Unifyed Student Engage – Release Notes 9.0

Oct 5 2019

New Features


Content Sharing

This release provides Engage users with the ability to manage the articles across the site. Now, you can see all the articles that have been created since the beginning under one place called Manage Content. It also gives you the ability to Create, View, Update, Edit, Reuse and Delete the article.

  1. Manage Content area has all the articles listed.
  2. You can access an article directly by clicking the name of the article listed under column ‘Name’.
  3. The search bar helps you to search for any article from the list. It searches as you type.
  4. You can also create Articles/Smart Articles from this screen.
  5. Edit & Delete functionality is also available from more_horiz icon.
  6. ‘Used’ column carries the information of the number of pages an article has been used.

Also, for any article that is listed under Manage Content, you can view and visit the page (via a link) the article has been used on.


To enhance the search & recommendation ability of Pages and Articles; Unifyed has introduced a tagging feature. Now, users can select a tag, add new tags to the repository and use them anytime for tagging Pages or Articles.

  • Create Tags To create a new tag, on the page, simply type the name of the new tag to be created in the textbox and hit enter.
  • Tagging Currently, you can tag articles and pages only. There is no limit on tagging. For tagging, you simply select the tags from the list and save.

Friendly URL

With this enhancement, users can edit the URL structure for a page so that the URL name is appropriated according to the page content. Previously, a default URL which cannot be modified is created along with the creation of a page. However, now, the user can edit the URL of the page by using the “Manage Page” option under Sites & Pages.

  1. All created pages will be listed under Sites & Pages.
  2. Go to the settings  of the page that needs to be updated.
  3. Manage Page gives you the ability to make changes to the URL of the page.
  4. A fixed URL will be mentioned which is same for all the page.
  5. Update the URL.
  6. The updated URL name will be reflected on the fixed URL.



Customized Tool Tip

Hovering over the applet or the pages listed under the left navigation area of the portal gives a hyperlink or URL of the items listed there. With this enhancement, there would be customized tool-tips replacing the hyperlinks/URLs. Users can configure tool-tips themselves from menu-builder.

Note: System will default to display the name of the applet or page if there has been no tool-tip configured for them.

Edit Page Name

Edit page name or the page title functionality is available with this release. Page name edit/update feature is managed through ‘Manage Page’ option under Sites & Pages

Announcement Functionality Upgrade

Previously, the Announcement applet was created only for admins to use but now, it is available for students as well. Announcement’s functionality has been enhanced to be controlled and driven through RBAC so that the students can also be given specific rights to use the applet. To use this applet a user can be provided with different access to the applet as per RBAC roles accesses. The CRUD rights can be controlled via RBAC for Announcement.

NOTE: A user CANNOT just have rights to the only update. Both the rights create & update work simultaneously.

Announcement – Character Limit Increased

The word limit for Announcement description has been increased to 1000 words from 500 words as of this release. This can now be configured from App Manager -> Configure My Apps. However, by default, it will take 500 characters length.

Announcement – Date Format Change

With this enhancement, the data formatting for Announcement App has been updated to mm/dd/yy from current format dd/mm/yy.

Overriding User Preferences Settings – Turned Off

The toggle button which controls the feature “Overriding User Preference” coming under Messaging -> Create has been set to off by default with this release. Only certain admins with the right to send messages would have the ability to turn this option on.

Unifyed Groups – User Redirection Enhancement

Previously, all the users were getting an error message upon clicking the URLs of private or restricted groups. However, with this enhancement, users will be redirected to the login page of a Unifyed group when hitting its URL based on the following conditions:

Private & Restricted Groups

  1. Logged-In Members – The system re-directs such users to the homepage of the group upon clicking the URL of that group.
  2. Not-Logged-In Members – The system re-directs such users to the portal login page upon hitting the URL of a group.
  3. Other Users – These users get a 403 Error page upon clicking the URL of that group.
Public Groups
  1. Logged-In Members – The system re-directs such users to the homepage of the group upon clicking the URL of that group.
  2. Not-Logged-In Members – The system re-directs such users to the portal login page upon hitting the URL of a group.
  3. Other Users – Logged-In users can view and join the group upon hitting the URL of the group. However, if the user is not logged-In, he/she can view the page but clicking Join button takes them to the portal login page.

Favourites Menu – Drag & Drop Functionality

Accessing and adding favourites menus items to your list has been made simpler, easy, quick and user-friendly. The new enhancement enables users to just drag-drop the applet(s) or page(s) to their favourites menu list. This functionality is aligned to work with RBAC, any applet for which user’s permission is revoked via RBAC will no longer be listed under the Favorites Menu.

