What's New?

  • Use any web browser: In the new version of RedDot (OpenText), you can use any web browser including Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

  • If you choose to continue using Internet Explorer (not recommended): You'll need to turn off 'Compatibility View' in the browser settings. To turn off Compatibility Mode, click the Gear icon (in the top right corner of IE), select Compatibility View Settings, clear Display all websites in Compatibility View and Display intranet sites in Compatibility View. Click Close. Note: You must close your browser for the changes to take effect.

  • Your content is all there: The interface has changed a little, but all your content is the same and unchanged.

  • Interface is updated, but it's not radically different: If you've used RedDot before, you'll find most of it very familiar.

  • It's faster: The application runs faster in general.

  • Classic View let's you use the old interface: If you need the Classic View, click the user menu icon at the top right of the interface for the "Classic View" link.

The Login Screen

Login at the usual location. You'll see that the login page has an updated look:

RedDot login screen


Standard "SmartEdit" Page View

Once logged in using your netid and password, the interface looks a lot like it has in the past. The red dots associated with the standard content areas of the page are just the same as they have been.

RedDot 16 SmartEdit - Basic screen


"Classic View" allows you to use the old interface

If you feel the need to use to the interface you're used to in RedDot, try out the Classic View. To access the Classic View link, go to the top right of the interface and click the User menu icon, which is circled in red below.

RedDot version 16 User Menu Icon


Edit content using the Text Editor

The process for editing and publishing pages is similar to the way it has been. You may get the message shown below when opening the text editor. You can dismiss this message by simply clicking the "x". Although the editor interface looks slightly different, it works the same way. The buttons in the editor serve the same functions as they did in the previous version of RedDot.

Reddot Editor message



When it's time to publish you'll see that the process is slightly different. First you'll want to release the page part(s) that you're editing by closing each red dot, thereby releasing those content areas. Next reopen the red dot for the content that needs publishing. At this point, in the old system you would right click for the page menu, but with the new system you'll need to use the Page Toolbar at the top of the page which is outlined in the red box below. Click the publish icon, which is the second to last icon on the Page Toolbar, it looks like a wire globe with an upward pointing arrow on it.

Page Tool Bar set


The Publish Window

Once you click the Publish icon, the Publish window opens. It looks a little different from the old publish window, but the text on it and the way it functions is exactly the same. You'll simply click the OK button on the bottom right of the window. Once you've clicked the OK button, it will still take between 3 to 5 minutes for the page to be posted to the live website.


RedDot 16 Publish window


Next Steps

Give the new system a try. If you run into any issues, open a Web Services help ticket and a Web Services representative from OCM (the Office of Communications and Marketing) will respond and provide assistance.