June 2009 Archives
Pop Quiz –
In Collage, can you:
1) Create a new page?
2) Change the name in the existing navigation?
3) Edit an existing link?
If you did not answer yes to all three questions, read on to find out what can and can’t be done.
1) Create a new page
To create a new page, once you are within a task, navigate to the folder you want to add the asset (or file) to and simply click on the “new document” icon. You will be prompted to choose a name and description. Then the new document will open up and you can add your content. Don’t forget to give us a heads up in the task notes when you mark the task done.
2) Change the name of an existing asset
If you want to change the name of a menu bar in the navigation (ie: from “Community Engagement” to “Community Partnerships”), open that asset/file and click on “metadata” in the toolbar. In the dialog box, the first field is “name.” This is what shows in the navigation.
3) Edit an existing link
Links change all the time. If you know a link is broken, has changed, or you realized you made a mistake, it can easily be fixed. Open the link by clicking on the “link” button in the toolbar after you put your cursor on the link in the text. In the dialog box, on the right side there is an “edit” button.
When you click this you will get a dialog box similar to when you create a new link. Edit the link as necessary and click ok twice.
1) Delete assets
2) Make changes to the navigational structure
Moving menu items around, adding or removing items can also be indicated within task notes. Or you can send a message outlining the changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to be clear where you want the new item added within the existing structure (ie: between Prospective Students and In the Community).
3) Resize pictures
Technically, you can change the size of a picture in Collage by changing the dimensions in the image dialog box. This isn’t really the best way to do it. Ideally, pictures should be sized to 200 pixels wide or less, 72 dpi and optimized (or compressed) for the web. We use Photoshop Elements. There are other products that are similar. If you do not have access to these products, you can send the images through in a task and let us know that they need to be resized and optimized in your task notes.
Is there something else you are wondering if you can or can’t do in Collage? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll answer your question.