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Improved image quality in generated PDFs

January 26th, 2021

The generated PDF versions of your manuals now use the full resolution of the images that you uploaded. This will improve the quality of the images in your PDFs.
(Previously, the generated PDFs used the scaled down versions of the images that the online manuals use, for size and performance reasons)

To enjoy the new image quality, you do need to re-generated your PDF version from the menu.

BTW: of course, using the full res images will increase the size of the PDF files!


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:


Even faster manuals: all images now “lazy loaded”

June 29th, 2020

We’re always looking to improve the loading speed of the online manuals, to make navigating them as “snappy” as possible.

The next step we made in this area is the “lazy loading” of all included images. Images are now only loaded as they come into view. In other words, images at the top of the image (and in view) and loaded instantly, but others further down the page are only loaded “as needed”, when they are scrolled into view.

This makes the navigating between topics even snappier than before, especially on mobile devices and on slower connections.


Image delivery server upgraded

January 20th, 2020

All images in your Manula manuals are delivered through a separate image delivery server, that also resizes images “on demand”.

With more or more clients using Manula, this server was getting busier and busier. So to ensure speed and stability of your manuals and their images, we have just upgraded this image delivery server.


Faster loading of topics with (lots of) images

June 16th, 2016

Another performance improvement for the live manuals.
We found that topics including images experienced a slight delay before they started loading. I won’t bother you with the details, but it was related to fetching the image sizes.

Our system now caches this information, making the loading of image-heavy topics much faster.


Further improvements to the Image Manager

March 17th, 2016

We know most of you spend a lot of time with the Image Manager, so it’s an area we keep improving, for maximum clarity and usability.

image-manager-ui

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Image Manager: fixed three UI annoyances

February 10th, 2016

Two small tweaks to the Image Manager today, fixing three user interface annoyances:

  1. After adding an image, it is now automatically selected, for easy instant inserting to your topic.
    (previously, one had to find the newly added image in the list first)

  2. The Image Manager now remembers the Sort Order you select.
    (previously, it was reset to Name order each time you opened the screen)

  3. When clicking a folder on the left, it is automatically expanded to show sub-folders, if any.
    (previously, it was necessary to click the tiny folder icon to make it expand)

Enjoy!


Faster image delivery through SizR.io

October 7th, 2015

As promised earlier, we have now taken the next step in improving our manual content delivery.
As of today, all manual images are delivered through Manula’s upcoming sister product:

SizR.io, a high performance image resizing and delivery system.

SizR.io is now used for images included in manual topics, side bar images and top bar images, resulting in faster loading of your live manuals. The thumbnails versions of images in your Image Managers are served through SizR.io too, making the Image Manager load faster too.

Also new today:
PDF files are now delivered through a world-wide content delivery network, resulting in faster downloads.


New Image and Video Managers

April 28th, 2015

You may have been wondering about the lack of feature updates for well over a month. Well, this is why. We have been working on a complete rewrite and redesign of the Image and Video Managers, making them clearer, easier-to-use and adding a few features.

new-image-manager

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Faster image downloads through Amazon Cloudfront

January 18th, 2015

We have been experimenting with Amazon Cloudfront for Manula for a few months already, but today we switched over permanently. As of today, all images in your manuals are delivered through Amazon’s Cloudfront world-wide content delivery network.

This will result in faster downloads of all manual images for your readers. Once an image has been cached by a Cloudfront server near your (or your reader’s) location, it will be served super fast to other users in the same area.

Nothing to do on your end, just enjoy the performance improvements.


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