on Aug 29, 2021
from Ridgecrest, CA
Great news everyone! Lookaway just got its first official feature update. Most of the focus for the initial release was based on the front end look and customization features and in my haste to ship the product I overlooked probably the most important features. After all, Lookaway is, first and foremost, a CMS so it should not be difficult to manage your content. It's has been a while since version 1 was released and in that time, I noticed some very serious pain points when using the backend systems such as the Studio feature. These issues became apparent once the volume of my content grew to an unwieldy size and I began having trouble finding media and content that I needed to work on. The Studio feature has been totally revamped and now includes a non-paginated list, by type, of every item you have uploaded or created. The lists are ordered by how recently you edited or created the items. It also shows you the publication status, last modified date and the creation date. This way, especially if some time has passed since last you worked on your content, you will get a clear view of your workflow history.
In addition to the feature updates, much of the code has been refactored to adhere to DRY principles, mainly having to do with the App Profile design patterns. Several mixins were created to use with ListViews in order to shrink the size of the the views.py files by removing hundreds of lines of code. These mixins conveniently provide querysets and context for the different list views throughout the different apps such as “new” lists, “top” lists and member specific lists. The best part is, you can use these mixins when creating custom apps using the Lookaway CMS platform and Lookaway App Profiles, saving you lots of typing and many extra lines of code.
If you haven’t tried Lookaway CMS yet or if you haven’t logged in in a while, I totally get it. The backend was atrocious and extremely painful to use. I would like to ask for your forgiveness and understanding on this matter and to please give us another chance. Please login to or download Lookaway CMS to checkout these new features to try out a new way to manage and publish your media and content.
Lookaway v1.2.1 change log
* Studio view now shows exactly 10 of the most recently modified/created items of each type.
* Clicking “more…” on each object container on the Studio view will now bring you to a Studio list of every item (of a given type) you have created. The list is a table that includes the publication status, last modified date, and creation date.
* Several list view mixins were added to handle querysets and App Profile context (NewModelListMixin, TopModelListMixin, ModelByMemberMixin, StudioListMixin). Please see the official GitHub for details (Documentation coming soon!).
GitHub - kylebruder/lookaway: A quick and dirty CMS for guerrilla publishing and content sharing.
A quick and dirty CMS for guerrilla publishing and content sharing. - kylebruder/lookaway
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