(this post is a continuation update from my prior post in July 2018)
9/14 Edit: updated Excel file annotations info
It's been ~six weeks since my last update and there has been some new developments on multiple fronts that I thought I'd share:
Excel-based File Annotations
Box has informed Blackboard that today, September 13th, they will be enabling annotations capabilities for Excel-based file formats (.xls, .xlsx, etc.). Once available, this functionality will represent another improvement to New Box View and another gap closed against the former Crocodoc solution.
The exact time this functionality will be available is not known, but I will keep checking and update this post once confirmed!
Excel files can now be annotated! Go try it yourself!
Download with Annotations in Learn Original Bug Fix Availability
Since the release of the Download with Annotations capability, a bug was identified that prevents the download of annotated documents when using the 'My Grades' workflow. We've identified the underlying issue and have a fix ready, but the fix must be applied to Learn instances (not within a microservice). The next round of planned Cumulative Updates for Learn will provide this fix, and are currently targeted for the following dates:
- Q2 2017 CU10 - 9/24/2018
- Q4 2017 CU5 - 9/24/2018
- Q2 2018 CU4 - 9/27/2018
- Learn SaaS CD - 3500.0.0 (release schedule)
- Learn SaaS FDO - next CU update (release schedule, TBD)
These dates are still targets and could move, but this is our expected timing based on what we know right now. I'll update this post as the CUs become available.
In the interim, the workaround for this issue is to use the Download with Annotations capability by accessing the attempt through the Content -> Assignment -> Attempt workflow.
Box has made internal progress on improve the accessibility of New Box View: the main content and navigation UI has been accessible for quite a while, and the annotations have been the next priority and progress has been made. However, the improvements will not be available until the general annotations features make their way into the main Box content management application, and I don't yet have a timeframe from Box on that action. However given the development cadence and agile methodology that Box follows, movement and communication from Box means that we're getting closer! As soon as I have more information, I'll share it via an update to this post or a new blog post.
I've also updated the issue tracking spreadsheet this month as well.