LWCM 7.0 Blogathon - In 7.0 it's faster and easier to create new items!
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Originally posted on the ADL4WCM Blog by William Izard - Sep 7 2010
Since my blog entry yesterday got some hits, I thought I'd put aside the code development and share with you another reason why IBM Lotus Web Content Management 7.0 provides massive usability improvements over previous releases. We've used lots of Web 2.0 techniques to make the user experience far more rich and responsive. I'll take you through the improved flow for creating content as an example.
First up, as I mentioned yesterday, there's more support for users with multiple libraries in 7.0. So, if you have access to create Authoring Templates in one library, and access to create Content in another library, in previous releases you'd have to be inside the right library for the item you want to create. In 7.0, the new button will allow you to create new Authoring Templates or Content, no matter what view or library you're currently in, while still making sure you have the right access.
In previous releases, the first thing a user would have to do is select where to put the new item. In 7.0, WCM make an intelligent guess of the intended location based on where you've navigated to in the UI. If you want to put the item somewhere else, you can do that though a light popup dialog. So - that's one less form to deal with in the process of creating content!
1: I've drilled down into a site area in the library Web Content. Note that if I have access to create Authoring Templates and Content I also have access to create Folders and Projects. Folders and have been blogged about already by Eric, and Projects are probably the biggest single new feature in 7.0 - more about them later...
2: I choose the Authoring Template for the content.
3: The content's default location is the site area that I had navigated to in the Library Explorer view.
4: I can change the content location using a light, Web 2.0-style, popup box.
5: I can save the content, and I'm done!