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What else changed?

Posted by RosemaryTietge Sep 16, 2017

Menus

You may have noticed that the menus in the FileMaker Community changed a bit.

 

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Platform replaced Resources and contains links to everything related to giving feedback on and learning about the FileMaker Platform -- it's the fastest way to get to the Ideas and Report an Issue spaces; App Innovations; the FileMaker Product Roadmap; and the Video, Tech Brief, and Training, Examples, and Tools collections. I'm still working on the final layout for that area; please pardon the dust while I complete it.

 

We moved DevCon up to the top menu to make it really easy to jump to the session materials and information about next year once it's available.

 

Finally, we combined the old Community Feedback and Community Information into one space. There's now one place to go to give feedback on and learn how to effectively use the Community and to get information about FileMaker's Developer Programs.

 

Content Streamlined

We also retired many unused spaces and out of date and duplicate content. If you have trouble finding anything, or I removed a still useful resource, please comment on this post and I will find it and pull it out of the archive.

The default page for discussions is now an activity page that shows a synopsis of recent and trending discussions and questions. If you want to see just the subjects for everything that is happening, click content in the banner.

 

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To return to the Content list, click Discussions in the breadcrumbs.

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On change in the new Community is that Questions and Discussions are two different content types. Clicking Discussions to get back to the content list, selects just the Discussions content type which is a little confusing since most of the content in the main Discussions space is questions.

 

To see Discussions and Questions, click on All Content.

 

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My two favorite workarounds for this are to either

  1. Open a bunch of threads in new tabs and then close each tab after I've finished reading. Then I'm back on the Content list and can select additional threads to read.
  2. Use the back button (or the back keyboard shortcut) to return to the content list instead of the Discussions breadcrumb.

 

If you have any other questions about changes in the FileMaker Community, ask a question in Community Feedback and Information. Someone from the team will jump in and answer.

"News" is the new "Home"

To streamline your experience, we have eliminated the static Home page and replaced it with the News page. The "News" link in the navigation bar and the FileMaker Community logo in the header now take you to the News page. All of the links that were available on the previous home page are be available in the "Explore the Community" section on the right. If you have a News stream or custom stream pinned, you will bypass the banner on the news page and be taken straight to the stream you've selected as your default view.

 

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New Content Format

To provide a simplified and mobile-friendly user experience, all content is now in a responsive design format. The Actions menu, Edit, and Share links have been rolled up into a menu just below the main navigation, and the Like and Comment buttons are now just below the title. See below for examples of what each content type looks like now.

Discussions and Questions

Questions are now a separate content type than Discussions. Choose the type that best fits your post. On questions, you select "I have the same question." to be alerted when answers are posted.

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Documents

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Blogs

You'll start to see FileMaker, Inc. publishing product news articles and other content using the new Blog content type. To start with, there are blogs associated with FileMaker, Inc. news and the Community Information and Feedback space.

 

New Place (Space or Group) Format

We've moved the most used Spaces and Groups to the new mobile-friendly Activity page layout. The biggest user experience change to note is that the Actions menu has moved from the right column to the upper right corner of the banner.

 

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New Profile Design

We've made some improvements to user profiles as well and transitioned them to a responsive design format. The updated profiles

  • Provide the personal details you share in the left column
  • Highlight your top contributions and most popular content
  • Provide quicker access to other links within your profile, such as Rewards (badges/points)
  • Allow you to personalize with a banner image
  • Show your company name (if you have chosen to display it to other members) instead of department.

 

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Other changes

In addition, the updated FileMaker Community no longer requires Flash to play videos or preview other documents.

The points system is also changing. All your points and certification badges will move, and you will continue to accrue points for posting, replying, marking answers helpful and correct. We'll share more information about the new points system next week.

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