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VNCchannels App User Manual

Updated till 1.4 version

Channels

Channels are objects that can contain Topics of various content types. Channels have the purpose to gather and structure Topics e.g. of related subjects in the same place. Social Channel is a special case of a Channel that does not contain the regular Topic content types but Social content only.

VNCchannels has the following chips to filter channels:

Name Description
#all channels This is the place where you can find all the channels: public, private, favorites, and channels you are subscribed to.
#public The chip is used to filter all the channels that are available for a public viewing.
#private The chip is used to filter all the channels that are available only for a specific audience.
#subscribed The chip is used to filter all the channels you are subscribed to.
#favorites The chip is used to filter all the channels you mark as "favorite".

Each channel looks as follows:

Where:

Number Description
1 The figure displays the number of unread topics in the channel. The picture is the channel avatar.
2 The channel name.
3 The left figure displays the number of unread topics and the right figure displays the total number of topics in the channel.

Create a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap the plus icon at the bottom.

  3. Tap New Channel:

  4. Fill in Channel name field. To add the avatar photo for the channel, tap the avatar icon:

  5. Tap UPLOAD, select required photo/image, and tap DONE.

  6. To add users to the channel, tap the plus icon:

  7. Use the search field to find required users and tap them.

  8. Tap the checkmark:

  9. Tap Settings:

    Here you can make your channel private (only the channel users will be able to see the channel) or add tags. To make the channel private, tap Make Private. You should see that the following checkmark has appeared:

    To add tags, enter a tag name to New Tag field and tap Go. Finally, save the changes, tap the checkmark:

  10. To add the channel description, tap Add description:

    Then enter a text to the field and tap the checkmark at the top.

  11. To save all the changes, tap the checkmark:

    You should see the following notification:

    Channel created

    You should see the created channel in the channels list, for example:

Search for a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap the magnifier icon:

  3. Enter a channel name to the search field:

    You can check all found results in Channels:

    The results are highlighted in blue.

Pin a channel

If you want a channel to be in the first place in the channels list, you can pin it:

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Search for required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Pin channel:

    Or you can tap the channel, then tap the kebab menu and tap Pin channel:

    You should see the pin icon next to the channel:

Unpin a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Search for required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Unpin channel:

    Or you can tap the channel, then tap the kebab menu and tap Unpin channel:

Add a channel to "Favorite" list

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Add to Favorites:

    Or you can tap the channel, then tap the kebab menu and tap Add to Favorites:

    The channel will be available in #favorites tab:

Remove a channel from "Favorite" list

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap #favorites tab:

  3. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Remove from Favorites:

    Or you can tap the channel, then tap the kebab menu and tap Remove from Favorites:

    The channel will not be available in #favorites tab anymore.

Edit a channel

Only Channels Moderator can edit channels information.

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Edit channel:

    Or you can tap the channel, than tap the kebab menu and tap Edit channel:

  4. Update the channel information and tap the checkmark:

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Copy link:

    Or you can tap the channel, then tap the kebab menu and tap Copy link:

Subscribe/unsubscribe to/from a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap:

    • Subscribe to the channel:

    • Unsubscribe from the channel:

    Or you can tap the channel, tap the kebab menu and tap:

    • Subscribe to the channel:

    • Unsubscribe from the channel:

Mute/unmute a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap:

    • Mute channel:

    • Unmute channel:

    Or you can also tap the channel, tap the kebab menu and tap:

    • Mute channel:

    • Unmute channel:

Add a user to a channel

Only Channels Moderator can add users to channels.

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Edit channel:

    Or you can tap the channel, tap the kebab menu and tap Edit channel:

  3. Tap the plus icon:

  4. Use the search field to find required users and tap them.

  5. Tap the checkmark:

  6. Tap the checkmark again:

Remove a user from a channel

Only Channels Moderator can remove users from channels.

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Edit channel:

    Or you can tap the channel, tap the kebab menu and tap Edit channel:

  3. Tap the plus icon:

  4. Remove the tick next to required user:

  5. Tap the checkmark:

  6. Tap the checkmark again:

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Send to:

    Or you can tap the channel, tap the kebab menu and tap Send to:

  3. Use the search field to search for required user. Then tap the user.

  4. Tap SEND at the bottom. You should see the following notification:

    Link sent

    The user should see the following message from you in a chat, for example:

Delete a channel

Only Channels Moderator can delete channels.

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on the channel, then tap Delete channels:

    Or you can tap the channel, tap the kebab menu and tap Delete channels:

  3. Confirm that you want to delete the channel, tap DELETE in the modal window. You should see the following notification:

    Channel deleted

Topics

Topics are articles or blog posts that can be created using various Content Types:

You can create 3 topics types:

  • Topic (regular) is a generic article that can contain a wide variety of content such as text, images, files, videos. It is similar to a blog post.
  • Video Topic is for adding a video as the main object in a Topic. The video can be uploaded as a file or linked from a video service (Youtube, Vimeo...). Furthermore, you can add a description that explains the video or gives additional information.
  • Analysis topic - is a special type of topic, which has similar functionalities as a regular topic content type, but serves a different purpose. An analysis topic is a condensation of e.g. research texts, fact finding documents or comprehensive studies and has the goal to deliver a concise version of something, especially a text. The Smart Objects used in Analysis Topics are in particular:

  • Smartlink is an object that contains links to various objects (Channels, Topics, comments, chats, emails, files, broadcasts, tasks…) within VNClagoon. A Smartlink can also contain multiple links.

