Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Improved Document Activities

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This post is part of a series of articles that will introduce some noteworthy improvements to eXo Platform 4.4. Watch this blog for more product news in the upcoming weeks.

When a lot of information arrives in the activity stream, it’s easy to get confused about where things are coming from. In addition, we’ve heard feedback from some users who needed a way to reach the original location of a document that was shared in the activity stream.

Based on that feedback, we made some changes to give users a bit more context and to create better behaviors for document activities. Here’s an example of what a document’s activity may look like now.

Feature for document management

Clicking on the thumbnail image will open the full document preview on top of the activity stream. That’s how it worked before, but now we’ve added a Preview button to make it slightly easier to access the document preview.

eXo Platform document app

You can use this when you just want to take a quick look at a document and you don’t need to do more than read and comment on it.

If you need to do more, we have added a Open in Documents link that will take you directly to the documents app. If you want to read the document offline, we have also added a Download link there.

Back in the activity stream, you will find that clicking on the file name link will take you directly to the Documents app, just like when you click on Open in Documents. If the document was shared from a space, you will be taken to the Documents app inside this space. From there, you have full access to all the collaborative features offered by the Documents app, such as remote editing, versioning, and commenting.

One last change to document activities is the addition of a clickable breadcrumb path representing the path to the document in the space.

Document feature in eXo Platform

As you’d expect, each segment of the breadcrumb path will take you to the related spot in the path in the Documents app. This breadcrumb path, combined with the file name and description, helps you make more sense of the context around a document’s activity.

Tell us what you think

These improvements can now be previewed on the eXo Tribe. If you prefer, you can also try them on your server by downloading the latest milestone of eXo Platform 4.4 Community Edition. Let us know what you think—we’d love to hear your feedback.

Other articles in the series:
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Improved Document Activities
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Member Lists in Chat Rooms
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Improved Document Search results
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Invite People to Your Spaces More Easily
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Space Avatars on Activity Streams
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Opening Content in Context from Notifications
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Share Documents to Users
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Desktop Notifications for eXo Chat
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: New Document Version History
Platform 4.4 Sneak Peek: Text Formatting in Microblog and Comments

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I am the product officer at eXo. I oversee product management and product marketing. My teams design, create and promote the features of and improvements to eXo Platform. As a former enterprise software developer turned product manager, I have a passion for how IT can improve people’s lives. In this blog, I write about some of my personal interests, such as productivity, alternative forms of management and corporate organisations, collaboration, open-source and emerging technologies.

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