Here's a list of recent features and releases
August 31, 2013
June 28, 2013
Overview of migrating content, specifically as a landing page for the OU Migration tool zip files.
May 02, 2013
General information about HTML5.
May 01, 2013
Includes information for the Format Drop-down including HTML5 block level elements.
Creating a Feed Asset
May 01, 2013
February 26, 2013
WebDAV integration provides access to the file system on the staging server similar to FTP/SFTP and can be used in lieu of FTP/SFTP. WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a communications protocol that honors settings in OU Campus.
Page, Directory, Site Publish
February 07, 2013
Information about page, directory and site publishing. This was moved from the Basics section of the site and that page reduced in content.
January 18, 2013
New page with setup instructions for adding LDP Comments using Disqus.
January 04, 2013
Information for dependency attribute with value of s-tag that can be used with
TCF Reference Page
December 18, 2012
Attributes added to the and
November 21, 2012
Improved assets capabilities include publishing and deleting multiple assets at one time, restricting assets to one site, and supporting Dependency Manager within assets.
Include unpublished dependencies
November 21, 2012
When publishing a page an error message indicates that the page includes unpublished content that might result in broken links or missing content. The unpublished content can include assets, binary files that have been uploaded to staging, and unpublished pages. The page also includes a Publish Option section that includes the ability to publish the unpublished dependencies.
November 21, 2012
Multi-Target Publish was included with the release of Version 9.17. Multi-Target Publish enables users to create a workflow across multiple servers. Administrators can easily determine access rights for which servers a user can publish to, and set the default publish target. Developers can extensively test server-side code, new redesigns, or any major site changes on an alternate server before going live on the production server. Users with appropriate access can also upload, compare, and preview pages in different publish targets.
October 19, 2012
New source editor with improved syntax highlighting, syntax completion, save-in place, theming, and other enhancements.
Cloning a Site
October 09, 2012
Setup, dependency manger use cases, edge cases, and best practices for the Site Clone feature.
Below is a list of key features from release 9.15 and before.
Key Features 9.0 - 9.15
Added the option for admins to give level 1-7 users the ability to delete pages.
This release includes a significant enhancement to the existing Assets feature and will have a few UI changes that your users will see once the release has been made. Tags can now be used to filter the Asset selection list to more easily find the Asset you need. Admins can now control who can use Assets via Group controls. Additions have been made to the OmniUpdate page tagging to provide a new Asset selector as well as the ability to pre-filter Assets for a given Asset selector edit region.
Page Check and Final Check now include the ability to check a page against accessibility standards. A Level 10 administrator will turn on the feature in the Account settings, and can set it to run automatically upon publish in Site settings. The administrator will also be able to choose the accessibility standards by which to compare.
Level 10 administrators can generate an XML sitemap, which can be submitted to Google for indexing. It can also be used to create a sitemap on the website. It is possible to exclude pages and entire directories from being included in the sitemap generation.
It is possible to import an existing list of RSS items into a feed created in OU Campus. This items list can be imported into a news index page in order to associate them with a feed.
Administrators can now assign a group to any template. Not to be confused with Template Groups, This works even if no template groups are created. Each template can be assigned a group. When a user selects the New Page link to select a template, they will only see those templates that are assigned to groups that they are members of. Until they are assigned, all templates are set to the 'Everyone' group.
When Template groups are made (to limit the types of templates that may be available at a given directory, the template's assigned group still applies. So there can now be templates for Admins mixed with templates for all other users, and any given user will only see those templates that are assigned to groups that they are members of.
Site Check allows OU Campus administrators (level 9 and 10) to check all links, both internal and external. The
resulting report will provide a list of all broken links and all warnings, which can
then be used to make global changes or individual changes as necessary.
OU Campus has been updated to Saxon 9.3, which includes partial support for the XSLT 3.0, XPath 3.0, and XQuery 3.0 Working Drafts (formerly known as 2.1). The move
to XSLT 3.0 provides web developers with a full-fledged functional programming language, making it easier to build powerful, robust, and user-friendly templates.
LDP is a set of interactive features provided as optional modules in OU Campus. The first modules included with the release of LDP are Image Galleries and Comments.
The LDP Image Galleries feature allows users to easily create and manage image galleries in OU Campus. Users can upload images into the gallery; provide a title, caption, and description information; and drag and drop images to modify the order. OU Campus will automatically generate thumbnails based on user-defined settings. LDP Image Galleries are centrally managed assets that can be used on multiple pages, even with a different look and feel.
LDP Comments gives website visitors an opportunity to have their voice heard on the institutional website. Visitors can provide their perspective on a topic, like or dislike a page or another person's comment, create comment threads, and much more. Administrators have the tools to monitor all feedback, approve and moderate comments, and have granular control over who can input a comment.
If you would like to take advantage of the features of LDP in OU Campus version 9.10 for your institution, please contact your OmniUpdate Sales Representative or email email@example.com to have a sales representative contact you.
The Dependency Manager ensures that hyperlinks to pages that are managed within OU Campus are always up to date. If a user decides to rename a page or move it to a new location,
the Dependency Manager will automatically update the URL found in the associated pages and update those
pages on the live server. If a page is deleted, thereby causing broken hyperlinks,
the user is notified to take action on those pages. Please note that the Dependency Manager is turned off by default. Please review the white paper on Dependency Manager before contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to request a call from a Customer Support representative to review the setup and
to turn it on.
