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Making Drupal Commons look like facebook - part 1

Acquia Commons is a Drupal distribution that is for building communities within your organization. I have been able to play around with its competitor JIVE and must admit, it stands quite well next to it.

We were approached by Gary Conroy from Specsavers, who have introduced Commons within their organization and needed to do some additional tweaks to make it a bit similar to Facebook. This will be a series of two blog posts, in first we will show how we have made similar functionality to Facebook Like links and in the second how did we change the status form widget.




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Inline Manual 1.1 release - Rules support - onboard new users like a pro

The fastest way to teach your users how to use your web application got even faster. We have integrated the great Rules module, so you can easily define logic within your Drupal installation when to launch specific tutorials.

Imagine you have built a website for your client and now you need to train the editors how to work with content. You can use Inline Manual for this already, instead of doing workshops or screencasts, however, what if there are new employees/editors coming in afterwards? How would you get them quickly learn the system?




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Drupal training in your area organised by you - travelling and training - 2014

The title says it all. I love to travel, meet new people, experience local community and share my knowledge. This is edition 2014.
Pinpoint yourself onto the map if you are interested in any of the trainings, doesn't matter if you are an individual or a company.
If you can host me (couch), show me around your city, and find the venue for training, you will get discounts.




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Inline Manual 1.0 Drupal module released, show your clients how to use their site

After few betas, Inline Manual Drupal module has reached stable 1.0 version. Throw screenshots, screencasts and word documents away! Be interactive and agile. :)

"Inline Manual is a service to create interactive, reusable and easy to maintain step-by-step documentation for end-users of a website or application. Be it a tutorial "How to add a new user" within a CMS you've just built or a tutorial showing how to manage specific content."

The Drupal module allows you to:




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Get off the phone: Helping users through better UX and tools - Jam's DrupalCamp

Jam (Jeffrey A. McGuire) from Acquia approached me right after I gave presentation about user assistance at Drupal Camp Copenhagen with his brilliant idea > Jam's Drupal Camp. A concept of having sessions Jam liked while traveling around the world and bring them online as hangouts. I was the very first guest and I did really enjoy it. It was a new experience for me, especially that part when you don't see the audience. :)




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Process improvement: Creating website manuals for clients in under 5 minutes

Back from Drupalcamp Vienna, where I talked about how supporting your users is one of the processes of web development that we should not forget about. I gathered some interesting feedback from visitors and again it proved how everyone is struggling with handing over any information on how to operate website. It either takes ages to create (screenshots and screencasts) or it is not reusable.




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DrupalCon Prague tips - local guide at your service

DrupalCon Prague is around the corner and I feel like sharing some valuable tips with you. I have been born in Prague and I am very much honoured that so many of you I know from the issue queues, cons, camps and those I don't know yet are coming over! I will try to capture what I think might make your stay more pleasant. I will be updating this list here and will be posting regularly to twitter (@sotak). Also during the Con, you can tweet me if you run into any trouble or will want to get some more info about anything.




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Create Drupal 8 Tours with Inline Manual Authoring tools

We have rolled out an experimental feature to export tours (in Inline Manual terminology Topics) that are compatible with Drupal 8 tour module. You can now use the Authoring tool and Inline Manual infrastructure to manage your tours. These exported tours you can play out of the box in Drupal 8. If you are after more advanced solution, that can be used for your clients, check out the Inline Manual module.




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Revolution in end-user documentation! Say hello to Inline Manual

Let's face it. Making documentation for end-users (content editors, administrators, etc...) is the most painful process of all the processes when it comes to handing over a project to the client. Hard to estimate, time consuming to create, never up to date, almost impossible to re-use, change one thing and you have to rebuild all the screenshots, realisation that nobody reads it, etc... Sounds familiar?




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DA Elections 2013 - I am voting for better Drupal in EU

Only few hours left till the DA Elections will be open to voting and I am going to vote for Morten.




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