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Compendium 2.0 Beta 1 Release Notes

Compendium 2.0 (beta 1) contains many exciting new features that expand the boundaries of what you can do with the software, as well as enhance its existing capabilities.

Movie Maps: You can bring videos directly into a new kind of Compendium view, called a “Movie Map.” With this you can add nodes and links on top of a movie, having these annotations appear and disappear wherever you want over the length of the video. An example of a movie map can be seen at: http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/e-dance/2009/09/14/choreographic-video-annotation. You can even animate maps without a video, so that you can add movement to your maps. See an example of this capability at http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/sbs/2010/04/debate-replay-with-map/ .

Curvy, thick links! and other kinds of link formatting: Links can now be curved, or squared as well as straight. They can also be dashed. Link labels can now be formatted in the same way as node labels, with different font sizes, styles, and colors.

Enhanced customization: Compendium now lets you customize many aspects of its appearance to match the needs of your organization, project, or personal preferences. You can specify what maps get automatically created with new projects, as well as aspects of the splash image and text when Compendium starts, the About screen, and the graphics and links that display for a new project.

Performance improvements for sharing Compendium over the Internet: Compendium 2.0 contains many speed and processing improvements that greatly speed remote access and manipulation of shared Compendium projects.

Email integration:You can enable Compendium to send “real” email when a new item has been added to your Compendium inbox.

Internationalization: Compendium’s menus, controls, and other features can now appear in any language through externalized interface strings.

Improved management of Linked Files: Compendium lets you attach any sort of files to Reference nodes. Moving Compendium projects between machines often means taking care of many linked file locations. A new Linked Files browser now lets you sort your linked reference files. This is especially useful when using Compendium for shared projects over the net. You can see what external files are being referenced in a project, which nodes they are belong to, and where they are located (indicating also if they are lost, or long longer exist at the stored location).

Template improvements: We have added some default templates for people to try. We have also extended the way the Templates folders are processed so Help information can be added in the form of HTML files. They will be displayed in the Templates menu (see the Compendium Help system for full details).

New features by entry in the Compendium support database:

ID Summary
12 Specify background colour for a map view
82 Link to log file for missing reference files
86 Formatting options for link lines
193 A way to switch views like Alt-Tab (cycle through open windows).
287 Link labels should have the same formatting options as nodes.
304 Import option on Node right-click menu should give same options as...
320 Tile view windows
401 Curvy link lines
435 Change to History toolbar when navigating using Views
491 Old keyboard shortcuts are still in the code and should be removed
495 according the scale of the background image with the scal...
500 Change the name of “Database Administration” to “Da...
593 Keyboard shortcuts to create new nodes
610 Dotted line links for cross-links
617 When adding images/icons to nodes, Compendium should auto...
618 Colour Palette
654 Aerial View does not maintain relative node positions on ...
728 Add an 'Open' Button to the Search Reulsts Dialog
792 Externalize the default data so it can be customized
793 Ability to specify a default map background
797 Auto-detect if newer version of Compendium available for ...
799 Single user tab - highlight Save button automatically
823 Line Formatting in Links

Bugs fixed:

ID Summary
767 drag and drop externs files doesn't work on linux version
685 Database is messed up when importing from Backup SQL file...
703 contents/properties/views window resizes back to a defaul...
809 Make space with drag box alt goes wrong when zoomed
523 Restoring from SQL does not escape newline character
701 Can't use launch button on Contents dialog for internal R...
704 XML export to zip: reference file paths not correctly ren...
707 Back Arrow on Toolbar locks up Compendium
709 Wrong link colour using Alt - and Alt+
716 Troubles wth cursor positioning in node labels
781 Search considers only the first detail page
789 Floating tooltip misplaced under Firefox
798 Negative yposition-values when importing from Excel
753 Closing project disables menu shortcuts
761 Newly-created tags not visible in tags dropdown
810 Aerial View Delete-Undo Bug
48 Stop windows moving outside accessible area.

The Team for Compendium 2.0 Beta 1


Software development: Michelle Bachler, Michael Begeman (who did great improvements for group working in Compendium and handling large data sets, as well as numerous bug fixes), Christophe Leclerc (the lovely curved and squared links), Sebastian Ehrich (Adding referenced files to the database and the Linked Files manager)

Design and requirements: Simon Buckingham Shum, Al Selvin, Michelle Bachler, Jeff Conklin and Maarten Sierhuis

Testing: Simon Buckingham Shum, Al Selvin, Michelle Bachler. A big thank you also to all those Compendium users who volunteered to test the Alpha versions of this release.

Webmastering: Al Selvin, Michelle Bachler, Simon Buckingham Shum

Funding: Compendium is funded from public research grants. We gratefully acknowledge the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation OpenLearn and OLnet projects, the UK AHRC-EPSRC-JISC e-Dance Project, the JISC-VRE MEMETIC project, the ESRC/e-Social Science ECOSENSUS project, and the EPSRC CoAKTinG project.


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