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February 2019

New Features

  • You can now order your cataloging forms in Forum Admin. If you need to order your cataloging forms at any point so they display in a certain sequence, you can drag and drop or enter a sequence number in Forum Admin. Manage Cataloging Forms provides information about ordering cataloging forms.
  • When adding a new field to a project, you can also add it to your cataloging forms at the same time. Before you needed to create the field and then add the field to cataloging forms in a separate step. We hope this makes adding new fields more efficient and easier. Learn more about adding new fields to your project in Manage Project Fields.Add a field to a cataloging form upon creating field
  • You can delete all items in a project easily by selecting the Actions menu and then Delete All. This option is distinct from deleting select items and displays the total items in your project that will be deleted. As a precaution, you will be asked to confirm this action before the content is deleted from your project. Suppress and Delete Records includes more information about deleting items.

Delete All


  • So you can see your custom fields more easily in the item panel, we moved system-generated fields (such as Updated By and Published By) after your custom fields. Based on usage and feedback, we saw that it was important to keep SSID, Filename, Created By, and Created On in the beginning, but all other system-generated fields will display after your custom fields in the item panel. If you already changed the item panel view by reordering or hiding columns, this change will not impact your settings. This new column order only impacts users with the default column view in the item panel.

January 2019

New Features

  • You can now create a new project from the Forum cataloging environment. If you have access to Forum Admin, you will now see a new option in the Forum cataloging environment above the project panel that allows you to create a new project. After selecting this option, Forum Admin will open in a new browser tab and you will see the window to create a new project. Create, Copy, Rename, and Delete Projects includes more information about creating a new project. If there are other Forum Admin actions you would like to access in the cataloging environment, please reach out to

Create new project from Forum

  • We’ve added an overall progress bar to the upload window that displays the number of media in the batch and how many have been uploaded so far. We used to have this in the original Forum interface and brought it back.

Upload progress bar

  • When editing an item, you can now right click on an image in the viewer to search for the image in Google, open it in a new browser tab, or download it.

Right click options in media viewer

  • We added a keyboard shortcuts guide that you can access by selecting your username in the top right or typing ?. This guide includes several keyboard shortcuts that could accelerate your workflows in Forum so check it out and please reach out to if you have ideas for additional keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcuts

December 2018

A new interface for Forum Admin! Just like the cataloging environment, Forum Admin has been updated to have the same look and feel. We also added in a few new features to make creating and managing projects easier.

Easily find and carry out the tasks

  • Project names are automatically sorted alphabetically, making them easier to scan and find the project that needs to be worked on.
  • Areas of the Forum Admin have been labeled with more meaningful terminology so you can more easily recognize where to go, e.g. “User Permissions” instead of “Permissions” and “Cataloging Forms” instead of “Cataloging Screens”.
  • We reordered the tabs in a logical sequence that moves through the steps needed for completing a project set up.
  • Admins can seamlessly get to cataloging tools from admin making it easier to move between the sites instead of relying on bookmarks or support site searching.

Efficiently customize Forum for your specific project needs and workflows

We wanted to simplify the process of creating new projects, adding project fields, cataloging forms, targets, and users.

  • Projects
    • All new projects are automatically enabled for compound objects.
  • Fields
    • Integrated vocabularies are highlighted giving the you easier access to link to the vocabularies that are most commonly used.
    • Additional lists and vocabs are organized and searchable making it faster for you to find lists and vocabularies and connect them to your project field.
    • You can create a new list when creating a new field which makes the process for setting up list fields more streamlined.
  • Cataloging Forms
    • You can automatically see a preview of the cataloging form you created and it’s updated as you continue making edits. This streamlines the process because you no longer have to navigate back and forth between the admin and cataloger environment to see changes applied.
    • Fields in a form can be re-sequenced by both drag/drop and changing the sequence order, making the cataloging form customization keyboard accessible.
  • Targets
    • Mapping project fields to the target collection fields is simplified! No more dragging/dropping fields one by one. This will greatly simplify the process of getting your data to display the way you want in the end user environment.
    • After creating a new target, you are prompted to map your project fields as a next step.
    • When mapping fields, to prevent lost work, you are prompted to save if you make changes and navigate away. This prevents lost work and frustration.
    • Target collection download options are more clearly labeled so they’re meaningful, making it easier for an admin to select the options you need.
  • Permissions
    • Admins can batch delete users. This makes it easier to remove several users from a project at the same time.
    • List permissions no longer have roles, adding a user to a list gives them edit permission.

September 2018

A new interface for JSTOR Forum! Forum has a new look, but still has all the features you currently use. We also included a few new ones with more on the way!

View more relevant data and items in projects

  • Collapsible project panel for more room to view the cataloged fields in the item panel.
  • Column widths in the item panel can be easily expanded to autofit cataloged data with a double click and they are remembered across sessions so you don’t have to resize every time.
  • 100 items are viewable per page by default, as opposed to the previous behavior of viewing 25 per page. The number of items per page is also remembered across sessions.
  • Your filenames are more visible within the edit tab.
  • If you hide the thumbnail column, then your data will display with smaller rows to see more.

Catalog with less clicks

  • You can link multiple vocabulary terms when using vocabularies.
  • Add new controlled list terms on the fly.
  • Easier to see field descriptions so catalogers have more guidance on what to enter in fields.

More intuitive options and menus to make managing and editing items easier

  • The tiny gear menu has been replaced with a more prominent Options menu.
  • Actions that make sense as part of the cataloging workflow are grouped together where they’re easy to find.
  • A checkbox is next to the thumbnail now to clearly indicate item selection.
  • Select all on a page with one click.

A modern look and feel that’s consistent (except for Forum Admin, we are working on that)

  • Unified look between item cataloging, and works and names.
  • Accessibility improvements with an aim to bring Forum in line with WCAG Level AA standards in the future.

A brighter path for future improvements

  • Google Analytics metrics to help us make improvements.
  • Smaller, more frequent releases with less downtime and disruption.
  • More stability and reliability with improved monitoring tools and testing.

August 2018

New Feature

  • Forum Works and Names have a new interface! These environments have been updated to be more stylistically in-line with the upcoming redesigned Cataloging Tools.

Previous Releases

For release notes of previous versions, please see the Release Notes Archive.