Content Management System

What's New in Version 10

Highlighting the New OU Campus

OU Campus is a constantly evolving solution to higher education needs. OmniUpdate strives to create a product that is easy to use, simple to understand, and most importantly, functional. With the arrival of v10, users can expect a number of changes to the interface, design, and functionality of theOU Campus system which include:

  • Complete Redesign: Newly redesigned interface geared towards making the end users' experience more enjoyable by maintaining organization and simplicity while preserving the current basic user experience.
  • Binary Management: Allows users to upload binary files, such as images. This feature is now included in all OU Campus installations by default.
  • Drag and Drop Files: Allows users to move, copy, and upload using drag and drop. Multiple files can be dragged and drop for upload simultaneously!
  • Gadgets and Gadgets Sidebar: Unique tools that can either be enabled or disabled by the end user.
  • Dashboard and Dashboard Gadgets: Provides users the ability to customize their Dashboard, including being able to enable or disable Dashboard gadgets.
  • Enhanced Mailbox: A fully functioning mailbox with enhanced reply and forward capabilities.
  • Find and Replace Improvements: Improvements to the Find and Replace tool, which allows users to replace content with specific contextual strings created by the user.
  • Image Editor: Allows users to modify or publish images uploaded to the OU Campus system.
  • File Navigation Sidebar: Allows users to quickly browse for files within the site in a tree-like structure.
  • List View Improvements: Provides users with a list view of all files within a directory on a site.
  • Admin vs. Reports: Multiple reporting options, which were previously available to administrators only, are now in a clearly defined Reports option. Reporting options are available to multiple user levels.

Complete Redesign

In v10, the global navigation bar has been visually simplified with the introduction of roll-over sub menus that are displayed only when the user hovers any of the available menu items.

Main Navigation in OU Campus (v9)

Main Navigation in OU Campus (v9)

Main Navigation in OU Campus (v10)

Main Navigation in OU Campus (v10)

The Global Navigation Bar located at the top of the screen is universal to all screens and includes drop-down menus that provide access to the additional functionality grouped categorically under the menus. The functionality includes access to creating, editing, uploading, reviewing, and managing content on a staging server so that it may be published on a production server as a public-facing web site or sites.

Depending upon the user's authority level and access settings, various menus and menu items are available. The main navigation consists of the following: 

  • Dashboard: Includes access to each individual user’s workflow, inbox, and Dashboard gadgets. TheDashboard is the default location when a user has not logged in via a DirectEdit link on a page.
  • Content: The Content menu includes access to the Pages list view and assets.
  • Reports: Provides access to administrative-level reporting and content management functionality.
  • Add-Ons: Provides access to additional applications that can be accessed through the OU Campusinterface (These are optional and can be configured by a Level 10 administrator).
  • User Avatar, or Gravatar, and User Name: Allows users to edit their personal settings or log out of OU Campus.
  • Setup: Provides access to site- and account-wide settings and setup functionality. This menu is only available to Level 10 administrators.
  • Help: Help menu items include information about the system, Support Site, OCN, New Features and Feedback Forum, and about how to contact the OmniUpdate Support team.

Binary Management

Note: Binary Management is limited and full functionality only available to those sites utilizing xml/xslt.

Binary Management expands web content management to binary files including images, videos, and documents, such as PDFs. Binary Management is now included in every installment of OU Campus by default. Binary Management is used in conjunction with the Dependency Manager to allow users to upload and edit media files whilst maintaining order and functionality of the files within the site using dependency tags. 

Drag and Drop Files

One favorite new feature amongst users is the ability to upload, copy, and move files within a site in OU Campus using drag and drop functionality that has been unavailable in previous versions of OU Campus. Previously, users could only select one file at a time during upload unless performing a Zip Import. Users can select a file(s) from their desktop or other external source and drag them directly into the Upload dialog with no limit to the number of files that can be uploaded. 

Drag and Drop Feature In the Upload Dialog

The ability to perform a Zip Import still exists, should a user prefer to upload files using that method. Users can also move or copy existing files on a site in the OU Campus system using the new drag and drop functionality. Files can be moved using this feature from either the Pages list view or the File Navigation sidebar.

Moving Files in OU Campus Using Drag and Drop

Gadgets and the Gadget Sidebar

Unavailable in previous versions, gadgets are tools, each with their own unique functionality, that users can enable or disable through the Gadget Sidebar. The Gadget sidebar can be accessed from most views by clicking the Show Gadgets button in the top right corner the screen. Clicking this button expands the Gadgets sidebar and displays all available gadgets.

