Revision of the BSCW
The BSCW search function has been completely revised and simplified. There is now only one single, much more comfortable search form, where you easily can enter complex queries. Queries to the Google search engine are no longer supported (see 3.7 Search).
Content view of folders and document
The standard details view on folders has been extended by a new content view which may be activated alternatively. The content view offers more information on the content of an object entry, e.g., for documents a preview and abstract if available, for contacts and user objects a photograph if available and for folders the names of the objects contained. Also, BSCW can display a preview of documents, which you may have enlarged at will – just position your cursor over the object type icon of a document (see 3.8.4 Views on folders).
Metadata attributes of an object are summarized in a metadata profile. Metadata attributes have a name and a data type (such as text or date) and can be structured into groups within a profile. For most of the existing object types in BSCW (such as Folder or Document) there are predefined system profiles. You may create your own metadata profiles on the basis of the given system profiles and store these profiles for further use in template folders (see 3.9.1 Metadata profiles).
Simplified User Interface
The new simplified user interface allows easy access to the most basic features of BSCW and is offered to users who only sporadically log into BSCW. The simplified user interface is restricted to essential functions like navigation, creation and deletion of documents and folders as well as searching (see 7.3 Simplified User Interface).
The new microblogging component in BSCW supports the exchange of short text messages, which are displayed in chronological order. In BSCW, also events are included into microblogging. Microblogs may be focused on single users, members of a workspace or the whole social network, i.e. the users with whom one is in contact via shared workspaces (see 9.2 Microblogging).
Document review is to be used in the production of documents that have to meet a certain quality stan¬dard. After editing a document is reviewed by one or more persons responsible and is eventually released or rejected. In BSCW, document review can be defined for single documents or entire folders by specifying the different review steps and the persons responsible. (see 12.3 Document review).
Further changes and
The navigational action shortcut that lets you browse your workspaces is now always accessible since it remains on the same spot of the browser window, even if the window is scrolled (see 3.1 The Web-based user interface).
The online status has been extended in such a way that users may indicate in their online status that they do not want to be disturbed (see 9.1 Online status display).