Text Editor

There is a new type of exposition editor available, which is specifically aimed at the creation of expositions where text is the main structural element. Another important aspect is, that the resulting exposition page is responive and thus easier to read on mobile devices. The editor was made on request and with financial support of the Norwegian Academy of Music.

The editor itself consists of a text field on the left side, and a live preview of the result on the right side. Different varieties of media (audio, video, pdf) can be uploaded through a single button (or even dragged and dropped into the drag-and-drop area).

The difference between the graphical editor and the text editor, is that the text editor uses text at the input, instead of graphically positioning objects on a canvas. The text format used is Markdown. Markdown is a widely used, easy-to-read, easy-to-write syntax for formatting plain text. Prior knowledge of Markdown is not required, you can also use the editors buttons to insert the correct formatting.

A table of contents is automatically generated, based on the headers present.

Because the source is simple text, we have also been able to provide import and export for a wide variety of formats (Word, pdf, html, text, odt, markdown).

The documentation of the editor can be found here.

Text editor user interface

PHP 7 Upgrades in Development

We are currently working on upgrading to PHP 7 and we are in the final testing phase. We are very much looking forwarding to realising the upgraded version soon. There will be some major performance improvements….stay tuned.

Editor Redesign

One of the main developments this year has been the redesign of the workspace editor. We reorganized settings and functionalities and created a more intuitive and cleaner looking layout. It is possible to sort and search media files in the panel on the right hand side. This panel can also be collapsed in order to make workspace presentation more similar to final presentation of the exposition. There are now links to guide and the video tutorials in the editor as well as tool tips. The tool history is also back and there is a new settings called “Show tool borders”, which controls the display of outlines of tools. This makes it easier to locate empty tools.

Editor redesign

JAR Issue 0 and 1 migration

We have migrated the old JAR 0 and 1 expositions to the current RC. These expositions were still in an old RC format, that required us keeping up a secondary copy of the system. Now that the migration has been completed this will open up the possibility of updating the underlying frameworks

Madek

We now have our first connection to an external repository: ZHdK’s Medienarchiv der Künste (Madek) https://medienarchiv.zhdk.ch/. In the “Media”-tab on the right hand side of the workspace editor there are three subtabs: “Simple Media”, “Works” and “+”. Clicking “+” opens a tab where you can establish a link to your Madek account.

In order to establish a connection to your Madek account, please go to https://medienarchiv.zhdk.ch/my/tokens and create a new token with reading permissions. Once the token is created please copy it into the respective text field on the RC. Now you can use any of your publicly visible media files from your Madek account. You drag them onto the workspace editor and they will be copied including title, subtitle, copyright owner and description.

Madek Token Creation

New Issue Page

We have a new responsive issue page for published expositions! This makes it possible to group expositions and display an issue on a particular theme etc. as one entity on the RC. Expositions belonging to a certain issue are grouped and each issue has a thumbnail image and a description. All (published) issues are visible on the portal profile page. By default, however, issue pages are not publicly visible.

Issue Page