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.

Text searching added to DanceMinder

When on the dance listing page you can now enter text which will be used to refine the listing shown.  For example, if you type in “clare” you’ll get a listing of all the dances with clare in the title or description.

If you want to filter out some of the results because there are just too many, not an issue yet but someday when there are hundreds of dances, you can add a minus ‘-‘ to the beginning of a word to tell DanceMinder to only include entries that don’t contain that word.

For example if you didn’t want the Birr set listed you could use “clare -birr” in the search box

Give it a try and please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Customized home screen added

Because we can’t keep away from the computer on a cloudy Saturday we’ve customized the home screen a bit for you.

When you log in, DanceMinder will now show you what dances and collections have been added or modified since you last logged in.

As more feedback comes in for the new commenting system we’ll also start showing what comments have been added.