Last week we told you about a minor update that allows project members to embed videos in their projects.
The following days we finally released a major design update to the site. Since day one all the most important parts of the site were in line with the new Forum Nokia style that we launched in June, now we have brought up to speed almost all of the Projects site.
A few improvements limited to the design happened in the Tickets and Timeline tabs. Those are just styling updates and are not bringing any new particular feature. In other parts of the site, we also took the time to add some useful features. In the Source section (see the SingaporeBus project for example) we tried to make more evident the type of repository and also added a "Copy to clipboard" button to make it easier for you to checkout or clone the code the first time – you can still copy the text manually if you don’t have flash installed. On the top right of that same page you will notice a bigger badge to help you navigate the changes; this is a native feature of Trac, but we made it more evident.
Discussion is another section that has benefitted from a major improvement in the design. I personally think that the new design and a few features we added are making the entire experience a lot better. I am not even going into the details of all the changes we made, but let’s just say I was not very fond of the initial design . Add to that that we have made search within the boards easier and I think it’s a massive improvement. You can try searching for example in the Help and Support discussoin board.
As usual, I left the best part for the end. What was born as an easy way to see the latest projects has now developed into what we called Explore Projects. The name should say it all, this is not strictly a search system, it wants to be a way for you to explore the projects available and discover interesting tools and libraries. The navigation is driven by the categories and you can filter the content based on those; you can sort the results based on the creation date or the project activity; you can search for terms that are in the name or description of the project. This should be the best way for you to find useful projects or to find a project to join. We have a few more tweaks for this page coming in the next couple of weeks, but give it a go and let us know what you think.
And this is not the end, of course. In the next week or so we want to release a few tweaks here and there and a major improvement to the Files section.