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  1. Piotr Zolnierek
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    04 Feb 2007
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    Hi, I have been playing with the beta for the last few days, and discovered a couple of things which I think would make the product really usable for our company. At the moment we are working with RedDot, however it is to difficult for most of our customers. Also SF would be easier to integrate with our products.

    Here are a couple of points I noticed:
    1. The dashboard misses an overview of "todo" items for the currently logged in user, eg pages to approve/publish with a possibility to mass approve / publish all pending actions
    2. A user with both approve / publish permissions should be able to do a "one-click" publish to speed up work
    3. Mail notifications of pending approve actions
    4. The generic content is a move in the right direction, what would be great to be able to apply properties to Generic Content (dropped onto the page) like applying css, so actual content would be separated from page layout (which would be imo a move for Sitefinity from a page management system towards a real CMS), actually
    5. The possibility to edit / view  / download master pages and other text and image files online
    6. Produce (publish) static html / aspx /other files.
    7. Have meta data for different file templates (which can be queried)
    8. Define RADEditor properties per Template (eg different css styles allowed per section to keep corporate identity)

    Let me know what you think....

  2. UI Crew
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    Hi,

    Can I make a comments to one of the points:

    2. Sometimes you want to approve content but publish it at a later time so I originally thought that way to but have since discovered it is useful that way.

    Seth
  3. Piotr Zolnierek
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    Right, but sometimes you want it published straight away ;)
  4. Rebecca
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    Hello Piotr,

    Thank you very much for your extensive feedback and suggestions. I will answer each of your points below.
    1. The dashboard misses an overview of "todo" items for the currently logged in user, eg pages to approve/publish with a possibility to mass approve / publish all pending actions

      Thank you for sharing this idea with us. Having a personalized ToDo list on the dashboard would be very handy indeed and we will definitely take it into consideration for fututre implementation.


    2. A user with both approve / publish permissions should be able to do a "one-click" publish to speed up work
    3. Mail notifications of pending approve actions

      We have had many similar requests and have already planned to implement these features. We are currently working on them, however, none will be able to make it into the release candidate edition.

    4. The generic content is a move in the right direction, what would be great to be able to apply properties to Generic Content (dropped onto the page) like applying css, so actual content would be separated from page layout (which would be imo a move for Sitefinity from a page management system towards a real CMS), actually

      Can you please clarify a bit more?  What exactly do you mean by "actual content being separated from page layout"?


    5. The possibility to edit / view  / download master pages and other text and image files online

      Currently, the Sitefinity File manager gives you the opportunity to download master pages, text and image files online. Edit and view are still not available but based on customer feedback, we have already considered implementing these too.

    6. Produce (publish) static html / aspx /other files.

      We have thought about this functionality before and it is in our ToDo list. Most likely, it will be available in one of the upcoming releases.

    7. Have meta data for different file templates (which can be queried)

      Please explain what exactly you mean by "file templates" here?

    8. Define RADEditor properties per Template (eg different css styles allowed per section to keep corporate identity)

      In the current version you can do something similar by copying and modifying the EditorTemplate.ascx located in the ~/Admin/Templates/GenericContent folder. Then all you have to do is set the GenericContent.EditorTemplatePath property of each control instance to point to your template.
      You can also find this forum post useful:

      http://www.sitefinity.com/support/forums/

     I hope the information provided in helpful. Feel free to contact us if you have any other inquiries.

    Greetings,
    Rebecca
    the telerik team
  5. fregas baratis
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    I have a quick question also.  Since email functionality will not be a part of the workflow in the RC version, is there a way we can "hook into" the workflow using an event or something so that when something gets approved/declined, etc, we can fire our own code to email the right people?
  6. Piotr Zolnierek
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    Hi

    5. The possibility to edit / view  / download master pages and other text and image files online

    Currently, the Sitefinity File manager gives you the opportunity to download master pages, text and image files online. Edit and view are still not available but based on customer feedback, we have already considered implementing these too.

    How can you do that ? I havent found an option to do that


    The generic content is a move in the right direction, what would be great to be able to apply properties to Generic Content (dropped onto the page) like applying css, so actual content would be separated from page layout (which would be imo a move for Sitefinity from a page management system towards a real CMS), actually

    Can you please clarify a bit more?  What exactly do you mean by "actual content being separated from page layout"?

    To be able define actual data (content) and the reuse it in different places and use different formatting, depending on the place used. Eg create a list of "articles" put them in a group and use them as a list in a dropdown.

    Have meta data for different file templates (which can be queried)

    Please explain what exactly you mean by "file templates" here?

    To be able to define metadata schema per MasterPage

    Regards

    Piotr

  7. Rebecca
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    Hello Piotr,

    Click the Files tab to access the File Manager. To upload files, first select an existing folder and click Upload Files . In the Upload File dialog, browse to select a file and click the Upload button. 
    You can also upload masterpages from the Templates tab, in the Upload master page to generate template dialog.

    In order to reuse content in different places, you need to share it. Go to the Modules tab and select Generic content. This is where you can create and store content items most comfortably. Later, when you are in edit page mode, you just need to choose which of the content items to display. To choose from all available items, click Select Shared Content. Also, if you are using the same content across many pages and you need to edit it, you can do this here to make sure your changes will affect all pages where this item appears. If you need to change a given content item only, you can click Branch this content.
    To apply different formatting to shared content across pages using the same theme, you need to change the corresponding .css file located in ~/App_Themes/YourTheme/ folder.
    To apply formatting different from that set in the theme .css file, for example if you want the page to have some unique formatting, you can edit Page Properties>Head Settings and add a link to the needed .css file. Then you'll need to change the page theme to "Not set".

    Basically, if you want the same data to look differently depending on the place where it is used, it is best to use css selector hierarchy. For example, if you have
    <p class="important">sample text</p> that is in a parent element with class="class1" in one page and in a parent element with class="class2" on another page, you can mark .class1. important {color:black} or  .class2. important {color:red} and define the different formatting rules.

    As for your last question, I am afraid I am still having difficulty understanding what exactly you want to achieve. Can you please give us an example of  "metadata schema per master page"? Thanks for your cooperation in advance.

    Kind regards,
    Rebecca
    the telerik team
  8. Rebecca
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    Hello Fregas,

    Yes, there is a way to extend the workflow API to allow this. Shortly after the release candidate we will provide a KB article and examples on how to do it.

    Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Greetings,
    Rebecca
    the telerik team
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