Subtle WCM 7.0 Change 4 : New Item Button
John James 270000424B Visits (1965)
A very quick one for Monday (actually planned this one for a lazy Friday, but the update to Connections v3 put a stop to that).
This change is super simple. The new button is now always available on the screen. Whenever your browsing a view its in the normal place (in the toolbar) and now when an item is open the "New" button is located in the "Open Items" section (shown below within the subtle red arrow). In addition to the new button being available when in an item the new action itself is a little smarter. The introduction of folders (since folders are not a subtle change I have not mentioned it.... post a comment if you want to know more) we introduced the concept of a "Location" on most items. When creating a new item the UI will make an intelligent (we hope) guess as to a location to save that item. This has the additional benefit of no longer needing to worry about being in the correctly library when creating a new item as you can always change the location you wish to save (more on this in a future post!)
This leads nicely onto another subtle change. The set of open items are no longer shown in tabs. To save on vertical space the open items are now listed in their own box in the left hand navigation area. The nice thing about this change is that it will list all open items unlike the old tabs that would show 4-5 tabs and then put all other items in a drop down. The close all and others actions are also found in this box.
While are looking at open items its worth mentioning that views are have been split out of the one tab. This is definitely a topic that deserves its own post, but for now I just want to mention that we list open views in their own section separate to open items. The aim here is to make it possible to open a set of views and allow users to jump between the views without losing the original context of the view. This is a big change from previous releases as all views were contained within the single "Web Content" tab.
Next time... filters?