Release 27th November 2014
The UHI toolkit has undergone a major upgrade, the most significant change being the addition of an image bank. This has been added to assist staff in the use of images in their learning material by providing simple processes for sharing, uploading, discovering and using. Images found in the Toolkit will be freely available to use in UHI learning material and each will have an attribution statement automatically created by the system, negating the need for staff to work out the format. We think that use of the system is intuitive but help files are available should they be required. Below is a list of the new features:
- Help Files and Terms and Conditions – these have been updated to accommodate the changes, in particular the image bank (discussed later). These can be found at - http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/lis/toolkit/about-the-uhi-toolkit
- Profile – all users will be automatically given a default avatar if they do not choose one of their own.
- Search – a new option to search the image bank has been added. You can search either the resource bank or the image bank, not both at once. This is due to the way the system displays results.
- Browse – a new option to search the image bank has been added. You can search either the resource bank or the image bank, not both at once. This is due to the way the system displays results.
- Upload – a new image category structure has been added. Selecting to upload an image will disable the options to upload a link, it will also limit the user rights options to ‘Copyright UHI, all rights reserved’ and ‘Used under license to UHI’. Further details of what these mean can be found in the help file - http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/lis/toolkit/Files/uploading-resources
- The Toolkit has been designed to run best on Firefox Browser, It will also work on Google Chrome. Functionality on Internet Explorer is limited and therefore use of IE is not recommended.
- Once an image has been uploaded into the image bank you cannot retrospectively edit it to make it a standard resource.
- Any images that have previously been uploaded into the resources area of the Toolkit will remain there. These will not be discovered as part of an image search as they have not been categorised in the image category structure. You can delete the image from the Toolkit resources area and upload it again to the image store where they will then be discoverable by users doing an image search.
Release 20th January 2014
Below is a list of the new features we have added :
- Browse – When viewing a resource that has been found via the browse facility, hitting the link to ‘back a page’ would take you to a blank browse page i.e. your previous browse results would not be retained. This has now been rectified.
- Favourites and resources – The ‘add to favourites’ button has been replaced with a star beside the resource title. Click on the star to toggle favourites.
- Favourites – previously when adding to favourites you were taken immediately to your favourites list. This has been changed and you now remain on the resource.
- Resource – When viewing a resource there used to be a filed called ‘MIME Type’. This has been replaced with a file called ‘Resource type’ with a more user friendly description.
- Search – The previous search always searched on ‘keyword’ irrespective of box selection. This has now been rectified.
- Search – When viewing a resource that has been found via the search facility, hitting the link to ‘back a page’ would take you to a blank search page i.e. your previous search would not be retained. This has now been rectified.
- Users – Usernames used to be case sensitive – this has now been removed and you can search using either case.
Please take some time to try out these new features, especially the search which is a considerable leap forward in the functionality of the toolkit…if you could upload and share a resource too, that would also be great.
Feedback can be provided via the feedback page on the UHI Toolkit. We hope you find these additional features useful and thank you for you continued support of the service.