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4.4: 6 New Micro Features

I really enjoy writing about the new features the development team have been slaving over for weeks (and sometimes months.)

It's a real joy to be able to share the finished product after we've seen it through inception, discussion, planning, assigning to a developer, coding, peer reviewing and final group testing.

Although sometimes, the features can be explained in a few screenshots, which makes for a pretty thin blog entry.

With that in mind, I've grouped together 6 of the best new micro-features for Invision Community 4.4.

Browser notifications
We introduced browser notifications in a previous version of Invision Community.

Once you've opted in to receive them, you'll get a fancy browser notification when new content is posted while you're off browsing other sites.

However, the browser prompt to ask for permission to push notifications isn't subtle, and it attacks you the second you log in for the first time.

In Invision Community 4.4, we've made it, so you're only asked to opt-in once you open the notification drop down.

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No more being attacked by a permission dialog

Widget display settings
One of the most popular features we've added to the front end in recent times is the drag and drop widgets.

We see these used on almost every site we visit.

A popular request, though, was to be able to hide them from specific devices. By default, the sidebars appear under the main content when viewed on a smaller device such as a phone.

There may be times where you wish to show a block for those on tablets and desktops, but remove it for phones, so it doesn't take up precious retail space.

Happily, you can now do this on each block with 4.4.

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Desktop only?

Club Navigation
Clubs are relatively new to Invision Community but they incredibly popular as they allow you to run micro-communities within your main community.

You're not limited to just forums either; you can add gallery albums and more to each club.

We've added the ability to re-arrange the club tabs allowing you to prioritise what you members see first.

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Rearranging club tabs

Announcement URLS
Announcements have been a core feature for a long time now. We use them whenever we have a holiday so we can notify our customers about reduced support on those days.

We've made it so you can now link to an item, rather than have to provide new copy for each announcement.

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We may have overdone it a bit

Time Frame selector
We noticed that in numerous areas around the Admin CP we had time input boxes. These would sometimes be used for seconds, minutes, hours and even days.

We've seen customers forced to enter things like 86400 seconds when they want the time frame to last a day. The lack of consistency wasn't great either.

In Invision Community 4.4, we've added a new Time Frame selector which is used as standard on all areas we ask for a time frame to be entered.

No more taking your socks off to work out how many seconds in a month.

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Time is no longer relative

Group Name Styling
For about as long as I can remember (and as I get older, this is not an impressive amount of time), we've allowed group names to be stylized when shown in the online user list.

A very popular request is to extend that same group highlighting throughout the suite.

Finally, Invision Community 4.4 brings this to the suite.

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If the group name is visible, that gets the styling, otherwise the name does

These features may be micro in nature, but we hope they make a significant improvement to your community.

Which are you most looking forward to? Drop a comment below and let us know.

Edited by Matt


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Widget display settings

What if the widget is still important and need to show on mobiles?

Better approach

Checkbox :

Hide - the widget is shown like in the image below. Tapping the widget title reveals the content

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Top - widget display at the top

Bottom - widget display at the bottom

Currently sidebar widgets are shown at the bottom (default)

Edited by amator

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3 hours ago, marklcfc said:

👍 Announcement url, I recall asking for this when those new announcement blocks were added

There's also a new option to have announcements just be text that doesn't link to anywhere. 🤫

2 hours ago, MMXII said:

I am confused. Maybe it is just the screenshot, but... what exactly has changed here compared to earlier versions?

This is something that's rolled out everywhere in the platform, not just on member profiles. The announcement screenshot above gives a good idea of what this looks like on the forum index, you'll note that my name is in red.

2 hours ago, amator said:

What if the widget is still important and need to show on mobiles?

Better approach

Checkbox :

Hide - the widget is shown like in the image below. Tapping the widget title reveals the content

1996791138_widgetsmobile.thumb.png.cf9942c5b85a6aa6d40887622f45dea9.png

Top - widget display at the top

Bottom - widget display at the bottom

Currently sidebar widgets are shown at the bottom (default)

Where the sidebar widgets are shown depends on how you have your sidebar configured. It's all to do with the flow of HTML (sorry for getting technical), if the sidebar is on the right then the widgets are in the HTML after the page content. If they're on the left, they are before the page content. When the page is condensed down to a single column, it is this structure that determines where those widgets are displayed.

Quite simply though, if you have a widget that's important enough to display on mobile, you would check the 'mobile' option in the widget settings.

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24 minutes ago, Stuart Silvester said:

Quite simply though, if you have a widget that's important enough to display on mobile, you would check the 'mobile' option in the widget settings.

What if i want sidebar on the right side and want to display a specific widget at the top (content hidden or not) ?

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The ability to hide widgets on devices is great, I’ve been doing it with custom css. I would have liked to see a something done with fluid Forum view and making that category box in the sidebar collapsible by default, hidden, or something else per device as well, maybe turning it into a widget.

Hiding widgets by device will address some of this feature request, although would be nice to assign different views,  different controllers.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Stuart Silvester said:

This is something that's rolled out everywhere in the platform, not just on member profiles. The attachment screenshot gives a good idea of what this looks like on the forum index, you'll note that my name is in red.

Huh? The screenshot shows the profile page (not the forum index), and nothing is different with Matt's name.  

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24 minutes ago, USCJ Digital said:

Thank you! The ability to re-order tabs in Clubs has requested frequently by our club leaders. This is very exciting - not a 'micro' feature at all 🙂

I guess @Adriano Faria @Martin A. and some others will be happy to hear that we've also cleaned up the code and provide now a clean way for 3rd parties to add own tabs to the club navigation 🙂

More information will be posted in a separate topic with the 4.4 changes for 3rd party developers 🙂

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7 hours ago, Daniel F said:

and provide now a clean way for 3rd parties to add own tabs to the club navigation

Good to hear. I have a couple of resources that creates a tab there. 👍

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Hide sub-levels (f.e. all third level subforums or specified subforums that shall not be shown) in fluid view navigation.

My navigation forums list currently contains 150 forums -> and hence makes the current fluid view implementation unusable.

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22 hours ago, eskaiter said:

All new features are nothing worth as long as they won't kill facebook, twitter, instagram and os on!

 

Based on that logic, IPS may as well shut up shop right now.

Companies like IPS are not here to 'kill' social media, but these small enhancements improve the quality of the user experience for administrators and users alike, so for some of us they are indeed noteworthy.

I've been somewhat vocal elsewhere about the things that social media gets right, and where I see IPS could make improvements, but credit is due to the team for their ongoing efforts to improve the suite.

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Still awaiting an option where users can de-activate their account themselves and enable it back as they see fit. For now we use different group and move them under another group but seems like once you enable - not able to visit this forum - it shows "You are banned message" instead of showing something else. 

Patiently awaiting for that functionality so that I don't have to rely on any 3rd party stuff. Thanks!

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I have a specific retirement for Widget display settings

I want to show on all desktop - phones - tabs  ... but dont want to show in a specific case of hybrid app

 

hybrid app is an app where web page is called in side mobile app

The problem is google dasense are not allowed in mobile app and If I have ads on the website -- I cannot call them in app

If this solution can come up....  '

this can do wonders

 


 

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