It’s been at least a few weeks now since we deployed the improved layout and features for the Files and Discussion board sections in Forum Nokia Projects. We are very excited about them and we think the latest changes add a lot of value to both.
Files now look a lot more in line with the rest of the site, but most of all we have made uploading much easier. You can now select multiple files and upload them all in one go. It is developed in flash because that allowed us to do more things, but if you don’t have flash we "fall back" to the standard HTML file upload so that should work for everyone.
We decided not to go into all the directory management because it involved too much complexity and the UI would have suffered. If you want to organise your files you can still do it by mounting the share on your computer using WebDAV. If you are not familiar with WebDAV I suggest you check out on wikipedia. For Windows users I would recommend BitKinex a free client that is simple to use and very powerful (and has that 90s look that reminds me of Norton commander).
While for the Files it is mostly a restyle with a little addition, for the Discussion boards (or forums) we did quite a few changes. Not only we improved the design but we added a number of small features that you expect from a board. We added the number of views per thread, we added quick links to jump to the last posts and a label to identify threads that have been updated since your last visit.
Last but not least we improved the editor, although it still needs some work.
If you are tired of reading and would rather watch a short (about 2 minutes) video, you can check this out. Yes, we were SO excited about these improvements that we made a video.