February 6th, 2012 by jukka
With LeMill winter sprint in Helsinki has been updated to version 3.1.3, bringing few bug fixes and some helpful features for maintaining quality content. Precisely:
- New exercise feedback form
- Maximum points for each exercise can be assigned when editing an exercise.
- History view gives more information about previous versions and restoring old versions is more robust.
- Some links within content contained unnecessary ‘lemill-server’ in their path. It has been removed.
- Discussions moved from separate page to comments below content.
- Unwanted becoming an author can be fixed. Custom text can be used to replace ‘Authors’, if necessary — if the given names match LeMill members, there will be a link to member.
- Vocational education added as a possible target group for learning resources.
Also notice a new thing in LeMill front page! There is an introductory video made by Anna Keune to give new users a tour and a one minute explanation of LeMill.
October 31st, 2011 by jukka
After a period of slow development, LeMill is now updated to version 3.1 with some nice new features.
- Major improvements in handling of media pieces when creating web pages or exercises. Pieces can have captions and their metadata can be edited on spot.
- Added share button for recommending resources in social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter).
- Added Delete account -link.
- Removed spam/bot users and improved tools for removing them in future.
More updates coming soon!
June 28th, 2011 by jukka
An important server update has popped up and we have to do an update as soon as possible.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
April 29th, 2011 by Tarmo
LeMill will be unavailable for about 1 hour during the night between Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of April. LeMill keeps growing, so we need to add more capacity to our servers. We’ll be right back!
Update: The maintenance went smoothly and LeMill was unavailable for only 9 minutes. Kudos to our service provider, Gocept.
April 20th, 2011 by jukka
A small bugfix update to LeMill was issued at Wednesday afternoon.
January 17th, 2011 by jukka
Hi, with version 3.0.12 there are few fixes and some great new features for visual editor in LeMill, the one that is used whenever something more complex needs to be written.
- Adding and removing cells to and from existing tables is now supported. There are several buttons for these specific tasks that are activated only when cursor is over a table.
Buttons for adding and removing rows and columns.
- There is a button and a special sheet for adding and previewing LaTeX -code for mathematics and physics equations. LeMill now uses Google’s API to provide the TeX-to-image transformation, so it should be fast. See How to Write Equations in LeMill.
- There is a button for adding rarer unicode symbols for math characters and Greek alphabeth etc. See help page for Drawing Symbols.
- The editor itself is updated to TinyMCE’s latest version, 3.4b2. It should provide a better support for IE 9-family and the engine for reading and filtering html is rewritten.
- Also LeMill’s engine for parsing edited text has been rewritten in a simpler and more readable fashion. There may be some oddities in first few days. In worst case, if tags are lost and page becomes unreadable when editing, use ‘History’ to restore a working version.
January 11th, 2011 by jukka
Our hosting company is moving to newer, faster servers and the move will require our main database to be out of service for the time required for transfer of files. The break will occur at late friday night, probably between 22-03.
Otherwise, the year has started well with another small upgrade last weekend (8-9.1). Added features include:
- Added a link to member’s collections at member’s profile page.
- Added a link to browse those resources that don’t have language / subject / tags set. Now anyone can help to add languages / subjects / tags to those resources that miss these. Especially language is important, because if it is not set, the resource is often not listed.
- Removed option ‘other people can only edit a copy of this resource’ as it was used with too light causes. Incremental evolution of learning resources and co-operation is what LeMill endorses.
- Added support for embedding Google Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheet, Forms and Drawing into webpages and exercises.
- Translations are temporarily disabled as we are designing a better solution for supporting them without creating unnecessary or unintended copies of resources.
October 29th, 2010 by jukka
We’ve been busy preparing a major new release for LeMill. Initially small changes in interface and visual layout have snowballed into quite great changes in how simple can LeMill be.
At best case, the update will take few hours at fr-sat night, but if we find last minute problems, it can mean the service to be down on saturday and sunday. When the upgrade is finished we will post a detailed view of new features and changes.
LeMill 3.0 front page
LeMill 3.0 content section
Cloud of languages in tools section
August 16th, 2010 by Hans Põldoja
Last week we organized a LeMill design sprint. LeMill was launched more than 4 years ago and it needs some rethinking on the design and user experience. We have developed a lot of small new features but the overall design has not changed much. New features that were added gradually have also resulted some issues with the consistency of LeMill user interface.
You can see the results of the sprint in the next version of LeMill that will hopefully come out by the end of September. It will have a new wider page layout and redesigned main menu. We have also developed a much more user-friendly way for reordering text blocks, media pieces and questions on web pages and exercises.
A more detailed summary of the design sprint is posted at hanspoldoja.net.
April 13th, 2010 by jukka
Preparing for annual ITK-days, the largest education technology event in Finland, we had to finally push an update to LeMill. There are few interesting features and some inner changes that prepare the base for nice new things in near future.
List of changes:
- New PILOT-player: should be more robust than the previous one and includes a fullscreen mode to make it better suitable to show in class.
- Embedding PILOTs. Pilots can be embedded into your blog much like YouTube videos or LeMill’s collections. When viewing a PILOT resource, the embed code is on the left side. Copy it to your clipboard and paste into your blog. (The feature to notice that now this is embedded into another page and offer a link back to LeMill is not there yet.)
- New text editor. Our previous easy-to-use text editor was quite problematic to maintain or modify, and we shifted to use tinyMCE-editor. For those who use WordPress it should be familiar already: I’ve found that it is easier to modify and because of its huge userbase, it should be easy to upgrade. I’ve tried to keep the functionality as much like it was before; the table editor needs still some work, as tinyMCE:s default has too many features (and buttons) and the current table button doesn’t do enough alone. (To remove table, now it is easiest to switch to source mode and remove everything between table-tag and /table.) As a new feature I added Undo- and Redo-buttons. There are lots and lots features available for that editors, but our policy has always been to try to keep them in minimum to not distract with superfluous adjusting.
- Rewrote adding Media Pieces to Webpages and other similar resources. The difference is now only cosmetic, but inside there has been a prelimenary work for easier resource editing with less visible loading and saving of pages.
- With large groups and long lists of friends, only the first five names are displayed and other are folded behind ‘Show more…’-link. Don’t worry, clicking it won’t cause a slow page load.
- Simplified steps to create content and REMOVED ability to create Presentations, School Projects and Print Resources. The reason for this is explained by Hans in previous post. The existing resources are still there and won’t go away. They may be converted to other resource types at some point.
- Added resource tags to bee visible in left side bar. We hope that this way they get more use, and when they get more use, resources will have more tags and finding resources becomes easier.
- What else? Small fixes here and there, faster section front pages — the problem where loading a content section’s front page seems to take forever is now permanently solved. Generally smaller page loads.
Let’s finish by showcasing those great PILOTs that especially Estonian teachers have made. LÄÄNEMERI