Version 3.8 - New WYSIWYG and Usability
We decided to slightly modify the road map in order to provide a better message posting experience and to support posting from iPad / iPhone / mobile devices. Current mobile devices or scaled down tablets do not have the ability to render WYSIWYG editor and thus users will run into issues when posting.
Therefore, we decided to implement a new WYSIWYG editor
in order to
- Provide better support for posting from mobile devices;
- Provide better client side editor rendering performance;
- Provide an easier way for users to set up buttons for custom PGDCodes (Youtube button can be added from the AdminCP, e.g.), and
- Reduce the software package size and remove some dlls.
And because of the above objective, we decided to skip the release of 3.7 and focus on combining the new WYSIWYG editor with the original 3.7 feature set to produce the 3.8 release. It will be about a month late than the original 3.7 release date.
On top of the new WYSIWYG editor, you will also see the following Usability improvements
on the upcoming release over version 3.6:
Better Upload Management
Currently we do not have the ability to modify attachments when we make a new post. Attachment can only be modified after the post has been made (when you edit a post). This issue will be addressed in 3.8. You will be able to change attachments without having to send the post first
Gravatar Support and Avatar Management
We will support Gravatar
along with its rating system in the upcoming release. Using Gravatar simplifies the avatar management
for users across different applications.
Also, we will make deleting existing avatar easier. Currently the only ways to hide an existing avatar is to either disable it or replace it with another file.
Revamped Message Rating system and Helpful / Reward UI
We reworked the message UI quite a bit to improve usability. We removed a dropdown menu button
on the message interface and place the function buttons along the bottom of each message.
This way, we save quite a bit of horizontal space and make the optional message functions easier to find. Along with the simplified UI, we also make it easier to find posts marked as "Helpful" or "Rewarded"
(one click to list all solutions) and improve the presentation (more standout than current).
Last but not the least, the message rating system is also improved
. We incorporate thumbs up / down along with the existing star ratings system. Admins can choose which system to use for each individual forums.
The Gallery and Admin CP buttons on the Top Navigation Bar
The gallery button at the top is no longer a simple button that sends you to the gallery listing page. In the upcoming release, when you mouse over it, a dropdown list will appear, listing all available galleries so that you can easily navigate to a specific gallery
A similar change is also made to the AdminCP button which will list all sections an admin can see.
Consistent Popup page UI and pager style
There are a few pages that are presented in popup window (password / email change; message forwarding, etc.) in the system and they do not currently have a consistent interface. We simplified and unified the various popup pages in the upcoming release.
Also, the pager style at different places (albums, forums, etc.) will be unified too. This will make it easier for users to use CSS to style all links in a pager
Custom Registration Fields examples
The custom registration fields found in the admin CP has a field called "example". This is where admins can give hints to users what the field is for and what format we expect users to input, and currently the example is shown only on textbox type fields (rendered as text box or textarea).
We made a change to the system and now all fields with "example" specified will show a DHTML tooltip
that will make it easy for users to read and understand.
That's it for now. Thanks for your time today
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