I’ve started playing with the newest release of PBWiki. So far, I like it, but I’m still figuring it out.
Adding images. Poor. In PB’s 1.0 release, you could easily add images from the WWW in the classic editor, such that you didn’t have to upload the images to the wiki and take up precious memory. Here, the classic editor is no more; you can upload images directly in a fairly simple procedure. You can still take pix right from the WWW, but it involves a bit more skullduggery working with a page’s code.
Adding pages. Meh. No more wikistyling or camel-casing, but adding pages is fairly simple by pressing a button and typing some info into a pop-up box. That could be a problem too, though, depending on how tight one’s pop-up controls are in your browser.
Appearance. Strong. If you upload a logo to the wiki, it will automatically adjust your wiki’s color scheme to match the logo; hence, my wiki is all decked out in Wayne State-centric colors.
Editing pages. Fine. I’m a Classic Editor boy at heart, but the WYSIWYG/GUI editor runs smooth andis probably just as easy to pick up for people who’re used to Word or similar word-processing progs.
Login. Mixed. PBWiki 2.0 doesn’t have 1.0’s invite key, such that all wiki users share a pw. On one hand, I guess that makes things a little easier since users only have to remember their own pws in order to use the wiki. On the other, that means I can’t send out one pw to the class as a whole; I’ve got to send individual invites to students, they’ve got to follow a link, pick a pw, and sign up for a PBWiki user account.
Hmm. More as I work with the wiki. Check out the Spring/Summer wiki so far here.
Feedback welcome and encouraged–on the wiki itself or in course content.