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  1. Allow selecting text on "document" view

    Yes, being able to select (and edit) the OCR text in "text" view is easy, but it requires an extra step that is frustrating when you're working on a lengthy document. I want to be able to select text without switching views, like you can in Adobe Acrobat.

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    • Auto line break removal in text mode

      Would a button that automatically removes line breaks (but maintains paragraphs) in text mode be feasible?

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      • Add an Oembed API

        Oembed is a specification for fetch the HTML code to embed an object in a third-party site. (http://oembed.com/). Many other large sites use it (YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter).

        In practice it allows editors to paste the object URL onto one line in the CMS, and the for the CMS to go away and fetch the HTML to insert. The CMS caches the HTML and any other metadata returned (such as download URL).

        The Oembed API call can also request customisations in the returned HTML response such as background color, height, and embed options such as what tabs show.

        Having…

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        • Exporting timelines

          Complex documents are often best made sense of when timelines are extracted from them. The ultility of DocumentCloud's timeline function is limited as one cannot have a complete timeline overview at once, and as one is unable to edit the results.
          I suggest a function to export the timeline to Excel or similar, with values of "Date", "Document excerpt" and "Source [indicating which document and page, and perhaps even a hyperlink back to it in DocumentCloud]".
          In the resulting spreadsheet one would be able to do one's own edits and insertions, making further sense of it all.

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          • Highlight function

            Sometimes I just want to highlight text, not leave a note. I'd love the option to just drag a cursor over a few words or lines to draw attention to it.

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            • BUG: DocumentCloud CSS hides all paragraphs with class p1 / p0 / p2

              DocumentCloud hides all paragraphs with class p1, not just paragraphs inside the document viewer <div>.

              Here's the CSS you generate:

              .DV-viewThumbnails .DV-allAnnotations,.DV-viewThumbnails .DV-text,.DV-viewThumbnails .DV-search,.DV-viewThumbnails .DV-pageCollection,.p0,.p1,.p2 {
              display: none
              }

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              • Search Bar in Embedded Document Set: text not vertically aligned properly

                I've embedded a document set, but am finding that the search bar does not render text properly in several browsers (tried on multiple computers). For some like Chrome, the text is at the top of the bar, while in others it is at the bottom and the bottom half of the text is cut off. Have others experienced this? Is there any way to style/code the search bar?

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                • Add hover feature to URLs internal to PDFs

                  In Acrobat Reader, when you hover over text with a URL link, a box appears that displays the URL (and allowing one to click through). It would be very helpful in an embedded DocumentCloud pdf, if such link information could be displayed also -- either as a hover feature, or in the plain text tab generated through OCR. Perhaps this already exists somewhere?

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                  • Projects within Projects

                    Currently projects work like folders in Document Cloud, and it would be really helpful to be able to drag and drop projects into other projects; so a parent project can be the folder for a lot of connected projects with heavy data sets or files.

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                    • Improved sort options

                      Would be nice to be able to sort in ascending or descending order, which (unless Im missing something) isn;t possible. I have a set of docs related to an ongoing court case and would like to be able to sort so that the most recent ones are on top. By prefixing the title with the date, I can sort oldest to newest, but not the other way around.

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                      • Better e-mail address analysis needed

                        E-mail address handles are not analyzed correctly, as opposed to complete e-mail addresses. For example a handle like this is in a To, From or CC line: last, first (DFG). The parenthetical acronym represents the division of an organization. The handle could as easily be "first last (DFG)". Also, consider that a To or CC line may contain mixed kinds of e-mail addresses or handles, some of which may have names embedded in ' ' or " ".

                        I also note that names tend to get scrambled in the analysis, with the first name of one person mixed with the…

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                        • Responsive embed

                          The current embed code options include full page or fixed pixel width.
                          With the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the move toward device-agnostic responsive web designs, a percentage-based width embed that can scale with it's container would be welcome.
                          Right now the fixed-pixel width of the embed container offers a less-than-ideal user experience when viewed on a mobile device smaller than the specified embed width.
                          From the looks of the code the embed generates, adding this option would only require reconfiguring certain fixed-width divs to use percentage-based widths instead.
                          Thanks for considering.

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                          • import from web url

                            Any way to upload/import directly from a web url, and set the "original document link" rather than downloading and then re-uploading the file?

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                            • Icon to show document is queued for publishing at a later date

                              It'd be nice to have a little icon that shows up next to the document to signify that it is in queue to be published at a later date.Thanks!

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                              • Create a "Publish all in Project" Button

                                When dealing with lots and lots of documents associated with a project, a button to publish all is nicer than scrolling through the list and selecting all, then clicking through a series of options to publish. Thanks!

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                                • Delete Button Prompt

                                  Hello,

                                  Is there a chance the delete button for comments can offer a prompt such as "Are you sure.." before it deletes a comment? As journalists, we often work late in hazy environments, and I recently worked on a comment for an hour, went to make an additional edit, but accidentally hit the delete button... and you can't go back.

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                                  • More detail in email notifications

                                    I often upload a batch of documents all together. It would be great if the email notifications of completion specified which documents they were referring to. (Maybe even included the status of all of my outstanding docs, or of all my uploads in the past 24 hours, etc.)

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                                    • Hierarchical navigation with autocomplete

                                      Id like to use visualsearch, but I saw a problem: I need provide hierarchical navigation in a taxonomy thru selecting categories. I mean, what I need is:

                                      1 - I choose a facet, like Localization

                                      2 - I choose a state, like California

                                      3 - I wanna choose San Diego (I cant do this right now)

                                      Now, it puts in the same list California and San Diego.

                                      I could create a new facet called city. But, from faceted search technique its wrong. See:
                                      flamenco.berkeley.edu/demos.html

                                      In the visualsearch, it could appear this way:

                                      x localization: Califormia > San Diego x section:…

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                                      • Accounts/User API

                                        I need to add 15 user accounts. Be nice if I could do that through the API.

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                                        • Easier splitting of documents into separate files

                                          It would be helpful to have a feature allowing users to easily split up bulk document collections into smaller parts (large FOIA dumps for example) as they scan through the document viewer. Would be especially handy for secondary analysis tools like Overview.

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