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easyDITA 17.0 Release Notes

Release Notes

easyDITA 17.0 includes a new features, like the Review Interface, Recent Folder, and Label Metadata, as well as enhancements and bug fixes.

Review Interface

The Review Interface is a dedicated review-only interface that streamlines the review process. As a content creator, when you assign work to a reviewer, they can open the assignment in the Review Interface directly from their email or the Inbox interface in easyDITA. This direct path to our dedicated review-only interface makes it easier for reviewers to focus on what needs to be reviewed.
As a reviewer, once you’re in the Review Interface, you can easily review resources in the assignment and leave comments. The Review Interface includes a Review Navigation pane , where you can navigate resources in the assignment and mark files as reviewed and an Assignment Header so you always have access to the assignment details.  
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New

  • Added the ability to launch the Review Interface from an assignment email notification or the Inbox interface.

  • Added the Assignment Header to display assignment details in the Review Interface.
  • Added a Review Navigation pane to easily navigate resources in a map.

  • Added a Mark Complete button and visual indicator in the Review Navigation pane to indicate resources reviewed in an assignment.

  • Added an action drop-down menu to mark the assignment as I’m Done , or Forward it to another user.

  • Added Next and Previous buttons to navigate an assignment with a mix of resources, including maps and topics.

Assignments

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  • Added the ability to create assignments for selected files or maps. When creating map assignments, you can filter resources to be included by the last modified date or file status. For example, you can create a map assignment and only include resources in the In Review status.

Creating a new map assignment with filtering options
  • Added the ability to edit an assignment’s summary, due date, assignees, or resources after creation.
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Enhanced

  • Renamed the View Assignment button to Open in the Inbox interface, which now launches the Review Interface.

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Dashboard

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New

  • Added the ability to jump and scroll to a comment in the Preview Tab when you click View Comment in the Inbox interface.

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Enhanced

  • Changed the default Start Date filter in the Activity interface from two weeks to have no default start date so that the most recent activity events always display.

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that triggered a permissions error when resetting your password.

  • Fixed a bug where two Browse buttons in a report resulted in an unknown origin for the browse selection.

Label Metadata

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Label Metadata is a new free-form metdata type, enabling you to create metadata tags on the fly. The metadata tags available for Label Metadata are not restricted, so you can create new metadata tags or select metadata others have created.

Taxonomy

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Enhanced

  • Improved taxonomy support to better handle deleted or missing terms.

Content Manager

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New

  • Added file restrictions and error messaging to prevent files without file extensions and restricted file types from being uploaded. Restricted files include executable file extensions.

  • Added the ability to select multiple files and bulk change the properties of the files and their dependencies. These properties include file status, owner, and metadata.

Bulk Change option

Bulk Change window
  • Added the ability the copy the Share URL for a file or folder to your clipboard via the context menu.

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Enhanced

  • Improved file upload mechanisms to replace spaces in filenames with underscores after upload.

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug with the folder structure disappearing when the Library folder was collapsed.

  • Fixed a bug that caused files to be moved to the Trash , even when the Move to Trash action was canceled.

  • Fixed locking issues that didn’t register lock releases on a map, preventing files from being moved to a different location or to the Trash .

  • Fixed an overwrite bug that caused the file to be uploaded with “_#” appended to the filename instead of an overwrite.

Recent Folder

The Recent folder displays your recently modified files, making it easier to keep track of your recent activity and jump back to what you were working on last.

Search

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Fixed

  • Fixed filename and title resolution issues with search results containing “strong” or “tron” in the filename or title.

  • Fixed relevancy sorting for search results using the Filename, Title, Type, Status, or Modified Date columns.

Topic Editor

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New

  • Added the ability to Save & Merge changes from the Topic Editor to a branch. This feature is available in the File Menu and enables you to merge changes in the topic you’re editing to another branch.

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Enhanced

  • Improved consistency of placeholder text for empty elements.

