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New variable: {TOPIC-TITLE}

April 18th, 2019

A quick addition, based on a request from one of our users (thanks Charles!):

A new system variable called {TOPIC-TITLE} is now available, holding the title of the current topic.

Super useful if you want to include the title of your topic somewhere in your topic’s content, without duplicating the actual title text.

Search across all your manuals using the new hub page search box!

April 8th, 2019

It is now possible to let your manual readers search across all your manuals in one go. To allow this, we have introduced a new search box on your manual hub page:

When searching from there, the search results will present relevant topics from all your manuals:

More focused search results

April 5th, 2019

A small change to the search system today, to make search results more focused, less “fuzzy”:

If you enter multiple words in the search box, the results will now only show topics that contain ALL words. (Previously, it showed topics that contained ANY of the words.)


Expandable/collapsible lists

February 10th, 2019

It is now possible to create nice lists with entries that can be expanded to show more content.

Since the Textile mark-down language does not provide for something like this, it requires some HTML tags:

List item 1
item 1 content
List item 2
Item 2 content
List item 3
Item 3 content

The content blocks can contain any content you like, like images, bullets, tables, warning boxes, etc…

More details and some demo expandable lists can be found in our manual here.

Added: Bulgarian translation for the UI of live manuals

November 2nd, 2018

Added today, thanks to Rossen Varbanov, the user interface texts for the live manuals are now also available in Bulgarian.

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

New: automatically include a topic’s Last Modified date

October 29th, 2018

For some types of manuals, it is important to list the topic’s last modified date under each topic. For instance, one Manula user requested this feature for their ISO27001 compliance.

With today’s changes, we have give you two ways to do this:

  • We have introduced a new System Variable called {TOPIC-LAST-MODIFIED}. You can use that to manually include the date into your topics, only where needed.
  • We have introduced a new setting in the Manual Settings screen, under Customization, called “Include last modified date below each topic“. This will automatically include the date under each topic, in both the live manual and generated PDF, nicely right aligned, in light grey italics.

Manula manual updated to reflect all recent UI changes

October 26th, 2018

Some sections of our own manual had become outdated over time, because of many small UI improvements we made over time. Sometimes causing confusing for new users, especially when the screen shots in the manual do not exactly match the current UI.
In the past few days, we have gone through the entire manual and have updated all screen shots and all topics to match with the current software.

Big re-design of the user interface!

August 29th, 2018

The first version of the Manula software went live in March 2013. Through the years, we have been adding features, tweaking existing features, changing the user interface, etc, all of which have made the software into the mature product it is today.

However, because of the incremental development, the user interface had gotten a bit crowded, a bit messy, especially while in the manual editor (where you probably spend most of your time).

So it was time to take a step back, clean up the user interface and re-group all commands and features into logical menus. Here’s what we changed:

Clean top bars in the manual editor

In the manual editor, the top bars are now much cleaner, just showing the information you need: manual name, version and language. The search box is now directly available in the top bar.

Also, to bring a clear focus on the most important button here (“Add Topic”), this is now the only button above the Table of Contents, with the less commonly used “Share” and “Copy” tools available in the button’s dropdown menu.

All other buttons and commands have been moved to two sidebar menus, opened by the icons on the top right and top left.

Side-bar menu on the right

Click the “user icon” top right and the sidebar menu on the right will open.

This menu now gives you access to both your user profile and, if you’re and admin user, all account level settings and “administrative” tool (like Subscription and Invoices).

Side-bar menu on the left

This is where the main action is.

The top part of the menu is all about the manual that is currently open.
You can switch between the Editor, Revisions, Statistics and Comments (previously big tabs at the top of the editor page). Also, Generate your PDF from here or manage your Manual Settings.

Also in the side-bar menu on the left are your management pages for Authors and Readers, plus the Backup and Translation tools.

Finally, the Help section: access the Manual, contact Support and view the Changelog.

PDF settings now in Generate PDF screen

Previously, the settings for the PDF generation were located in the Manual Settings screen, on the PDF tab. However, recently we had a brainwave: what if we put the PDF generator settings INSIDE the Generate PDF screen?

Wow, why didn’t we think of that earlier: 🙂

Next up: update our manual to reflect the new UI

I know, I know, we should have done that immediately. But we were so proud of the new UI, that we wanted it live ASAP. So here it is. Manual updates coming up ASAP!!!!
(we have a good tool for that, so should be quick and easy)

Fixed: Edit Author screen, manual access settings did not save

August 15th, 2018

Fixed today: as small issue in the Author screen. This is the screen where you can set the Access to the manuals for the author, with checkboxes.
For accounts with a very large number of manuals, these Access checkboxes did not save correctly.

Fixed: Google Analytics tracking

August 13th, 2018

The introduction of our cookie-consent popups (for GDPR compliancy) had broken the Google Analytics tracking for manuals that are integrated on the user’s domain.

We have now fixed the Analytics javascript and all tracking is up and running again!
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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