We released two new versions of Squiz Matrix earlier this week, v220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168. Both of these releases contain bug fixes and minor enhancements.
This week we have one new feature to report, a new keyword modifier to return the array data for a JSON string. Continue reading below for more information on all this week's developments
New Keyword Modifier to Return Array Data for a JSON String
Released in version 22.214.171.124 (TBA)
Keyword modifiers within Squiz Matrix allow you to modify the returned values of keyword replacements.
For example, the as_json keyword modifier is an array-specific modifier that will convert returned array data into a JSON format string value. Previously, however, there was no modifier that would return the array data for a given JSON string.
This enhancement adds a new keyword modifier to Squiz Matrix: json_decode. This modifier will return the array data for the given JSON string value.
The json_decode modifier can be used in conjunction with the index modifier to return array data at a specific index. For example, in the usage below, we are returning the address array data from our asset metadata, and then printing the street index value of that array.
This modifier has been added to provide greater implementation possibilities to users when configuring their keyword replacements.
Today, the 22nd of May, is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish writer and physician, who is most notable for creating the character of detective Sherlock Holmes.
Doyle's first work featuring Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson was A Study in Scarlet, published in 1887.
All up, Doyle wrote twelve Sherlock Holmes stories (considered canon), along with hundreds of other novels, poems and short stories.
Doyle passed away in 1930 of a heart attack at the age of 71. His last words were directed to his wife, telling her: "You are wonderful".
In honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we've given our logo a bit of the Sherlock Holmes treatment this week.
Unfortunately, we don't have any new features to report this week. Be sure to check back next week for all the latest from our Squiz Matrix development team.
Today is National Chocolate Chip day in America, and we've chosen to adopt it because ... chocolate.
Did you know that chocolate chips date back to 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a Nestlé chocolate bar to the cookies she was baking? In 1939, Ruth reached an agreement to add her recipe to the chocolate bar's packing in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Sweet!
Since, of course, the most popular use of chocolate chips are in chocolate chip cookies, we've cookiefied our logo this week, with extra choc chips!
This week we have one minor enhancement to report, a new main.inc setting to set the Funnelback crawler user account. Continue reading below for more information on this new enhancement.
Released in version 126.96.36.199 (TBA)
With the release of Squiz Matrix 5.1, a number of assets were marked for deprecation, including the Funnelback Manager and other Funnelback assets.
The User setting in the Funnelback Manager, however, is still required for use within Matrix. This minor enhancement introduces a new Main.inc setting to replace the previous setting in the Funnelback Manager.
The SQ_CONF_FUNNELBACK_INDEXING_USER setting allows you to enter one or more user IDs to specify as the logged in user for the Funnelback crawler. These user accounts will be used when indexing your sites, and will be able to receive extra page metadata headers for indexing purposes.
Please note that upgrading your existing systems will transfer this setting and any specified user IDs to the system's main.inc file automatically.
With only a few sleeps to go till Mother's Day, we certainly hope you've done all your pressie shopping for Mum! Whether you're planning on gifting chocolates, flowers, a new iWatch or a day at the spa, our recommendation is to make sure you give a big appreciate hug to all the special women in your life... and hey, breakfast in bed doesn't hurt either, right?
We've decided to go with chocolates for this week's newsletter, because who doesn't like chocolate? Especially those assorted mixes: something for everyone!
In other non-chocolate news, we have one new feature to report this week, a new Show in Menu field on the Edit+ Editor's Insert Image tool. Continue reading below for more information on this great new addition.
Edit+ Editor: New Show in Menu Option for Insert Image Tool
Released in version 188.8.131.52 (TBA)
The Insert Image tool in the Edit+ Editor allows you to insert an image into the content of your asset, by either entering a URL of an image to insert, selecting an existing Image asset from within your site, or uploading an image from your computer.
Previously, the Insert Image tool didn't provide any option for specifying the link type of an uploaded image; images were uploaded as Type 1 linked assets only, meaning that these assets would be displayed within the navigation menus of your site.
This feature adds a new Show in Menu field when uploading an image via the Insert Image tool. By default, images will now be uploaded as Type 2 linked assets. This means that these assets will NOT be displayed in the menus of your site. If you want an uploaded image to be a Type 1 asset, you can enable the Show in Menu field before selecting to upload the image.
This feature has been added to provide your editors with greater control over their content.
We released two new versions of Squiz Matrix earlier this week, v184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11. Both of these releases contain bug fixes and minor enhancements.
JS API: New setPermission Operation
Released in version 18.104.22.168 (Now Available)
This feature introduces the new setPermission() operation to the JS API, allowing you to set a given user or user group permission on a specified asset.
This operation takes the following parameters:
- asset_id: the ID of the asset to set permissions on.
- user_id: the ID of the user or user group to apply permissions for.
- granted: the permission type to apply: 1 (Grant) 0 (Deny) or -1 (Revoke).
- level: the permission level to apply: 1 (Read), 2 (Write) or 3 (Admin).
- cascades: whether or not to automatically cascade permissions to newly created child assets.
- dependants_only: whether or not to apply permission changes to dependant assets only.
- dependant_parents: whether or not to apply permission changes to dependant parents instead.
- dataCallback: the custom callback function.
An example usage of this operation is as follows: