Update Sep 3, 2012

There have been several style updates to make DanceMinder more mobile-friendly.

  1. The biggest change is to the navigation menu which will change to icon-only on smaller screens.
  2. The logo and social networking block will be hidden on smaller devices.
  3. The menu so there are fewer top-level items and ‘home’ has been replaced with an icon.
  4. The display of posts from the blog have also been made more attractive.

You can see these changes by viewing the site on your phone, viewing on a tablet and rotating your device or changing your browser window size when viewing the site at your desk.

This is all groundwork and housecleaning before the next round of major changes to the site.

Update Aug 13, 2012

Two dances have been added,

Ballykeale Set and Humors of Bandon.

The Ballykeale Set is a relatively new set on the scene, or more accurate a recently re-discovered set that’s growing in popularity.

The Humors of Bandon is a set piece that’s often used in performance in a shortened form by not dancing every body.  If you dance the whole thing through with all bodies and aren’t worn out at the end, you aren’t trying hard enough.

Site Status Aug 10, 2012

We’ve been doing groundwork for a major change to the way dances are edited, which will improve editing usability and make the editors happier.  This will likely result in more dances becoming available which will make the regular users happier.

Part of the groundwork involved exercising our scripting skills by adding input validation on the user side which you can see when you add or edit a collection.  Type in a too-short name and move to the Description box and you’ll be given some instructions on-screen to help you choose a better name. It also checks for duplicates and will let you know if you’ve chosen a name that isn’t already used.  Our next step is to enable drag and drop between the dance lists at the bottom of the collection edit page.  Once that’s complete, we’ll have the foundation for putting those features together on the dance editing pages.

Continue reading Site Status Aug 10, 2012

Update Aug 2, 2012

There’s been an important update to the way your email addresses are stored.  Many sites, including DanceMinder prior to today, store your email addresses unencrypted in their databases.

If you follow tech news at all, you will have heard, seemingly weekly, about major sites being hacked and at best user email addresses becoming available to spammers and in some cases even the passwords were available or easily cracked.

DanceMinder now stores email addresses in encrypted form.  Your password has always been stored encrypted and now, even if something happens to our servers and a hacker manages to get hold of our database, your email addresses and passwords will both be safe.

Continue reading Update Aug 2, 2012

Updates July 25, 2012

One big feature and several small tweaks this time.  Multi-column Crib View and several link updates and site optimizations.

  • The big item for this update is the addition of a multi-column format in the Crib View.  It’s a bit experimental at the moment so the way columns are chosen and formatted will continue to be tweaked as the feature is used and we receive feedback.
    By default the view will be displayed in single column as you’ve seen before.
    Click on any of the images below to be taken to a live version of the example.

    You may now select how many columns to be displayed, from 1-4.



    DanceMinder will also save your selection and use it as the default for all future Crib views until you change your selection.  Being an experimental feature, printing still needs some work to support the new multi-column formatting but will be fully enabled soon.
  • The Links menu item has been converted to a drop down menu and several useful links moved there such as our General links, Privacy Policy, Q&A, Contact Form and a new known (and fixed) issues page called Sausage.
  • User/Editor view option has been moved to the Editor menu.
  • Lots of little formatting tweaks and optimizations.

 

Updates July 21, 2012

There’s been a lot of activity today.

The Facebook community (Like it!) page and DanceMinder Blog have gone live with links between them and the main site.  The main DanceMinder page has been modified to show the latest blog posts at the bottom of the page and the first article explaining the basic features of DanceMinder has gone up on the blog.

What will happen tomorrow?