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Enmore 2012
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This BLOG provides the 2012 series of informal Enmore announcements, plus short discussion items on the use of our services and on topics related to collaboration and support web services.

More new Multimedia Plugins

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Monday 31 December, 2012

New Multimedia Plugins now availablelink

Version 9.xLTS of Tiki now supports some new Plugins that allow you to display different video formats/sources in a Wiki page or Article


BLIPTV: lets you play a Blip.tv video,
VIMEO: lets you play a Vimeo video, and
WMV: lets you play a Windows Media Player movie (.wmv)


If you would like to learn more about any of these new Plugins then please contact us.

Create slide shows from a Wiki page

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Friday 16 November, 2012

New Slide Show capabilitylink

From version 9.xLTS of Tiki a new Slide Show capability is available that uses content from a designated Wiki page.

Each slide is a separate section of the Wiki page starting with the <h2> HTML tag if the page is in HTML, or the !! Wiki notation if the page uses Wiki syntax.


Within each slide section you can create whatever content you like and there are simple to use 'controls' for moving through the slides or automating their display, which are shown when the mouse hovers over the bottom of the slide; there is even an control that lets you export the slides as a PDF document!

An example Slide Show is shown below - this is just displaying the specific Slide Show Wiki page in an IFRAME using the IFRAME Plugin (see the earlier blog post on this Plugin}



If you would like to learn more about the Slide Show capability then please contact us.


Tiki 9.2LTS released

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Tuesday 30 October, 2012

New Long Term Support (LTS) Tiki version now availablelink

Version 9.2LTS of Tiki is now available.

Following further extensive testing and bug fixing, since version 9.1 was not quite stable enough for our clients, Tiki 9.2LTS is now being used to start the upgrade cycle for Enmore clients.

The previous Long Term Support (LTS) version, 6.x, was first made available in late 2010, and whilst there have been a number of dot releases since then, the more advanced features developed in versions 7, 8 and 9 were not available until now.

We will be profiling some of these new features in subsequent blog posts, but if you would like to learn more about Tiki 9.2LTS then please contact us.

Updated and enhanced Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) tools

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Wednesday 03 October, 2012

Updated and enhanced SEO capabilitieslink

Enmore has continued to develop and enhance the tools available within Tiki for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), that were first started for version 4.x (see this March 2011 blog post)

In addition to the features described in the earlier post, Tiki now provides in version 9.x further tools that automate or make easier the management of key aspects of a site that 'help' the search engine indexing processes. These are as follows:

  • Automated description meta tags are applied to:
    • blogs using the blog name text
    • blog posts using a concatenation of the post title and the blog name
  • Automation of the alt tag for images (increasingly important for indexing images) when using the IMG plugin
    • if a specific alt tag is set in the IMG plugin this is used as the first preference, but if not set
    • if some specific text is provided as a caption using the 'desc' parameter in the IMG plugin, then this is used as the alt tag as a second preference, but if not set
    • the description field applied when the image was loaded into a File Gallery is used, or if this is not set then
    • the alt tag defaults to "Image"
  • Finally from Tiki 9.2 the ability to automate a site map has been provided so that this can be 'told to' the various search engines to encourage them to index the most important pages



This further extended range of SEO facilities now allows you to routinely improve the search engine indexing for your site.

If you would like to learn more about Enmore SEO capabilities facilities then please contact us.


New Geographic Information (GIS) and mapping tools

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Saturday 25 August, 2012

New GIS/mapping toolslink

A range of new GIS/mapping tools are now available that use map data from both Google and OpenStreetMap to display different mapping data as a bottom "layer" upon which different markers can be displayed:

An example is shown in the screen shot below:

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The screen shot is simply an illustration of what is possible and shows first:

  • how a range of tools can be added to the edges of the map: to move around the map, zoom in/out, display latitude and longitude for the cursor position, toggle the display of the different map types, and also show the detailed location in the wider geographic context; and then
  • different types of ‘points of interest’, ‘zones’ or ‘paths’ can be highlighted on the map by using:
    • marker pins for a ‘point’ on the map, which can have different icons associated with them that represent different types of ‘points of interest’.
    • identified areas or ‘zones’ on the map can be marked out using a polygon shape to highlight larger sections of a map such as wooded areas, etc., or
    • identified ‘paths’ can be ‘marked out’ on the map using a ‘drawn’ line to identify paths, trails, etc.
  • and where each ‘point of interest’, ‘zone’ or ‘path’ can be clickable to show a pop-up of more detailed information about the individual item.



If you would like to learn more about the GIS/mapping tools then please contact us.

Tiki 9.0 LTS now available

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Wednesday 04 July, 2012

New Long Term Support (LTS) Tiki version now availablelink

Version 9.0LTS of Tiki is now available. This is a little later that expected due to much additional testing that has been carried out.

However it is only the 9.0 version that is currently available, and we would not normally upgrade existing clients until at least 9.1 is available. We will therefore be carrying out further quality checking and upgrading of Enmore's own sites to complete our validation of this important new release.


If you would like to learn more about Tiki 9.0LTS then please contact us.

Dynamic content variables

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Wednesday 06 June, 2012

Dynamic Content Variableslink

Dynamic Content Variables allow you to define a parameter that can be used to store a short piece of text that needs to be used repeatedly throughout a web site, where the text needs to be updated from time to time.

