What's new?

We release a new version of Fluid Topics every 4 to 6 months. Each new version has a main focus (redesign of something existing or new features), along with smaller enhancements to please your requirements, and some work on hidden parts of the technology to ensure it’s always up to date.

v3.7 – Decembre 2019

Released on December 23rd, 2019, Fluid Topics v3.7 focuses on integrating a new analytics back-end and adding the offline mode extension to allow users to synchronize selected content and read it without a network connection.

Analytics UI

The new analytics back-end was introduced in 3.6. Version 3.7 goes a step further and reveals the new analytics front-end that is integrated in the Fluid Topics Web app.

By providing unique "in-context analytics", Fluid Topics offers an unmatched data discovery experience: visualize content consumption metrics alongside the content itself.

A first set of ready-to-consume dashboards help you understand how your users behave:

Search terms

Search terms

Most popular documents

Most popular documents

Sessions

Sessions analytics

Traffic by country

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Offline mode

Authorized users can synchronize selected content and read it without a network connection.

1. Manage collections of documents and securely synchronize them on a device:

2. Access and read these documents offline.

Fluid Topics Administrators have fine-grained control and can manage offline access globally or per user.

Pretty URL

With Pretty URLs, define your own URL in addition to those generated by Fluid Topics to propose meaningful or short links to content.

Pretty URLs can be set individually at the document or topic level. They can be assigned manually or populated automatically using any combination of existing metadata.

For example, if the pretty URL for the Fluid Topics 3.7 release note is set to "/FT/3.7/Release_Notes," then the document is accessible with the following URL:

https://doc.antidot.net/go/FT/3.7/Release_Notes.

Content  customization in the reader

To increase the flexibility of how content is rendered in the Fluid Topics Web app, the styles applied to the structured content displayed in the Reader can now vary depending on the content itself thanks to metadata-dependent styling.

The new Content Styles admin page makes it possible to fine-tune the Reader page for structured documents: custom CSS classes can be applied based on selected metadata, and background images may be added (to watermark confidential content, for example).

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Moreover, as we continuously tune and optimize the user interface to be compliant with accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA), version 3.7 improves document structure (DOM).

New APIs

Leverage metadata further and integrate with existing tools thanks to three new APIs:

  1. Update/add medtadata to content previously uploaded to the Knowledge Hub,
  2. Delete documents in bulk mode by metadata,
  3. Add/delete map attachments.

Regardless of your document’s format (DITA, Markdown, HTML, Author-IT, …), these web services also allow bulk operations on a list of documents identified by their metadata.

Administration

Version 3.7 brings more administration capabilities:

  • Visualizing detailed reports about current and completed content processing tasks;
  • Configuring authentication timeout;
  • Selecting metadata to be displayed under the title of the document in the Reader page
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For more information, check the release note

Please give this new version a spin
and let us know what you think.

If you want to know the roadmap and participate to the choices of the next features, feel free to contact us.
We develop Fluid Topics for you.

v3.6 – July 2019

User interface for configuring everything

To make our customers always more autonomous in managing their Fluid Topics portals, v3.6 brings many new admin interfaces. The most noticeable one is the ability to configure facets and tags directly through the portal Administration:

  • Select which metadata should be displayed as facets or tags
  • Organize them: which facet comes first, etc.
  • Define their labels
  • Choose the way values are sorted

Other admin interfaces include:

  • Configure the integration of a tenant through the OpenSearch protocol, thereby allowing the Knowledge Hub to participate to federated searches.
  • Customize PDF template: download existing PDF generation template, modify fonts, icons, add languages template, and upload it back.
  • Set authentication parameters: authentication required, disable direct login, or logout button, user redirection when logging out, etc.
  • Define a custom search ranking rule.

Search Engine Optimization

To improve indexing and relevance ranking of publicly visible content by web search engines like Google or Bing, a new admin page Web Search Engine enables to activate and customize the way content is exposed:

  • Define document titles specific to SEO by adding metadata, such as version or product, in the title.
  • Expose metadata through the ‘meta name’ tag in the generated HTML content.
Screenshot_2019-07-25 Web Search Engine • Administration • Antidot Technical Publications

Search experience improvements

Fast access to relevant information is central to Fluid Topics’ value proposition. Hence, improving the search experience is a permanently open track.

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  • Choose which metadata should be indexed.
  • Index resources that are embedded in content (such as files attached to or referenced in topics).

Analytics UI

New dashboards are coming for analyzing how your content library is consumed: ‘most read’ and ‘least read’ documents, filter and drill-down using the same metadata as for searching, etc.

Plus, to provide fine-grained access control, a new ANALYTICS_USER role has been added so that admins can give access to analytics separately from content management rights.

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Collections

A Collection is a list of documents that can be synchronized on a device for offline reading, instead of syncing each document individually. Users having proper rights can manage their Collections.

Accessibility

Fluid Topics aims at full WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility compliance, and at providing the most efficient user experience for accessing content through the turnkey portal. For version 3.6, the following improvements were added:

  • Make all pages have a unique browser window title.
  • Ensure that portal images have an alternate text.
  • Add a ‘skip to main content’ button.

Map attachments to FTML

V3.6 brings a new way to attach documents to FTML, making it consistent with the other formats:

  • Either through ControlFile
  • Or directly inside FTML documents with the ftmap file directive.

And more

V3.6 brings many more improvements such as:

  • Enhanced responsiveness of the UI on small mobile devices
  • Automatic SSO routing in case of multiple SSO back-ends
  • Support of CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) for API integration
  • New backup and restore tool (for on-premises customers or full data reversibility)

For more information, check the release note

Please give this new version a spin
and let us know what you think.

If you want to know the roadmap and participate to the choices of the next features, feel free to contact us.
We develop Fluid Topics for you.

Please give this new version a spin
and let us know what you think.

If you want to know the roadmap and participate to the choices of the next features, feel free to contact us.
We develop Fluid Topics for you.

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