Note: You can only add applets by drag-drop feature. Removing an applet(s) or page(s) from favourites menu is still controlled through User Profile -> Preferences -> Manage

App Manager Upgrade

The following options under Studio -> App Manager are no more visible from this release:

  • App Settings
  • Global Publish

Mobile Apps – User Profile Caching

New performance enhancement has been released for Unifyed Mobile App’s identity auth API. This enhancement cache user profile details once the user is authenticated so that next time the gateway can validate the user credentials successfully from the cache itself.

Bug Fixes


Security Patch for O365

Web & mobile applications were reported with a security risk of exposing the administrator credentials in different APIs. Unifyed has fixed the issue by introducing new API build, removing unimportant parameters and encrypting the critical parameters.
Also, the Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities which were allowing users to run any malicious script on a Canvas URL in the context of an unauthenticated browser session has been fixed.

Menu UI Distortion – Double Menu

There was an issue reported with the favourite menu items. The screen of the favourite menu was distorted, and its items were appearing twice on the screen at the same time. This issue is resolved now, and the favourite menu items appear only one time.

Case Sensitive URLs

The URLs were reported with the issue of case sensitivity. Hitting a case sensitive URL would give an error if the entered URL is not exactly the same in terms of case sensitivity. However, this issue now has been fixed and URLs are no longer restrained to case sensitiveness.

My Class Schedule

My Class Schedule was not working on android or iOS mobiles. It was throwing an error which has been now fixed and the system works as designed.

Canvas App – Popups During Login

Erroneously, non-Canvas users were getting popup messages on their homepage screen. Now, the Canvas applet has been upgraded with RBAC functionality. No non-canvas users are getting any popup messages anymore.

Broken Deep Links

Deep links functionality has been introduced by Unifyed with this release. Previously, the deep links used to take users to the home page, but now the functionality has been enhanced to redirect the users to the desired page.

Connect & Messaging – Inability to Post

The issue with the connect & messaging applets on mobile which was not allowing users to post anything has been fixed.

Sensitive Data Visibility

Clients are not being able to view sensitive data like “client token” and “developer token” which previously was exposed through APIs. The data is made secure and not visible anymore.

Canvas Courses Apps – Data Issue

An issue with the students not able to see their course details in the Canvas applet on the web portal is now fixed.

Unable to Change Apps Name

Fixed the issue with the system now able to change/update the App name from the app configuration settings.

Tydale App – Displaying Old Data

An issue reported with Tyndale App not showing updated data of the courses on the mobile app has been fixed. Now, the mobile app displays the updated content instantly just like its portal.

Quicklaunch Applet Issue

Re-opening links from inside the Quicklaunch app was causing the session to expire. This issue has been fixed.

Banner – Account Summary App Broken

Fixed the issue with Banner Account Summary applet displaying error on mobile after successful login.

User Profile App – Displays Blank Area

An issue reported with User Profile displaying ‘Null’ in place of the first name when the first name field is kept blank for a user, this issue is fixed. Now, the User Profile displays the user’s last name when the first name is left blank.

Announcement App – Functionality Broken

There was an issue reported with Announcements not being displayed on the login page or under Announcement Applet itself. This issue is now fixed.

Blackboard App – Functionality Broken

Error reported with Blackboard App was not retrieving data on the mobile platform. The issue is now fixed.

Portal Homepage – Continuously Refresh

Fixed the issue with the portal homepage continuously getting refreshed during activity on-screen and if left alone, it eventually crashes the homepage. This issue is now fixed.

Change Applet Name

Applet name change functionality was broken for web clients. This issue is now fixed, and you can change/update/edit the applet name on applet configuration window.

Intermittent Logout Issue

Different timeout setting of SSO iframe from the portal timeout was causing users intermittent logout issue on keeping the homepage idle for an hour. The issue has now been fixed.

Accessibility Compliance

Along with the platform, this release is compliant to WCAG conformance levels A & AA.

Supported Browsers & Devices

This release is supported on the following browsers and devices:.

Supported Devices
DeviceOperating System
iPad RetinaiOS 10.3.3
iPhone 6iOS 12.1.2
Nexus 5xAndroid 8.1.0
iPhone XiOS 12.1.2
One Plus 6Android 9
Samsung GalaxyAndroid 9
iPhone Xs MaxiOS 12.1.2
iPhone 11 ProiOS 13.1.1
Supported Devices
DeviceOperating System
DeviceOperating System
Chromeversion 68-71
Safariversion 12
Firefoxversion 55-64
Internet Explorer (Edge)version 20-40

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