OU Social is a Facebook app that provides a powerful yet simple solution to increase the presence of the institution on Facebook. By linking a Facebook Page to OU Campus, users can select which OU Campus-managed webpage will be synchronized with the Facebook Page. This provides the ability to update social media and webpages simultaneously by editing one file.
The Send to Facebook feature allows authorized users to automatically publish status updates to Facebook Pages. This feature enables users to create wall posts from OU Campus in conjunction with the creation or update of content, which can occur on an immediate or scheduled basis. In addition, users can link to multiple Facebook Pages and publish to only the desired pages.
The Quick Search feature is a content search that allows the user to search for specific content on a page or within meta tags in order to easily navigate to pages that may need updates or to be reviewed
Zip Import allows users to import multiple files by selecting only one zip file to import. It also allows the user to essentially import subfolders as part of the zip file's structure
Assets are reusable content such as text, images, media, code blocks, links, etc. Reusable content is convenient when working with multiple files that require the same information. As reusable content, assets allow users to easily change an item that is used on several pages.
Send to Twitter allows users to automatically tweet when a page is published. Note: This feature does not insert any content from the page being published into the Twitter feed.
Auxiliary Sites allow an administrator to setup additional server sources at the account and site level. This allows users to select images, media, or make links in the WYSIWYG editor to files that reside on servers other than the production web site.
OmniUpdate offers XML/XSL functionality that will enable you to take advantage of these technologies to move your website into the future. These technologies are ideal for separating the content of you website from its architecture, and to combine and repurpose content and data.
Publish Control Files (PCF) are now able to specify arbitrary parameters to be passed to the referenced XSL stylesheets. Parameters are defined in each processing instruction of the PCF, allowing a single XSL stylesheet to service multiple targets.
Admin enforceable Spell Checking, Link Checking, and W3C compliance checking before Publish. This feature can be tailored by the Admin to be optional or required by OU Campus users. The 3 services can be individually controlled by the Admin.
In version 9.0 the Link Check button has been replaced by the Page Check button. The Page Check button still allows users to link check documents by default, however it can also be configured to allow users to check a documents spelling and W3C compliance.
Users assigned to levels 8, 9, and 10 can move or rename folders, and level 8 can rename folders to which they are assigned access rights.
OU Campus supports 5 languages, each with its own custom dictionary. The current languages supported are: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. New and custom words can be added to the spell check dictionary on a per site basis.
The ability for admins/developers to provide pre-formatted HTML content that can easily be placed into the WYSIWYG editor via selection menus.
When inserting images using the WYSIWYG editor, users can view a gallery of thumbnails of the images within a folder (in addition to the file name list) for easier identification.
Allows users to toggle word wrapping on or off with the click of a button. The word wrap feature can be extremely useful when working with larger source documents that require horizontal scrolling.
An automatic time interval (60 sec.) to save a draft of the current page onto your local workstation. If the browser quits or the user inadvertently closes the browser before saving a page, the content can be recovered up to 24 hours later.
When working in the WYSIWYG editor, content can be saved to the staging server without exiting the editor, allowing the user to continue editing content.
Decorative images are images for which no <alt> descriptive image tag is required. Inserting decorative images is supported in version 9.0, but must be enabled for each site by an administrator.
Key Features (Pre 9.0)
Page properties are a useful tool for managing nearly any page characteristic. Edit hidden content with ease, such as meta keywords, description, and author; change the page template, or choose a different skin for a content region; and select a page header, from a list of available possibilities, without having to worry about user error or "editing code". These are some of the many possible applications website administrators can provide to users through the Page Properties window.
Conducting a site-wide search and replace is easy using the Global Find and Replace feature. You can preview your plain text or regular expression matches and revert your most recent change if you make a mistake. Global Find and Replace is an excellent tool for administrators with level 10 access privileges.
There will be times that, as an administrator, you may want to recover a deleted file. Now with OmniUpdate's new Recycle Bin feature you will be able to recover deleted files with ease from the staging server. The two new icons you will use for this procedure are the recycle bin icon and the restore icon shown below.
OmniUpdate's Custom Reports feature will compile for you all the information you could need in one of these reports. For example, suppose you would like a report of all the users and what dates they made edits to the site. That information is instantly available to administrators. The Custom Reports screen provides administrators the ability to create detailed reports and the ability to export that data.
Image Editor allows images on your website to be resized, cropped, and rotated directly in OU Campus. Additionally, a new function allows users to upload and edit an image in one operation. This helps ensure large images are properly resized before they ever land on your web server! Access to the new Image Editor is level dependent. Those who can upload files (level 6 and above) can use the Image Editor to upload images and edit existing images, but cannot overwrite any existing image with the same file name. Those who can delete files (level 8 and above) can edit and overwrite any existing image.
MultiEdit allows Form-controlled editing for XML and other structured content. Administrators can create forms-based templates that presents users with an easy-to-follow guide for adding content to a structured layout. Templates can include both style-free form fields and WYSIWYG content editing areas.