Acrolinx Sidebar - Version 14.2.2 (9 February 2017)
Acrolinx sidebar version 14.2.2 is available when you connect to the new 5.1.1 Acrolinx server. For more details, see the Acrolinx Server Release Notes .
Sidebar Became Unresponsive After Checking GitHub-Flavored Markdown Documents
Sometimes after you checked markdown documents the sidebar became unresponsive. This occurred if your documents contained certain types of markdown syntax that the server couldn’t process. We've improved the sidebar so that the issue cards will always load. Occasionally, issue cards might still appear disabled, if this happens you can edit the text directly.
Some Icons Didn't Appear If You Used the Sidebar With the Java Demo Project in GitHub
If you used the Java sidebar demo project in GitHub , some of the sidebar icons in the header and the slide-out menu didn’t appear. This occurred with the sidebar demo code for JFX and Swing. We've fixed this issue so now all icons should appear for the Java sidebar demo project.
Acrolinx Sidebar - Version 14.2 (24 November 2016)
We're pleased to announce version 14.2, which is available when you connect to the new 5.1 Acrolinx server. In this release, we've added findability checking. For more details, see the Acrolinx Server Release Notes .
Major New Features
Findability Helps You Ensure That Your Content Is on Target and Easy to Find
We’re excited to be releasing a new Findability feature in Acrolinx 5.1 that will be available in our sidebar 14.2. This feature will help you ensure that your content is easy to find when people enter your targeted keywords in a search engine.
Additionally, we offer the option to integrate with external SEO systems. You can provide direct links to detailed keyword information. If you’re managing target keywords in the external system, you can offer them to your writers as proposed keywords. This feature appears as the proposed keywords section in the Findability tab.
Add Your Own Custom Tabs to the Sidebar
Imagine the possibilities! You might want to show information from your own web applications, like a tab for writers to look up terminology from your external terminology database. Get in touch with us if you're interested in doing this.
We've Redesigned the Sidebar to Make Space for All the New Features
You'll notice a slide-out menu where you can find the Scorecard, Options, About, and User Profile settings that you don't need to access very often. This helps you focus on all things related to checking in the main view of the sidebar.
The User Profile tab is where you can edit and update your custom user information. Previously, you were prompted to complete your profile when you signed into the sidebar but you couldn't view or edit this information. Go to User Profile ->General tab to see your custom user information. You'll also find that the Advanced settings have moved from the Options tab to the User Profile tab.
You can now find your sidebar address in the About tab. The sidebar isn’t necessarily hosted on the Acrolinx server, it can also be hosted on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) server. Where the sidebar is hosted depends on which plug-in you’re using. If you're troubleshooting and you need to find out what the sidebar address is, look in the About tab. To find out more about the sidebar address see this FAQ .
Sidebar Usability Improvements to Help You Process Issues Faster
We've improved the sidebar usability so that you can go through your issues faster and more efficiently.
The sidebar now selects the first card in the list for you and goes straight to the location of the issue in your document. If you ignore a card or replace a suggestion, the focus jumps to the next available card in the list for you.
The sidebar also remembers which card you're working on after a recheck. If you're working through your issues and pause to recheck, the sidebar remembers which card you were working on. So, after you check, the card that you selected is still selected and you can pick up from where you left off.
Previously, you could only ignore all spelling and terminology issues in your entire document. Now, you can also ignore grammar and style issues types. And, instead of clicking the check mark to ignore a card, you can now just click the bold issue text.
Acrolinx now keeps tracks of all the issues you ignore so that if you recheck the document, you won't see the cards reappear in the sidebar. This allows you to work through the issues in the sidebar like a checklist. The issues won't be ignored forever, if you close, reopen, and check the document, you'll see the previously ignored issues again.
Error Messages Now Include a Details Section
We've added a details section for server error messages. Now, if you come across a problem between the sidebar and the server, you'll get an error message that you can understand. You can also copy the text from the details section and send it to support for troubleshooting.
You'll See a Hint on the Sign-In Page If You're Connecting to a Secure Server
A secure icon appears on the login page if you're connecting to an Acrolinx server configured with SSL. We also remind you that a secure server address starts with HTTPS.
You No Longer Get a Perfect Score If You Didn't Check Any Text
Previously, if you checked an empty document, a document without any text, or a document that didn't contain any issues, the sidebar would display a score of 100 and 0 issues. This might be misleading if Acrolinx only checked parts of your document but you think Acrolinx checked everything and you got a perfect score. For a few different scenarios, the sidebar now gives you more specific information if Acrolinx couldn't find any text in your document. The sidebar also displays a dash, '-', instead of a perfect 100 score.
We've Added a Privacy Mode Which Disables the Scorecard
If you don't want user information to be stored on your server, you can configure Acrolinx to delete Scorecards after each check. As a result, writers can't open the Scorecard from the sidebar and instead of the Scorecard icon, you'll see a green privacy icon .