  • Highlight is an object that highlights and emphasizes text (one word or a phrase) that is of specific importance to the author.
  • Stickynote is an object that allows to add a meta comment to a selected word or phrase. A stickynote may have 6 colors.
  • Reference is an object delivering further information inside a Topic article about source documents, quotes or background information. The in-text references or citations are placed next to the text that is paraphrased or quoted. The full details of all references are shown as a list of numbered footnotes at the end of the article, similar as in Wikipedia.

The Topic author can add task and workflow functions to any Topic content type, such as priority, due date, assignee, etc. These task and workflow functions can also be added to a word or phrase within a Topic.

The Topic author can @mention specific users within a Topic text or in Comments. The Topic author can schedule the Topic's publish date/time.

Create a topic in a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap the plus icon at the bottom.

  3. Tap New Topic:

  4. Fill in Topic name field.

  5. To set the topic header, tap the pencil icon:

  6. To select a channel where you want to publish the topic, tap Post topic in channel:

    Then tap required channel.

  7. To add an attachment, tap Attachments:

    Then tap the plus icon:

    Select required file/photo/image, and tap the arrow icon:

  8. To add a related object to the topic, tap Related Objects:

    Then use the search field to find a required object and tap the circle next to it:

    Finally, tap the checkmark:

  9. Tap Settings:

    Here you can make your topic private (only the channel users will be able to see the topic), add tags, and disable comments for the topic. To make the topic private, tap Make Private. You should see that the following checkmark has appeared:

    To disable comments, tick Disable comments checkbox. To add a tag, enter a tag name to New Tag field and tap Go. Finally, save the changes, tap the arrow icon:

  10. To add the topic description, tap Add description:

    Then enter a text to the field and tap the checkmark at the top.

  11. To save all the changes, tap the checkmark:

    You should see the following notification:

    Topic created

    You should see the topic in the channel, for example:

Search for a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap the magnifier icon:

  3. Enter a topic name to the search field:

    You can check all found results in Topics:

    The results are highlighted in blue.

Edit a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Tap and hold on required topic, then tap Edit topic:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap Edit topic:

  3. Edit the topic information and tap the checkmark:

Upload a file to a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap Add files:

  4. Select required file and tap the arrow icon:

    All uploaded files are visible in Attachments section under the topic:

    Also to check the uploaded file, you can tap the notebook icon:

    Then tap Files:

Download a file from a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Tap the topic. Then tap and hold on required file in Attachments section.
  4. Tap and hold on the file, than tap the kebab menu:

  5. Tap Download:

Email a file from a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Tap the topic and tap the file.
  4. Tap the kebab menu and tap Email To A Friend:

  5. Fill in To field and tap SEND at the bottom.

Delete a file from a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Tap the topic and tap the file.
  4. Tap the kebab menu and tap Delete:

  5. Confirm that you want to delete the file, tap DELETE in the modal window.

Subscribe/unsubscribe to/from a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the topic, then tap:

    • Subscribe to the topic:

    • Unsubscribe from the topic:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap:

    • Subscribe to the topic:

    • Unsubscribe from the topic:

Mark a topic as read/unread

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the topic, then tap:

    • Mark as Read:

    • Mark as Unread:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap:

    • Mark as Read:

    • Mark as Unread:

Add a comment to a topic

You can add a comment to a topic if comments are not disabled for it.

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap required topic and tap Add a comment:

  4. Enter your comment to the field and tap the checkmark:

    You should see your comment under the topic:

Move a topic to another channel

You can move only topics created by you.

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the topic, then tap Move to channel:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap Move to channel:

  4. Use the search field to find a channel you want to move move the topic to. Then tap the channel and tap MOVE at the bottom. You should see the following notification, for example:

    Topic moved to "attachment channel" channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the topic, then tap Copy link:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap Copy link:

    You should see the following notification:

    Link copied to the clipboard

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Tap and hold on the topic, then tap Send to:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap Send to:

  4. Use the search field to search for required user. Then tap the user.

  5. Tap SEND button at the bottom. You should see the following notification:

    Link sent

    The user should see the following message from you in a chat, for example:

Like a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel.

  3. Use the search field to find required topic, then tap the heart icon:

    Or you can tap the topic and tap the heart icon:

    You should see that the heart icon is red now:

Customize the display of topics

There are 3 modes to display topics in a channel: Tile View and List View.

Topics in the Tile View look as follows:

Topics in the List View look as follows:

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Tap the hamburger menu:

  4. Tap required option:

Share a topic

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Use the search field to find required topic.
  4. Top and hold on the topic, then tap Share:

Or you can tap the topic, then tap the kebab menu and tap Share:

Delete a topic from a channel

  1. Tap the channels tab:

  2. Use the search field to find required channel and tap it.

  3. Use the search field to find required topic.
  4. Top and hold on the topic, then tap Delete Topic:

    Or you can tap the topic, tap the kebab menu and tap Delete topic:

  5. Confirm that you want to delete the topic, tap DELETE in the modal window. You should see the following notification:

    Topic deleted