Ah! its Friday! And what better way to celebrate this day than with a nice GUI extension?
So here is my latest extension available for you to enjoy…
With 2011, the GUI received a new breadcrumb control which is a very useful way to quickly orient yourself of where you are in the system and making it easy to climb up the specific hierarchy you’re currently drilling through.
Of course, those of us who use Tridion know that we usually jump from one location to another, spanning over different publications and sections within publications. For those cases, if we want to go back to a location we were working on before we need to locate it again in the tree, which can be quite a hassle. Especially in large environments.
So my extension will hopefully make it even simpler to work within the GUI in the manner I just specified.
This extension adds 2 new buttons to the GUI right next to the breadcrumb. The buttons mimic the behavior of the browser keeping track of the places(folders, structure-groups, etc.) a user visits.
Its quite simple really. Anytime you click or navigate to a different location within the GUI a new entry will be added to the history list. When you click the back button you’ll be taken to the last place you visited and the entry will be moved to the forward list so you can go forward as well by clicking the button. Just like in the browser.
By right clicking on one of the buttons you will be able to see the entries stored in either the history or forward lists:
As can be expected (at least I think it can), the Navigation History extension makes use of the Extensions Manager to control some of its behavior.
The extension lets Administrators disable the functionality if needed so it will not be loaded and also control the number of items stored in the history list. By default this is 12 items. Don’t worry if you don’t have the Extensions Manager available, this extension will work without it just as well.
As you may have noticed the Navigation History is not actually an extension on its own but instead I’ve made it a part of the List Quick Helper extension.
If you’d like to take this extension for a spin, the code can be downloaded here.
Update: A newer version of the helper is available on this page.