Here’s a little story
And the similarities between the Web world and the fashion industry are just uncanny. Things seem to go from hip and hot one day to passé in a blink of an eye. One of the early adopters of WebPublisher had been successfully pushing a handful of databases to its site for years. However, updating the site and retiring such “unfashionable” features as animated gifs was not as simple as it could be. We started to lament, “If only WebPublisher had the latest out-of-the-box Web features and a more modern user interface (UI), If only there was a simpler way...”
One of the biggest challenges with WebPublisher is that it natively searches one textbase at a time. While this is great if you are publishing one textbase, it becomes a challenge when you are pushing out two or 200. This easy-to-use, yet very powerful search box allows a user to search across all of the textbases that they have access to. And, with the enhanced security of Presto for DB/Textworks, users only have access to the fields, records, and textbases for which they’ve been permissioned.
Another UI development that has early users buzzing is records displays and layouts. Records can be displayed and collated not only by textbase and record type, but also automatically sorted by relevance. Or you can determine sort order for each textbase. There's even a feature for the auto-creation of thumbnails of images and PDFs. If you have PDFs in your textbases, Presto for DB/Textworks will auto-generate a thumbnail of the first page. And that’s just the beginning.
There is a ton to say about this feature, but here’s the high level: you now have the ability to lock down and permission every aspect of your textbase and application – fields, records, reports, screens, homepages, application controls…the list goes on. The best part is you don't need to be a security expert in order to do this; we have provided an easy-to-use interface to administer security.
WebPublisher is a wonderful search tool, but search is only one way to engage users. To improve the end-user experience and encourage self-sufficiency, Presto for DB/Textworks allows you to build browsable directories, which we call content collections or taxonomies.
Simple search, advance search, and browsable collections are all great ways for your users to find records in your textbases, but they require users to pull the information themselves. Now there’s a way for the application to push relevant content to users. The alerting capability gives individual users the ability to create customized alerts and notifications delivered via their choice of email or an RSS feed. If you don't want all users to create alerts, you can use the enhanced security to determine which users have alert access.
Once users find the content they are looking for, you can decide how they can use the records they find. All “act on content” capabilities can be individually permissioned to a group of users. Here are a few examples of permissioned capabilities:
- Place items in the infocart to be acted on later.
- Print, email or download to various formats such as XML, HTML and even PDF.
Just because you add a social channel to your site doesn't necessarily mean that you’d like every comment, rating, vote, etc., to be published. We created the idea of a “social volume knob” for controlling not only who can provide feedback, but what social piece will be available for each textbase. And if you don’t want a social channel at all, the individual pieces can be turned on/off.
One of the biggest challenges with WebPublisher is that it provides no feedback. The administrator had no idea how, or even if, the application was utilized across the organization. Presto for DB/Textworks addresses this in spades. The product captures and reports on the following examples of usage events:
- Who logged in;
- Which records users looked at and if they were emailed, printed, or downloaded;
- Who commented, rated, tagged or voted (if social capabilities are turned on); and
- Which search terms were used, including misspelled words.
But there’s so much more to say… if you’d like to learn more, please contact us at 781-938-4444 or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also holding a product roadmap webinar on Tuesday, January 15, during which Phil Green and Dave Golan will be on hand to answer any questions and go into more detail on the exciting capabilities of Presto for DB/Textworks. Register here!