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Faster browsing of online manuals

December 23rd, 2020

Some performance optimizations today. We were able to optimize the code that “renders” topics in your live online manuals, which has resulted in topics loading quite a bit faster. This is especially noticeable on long topics with a more complex layout.

Also, we changed the way the new topic loads when navigating to a different topic using the Table of Contents. Previously, the topic content area was blanked out while the new topic loaded, which caused a “flashing” behaviour. Now, the old topic content is greyed out a bit, with a nice loading animation. Makes it feel smoother and snappier too.

BTW: more performance optimizations for the live manuals are coming up early January 2021!

ToC panel in editor is now scrollable separately

November 25th, 2020

A common annoyance reported by our users, especially those with big manuals with a looonnnnggg Table of Contents:

“In the manual editor, when I click a topic that is far down the ToC, the page refresh and the ToC is scrolled back at the top again. Can you not make the ToC a separately scrollable panel”?”

Yes, we can! And we just did.

The Table of Contents panel is now a separately scrollable panel AND remembers its scroll position after a page refresh! This should make working on big manuals a lot more enjoyable.

A big Thank You! to all users who suggested this!

Live manuals now auto-expand topics in ToC

November 24th, 2020

A nice tweak suggested by one of our clients (thank you, Caroline!)

“When navigating to a sub-topic via a link, can the parent topic auto-expand?

That is good one indeed. If you click on a topic link somewhere inside a topic’s body, it did now automatically expand the parent topic in the Table of Contents panel, making the new selected topic still invisible.

Auto-expanding the new topic’s parent(s) is a perfect enhancement indeed.
And today, we have implemented just that 🙂


Fix: search box in Video and Document Managers didn’t work

November 19th, 2020

A quick fix for an old bug, reported by user Caroline:
The search box in the Video and Document Managers didn’t work, at all.

But now it does 🙂

Fix: additional spacing below Next/Prev links at the top

November 19th, 2020

Small fix today for a styling problem reported by one of our users (thanks Crest2208!).

In the live manuals, when enabling the Next/Previous topic links at the top, there was a weird extra empty space below the links.

Fixed now!

Search for phrases using quotes

October 8th, 2020

Today, a big improvement to the search engine for live manuals. Suggested by users for many years, but now finally available:
The ability to search for exact phrases using quotes, e.g. “code block” or “manual settings”.

Improved Link to Topic screen

October 1st, 2020

An improvement for the “Link to Topic” screen, suggested by user Michael:

“In our guides it’s helpful to be able to search for specific page names when setting up new topic links. The only snag is multiple topics with the same or similar names.
Is there a way to show the ‘breadcrumbs’ so we can see where the pages are nested?”

Definitely makes senses, so here’s what we did:

When you enter the Link to Topic screen, it looks like this (nothing changed here):

In the Link to Topic screen, as soon as you start a search, the layout changes and includes the path/breadcrumb to the topic:

New Google Analytics setting

September 3rd, 2020

In the Manula Account settings, you can set your own Google Analytics ID, so that you can track page views for your online manuals in your own Analytics account.

However, when doing so, the live manual pages also include *our* Manula Analytics ID, so that we can keep track of page views across all client manuals.

If, for any reason, you would prefer not to have our tracking ID in your manual pages, it is now possible to switch that off, with a new setting under Account Settings, called

[x] Allow inclusion of Manula Analytics ID

which is switched ON by default.

Media Managers now directly available from the menu

July 7th, 2020

A few weeks ago, Manula user Joe asked:

Is there a way that you can access the library of images, videos and files etc…….. rather than having to access from a topic when inserting?

I would like to upload all the files, videos etc in advance so that I can use them across all the different topics if required. Or, if I need to replace an image, I don’t want to have to go back into the topic editor to do so.

Excellent point, Joe!

So as of today, there is new Media Manager item in the menu, even at the account level, that lets you go straight to the Image, Video and Document managers:

Include Previous/Next Topic links at the top

July 6th, 2020

Another nice addition suggested by one of our clients (thanks Nick!):

It is now possible to include the Next and Previous topic links at the TOP. Or at the bottom. Or both. Or just not have them at all. You choose!

This setting can be found on the Customization tab of the Manual Settings screen:

Previous/Next Topic links showing at the top of a topic:

Enjoy and stay safe!

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