I'm just starting to dive into Cidi Labs Design Tools for Canvas (formerly Kennethware) and I've found the tutorial videos provided on their website and Youtube. Does anyone have any best practices, advice, or warnings to share? I want to get up and running fast, so this info would be greatly helpful!
Sorry for not seeing this thread sooner. We just set up your sandbox account. Check out support.cidilabs.com to find user guides and other resources. Feel free to ask us questions there too. Have fun digging into Design Tools!
One of the things that I have found most helpful is to always launch the tools when editing a page that is using them. That way I am less likely to accidentally get outside of the div tags of the various sections. That little tip will save you lots of time troubleshooting with the html code to fix it.
I also love the "Jump to" icons at the top of the tools. When you click inside any item in the page you are editing when the tools are on, the "Jump to" menu at the top changes to show what elements apply to that item. Clicking on an icon will get you to that portion of the tools very quickly. In the example below I added a table and clicked inside the table, so I got the table design option at the end of the "Jump to" bar. I can click on that table icon to get me to the table styles section of the tools. LOVE IT!
Hi @jen ,
I am investigating this option as well and have lots of questions. I've spoken to Mike and Kenneth. I think it is the type of product that fills a big void in Canvas, but I do have some questions around the complexity, i.e. trying to teach it to 5,000 teachers and the reliability should Canvas underlying architecture take a left turn. Would the CSS, JS, APIs and such be adjusted quickly? What would happen to all the courses built with Design Tools? These might well be easily answered questions, but these are just the initial thoughts I've had about it. I'd love to touchbase with you as we are in a decision mode as well. I am firstname.lastname@example.org - 55,000 student K12 institution in Maryland.
Hi @joseph_allen ,
Just some bits that might be of interest:
Hopefully that helps with some of your questions. As a random side note, I have also been working on some really fun things with the module builder that should be coming out in the next month or two.
Only new to cidi labs in the past few weeks - our school / tech people have set up an institution template page for home pages so that even the most 'nervous' (for want of a better word) can feel comfortable in designing the pages from there. Plus also adds consistency and professionalism to faculty and course pages. @david_summervi1