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What's new in July 2019 (v1.17)

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Watch the webinar for a complete look at what's new:


View management chains at a glance with org charts

We’re rolling out the next phase of Intranets with organization charts. 


Org charts present Intranet users with an overview of your organization’s structure and reporting relationships. With this update, users browsing the staff directory are presented with the management chain above and below each employee, as well as a link to the chart in full. 

Org charts are automatically generated from your staff directory, so you don’t have to worry about manually updating them. You can also make custom org charts for smaller groups, such as departments and teams.

Because org charts can be added as plug-ins to any WYSYWIG area, you can drop them into any page of your Intranet. 

See our demo org chart and visit our help center to see how it works.

Clean up your page content with accordions and tabs

A lot of you have asked for ways to elegantly divide page content. We’ve listened, we’ve coded, and we’re happy to unveil accordions and tabs for the WYSIWYG editor. 



Use accordions in your body content to tuck away content that isn’t critical to everyone, but that some of your site visitors need. Video transcripts are a good example. By putting these under accordions, page content remains light and approachable, but detail is there for those who need it.

See accordions in action or visit our help center to find out more



Tabs are another good way of making your pages feel lighter. Use tabs to break up large amounts of content into manageable chunks, so residents aren’t greeted with a daunting wall of text on information-heavy pages. Here’s some we prepared earlier, and how to make your own

Do more with events 

Host events across multiple locations

Many of you host community events like reading groups, blood drives and workshops that occur in more than one place. We’ve made it easier to publicize these by letting you list events with multiple locations. 


See our example event, or visit our help center to learn more. 

Schedule around public holidays and seasonal shutdowns

We’ve also introduced exceptions to recurring events. Now you can exclude particular dates (like public holidays) when scheduling recurring events.


Simply schedule your daily, weekly, monthly or yearly events as usual, then use the exclusion options at the bottom of the ‘recurring date’ tab to add and remove dates. 

Let people know you’re open for business


We’ve added a new field for opening and contact hours to our park, venue and department pages. Previously, you may have included this information in your pages’ body text. Now, with the ‘hours’ field, opening and contact hours are shown in the side bar where they’re easier for residents to find.

For those of you using the MyCity module, your residents can now add opening hours to their community and business listings, too. 

Check out our example theatre page, or visit our updated park, venue, and department page help center topics to learn more about the ‘hours’ field.

New features for admins and developers

Manage your own Azure Active Directory connections

We’ve offered Azure Active Directory connections for a while, as both a premium module and a part of Intranets. 

Previously, if you wanted to use Azure AD to do things like populate your staff directory or manage user accounts, you had to lodge a support ticket so we could make the connection for you. 

As we roll out more features that can talk with Azure AD, like org charts, we think it makes sense to open connector management up to system admins. Your staff can now create and manage Azure AD connections themselves - find out how - though, as always, we’re here to help. 

Do more with our API

We’ve added file and folder endpoints to our API to let your developers build connections to Document Management Systems, and other file wizardry. If you’re a developer, check out the new calls in our API Management screen. 

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