Version 0.4: Uploads, Events, and a Home Screen

The amount of changes since the last version has inevitably led me to the conclusion that it is time again for a new release. Let’s call it 0.4.

Most visible is the much improved home page – the result of a day that I spent away from the keyboard and reviewing what this platform actually serves for and how civil society actors may want to use it. If found that going via the filter is too complicated to get useful recommendations for new connections, and that a central calendar was missing where you can see all events at one place. Also, events can now be all-day and have an end time.

The home page calendar can display for all users dynamically imported calendars from Google. You can use it for events of general interest or for public holidays, or you can do crazy things like displaying for each day the weather forecast.

Users can now upload images (jpg, gif and png) to their own folder on the server and re-access this folder through a file browser. Images are visible to everyone who has the particular link to that image, so that they can be used in any content or messages.

The layout of edit screens is now much more consistent, clearly arranged and independent from the size of the elements.

Testers in Myanmar (Burma) have repeatedly reported that they have missed pop-up notifications that disappear after some seconds. This was due to the long time they had to wait for the page to appear, compared to which 5 seconds for the message are very short. This problem is hopefully now mitigated by custom settings for the duration.

Lastly, the software now contains a first version of an installer/updater. Tests have revealed some problems on installations in sub-folders, which I have hopefully managed to eliminate. Many further tests, however, are definitely necessary on a big variety of systems.

See what has changed, put your hands right on the files or test the latest version.

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Ma Lay in Her Mother Tongue

Thank to the help of our volunteer, Ywet Wai Aung, we have now a Myanmar/Burmese version of our animated film, featuring Ma Lay. Our pilot deployment will be for Myanmar (Burma) and we plan to add further languages that are spoken in this country.

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Thanks to the amazing work of our volunteers and some extra time that I needed to learn how to use Final Cut Express, our film is now earlier finished than the actual platform that it tries to explain.

I am particularly grateful to Elvie Mae Parian who created the characters and the animation – it was a great pleasure to see the script coming to life under her skillful hands. Reena helped me drafting the texts, Vít borrowed his audio recorder and Matt Gregory his voice.

While I am still intensively working with Šarka from Econnect on the web design and also fixing numerous little bugs, you may want to pass the time watching the video:

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