  • Improved the process for inserting an image. When you insert an image element, the Image Picker immediately opens for you to select an image to insert.

  • Improved elements styling to identify elements in the left margin.

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that caused topics to open outside of the Topic Editor .

  • Fixed log in issues following a session timeout in the Topic Editor . Clicking in the Topic Editor displays the login window.

  • Fixed codeblock support. You can now add multiple spaces and tabs.

  • Fixed a bug with map context not displaying values in the Key ref field in the Properties Pane.

  • Fixed a bug that displayed empty values in drop-down menus.

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Topic Editor to scroll to the top when switching between Topic Editor tabs.

  • Fixed a bug that cleared choption IDs in the Topic Editor .

  • Fixed a bug that added underscores to choption IDs.

  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly assigned IDs to a choption with an image.

  • Fixed a bug that added extra table cells when copying and pasting cells into an existing row. Now when you copy and paste cells into an existing row, your content is pasted into the existing cells. If there’s already content in the cell, it will be overwritten with the new content.

Resource Viewer

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug with the Open button not working when opening maps.

Properties Tab

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that prevented metadata from being applied to files owned by the easyDITA admin assigned to the instance.

Branching Tab

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New

  • Added hierarchy support in the Branch drop-down menu that supports hierarchies created using “/”. For example, if Root Branch Name is the parent of Root Branch Name / Child Branch Name, then Root Branch Name / Child Branch Name is indented in the listing.

Example of Branch drop-down menu with hierarchy created using “/”
  • Added hierarchy support in the Branching Manager for hierarchies created with “/”. For example, if Root Branch Name is the parent of Root Branch Name / Child Branch Name, then Root Branch Name / Child Branch Name is indented in the listing.

Example of the Branching Manager with hierarchy created using “/”
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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where images in the target branch weren’t updated during a merge.

  • Fixed a bug where locked files caused issues with branching.

  • Fixed a bug with merging topics containing SVGs.

Localizations

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  • Added support for localizing topics containing SVGs.

Preview Tab

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New

  • Added the ability to view archived comments while previewing a topic or map. You can view archived comments in the Comments pane.

Archived comment
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Enhanced

  • Moved the topic toolbar containing quick action options to the top of each topic.

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  • Improved map previews to automically resize and use 95% of the horizontal space.

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug with images not displaying in previews.

Map Previews

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New

  • Add content handling in map previews to displays an empty box with a red border in place of invalid resources or elements without a preview available.

  • Added the ability to view archived comments while previewing a topic or map. You can view archived comments in the Comments pane.

Archived comment
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Enhanced

  • Moved the topic toolbar containing quick action options to the top of each topic.

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Log in

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug with the version number on the easyDITA login page.

Web Services Publishing

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New

  • Added the Republish All button, enabling you to republish all dependencies in a map that you previously published. The republish will use the DITAVals previously indicated.

  • Added support for topics used multiple times in a map.

  • Added a timeout response for publishes that take too long to process.

MindTouch

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  • Added support for publishing SVGs.

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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that published topic titles in the MindTouch page summary area.

  • Fixed a bug that prompted an error when deleting pages.

Configurations

Note:Contact an easyDITA representative to customize or configure your easyDITA instance to align with your content development structure and process.

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  • Added a configuration to assign force unlock permissions for a non-administrator role. This configuration affects the selected role and roles with higher permissions. In order of permission level, there is the Administration, Editor/Manager, Author, and Reviewer role. Enabling this configuration for users in the Author role also enables it for users in the Editor/Manager role.

  • Added a configuration that enables/disables in-topic metadata as a filtering criteria in the Filters Tab.

  • Added a configuration that allows/prevents you from moving a file to a new folder or to the Trash when the file is referenced by locked files.

  • Added the ability bulk change resource-only files when applying a bulk change to a map.
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Fixed

  • Fixed a bug with the Bulk Change configuration. When applying a change to a map and its dependencies, the Bulk Change now modifies both the map and its dependencies.