New Features Sept 27, 2017

We’ve got some new stuff for you to play with!

We’ve been spending a lot of time working on some back-end additions and improvements to allow more people to create and edit dances and while most of those features aren’t quite ready yet (getting close!), the work has allowed us to push up some features that regular users can start using today. Continue reading

New Feature – Favorite Dances

Hello everyone,

There’s a new feature in town!   You can now tag dances as one of your ‘favorites.’ when you’re viewing the dance either in full or crib views.

What does this mean?
Whenever you tag a dance as a favorite, using the new star icon next to the dance name, it’s added to a private collection called, appropriately, Favorites.  This collection is viewable only by you unless you share it with someone using the private link you’ll see when viewing your Favorites collection.  Most of the time you’ll likely just want to keep it private.

Your Favorite collection will always show up first in your collection lists and will be used for several upcoming features.  It also provides a way for you to very quickly get to the dances that are most important to you through the new Favorites menu link.

In the near future you’ll be able to enable notifications so that DanceMinder will tell you any time one of your favorite dances change.  This will include minor editing changes as well as when videos or comments are added or changed for one of your favorite dances.

Before that, we’ll be implementing a messaging system so that you’ll be able to choose between email notifications or web site notifications similar to what you may be used to in Facebook.

For the moment run over to DanceMinder, log in and start adding your favorite dances!

If you run into any problems please let us know through the contact page.

Sorting collection items

We’ve just updated DanceMinder to allow full control over the order of items in a collection.  This lets you decide how the items are listed.  If the order isn’t important, you can leave the collection list as it ends up after you’ve added your dances or click on the ‘sort’ button to sort them alphabetically.

DanceMinder Collection Edit

If you’re setting up a collection for an event where the order shows how the dances will be called/performed, you can move individual or groups of dances around in the list using the ‘Move up’ and ‘Move down’ buttons.

When you save the collection, the dance order will be set by how you see the dances listed in the collection list box.

Private collections

A new feature has gone live which is another stepping stone to larger site-wide features.

Private collections.

If you’ve wanted to create a collection but only wanted it to be available to a small group of people, you can now create a collection that can only be accessed if the full url is known. Continue reading

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.

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What’s a Collection?

A Collection on DanceMinder is simply a list of dances.  These can be used as a series of dances for a public event, dances you’d like to study, dances for a class or for any purpose you like.  A collection includes a description and a field for a location where you can put the name of a studio, hall or even town crossroads.

How do you enter a collection?

Glad you asked.

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