We're very excited to announce that we'll be rolling out a new toolbar interface on the Radium3 platform next week. We know you are going to love this upgrade. The new toolbar makes a big improvement to the system. It's also a very noticeable visual change so we wanted to give you a heads up about what's coming. Please take a look through the exciting details below.
Beautiful, Compact Design That's Always Accessible
The new toolbar is designed to be sleek, compact and accessible. It takes up a lot less vertical space than our current toolbar -- 66% less to be exact. That means it gives you a better view of your website while you're in admin mode. Plus, the new toolbar remains fixed to the top of your browser so no matter how far you scroll down, you'll always have instant access to its controls.
Click the image above to see a larger view.
We've reorganized the toolbar options as well. A simple toggle control on the left edge allows you to switch between website options and store options without refreshing the page. This saves you time when moving between managing your store and managing your website. Your account controls have also been moved under the new user session menu (more on that menu below).
The New Page Bar
The previous toolbar had a third tier of controls that were related to page-level editing. Those controls have now been separated out to the all-new Page Bar. The Page Bar hovers over the top right of any page you're editing, but only when your mouse is over the page. The page bar displays the name of the current page's template and contains the fast template switcher, the "add a page" tool, the "preview page" button, and the "page settings" tool.
Left: the Page Bar overlaid in admin mode. Right: fast template switcher appears when its icon is clicked.
The New User Session Menu
On the right edge of the toolbar, you'll see the new User Session Menu. It shows the name and image of the currently logged-in user. If the user has a gravatar, it will automatically use that image. Users can also upload their own images on their user profiles as well. The User Session Menu shows custom options based on the user who is logged in. All users will see a link to edit their profile in the User Session Menu. This means that non-admin users now have the ability to update their own profile information, a brand new capability with this update.
The User Session Menu with all options active (account-owner view).
Account owners will also find the link to the account section and billing section under the User Session Menu. All billing-related screens have been moved under the "Billing" menu item.
Launching Next Week!
We're gearing up to launch these new features next Thursday, February 16th at approximately 9:30am CST (GMT-6). We're super excited about this incredible update, but it's actually just a first step toward even bigger things coming soon. There's so much good stuff on the way. As always, we appreciate all of your support and look forward to continuing serve as your partner.
Posted on Thu, February 9, 2012
by Tim Wall filed under