
(3) Double-click on images to edit them. When editing a page, news story, etc., you can now resize existing images in WYSIWYG [what-you-see-is-what-you-get] regions without having to delete and re-add them. Just double-click on an image and an improved editing window will appear.
(4) Adding links is easier. The window that appears when you click on the “chainlink” icon in the editing toolbar to make or edit a link is easier to use with new options (for example, to link within our site or to external pages).
(5) No more “no events found.” Events widgets that return zero events will no longer say “no events.” Instead they will be blank, like news widgets with zero results.
(6) Drag-and-drop to add images in Image Library. It is easier to add images (even in bulk) to your library with a new “drag to add” interface.
(7) Navigation improvements. When the currently viewed page does not exist in the righthand nav menu, the nav now expands and highlights to the nearest parent of the current page, if there is one.
Righthand Navigation Menus Now Editable in LiveWhale
After extensive and successful testing, we are happy to announce that all programs, offices, and departments now have righthand navigation menus that can be edited within LiveWhale. Previously, only members of New Media like myself could edit the menus for you, and it had to be done directly on the server. This is a much improved system, and one that gives you greater control over your own site content, as anyone authorized to edit pages within your LiveWhale group can edit navigations too.
So how do you access the navigations to edit them? Login to LiveWhale, go to the Manage Content area, click on the Pages tab, then the Your Pages sub-tab.
(The direct link is https://www.lclark.edu/livewhale/?pages or https://college.lclark.edu/livewhale/?pages or https://law.lclark.edu/livewhale/?pages or https://graduate.lclark.edu/livewhale/?pages depending on where your group is located within the institution.)
Once there, you can easily add, rename, reorder or remove links from your navigation.
More information may be found here: http://www.lclark.edu/live/news/11645-an-overview-of-navigations
Questions or comments? Feel free to email me at email@example.com
LiveWhale 1.4.2 upgrade complete
Last week, as you may have read, we upgraded to the latest version of our LiveWhale content management system, which powers the vast majority of our website. Overall, things went swimmingly, though a few bugs always pop up with upgrading. For instance, we have an issue with checkboxes and radio buttons in new LiveWhale forms. You can be confident, however, that all of these bugs are being squashed one by one.
The easiest way to keep track of the efforts is via our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/lcsystemstatus where we post new issues (and solutions) as we come across them. Thanks for your patience as we finalize this exciting upgrade.
And again, find the announcement about LiveWhale 1.4.2 from White Whale (the makers of LiveWhale) here: http://www.livewhale.com/releases/1.4.2.php
Working on all new LiveWhale support site
Attention, all our fellow LiveWhale friends! I am working with Lawrence to rebuild our LiveWhale support site over the next couple of months. This will include new FAQs and other support documents (including new screencasts, a glossary, etc.) to help you with your oh-so-valuable work.
When I have some rough but good pieces to show you, I’ll post them here, as your input would be much appreciated!
New LiveWhale Support Pages
Today I revised or added several new pages of support information for LiveWhale users:
- Managing Downloads (revised)
- Adding and Editing a Download
- Deleting a Download
- Blurb Management
- What does the page editing toolbar do? (revised)
- Switching Between Your LiveWhale Groups (revised)
Look for others coming soon to our growing support pages at http://www.lclark.edu/new_media/
New LiveWhale FAQs Posted
I have posted several new LiveWhale FAQs on our New Media site at http://www.lclark.edu/new_media/. I have been posting them from time to time since May and will continue to do so as much as I can. (If you see something that should be added, please tell me.)
Recent posts include: