Introducing the New and Improved Documentation Portal

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Better than ever! Just like the BB King album of 1984, our Documentation Portal is better than ever. Browse, read, search, bookmark, comment, create alerts, save to HTML and print to PDF, send feedback to the Hexagon Geospatial content team, and even create personalized documents.

The first thing you may notice is that the Sign In is different. The documentation portal and the Hexagon Geospatial Community share a single sign in, so if you are signed in to the Community, you will be automatically signed into the documentation portal when you access it. If you created a sign in for the old documentation portal but do not yet have a sign in for the Community, you will be asked to create one when you click Sign In. Be sure to use the same email address you used to sign in to the previous documentation portal. Going forward, you will always use your Community user name and password to sign in to the documentation portal, and will have access to all the personal books, searches, bookmarks and other customizations you created in the past.

Check out the new video right on the front page of the documentation portal: https://hexagongeospatial.fluidtopics.net.

It might not look very different but there are more features packed in than ever. Choose the language first from the drop-down and then use the other search filters to find the information you need. The keywords search uses Smart Autocomplete and now lets you use quotes to search for an exact match and use an asterisk as a wildcard at the end of text.  The search results show topic names with a page icon and book names with a book icon.

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You can also see the version number for the book or topic and choose which one you need. Scroll though the documents or click on a topic in the pane on the left to go directly to the information.

You don’t have to log in to use the portal, but when you do, you have access to even more great features, like creating and sharing personal books. You can create a personal book by selecting topics from other books and you can even add your own topics. You can write your topics using a simple text editor, and you have several formatting features like horizontal lines and bullet points, to name a few. It’s a great way to create a procedure manual using the instructions for the software right beside your notes on how to complete the process for your company. Just open your personal book and use the Edit tab to write a new topic or organize the topics in the book.

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After you create a personal book, you can share it with others inside or outside your company so everyone has the same information. Simply open your personal book, click on the Tools menu, click the Share button to enable sharing, then copy the link shown and  send it to anyone you want to have access to your book.

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Another way to customize your documentation experience is to use color bookmarks to mark topics so you can easily refer back to certain sections.

Saved searches are a great way to find your often-used documentation in a hurry. Select your search criteria and then click Save Your Search – create an alert. The portal will send you an e-mail whenever that content is updated. And you can select the content under My Searches on the front page once you sign in.

Some of the best new features are behind the scenes improvements that make it easier for us at Hexagon Geospatial to update and manage our 200+ books on the portal including versions of each book.

If you can’t log in or you can’t see your bookmarks and books from the past version, send an e-mail with a description of the problem to docportal@hexagongeospatial.com.

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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