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  •  Custom event calendars: select by location

    Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009

    The campus calendar now allows custom calendars to be constructed using the event location for selection.  Here's an example: http://www.scu.edu/is/about/events.cfm - listing all events scheduled to take place in the Learning Commons building.

  •  Commonspot authoring access on Wednesday, 4/15

    Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2009

    There will be a short interruption in Commonspot authoring access, now planned for Wednesday (4/15) morning.  The system operators will be upgrading and patching the authoring server, which will require stopping authoring and Commonspot replication for about an hour.  This was originally planned for Tuesday afternoon, but has been rescheduled.

  •  SCU home page and base template changes

    Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2009

    The "SCU Experience" presentation is now live on the SCU home page - each of the core attributes contains two features, including video and image slideshows.  The base template has also been modified - the university seal has taken the place of the mission icon in the image at the top of each page.

  •  A work-around for "hopping" Commonspot icons

    Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2009

    Commonspot users frequently encounter problems with access to element icons in pages that have content "below the fold" - content that is not visible when the page content is scrolled to the top of the window.  Clicking on an element icon can cause the page view to "hop" to the top of the page, and you then lose access to the element's menu options.

    A work-around for this problem is to press the CTRL key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) when clicking the element icon.  That should prevent the view from resetting to the top of the page.

    Credit for this useful tip goes to OMC student assistant Chris.

  •  Internet Explorer 8 and Commonspot

    Thursday, Mar. 26, 2009

    Commonspot isn't fully functional (yet) in the new version of Internet Explorer.  Paperthin does intend to include support for IE8 in a forthcoming release, but for now you'll need to stick with IE7 on any system you're using for Commonspot authoring.

  •  Follow SCU news and events on Twitter

    Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009

    The SCU event calendar and Media Relations press releases are now available on Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/scunews

    http://twitter.com/scuevents

  •  Flickr slideshow element

    Friday, Feb. 20, 2009
    A custom element is available to display a slideshow of images from a Flickr set, or selected from tagged images in a Flickr account. The element can be found in the Content Well element gallery category. This element can be used for any images hosted in Flickr, but f you have images that are related to SCU and are of general interest, they may be added to SCU's Flickr account. Send a support request for more information regarding access to Flickr for SCU images.
  •  Include an iTunes U podcast feed

    Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
    If you have content in SCU's iTunes U store, you're not limited to providing access only via the iTunes client. You can include the podcast feed in a Commonspot page, using the "iTunes U Feed" element, now available in the Content Well element gallery category.
  •  Optimizing PDF files

    Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
    When uploading PDF files to your site, be sure to optimize the file for Web viewing. This can reduce the size of the PDF file dramatically, and ensure that viewers accessing your content aren't subjected to unnecessarily long download times.
  •  404 page now includes Google search widget

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
    A widget provided by Google has been added to the www web server's 404 (file not found) page - it takes the URL for the requested page and suggests close matches or alternate links, rather than simply indicate that the page doesn't exist
 
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