Release 5 March 2012
Look and feel
- Silk has a brand new look! The entire look and feel of the product has been redesigned from scratch. We hope you like it as much as we do!
- Together with Silk user interface we updated the way the content pages get displayed by default.
- We changed the look of the product notifications from the scary red bar at the bottom to a more friendly approach in the top of screen.
- We changed the look of the loading indicator to give a better feeling of when Silk is busy.
- Silk has a new way to get your content into your site. We added a CSV (comma separated values) importer that uploads and imports .csv files into existing Silk sites. Every Silk page can be used as a template for the newly generated content.
- The sidebar has some of its long lost magic back. When appropriate the sidebar will display a small map plotting the geo-location for your tags, it will display small contextual overviews for numeric data and use dates to show how long ago certain events occurred.
- The map visualization has been improved in many ways. A new map visualization type for numeric data, an improved algorithm to detect geo-locations of tagged data and lots of performance optimizations.
- The full Silk viewer is now turned on by default on the iPhone and iPad.
- The raw HTML output of a Silk page now includes a simplified representation of the widget output. This can greatly enhance the search engine ranking of your content.
- Lots of miscellaneous bugs have been fixed in both the viewer and the editor. This makes for a smoother user experience and better performance.
- Lots of small fixes to the data visualizations make up for a smoother experience in the Silk explorer.
- The region of the document that can be clicked to put the cursor in the document has been increased.
- We now always show the search bar in the top bar.
- The tagging suggestions will no longer suggest tags that are not used in other pages.
- As requested by many, we no long capitalize titles on page creation.
API and development infrastructure
- We did a major bump of the API version number due some interface changes in our tag list resource. The old API will still be available for usage.
- We moved our code base to GitHub which will make it easier to work together with the many great open source projects out there. We already experienced the ease of forking, sending pull requests and open sourcing software using GitHub. Additionally, GitHub nicely integrates with out Jenkins continuous integration setup which results in better code quality.
- Custom Silk templates can now be styled with Less, the CSS preprocessor. This gives our partners more power and control over the look and feel of their content.