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Open Text Web Solutions Management Server Developer shortcut – (And why did they create such a name? What was wrong with RedDot CMS?)

Anyway, many of you will already know this but since I just found out, that this is still possible (and often very helpful within a developing or project/error analysing process I just thought it helps.

Skip this part, it’s just part of the indexing friends conspiracy..

When you are a Web Solutions Management Server Developer or you still insist to be called RedDot CMS developer or maybe your colleagues just identify you by the sentence “Most swearing person in the company” then you should be able to access SmartTree.

Here comes the usefull stuff for you RedDot CMS developers Web Solutions Management Server developers

Once logged in in the SmartTree it could happen, that you want to open a single contentblock (RedDot page) without a surrounding container to see what happens only inside this block.

Open the content block 'Sub content: Features' without the surrounding RedDot CMS generated contents
The content block to the left (official RedDot CMS Web Solutions Managment Server term is “page”) should be opened without the surrounding content, we only want the HTML provided for this specific content block page.

“Shift” with RedDot CMS

Just use the “Shift” key and click the ‘Page Preview’ link in the Action Menu. After that the PopUp window only shows the preview of the selected RedDot CMS page item (content block).

That’s it, very nice, very useful and you don’t have to open and load the whole page everytime you make a change to just a small part of your RedDot CMS Open Text Web Solutions Management Server Project.

Use the Shift key and click the 'Page Preview' link in the Action Menu

What do you think? No more “RedDot”?

Regarding the new name, which we have since Version 9, what do you think?
Beside the fact, that my finger cramps everytime I have to write that one-liner, I can’t imagine how I can not call it “RedDot CMS” or “RedDot” because it’s just what it shows us every day.
These tiny, little, nice and helpful red dots. (OK, and sometimes annoying, but what isn’t?!)
What is your opinion?
Did you already change wording?
Does that new branding make sense for you?

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Markus Giesen Markus Giesen is a Solutions Architect and RedDot CMS Consultant, formerly based in Germany. Travelling around the world to find and offer solutions for a better world (in a very web based meaning). He just found a way to do this as part of a Melbourne based online consultant house. On this blog Markus shares his personal (not his employers) thoughts and opinions on CMS and web development. In his spare time you will find him reading, snowboarding or travelling. Also, you should follow him on Twitter!


7 comments for “Open Text Web Solutions Management Server Developer shortcut – (And why did they create such a name? What was wrong with RedDot CMS?)”

  1. Hi Markus,
    right now in April I’ve been working for 10 years with the products from Oldenburg and I’m very surprised to learn how to use the Shift-key from you. Nice function.

    What do yo think about this awesome abbreviation? “OWSOMS”
    Opentext Web SOlutions Management Server

    Greetings to down under. Spring is starting here today. First sunshine this year.


    Posted by Daniel Kasimirowicz | March 31, 2009, 8:12 am
  2. Note: This great tip also works on older CMS versions, just tested it with

    Posted by Frederic Hemberger | March 31, 2009, 9:01 am
  3. It will always be RedDot to me, the new name is just awkward marketing gibberish which doesn’t actually mean anything. Probably thought up by someone who uses the word ‘leverage’ in every sentence.

    Posted by RustyLogic | March 31, 2009, 9:32 am
  4. Note: Also works in CMS Version

    With regards to the name – I don’t see the everyday users making the switch in naming anytime soon – the RedDot brand is too entrenched! Where I am at the moment the CMS is known simply as RedDot, they have a newsletter (”The RedDot RoundUp”), authors are known as “RedDotters” – they even have a cartoon strip (”The Red Heads”) featuring “Red” and “Dot” and their adventures in satisfying the “Boss” and customers using the system.

    If there is one thing about RedDot – you can’t beat their marketing! It is amusing to think that OpenText thinks they can – especially when the new naming is so… cumbersome.

    I guess it will eventually get there in the end. For the time being though – I will be putting RedDot CMS Developer ahead of OpenText Management Server Developer on my resume…

    Posted by Adrian Mateljan | March 31, 2009, 11:47 am
  5. I think the cartoon strip is “OWSOM”(S)!
    @adrian I would love to see some of that stuff. Do you mind forwarding some examples?

    Posted by Markus Giesen | March 31, 2009, 12:26 pm
  6. Will you be renaming your blog title too? =)

    Posted by Jim Noellsch | March 31, 2009, 3:25 pm
  7. This is a good example for an inappropriate slender comment – thus it has been changed.

    Posted by lordaaD'm | April 1, 2009, 8:26 pm

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