I've just upgraded the TIWWA software suite. As with any big update, if you are visiting soon after the upgrade, I strongly recommend that you do a hard refresh to make sure your browser loads the updated versions of the files and isn't using a mix of new and cached old ones which can cause odd things to happen to your experience of our site(!). To do this in Windows, simply hold down the CTRL key and then just press F5 then let go, and it will force your browser to reload all files on the page. There, you are seeing everything as it should be.
There are some minor maintenance fixes expected over the next few weeks, which will address any new bugs etc with this latest major update and may add some new features along the way.
The developers have added dozens of new features, enhancements to existing features, fixed the majority of 4.0 bugs, and made large performance gains.
Firstly New Content (some still call it View New Content) is now called Unread Content. There is also a handy link to it as shown below...
This will take you to one of the new Activity Streams, which is like a time-line of new content.
If you don't like the way a particular Stream looks, (eg. say you want a more condensed view without the content of the posts showing), you can toggle the display between the Expanded (normal) and Condensed Views.
The new Menu Bar
The new Menu Bar represents how most people use the software suite, by browsing through the existing content to spot or view items of interest or sections of the site such as the Forums, Gallery, etc, much like the old menu system, but it also now provides an easy way to see and catch up with new activity using the Activity menu tab. We can also customise the menu, so we'll soon add useful links to the main website, such as the Episode Guide, Music Guide etc.
The image below shows the new Activity tab where you can use the default Activity Streams, or Create or Edit your own streams....
If you choose to allow Browser Notifications, you will get a small pop up and sound effect to alert you when someone has say, replied to a topic you are following or created a new topic.
When you paste content from say another website or page, if the editor detects it it is styled content (different font, size, contains HTML or images etc), you can choose to quickly paste it as plain text.
I've a feeling many will like this new feature. You can now hightlight part of a post, and selectively quote it using the pop-up option that appears. When ready, only the part of the post you highlighted will be quoted, which saves time and is much neater. It makes it easier to quote part of someone's post without quoting the whole things, especially if its from a long post when it will save lots of scrolling.
A list of changes and new features...
Some of the main changes and new features include (I've highlighted the main ones, and removed a lot of the internal stuff from this list):
New menu structure and drag-and-drop menu manager
Ability to have two menu levels
Option to create both custom-link menu items and embed preconfigured menus
Preview before publishing
All menu items support group permissions
Discovery system, a very powerful new feature that allows for both admin and user created Activity Streams
Admin-defined Streams always visible to users. Users can edit and save admin streams to create their own, custom copy if they would like to tweak them to suit themselves.
The main show-all stream automatically tells you when there is new activity
Users can now create their own custom streams
User streams can be shared but viewer will only see content based on their permissions
Filter options include:
All content or specific apps. Some apps support further refinement into categories or content-type.
Content I posted in
Content I started
Content by specific members (user can create a list)
Content I follow
Areas I follow
Specific content I follow
Posted by members I follow
Since my last visit
Specified number of days
Specific date range
Activity Streams that reference features not available to Guests such as unread tracking and follow system will auto-hide
Selective quoting to highlight a bit of a post and quote just that
Gallery application enhancements
New upload image process
Images and movies are submitted to the same upload field
Uses div-mode which is much faster and more reliable. Clicking into the editor is now pretty much instant.
Auto-linking and member mentions to use new APIs for better reliability
Quotes, code boxes, and spoilers can be dragged and moved and there is no more "red line"
When cmd/ctrl right-clicking: options to remove or break-out of quotes, edit links and edit image properties
Pasting asks if you want to convert to plain text
Editor is responsive, and ability to have small editor show in areas with less space
Member @mentions in posts can now be selected by tab key
Design and interface enhancements
Improve typography for titles
Better contrast for user-entered text (posts/comments/etc)
Brighten background colors
Pre-select text in when share popup is opened
Make positive/negative colors consistent across all uses
Better hover highlighting of 'blended' links
Better styling of mentions in posts (both the username, and the menu to select a user)
Better contrast for certain areas
Flatten the default photo image
Improve popular/selected post styles
Change popular post icon to heart for consistency with likes
Make date a permalink for sharing
Improve sidebar contrast and block styles
Improve attachments dialog
Add X to close mobile nav menu
Select messages for multiple deleting in messenger
Make leaving a conversation clearer
Improved warning panel in user profiles
Move content status icons (pinned, hidden etc.) to start of row
Improve cover photo so it automatically puts it into position mode after uploading
Android title bar inherits theme header color
Added date uploaded to Downloads version dropdown
Browser notifications for completed actions (such as large file uploads)
The main search box defaults to the app you are currently browsing unless you are on home page where it searches all
New default interface
Results now highlight and skip to search term in preview
Retina emoticons for Ipad/iPhone etc (where available)
Receive notifications via your Browser Notifications of new Personal Messages and anything in the notifications menu
Intelligent auto-polling that only polls when needed to reduce server traffic
Browser local storage used, to allow for cross-communication if you have multiple tabs open to further reduce resource use