Just like you have version control of files in IBM Connections, you also have complete version control of wiki articles inside a wiki. Every time someone edits an article, and save the changes, the last version of that wiki article will be kept.
The versions of the article are listed at the bottom of the wiki article. Click on the tab Versions, to the righ of the tab Comments:
Restore previous version
You can restore a previous version of a wiki article in the following way:
- Find the version you want to restore and click on the link to the right called Restore:
- You will now get the following message:
- Click OK to restore this version. This will now be the current version, and the version you replaced will now be pushed down on the list. Connections will even tell you what version you restored the current version from:
You can now of course restore back to the previous version by clicking on the Restore link behind it in the list. Here I’ve done this:
Compare versions of wiki article
You can also compare versions to see what’s different between them. If there is more than one version of a wiki article, you will see this at the bottom, under the tab Versions:
To compare two versions against each other you choose the number of the versions in the pull down fields. In the picture above, I’ve selected to compare version five against version four. Click on Show comparison. Both articles will now shown next to each other:
The text marked green is the text that’s been added or changed in the newest version and the items coloured yellow are text that’s been deleted in the newest version.
You can also choose to compare other versions in the fields at the top:
So as you can see version control of wiki articles is a very useful tool.
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In my previous blog posting I showed you how you can save a Facebook posting so that you can read it later without worrying about it disappearing. A lot of IBM Connections users don’t know that you can actually do this in the activity/news stream in Connections as well.
Let’s say you are at work. While you are looking through your activity stream in the morning, you see a posting that you feel the need to follow up on later. Unfortunately you know that because of the hight volume of traffic on your Connections site, there is no way you will be able to find it again in the activity stream. Not to worry, you can save it and find it, very easily, later.
In the web browser:
- Under each posting in the activity stream, you will find a link called Save this:
- Click on it. It will now tell you it is saved:
- Go to the left side menu in Connections and find the menu item called Saved:
- Click on it and all your saved items will now be listed:
- You can now click on any saved posting and interact with it or open it, just like if it was in the regular activity stream
If you want to remove an item from the Saved list you hover your mouse pointer over it and click on the x that will appear in the upper right corner:
After clicking on it you will be asked to confirm that you want to remove it from saved.
On a mobile device
You can also save things and view them later in the IBM Connections application for your mobile or pad. These screen shots are taken on an Android Galaxy S5 phone. Unfortunately my application is in Norwegian, but I think you will be able to follow the logic anyway.
- Find the posting in the activity stream:
- With your finger, press down on the posting and keep it pressed until this window pops up:
The top most selection (Lagre) means Save. Click on it.
- You will now be told that it’s saved.
- Go to the main menu and find the menu item called Saved
- All your saved items will now be listed:
- You can now interact with this posting just as if it had been in the normal activity stream
To remove it from the saved list, press with your finger on the posting until a pop up window appears. Choose Remove from Saved. The posting will now be removed (you will not be asked to confirm).
I hope that helps you keep afloat on all that you need to follow up on in your Connections environment.
Have you ever seen someone link to or publish a Facebook posting that looks awesomely fun and interesting, but you haven’t got the time to look at it right now? My guess is that the answer to this question is a resounding Yes.
So what happens? You close Facebook, it disappears from your news feed and you either forget about it, or only remember it if you see that someone has commented on it or liked it.
There is however a very simple solution. Facebook has a save function which makes it very easy to save a posting in a Saved list. You can then look at it later, without worrying about it disappearing on you.
So how do you do this? It’s easy:
- To the upper right of the posting you can see an arrow:
- Click on it to see the following menu:
- Click on Save post:
- Above the posting you will see a message telling you it has been saved for later:
You can find the posting again later in this way:
- Finde the Saved menu item. On the web this menu item is in left side menu:
On your cell phone or pad app you can find the Saved menu item under the functions menu, the one with three stripes:
- When you click on Saved, you will see a list of all the items you’ve saved:
- To open the posting or link, simply click on the title
To remove a saved item from the Saved list, you do the following:
- Hold your mouse pointer over the posting. An x will appear in the upper left corner:
- Click on it. The posting will now look like this:
- The next time you enter the Saved list, this posting will no longer appear there
A lot has been said about the future of IBM Notes and Domino lately, but the truth of the matter is that there are still lots of Notes clients out there that are still heavily in use.
There are also IBM Notes customers who are using IBM Connections. Because of this, IBM has created a plugin that makes it easy for you to share content from IBM Notes and into Connections, and the other way around.
In the plugin you can post and interact with your activity (news stream), as well as with a persons profile and business card. You can drag attachments from emails and drop them straight into Connections (both into your personal files as well as as into a community’s files). You can also interact with, comment on and share files from the plugin.
You can also work with Activities directly from IBM Notes. Personally I prefer working with activities inside the Notes client to the cumbersome GUI in the web browser. You can drag and drop elements internally inside the activities, as well as drag and drop emails, Notes documents and attachments straight into an activity.
In short: The IBM Notes plugin for IBM Connections is a great tool, with a lot of great features. It has increased my own productivity in Notes and Connections a great deal. But I’ve seen a lot of people asking on Greenhouse and in other forums whether a manual exists. And it doesn’t. Until now.
I’ve therefore created a complete manual on how to use the IBM Connections plugin for IBM Notes. You can download it here.
Please let me know if you find any errors, spelling mistakes or things that are outdated because of upgrades to the plugin. Constructive feedback is welcome.