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LiveTiles Cloud Product Release Notes, March 1, 2017


Add content tile to Cloud

This week, we are introducing the Rich Content tile. This tile functions similarly to modern content platforms such as Medium. A minimal, contextual, inline toolbar simplifies authoring while also providing for inline insertion of images and videos (note: image and video insertion is only available for responsive pages due to how fixed-width pages position tiles).

In order to start editing the page, you will either be able to click on the pencil icon on the settings bar while the tile is selected, or just hit enter to start typing away. You will be able to edit the text by selecting it, which will have a medium style editor appear next to the selected text.

In addition, on the responsive canvas, when entering a new paragraph you will have the option to add a video or image to the content. Doing so will add either an Image or Video tile to your page and will split the rich content into two separate tiles surrounding the Image/Video tile.

To exit editing the tile, you will be able to either click outside of the tile or press the escape key.

Note: This tile currently does not work in IE10. For best results, we recommend using Chrome or Firefox.

There are some issues currently surrounding the Edge browser when using this tile in regards to text and picture selection. To get around this, you will need to double click or click and hold for a second, otherwise, you will exit edit mode. We are currently working on a fix for this.

Power BI Embed tile

We are proud to announce the new Power BI tile is coming out in ‘Preview Mode’. This allows you to not only be able to embed a list of dashboards onto your LiveTiles pages, you are able to embed individual Power BI tiles onto your pages without the requirement of code/custom coding.

In order to use the Power BI Tile, you will need to have an account with permissions to view Power BI. Once you have an account, you will be able to populate the tile with the dashboard/tile that you would like to display on the page.

Once you have set up the tile to display what you would shown, users will be able to sign into Power BI via the Power BI tile itself. Once you have signed into the tile, if you have access to the dashboard/tile you will be able to see the data, otherwise you will get information which will let you know that you aren’t able to view the content, which gives you the option to have the tile link to a list of your Power BI dashboards.

Note: We are releasing this as a ‘Tile in Preview.’ We expect to make improvements based on your feedback. We are especially interested in your experiences with the authentication flow for the tile. We have made it as seamless as possible, but want to hear your “real world” use experience.

Image tile – Crop mode

To make using images within the LiveTiles platform easier to use, we have added in the ability to crop and edit images from the LiveTiles design canvas.

When you select an image from the asset picker or copy/paste a link to the image path, a new button will appear called ‘Edit Image.’ This will open up the image editor.

From here, you will be able to crop the image by changing the size of the highlighted box, allowing you to choose the width and height of the image selection area. In addition, you will also have the option to choose a pre-select size ratio from the top right corner, giving the options of aspect ratios 16:9, 4:3 or 1:1.

Once you click save, you have the ability to save the image as a png. The path automatically pre-fills with the location of the image you have cropped, as well as the name of the image you have cropped. You also have the option to rename the image and change the save location.

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