What's changed in this version of Phrontex
For users familiar with the previous version of Phrontex, here is a summary of the changes.
- The menu shows content only. In the previous version, some maintenance actions were under the Site Maintenance heading in the menu. These actions are now included in the drop-downs at top-right.
- All user actions are available on the drop-downs. Which actions are available at any time depends on what content you are looking at, and on the permission settings for that content.
- The display updates automatically. If you’re looking at a page and another user approves a new version of that page, your display will be updated within a minute or so.
- Configurable listings: when you are viewing a listing of content items, you can configure the display as you wish: select which item properties to display, the order of columns, and the column widths.
- There are no Save buttons. Your changes are saved automatically.
- Drag-and-drop cross-referencing: you can add cross-references simply by dragging from the menu into your page. You can create clickable hotspots on graphics in your page in the same way: just drag from the menu and drop onto the graphic.
- You can save pages and page selections in any of the common file formats: PDF, Word, ODF, plain text, etc.
Page selections and multiple menus
The function in the previous version for creating downloadable documents has been improved and extended. The previous ‘downloads’ are now referred to as Page selections.
- Page selections can be used not only to create documents for download, but also as menus.
- You can have any number of menus, customised for different users as you need.
- The page selection editor is simpler, easier to use, and more powerful.
User selections and permissions
The method for setting permissions is simpler and more powerful. The cumbersome sets of checkboxes associated with each page have been removed. This is the new method —
- You define User selections, such as ‘Senior managers’, ‘Head office personnel’, ‘Contractors’, or whatever you need. The selection of users can be by name or by one or more rules such as users holding any of these positions... or user characteristics like location or seniority.
- You set permissions by specifying the user groups with permission to view, edit, and approve.
This approach simplifies control and audit of user access.