“I have photos to put on my site, but I keep getting an error that they are too big!”
“I have a photo I want to make into my banner, how do I make it the right size?”
The availability and proper licensing of photo editing software can be a concern for new web content managers. There are practical limits on the file size of images that can be uploaded to the CMS, as well as pixel-size limitations on the space available in our page templates — so web content editors need some way to manipulate their photos. Some of us have Fireworks or Photoshop on our computers, some of us have investigated free basic software available on the Internet.
Adobe has released a free web-based version of their extremely popular editing software, called Photoshop Express. It is completely web-based, which eliminates the concerns over proper licensing, and installing new software onto your computer. Once you’ve created an account, you can log in from any computer and edit your images.
There is one catch for Skidmore employees to keep in mind. By uploading images to Photoshop Express, you warrant that you have the rights to do so — so this is not a solution for anything involving copyrighted materials. But for your average need to crop, sharpen and touch up an image for your website, PhotoShop Express can do the trick.
Original Yahoo News Release — http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080327/ap_on_hi_te/adobe_photoshop
Link to Photoshop Express — http://www.photoshop.com/express
Creating multiple level menus for site navigation is often essential for many web sites. One way of creating these menus is with the cfmenu tag.
There are actually two tags necessary to complete a menu: cfmenu which defines the menu itself and cfmenuitem which defines the individual menu items. The combination of these tags allows for multiple levels of menus.
A sample page using cfmenu in both the vertical and horizontal modes can be found at: http://cfsrvtst.skidmore.edu/dev/dgreen/cf8samples/ajax/menutest.cfm
The sample code is at:
Hopefully the use of this tag set will make your programming life easier.
A few of our astute users have isolated a bug in how IE 7 interprets/creates anchor links in web pages under CMS 5.0. Attempting to create new anchor links, or attempting to edit old anchor links, will result in broken code that takes your page users only to an empty editing box.
This is a bug in the program code, and cannot be fixed by normal page editing means. If you experience this bug on one of your pages, the only option is to delete the corrupted page and re-create the content from scratch. This can be a long and involved process on some pages, so please pay careful attention to the issue.
We advise that:
1) If you have anchor links in your webpages, do not edit them in IE 7. If you must make edits, please consider downloading and installing another browser for your work.
2) Do not create new anchor links in IE 7. Anchor links appear to work normally when created using a different browser, so consider using another browser for this work.
3) If you have alternative means, consider avoiding anchor linking for a short while. We have a bug report in with the parent company to have this issue resolved, and hope for a patch to arrive quickly.
Anchor links are created using the Anchor button in the text editor.
In CMS 4.0 there was a very annoying bug with the way that the CMS sent the response e-mails from people who filled out our CMS forms. The e-mails arrived garbled, unreadable, messy and unappealing.
CMS 5.0 has fixed the bug between itself and e-mail programs! There is, however, a common setting in Microsoft Outlook that you will want to adjust in order to make sure your form response e-mails arrive looking the best they possibly can.
With your Outlook open, take the following steps:
1. Select Tools from your list of options at the top left of your screen.
2. Select Options from the drop down list
3. Select the Preferences tab
4. Locate the Email section of that tab
5. Click the Email Options button
6. Locate the Message Handling section of that tab
7. Uncheck the box labeled “Remove extra line breaks in plain text messages”
8. Click okay on that window.
9. Click okay to save your settings in the last window.
10. Exit your Outlook, the setting should be saved.
Following these steps, you should receive form response e-mails that print one response per line, exactly what we were looking for from CMS 5.0!