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4.5: User Interface Improvements

Invision Community has certainly changed a lot over the years as we've moved through major updates and large user interface changes. 

While large scale changes offer a dramatic difference, it is sometimes the smaller changes that bring the most satisfaction when using your community daily.

This blog entry rounds up some of the UI improvements Invision Community 4.5 brings.

Content View Behavior
What do you want to happen when you click a topic link? Are you taken to the first comment, the last comment or the first comment you've not read? If you speak to 100 people, I'm pretty sure you'll get a good spread of votes for each.

Invision Community has always offered subtle ways to get right to the first unread comment. Our infamous dot or star allows you to do this, but it is so subtle almost no one knows this.

Invision Community 4.5 now allows each member to choose (with the AdminCP offering a default).

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Now everyone wins!

Who Reacted?
Invision Community has had reactions for a long while now. Although finding out who exactly reacted without clicking the counts has proved irksome.

We've fixed that in Invision Community so simply mousing over the reaction icon reveals who reacted.

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Sign In Anonymously
For as long as I can remember, Invision Community has offered an option to sign in anonymously via a checkbox on the login form.

However, as we've added faster ways to log in via Facebook, Twitter, Google and more it's become less straight forward to ensure your anonymity.

Invision Community 4.5 removes this login preference and moves it to your members' settings.

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Now your members can resume hiding as they move around your community across multiple logins.

Resize Before Uploading
One of the most popular requests we've had in recent times is to resize large images before uploading. It's quite likely that your giant full resolution image will be denied when attempting to upload, and it's a bit of a faff to resize it in a photo editor.

Invision Community leverages the uploader's ability to resize before uploading, which makes it a much happier experience.

Switch Off Automatic Language Detection
Invision Community attempts to map your browser's user-agent to a specific language pack.

When you visit a site, your browser lets the site know which language our browser is set to (often dictated by your operating system) and we use that to show you the correct language if the community you're visiting has multiple languages installed.

However, it might be that you don't want this to happen because although your computer's OS is set to a specific language, it doesn't always follow that is the one you wish to use on a website.

Invision Community 4.5 allows this automatic detection to be switched off.

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Quote Collapse
We will finish with another popular feature request; the ability for long quotes to be collapsed, reducing the amount of scrolling one has to do.

Quite simply, Invision Community collapses long quotes with an option to expand them to read the entire quote.

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Thank you to all our customers who have taken the time to leave feedback. As you can see, we do listen and action your feedback.

Which change are you looking forward to the most? Let us know below!

Edited by Matt


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This updates can help Administrators to make its communities alive and protected from prohibited content:

  1. Allow Administrator to change the topicstarter.
  2. Options to ban members to change topic title and firts message separately.
  3. Setup permissions for members group that way, so the members of "one group" could see each other content, but other groups can't see "one group" content. Like parallel world in the same community.
  4. If Reply to this status... in All Activity feed, then updated status goes UP on the feed.
  5. Notifications about someone's replied to any Status Updates.
  6. Delete Digg and Delicious from Share on. Change for WhatsApp, Telegram, WeChat, Instagram. Add the setup option for it in the AdminCP.
  7. Word Filters for Status Updates replies.
  8. Word Filters for About Me in Profile.
  9. Display Pinned topics and Recommended posts in All Activity feed.
  10. If Added new word to filter, all the filtered content must be updated regarding Action to take.
  11. Built-in translator for messages in other languages.
  12. Quote Collapse.
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One of the most popular requests we've had in recent times is to resize large images before uploading. It's quite likely that your giant full resolution image will be denied when attempting to upload, and it's a bit of a faff to resize it in a photo editor.

Invision Community leverages the uploader's ability to resize before uploading, which makes it a much happier experience.

Love it. Thanks!!!

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1 hour ago, Mr 13 said:

Collapse only for quotes? It would be nice to have the same feature for code blocks.

It wouldn't be hard to extend it to code blocks, but it should be noted that clients have requested doing this for quotes quite a bit, but I can't recall seeing any suggestions requesting we add this to code blocks. This is why we strongly encourage clients to post in our feedback area so we can gauge which features our community are most interested in.

(We take in input from other sources as well, just to be clear)

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Open normally

I think you should change that wording to reflect what the "normal" way of opening a topic is. I assume you mean "First post", but using the word "normally" can be something else for someone. If a community have made some template changes or used a plugin to change the normal behavior, the "normal" way for that community isn't the same as yours. 

Hope you've changed this in the record feed too. Clicking the name of an article and to then be taken to the last comment is the least normal thing to do.

Edited by Martin A.

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We really needed:
"Take me to the most popular comments" or
"Take me to the highest rated comments"

The reason why that's so important is because the most popular or highest rated comments // content by the community usually defines the best answers without the need to read through the entire topic to get to the most informational or informative answers of the topic. Not many people anymore want to read an entire thread to get to the best answer(s) provided by the community. This could be a game changer in forum software. The idea here is to promote the highest quality content and keep people on the site, not deter them because they have to read pages upon pages to find the best answer.

The way this is now is just moving around what we had, these options do not help in defining the most informative content for a user that wants to save themselves some time, it also doesn't reward people for giving the best answers nor does it persuade people to try and give a best answer. We're still forced to read content that may not even apply to the topic subject at hand.

Thanks

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9 hours ago, DesignzShop said:

We really needed:
"Take me to the most popular comments" or
"Take me to the highest rated comments"

I would have thought that, in order to achieve that, we'd need to group or order those comments in some way. In a linear chronological view it would only be able to take you to one of them. Can IPS group top/highest rated comments in a reddit-esque style? If so, I agree it would be a good option for that use case.

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Which change are you looking forward to the most? Let us know below!

Can I vote for (in random order):

1) Order/Categorise emoticons - to be able to put custom board emoji's on top of the list, above the native/general ones
2) An domain white/black list on the image-cache for images that should not be cached (e.g. so called tickers in signatures for example)
3) Be able to disable content on unread / activity-streams of open clubs which you not (!) have joined

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9 hours ago, DesignzShop said:

Take me to the most popular comments" or
"Take me to the highest rated comments"

I've done something similar for a project, where we have put the link to the most popular comment (which is also the one with the highest rates) into the sidebar.

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5 hours ago, Fosters said:

I've done something similar for a project, where we have put the link to the most popular comment (which is also the one with the highest rates) into the sidebar.

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That's a nice widget.

I like that widget.

Something you plan to release on the marketplace?

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Quote Collapse
We will finish with another popular feature request; the ability for long quotes to be collapsed, reducing the amount of scrolling one has to do.

Quite simply, Invision Community collapses long quotes with an option to expand them to read the entire quote.

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Well, that will eliminate one plugin I have - great!

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22 hours ago, Makoto said:

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That's a nice widget.

I like that widget.

Something you plan to release on the marketplace?

It wasn't planned, but yea, I can probably next week. Right now this whole app includes dozens of changes for the topic page, will need to add some settings to make them optional 🙂

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