Once a Dynamic Content Variable has been inserted in any number of wiki pages, blog posts etc., it can be updated in any one place and then it is automatically refreshed wherever it is used through the site - which improves productivity and ensures that specific content elements are always up to date wherever they are used.

The Dynamic Content Variable is used within some content using a wiki syntax format as follows:

%nameofvariable%


To set the content of the variable it is shown as a link to an editor with the appropriate permission, and clicking the link opens a short dialogue/input pop-up where the content can be defined.

Then this is how the example above looks in practice:

This is some dynamic content



If you would like to learn more about Dynamic Content Variables then please contact us.

FOOTNOTE and FOOTNOTEAREA Plugins

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Sunday 20 May, 2012

FOOTNOTE and FOOTNOTEAREA Pluginslink

The FOOTNOTE and FOOTNOTEAREA Plugins allow you to annotate text content such as a Wiki page or Blog post with the addition of footnotes that are indicated in the conventional way with a superscript number inserted into the text that refers to a footnote area at the bottom of the page where each footnote item is explained in more detail.

Each inserted footnote number is however also a link which if clicked takes you to the specific note in the footnote area, which is useful if the content is particularly long and you want to refer to the footnote as you come across it in the text.

The FOOTNOTE Plugin is used to insert each individual footnote in sequential order within the text using a format as follows:

{FOOTNOTE()}This is the text for footnote 1. {FOOTNOTE}


Once an individual footnote has been defined it can be referred to again using the format:

{FOOTNOTE(sameas="1")}{FOOTNOTE}


The FOOTNOTEAREA, which automatically includes all the defined footnotes in their sequential order is then created as illustrated below:

{FOOTNOTEAREA()/}


A worked example might be something like this:

The rain{FOOTNOTE()}precipitation falling from the sky{FOOTNOTE} in Spain{FOOTNOTE()}country in south west Europe{FOOTNOTE} falls mainly on the plain.

{FOOTNOTEAREA()/}

Then this is how the example above looks in practice:

The rain1 in Spain2 falls mainly on the plain.

1 precipitation falling from the sky
2 country in south west Europe



If you would like to learn more about the FOOTNOTE and FOOTNOTEAREA Plugins then please contact us.

MOUSEOVER Plugin

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Wednesday 11 April, 2012

MOUSEOVER Pluginlink

The MOUSEOVER Plugin provides a simple way to hide a box of content that can be displayed as a pop-up when the user moves their mouse to let the cursor hover over the defined link.

A typical format is as illustrated below:

{MOUSEOVER( label="Hover over here to show a wiki syntax 'sticky' pop-up" width="300" height="100" parse="y" bgcolor="#fffff0" sticky="y" padding="5")}%%%%%%This is the content that can be formatted using wiki syntax eg __bold__%%% {MOUSEOVER}


But there are numerous options to show the pop-up in different ways.

Then this is how the example above looks in practice:

Hover over here to show a wiki syntax 'sticky' pop-up

This is the content that can be formatted using wiki syntax eg bold


If you would like to learn more about the MOUSEOVER Plugin then please contact us.

COUNTDOWN Plugin

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Saturday 17 March, 2012

COUNTDOWN Pluginlink

The COUNTDOWN Wiki Plugin is a simple but very useful plugin that lets you display a count down message towards a specific date - thus avoiding the necessity to keep editing a page to update the 'count down' manually.

A typical format is as illustrated below

{COUNTDOWN(enddate="April 1 2020" show="d")}"the countdown message"{COUNTDOWN}


But there are numerous options to show the count down in days, hours etc.

Then this is how it looks in practice:

221 days until "the countdown message"


If you would like to learn more about the COUNTDOWN Plugin then please contact us.




FLASH Plugin

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Sunday 12 February, 2012

FLASH Pluginlink

The FLASH Wiki Plugin allows a .swf (Flash movie) to be embedded and viewed/heard in a Wiki page, Blog post etc. The .swf file can be inserted from a designated URL, a fileId from a podcast File Gallery or a link to a specific service like Youtube or Vimeo.

Any valid url can used e.g. a YouTube source, etc., and below is an example of the format that would be used with YouTube:

{FLASH(movie=http://www.youtube.com/v/KJJW7EF5aVk&rel=1,width=425,height=344,quality=high)} {FLASH}


Then this is how the YouTube Example looks in practice:


If you would like to learn more about the FLASH Plugin then please contact us.

GROUP Plugin

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Tuesday 10 January, 2012

GROUP Pluginlink

The Tiki system has very flexible access control mechanisms so that individual content objects like wiki pages, blog posts etc., can be 'Categorised' for access on a selective basis by individual Groups of users.

However occasionally you need to have part of a wiki page, or part of a blog post that you want to restrict access to so that it is only seen by a particular Group, whilst the rest of the page is generally visible.

To achieve this you can use the GROUP Plugin, as illustrated below, which wraps a Plugin tag around the content that is to be restricted.

{GROUP(groups=Registered|Admins, notgroups=Clients)}some content that is only shown to the designated list of 'groups' and not shown to the 'notgroups'{ELSE}substitute content that is shown instead{GROUP}


The result of the Plugin above is as follows:

substitute content that is shown instead



Please note that this Plugin is best used with the standard Wiki editor instead of the WYSIWYG editor.

If you would like to learn more about the GROUP Plugin then please contact us.