Choose Sidebar Gadgets Dialog

Most gadgets are available to all users within an account in the OU Campus system unless otherwise manually restricted by an administrator. It is important to remember that some gadgets are only visible from within the WYSIWYG Editor or on certain pages within the OU Campus application. 

Dashboard and Dashboard Gadgets

The Dashboard available in previous versions of OU Campus has been redesigned in OU Campus. This view provides users with a summary of their account, including all files currently checked out, all activity performed on content within the site, and an internal mailbox used to receive messages from other OU Campus users. All users who log in to OU Campus will have the Dashboard available.

Dashboard in OU Campus (v10)

Dashboard in OU Campus (v10)

With the introduction of Dashboard gadgets in OU Campus, users can customize how their dashboard displays, including the ability to enable or disable individual Dashboard gadgets.

Choosing Dashboard Gadgets

Users can also rearrange the enabled gadgets by dragging and dropping them into the desired ordered from within the Dashboard view. 

Enhanced Mailbox

The mailbox in v9 was used strictly for workflow management. In v10, the mailbox acts as an actual mailbox. Users can now send emails to multiple users and even groups to which they belong. They can reply and forward emails. Workflow is managed within the mailbox as well in its own section. This allows for easy differentiation between the inbox messages and workflow assignments.  


Find and Replace

The Find and Replace tool has been improved from previous versions of OU Campus as well. In v10, users can select which files should be included in the search throughout the site at a more granular level, as well as search assets. Users can also preview any Find and Replace action before publishing the changes. This functionality allows users to preview the content as it will appear when it is published to the production server and provides users the ability to publish the changes on individual or multiple files. 

Find and Replace in OU Campus (v9)

Find and Replace in OU Campus (v9)

Find and Replace in OU Campus (v10)

Find and Replace in OU Campus (v10)

Image Editor

Users now have the ability to edit images directly from within OU Campus using the Image Editor tool. The Image Editor allows users to modify and publish images that have been uploaded to OU Campus and, if necessary, change access settings as well. The Image Editor is accessible both when uploading a new image and when editing an existing image. The new Image Editor does not require a Java applet to function so it is no longer necessary for users to install one on their computer. 

Image Editor Screen

File Navigation Sidebar

In v10, the Pages list view and File Navigation sidebar have been separated in order to create a more functional interface. Now, users can hide or expand the File Navigation sidebar while keeping the Pages list view open. Additionally, users can now toggle views in the File Navigation sidebar between Pages and Assets.

File Navigation Sidebar in OU Campus (v10)

File Navigation Sidebar in OU Campus (v10) 

The new design of the File Navigation sidebar allows for users to quickly browse directories for files using the file-tree design. Clicking the expand arrow next to a directory will display all files within that directory. Status indicators and file icons indicate the status of a particular piece of content as well as the file type. The Keep Synced (lock icon) can be used to synchronize the list within the sidebar with the Pages list view that was navigated to within the main content area. 

List View Improvements

The list view in OU Campus has changed significantly from previous versions. The first change to the list view is the addition of a new filter bar to certain list view screens, which allows users to filter the items displayed in the list view based on specific contextual strings. The list view interface has also been simplified using design elements such as hover-over menus and pagination. Hover-over menus allow users to select actions to perform on a file from menus that are hidden until the user hovers over the file's row in the list view. Pagination allows for list view results to be displayed across several pages and prevents users from having to scroll through the page. 

List View in OU Campus (v9)

Admin vs. Reports

In previous versions of OU Campus, administrators were able to run reports from the Admin tab of the global navigation bar. These reports provided users with a variety of information, ranging from identifying broken links to approving pages submitted by another user. However, in v10 the Admin screen has been properly renamed to Reports to clarify the functionality of this screen. Also, any reports that were not included previously in the Admin screen are now included in the Reports screen. The Reports screen is now available to all user levels with different reports and options depending on the user's permissions. The reports available include:

  • Required Actions: Allows administrators to identify pages that are broken or out-of-sync.
  • Checked Out Content: Allows administrators to see all checked out content, and metadata information for each item including who checked the file out and the date it was checked out.
  • Pending Approvals: Allows administrators and users with the proper permissions to review, approve, or decline publishing for content created by another user in the OU Campus system.
  • Scheduled Actions: Provides a view which allows administrators to see all scheduled actions within the site, including Expire and Publish events.
  • Site Check: Checks and validates all content within the site to insure there are no errors.
  • Recent Saves: Allows administrators to see all Save actions performed within a site.
  • Recent Publishes: Allows administrators to see all Publish actions performed within a site.

The results of each report are displayed in a list view, and the available actions that can be performed on a list item are displayed by hovering over the item's row.

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