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Image delivery server upgraded

February 28th, 2022

All images in your live online manuals are being served by a dedicated server that scales images on demand, then delivers them through the AWS Cloudfront CDN.

However, that image scaling server has been having problems in the last few weeks, especially during peak hours. Which has caused some short downtimes already.

So we have now upgraded that server, basically doubling its processing power.


New setting for opening external links (in new tab or not)

October 13th, 2021

Manula client Rebecca is using Manula manuals in a mobile embedded browser environment that does not support multiple browser tabs. Which was causing problems with Manula’s external website links, which always opened in a new tab, by default.

So Rebecca’s request was to make this “new tab behaviour” optional.
Sure, no problem, there now is a new setting for this in the Settings screen, Customization tab, under “Topics”:

Table of Contents of live manuals now “auto scrolls”

August 19th, 2021

Another improvement for the live online manuals, suggested by our loyal client Allyson, of SIOS Technology Corp.

When you click a topic link, from one topic to another, the Table of Contents on the left now auto-scrolls to make the new selected topic visible. The same now happens when using the Next / Previous Topic links at the top or bottom of your topics.


Added: Lithuanian translation for the UI of live manuals

July 26th, 2021

Added today, thanks to Vytautas Tamulis of CityPro, the user interface texts for the live manuals are now also available in Lithuanian.

(user interface texts automatically switch over with the language setting of your manual)

Fixed: searching with quotes within the admin

June 25th, 2021

Small fix to the topic search engine within the Manula admin system:
When searching for a phrase using double quotes, the phrase search did not work correctly.

All good now, the admin search now returns the exact same results as the live manual search.

Thank you, Ernesto, for reporting this!

Fixed: incorrect display of special characters in browser tab

June 23rd, 2021

Weird problem that sometimes popped up in some browsers:
When using special characters in topic titles, those titles did not display correctly in the browser tab when opening that topic in the live manual.
Found on Chrome, but was possibly also present in other browsers.

This bug has now been squashed!

Fixed: searches with double quotes

May 12th, 2021

Small fix for the online manuals:
When searching for phrases using double quotes, the search term did not show up correctly in the search box above the search results, showing

"my search phrase"

Instead of the correct

“my search phrase”

Optimized remembering of ToC state

March 10th, 2021

All online manuals created with Manula automatically remember the “state” of the Table of Contents (ToC). That is, if you expand a topic in the ToC, it will stay expanded.

Previous, this ToC state was remembered in a browser cookie. However, for big manuals with thousands of topics, this cookie could get quite large, even up to the point of causing problems with some servers (for integrated manuals).

So we have completely rewritten this ToC state saving system:

  • The total size of the saved data is now much smaller
  • It now use local browser storage instead of cookies, which is faster too.

Our thanks go to Henriette of Dansk Golf Union for bringing this to our attention!

Live manuals now include lang=”xx” attribute

March 2nd, 2021

Tiny tweak to the live manuals, for SEO purposes: The HTML tag of live manuals now include the lang=”xx” attribute, indicating the language of that manual.

Google Tag Manager support

February 25th, 2021

Manula was already supporting the inclusion of your own Google Analytics tags in your manual pages, so that you can track your manual visits in your own Analytics account. However, that still worked the “old-skool” way, by inserting your Google Analytics ID in the Manual Settings screen.

But.. as of today, we are also supporting the use of your Google Tag Manager ID. Which is required if you want to use Google Analytics 4.

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