Tutorial 003: Content types

The pageview

When you make a new item using the content creator or quick buttons, the pageview will appear for you to edit it. There are similarities between all content types. The next example uses a note to generally describe how to interact with the items you create.

There are eight buttons across the top of the pageview.

“Unread” will change the read status of the item. “Archive” will move the item to the “Archive” default workspace. “Delete” will put the item in the “Trash” default workspace. If you have subscribed to Consol’s encryption component, “Crypto” will toggle encryption for the item(explained in Tutorial 12: Encryption). “Duplicate” will make a copy of the item’s current state and send it to the Inbox default workspace. “Print” will open the printing interface. The default workspaces will be covered in greater detail in Tutorial 7: Default workspaces.

The arrow button will pop the pageview out into a separate frame, so you can see several pageviews at the same time. The “×” will close the pageview.

Underneath those buttons are the content type icon and title for the specific item. The icon remains present to help you identify which content type you are working with. The icon for each item type will be shown further below.

Item titles can be changed at any time: click on the title in the item’s pageview and type or delete text to modify it. The “Added” and last “Modified” date are shown here too.

Below the item title is the body of the item, which will look different for each item type. These are explained later in this tutorial. Finally, below the body are the “Schedule This,” “Send Copy Of This,” and “Share This” fields.

Scheduling is covered in Tutorial 4: Scheduling, and the sending and sharing are covered in Tutorial 5: Send copy and share.

Depending on the width of your browser each pageview may display a tagging field to the right

or underneath the body of the pageview.

We wanted to introduce you to the pageview’s basic features so that you would have some context for learning them in the future. Tagging will be covered soon, in Tutorial 6: Tagging. For now, please learn about the different item types.

Notes

The body of a note can be extensively formatted. Use the toolbar above the title to format the note.

Code

This is a simple code scripter. With it you can easily share, draft, or collaborate on code. The code is displayed in the body of the item.

Syntax highlighting is supported. You may choose a color scheme and coding language using the selectors at the top of the pageview. The number of bytes comprising your code are also displayed.

Bookmarks

The body of the bookmark displays information about the link you saved.

The bookmarked link is shown under the title. To edit the url, click the url text and begin typing.

Under the link is the preview provided by the website itself. Not all websites will provide a preview and some might not be very useful, so the preview field can be closed with the “x” button.

Above the title is the “Reload Preview Content” button.

If you have changed the bookmarked url, then you can click this button to check for preview content concerning the new url.

Above the url is the “Open Link” and “Copy Link” button.

Click on “Open Link” to navigate to that url in a new browser tab. Click on “Copy Link” to copy the url to your clipboard.

Use the “Description” field to leave notes about your bookmark.

Tasks

Tasks have a “Description” field to hold information about the task.

The “Low,” “Medium,” and “High” priority buttons above the title allow you to set the priority of the task according to your needs. The “Completed” button will mark the task as finished. Both of these settings are reflected in the list view, which will be covered in Tutorial 9: List view.

Messages

The message body is split into three parts. The first displays who is included in the message feed (message items require you to be connected to other Consol users).

You can type the email address or username of a Consol user in the “To” field. A list of matches will appear beneath the input. Information about connections will be in Tutorial 10: Chat and connections. Click on the result that matches.

The connection(s) you choose will queue beneath the input field. You must click the “Add” button to include them in the message. The “×” button on the user’s icon will remove them from the message queue.

Any number of connections can be added simultaneously: just keep choosing connections before clicking the “Add” button. But, if you forgot to include someone, you can add them to the message at any time. A new field called “Currently Included” will display the users that can view and participate in the message. If you created the message item, click the “×” on a user’s avatar to remove them from the message. You can also remove yourself from an item shared with you by clicking on the red “Remove” button at the top of the pageview.

The second part of the message body is the “New Message” field. Your profile avatar is displayed next to the message text field.

When you are done typing a message, click the “Post Message” button. Everyone included in the message will receive it immediately.

The third part of the message body is the message feed, which contains the sent and received messages.

The messages appear chronologically and display the author’s username, user avatar, message text, and the date and time of when it was posted. You can delete your posted messages by clicking the “×” next to the message text.

Contacts

The body of a contact is made of input fields for the contact’s information. There is a field for notes about the contact at the bottom.

Notice that the title is compiled from the name and email of the contact. To change the title you must change the name and/or email fields.

Images

You can create image items two ways: (1) by copying and pasting a valid image URL into the content creator field; (2) uploading an image from your computer. To upload, click the “Upload” button next to the content creator. Once an image is defined, it will occupy the body of the image item.

Information about the image will be displayed above the pageview. To download the image, click the download button above the image title.

Bugs

Creating a bug is a bit different: after you click “Create” (whether or not you give the bug a title in the content creator), an interface for filing the bug will display as a pop-up in your browser.

Explain the issue you are having in the “Description” field. Being accurate in your description will help us address the issue quickly! Also, please give us clear instructions about how the bug occurred in the “Reproduction” field; it will aid in our investigation. Click “Show browser data to be submitted” to give us further information for resolving your issue.

When you are finished, click “Create Bug” in the pop-up window to submit your request. If you change your mind about submitting the bug and want to cancel the submission, click the “×” in the top right instead.

After creation, the bug pageview will open. The body of the bug displays the description and steps provided upon submission.

The bug submission number and author of the submission are shown next to the title.

The request status is represented above the title.

This status is set by the Consol Operators and reflects their current assessment of the bug.

Take command

Now you know how to create the content you need in Consol. There is quite a bit you can do with that content. To take further control, you will need to read through Tutorial 4: Scheduling and learn how to give every item its time in addition to its place.