graphical editor word import

There is now an automated Word import for the Graphical Editor. The idea is, that one can upload a Word document and it will be automatically split between text and image tools, making it easier to then organise them in any way you like on the weave of the graphical editor.

More info and instructions how to use can be found in the RC guide.

new sharing function

We have enabled a new way of sharing research: link sharing.
It is similar to link sharing you may know from google drive.

When link sharing is enabled, anybody who knows the link has access to your exposition.
The exposition is not listed anywhere else, one can only reach it through the link.

The process is reversable: when the option is disabled, the link will no longer provide access to the exposition.
The share option dialog

safer loading

We have implemented a safer way of loading content, which appears to solve the empty load problem that some users experienced in Chrome.

Safari autoplay blockade fallback

Recently, in response to abuse by many other websites, Safari now blocks any automatic video playback with sound.
We finally have found a way to inform readers of expositions that rely on automatic playback to display a message to start playback manually, ensuring that they can experience the exposition as intented.

Text-based editor update: safer saving

The saving system of the text editor has been improved. Before saving to the RC servers, the editor will check if a more recent version exists on the remote server. This for example can happen when two collaborators are working on the same exposition at once, or when a user is using more than one tab.

If a newer version is found, editor will ask user what to do, to minimize chance of unintentially loosing data.

PHP7 update is complete

The update to PHP7 was completed over the weekend of 20 Oktober.

Apart from bringing code up to date, there have also been several optimisations added (improved indexing) which should further improve performance. The increase in speed will be most notable in the editor and user lists (administration).

update in text editor

  • Media that doesn’t exist is now displayed with a placeholder image.
  • When deleting media, user will be promted to confirm.
  • The editor checks for problematic Word doc names.

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