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Commons 1.6

I’ve just released version 1.6 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a major feature release. Highlights:

  • Emails sent from the CUNY Academic Commons now include an HTML format. If your email client allows it, you will see links and other content rendered in the body of the email, rather than a series of URLs.
  • The Profile interface has been improved in a number of ways:
    • Text widgets now feature a rich text editor, for greater control over the formatting of your profile content
    • A new Twitter widget allows you to display latest items from your Twitter timeline
    • Individual items in the Positions widget can now be reordered
    • Miscellaneous UI improvements
  • Improved appearance for much of the main commons.gc.cuny.edu site on various devices, such as tablets and phones
  • The Blogs directory now displays blog authors, and the blog directory search now matches against author names as well as blog names
  • New features for Group Files:
    • The ability to replace existing uploads
    • Silent file deletions
  • When composing a new topic or forum reply, a live preview is displayed below the composition box

Watch our news blog and Commons Codex for more information on these and other new features in the upcoming days and weeks.

For complete details on the release, see the 1.6 milestone.

Commons 1.5

I’ve just released version 1.5 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a major feature release for the Commons. Major improvements:

  • A sophisticated new system for user profiles. You’ll be hearing more about this feature as we announce a couple of new initiatives over the next few weeks.
  • A new Commons Twitter page commons.gc.cuny.edu/twitter, where users can explore tweets by and about the CUNY community.
  • Improvements to the appearance of the footer and admin bar that appear across the Commons.
  • Improvements to the Group Files interface, including warnings before deliting files and the ability to add files without sending out notifications to group members.
  • Better emails for users joining the Commons for the first time.

In addition, we have installed a number of new plugins and made some smaller fixes. For complete details on the release, visit the 1.5 milestone.