Novius OS Elche now available

Created on Tuesday 8 July 2014 08:40

For Novius OS fifth major version, which has just been released, we take you to Spain, to the city of Elche. Thanks to translator Verónica González de la Rosa, the back-office is available to Spanish-speaking users indeed (since Novius OS Dubrovka actually). Elche's main focus isn't the back-office though; let us show you Novius OS new front-office capabilities.

Novius OS Elche

This is a presentation of Novius OS Elche new features. Go to the Download page to get this new version.

New ‘Website menus’ and ‘Template variations’ applications, featuring Bootstrap

With these two new applications, webmasters now have access to a lot more options to set up and customise the front-office. They put you in control of your websites’ menus and templates, without any programming involved. This is good news for developers too, as they can now design much more flexible Novius OS templates.

This is a quick tour of the new applications:

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    Two new applications on your desktop.

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    'Website menus' is inspired by the 'Kiwi Menu' application (kudos to its developer Pascal Viney), which some of you may already use. It allows you to create rich menus featuring pages, blog posts, text blocks and more.

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    'Template variations' is an application to customise templates for your website. When the template is basic like here, so are the parameters (e.g picking a menu).

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    This is why Novius OS Elche comes with a fully-customisable template based on the most popular front-end framework, Bootstrap.

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    This is a real template builder: side columns, theming, flexible header and footer and more.

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    Users can even configure the WYSIWYG areas. Bear in mind this adaptability isn't limited to the Bootstrap template. With Elche, developers have all the tools they need to create their own customisable templates.

You should give these new features a try. Go to the demo!

UI redesign, part 1

Novius OS back-office interface was designed in 2011 before the CMS launch. Now that it is has been extensively used, we know there's much room for improvement. Last year, we carried out a user lab and further user research to assess the existing UI and help us designing a better one.

Elche's updated user interface is only a first step, the redesign goes further. We will keep improving Novius OS back-office over the next versions.

Here is a slideshow of the main changes you'll come across:

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    Novius OS now has a real desktop. Applications can be moved anywhere in the desktop, so that you can group them by content type or purpose.

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    The wallpaper is now visible behind the tabs to help new users getting a sense of Novius OS interface.

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    The toolbar has been moved to the bottom of the screen. The top part of Novius OS interface was a bit of a jumble, as it concentrated all the actions (e.g. browsing tabs, saving, visualising). Now things are much clearer: the top bar is to move between tabs, the bottom one to act on the opened tab.

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    The user area in the top-right corner is more useable. You no longer have to go through the sub-menu to sign out. There's also a button to toggle the full-screen mode (recommended to avoid the double tabs-bar effect; when full-screen only Novius OS tabs are seen).

What's new for developers

As with every new version of Novius OS, we've carried out many smaller improvements with developers in mind. A new renderer called Item Picker will probably be a favourite, as it is a great tool to add a 'browse' functionnality to an application. Another new renderer, Select Model, is equally useful: populate a drop-down list with the items of a model (the list automatically refreshes when a new item is added).

We've also introduced a new system of providers on models and implemented it for media files and WYSIWYG areas. For more details and to get the comprehensive list of changes, read the release notes in the docs.

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