August 2018 Release

More flexible Version Branching

Based on user feedback, we have made an optional version of branching. There are different use cases for branching, and the way it's been so far it has been more suitable for branches that are temporary and meant to be merged back into the "trunk" (main) branch. But that also meant you had to create all new branches from the same original topic or publication.

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Now we've added the option to change that. If you are instead, or also, using branching for "parallel branches", i.e versions that will live side by side, you can enable consecutive branching. This means that you can not only create a branch from the main branch, but from any secondary branch. So if you want to have a sequential series of branches, where the next starts off of the latest and greatest, that's no problem!

You can choose to use this option in the new settings tab System Settings.

Zoomin integration

We've partnered with Zoomin Software to offer yet another delivery platform.

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Combining Paligo's features for single-sourcing of your technical content with a full-featured delivery platform like Zoomin creates a powerful  enterprise end-to-end documentation solution.

The Zoomin integration is available on the Enterprise plan.

HTML5 output improvements

There have been lots of improvements and new features for HTML5 output, especially for the new Help Center themes.

"Was this helpful?" feedback buttons

Get feedback from your users on your help content, collect statistics by connecting it to your favourite analysis service, such as Google Analytics, and also optionally allow users to email you suggestions for improvements.

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Persistent image file names

So far, the image file names have been given a generated id name in output. Having a unique name has advantages, but you may need these names to be persistent (e.g if you version control your output files). Now you can select to use the unique id of the image in Paligo as a persistent name instead. You set this in the new System Settings tab.

Make it easy for your users to link to your help content

If you have help content on the middle of a page, it can sometimes be difficult to copy that link for the end user. Not anymore. Now you can enable a link that will appear when the user hovers over a title, and click to copy it.

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Auto-generate id for any element

Before, only elements you specifically link to had an id automatically generated. Now you can choose to auto-generate ids for any element you choose, in the Editor Settings.

There is also a new feature for auto-generating an id on a specific element, using the Element Structure Menu.

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Add more assets for HTML5

Besides adding your own CSS, Javascript, sitemaps, and logos, there are now more options for adding assets in the Layout Editor, such as a "robots.txt" file (for search engine crawlers), custom metatags, and your favicon.

Last modified date on your topics 

If you want your users to easily see when your help content was last updated, it's easy to do so. Just enable this feature in the Layout Editor, and it will automatically add in the footer of the page the last date you made an update for it in Paligo.

Shorter URL option for permalinks

You can now can have the shorter URL path for permalinks that's used for Ajax output, even if you don't use Ajax loading.

Support for Standard Embed in Wistia videos

Before you could only use the fallback option for Wistia videos. With this update you can now use the "Standard Embed" method too.

More control over the portal page for HTML5 Help Center

Select which categories are shown on as panels on portal page, control them with taxonomies, and select lower level topics for featured content.

Editor updates

Convert admonitions

Previously you had to use the source code editor to convert and admonition from one type to another, e.g from note to warning. Now you can easily do so by just selecting the element, and then choosing the command for creating another type. In that context it will convert the current one instead.

Better styling for admonitions in the editor

The previous look for admonitions was a bit confusing, as the icons were very similar in some cases. We've changed that and also made use of colors more consistent with the ANZI z535 standard for admonitions.

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More keyboard shortcuts

We love keyboard shortcuts, and using them in the Paligo editor makes writing structured authoring so much easier. So we've added several new ones, such as:

  • Elements programlisting or code: We know a lot of users write programlisting or code elements a lot. Now it's super easy to add them. 

  • Add a tip just as easily as other admonitions.

  • Element tag (like for writing about HTML or XML tags)

  • And of course, now that you can easily convert admonitions, you can do so by their keyboard shortcuts too.