Cumulus Sites : The User Interface
   
The User Interface
The following sections provide information on the user interface elements and how to work with them.
NOTE: The availability and appearance of some of the elements depends on whether you are just a visitor (guest) or a logged in user. Usually, logged in users can use Cumulus in a different way than simple visitors can, e.g. they may have more rights to perform actions on the items contained in the collections.
User Interface Language
In general, this Cumulus website portal uses the same user interface language as the browser. However, if the browser uses a language not supported by Cumulus, the default language for Cumulus is English (may be changed by the administrator). Alternatively, the administrator may specify a user interface language to be used by Cumulus regardless of the language of the browser.
Furthermore, users may select a different user interface language via the language chooser icons (on the bottom of the page by default). Whether language chooser icons are displayed at all, and which ones, is defined by the administrator.
In contrast to these user interface elements there are items provided by the catalogs) that are displayed, such as categories, filters, and metadata. The display language of such items depends on the settings of the respective catalog and on further settings defined by the administrator.
User Interface Elements on the Main Page
The main page sports different areas for different purposes:
The page header area providing functions for logging in and logging out as well as general functions available to the current user.
The collection area displaying the thumbnails or a list of the files in the current collection. It contains elements for navigation and modification of the display of the thumbnails.
The search and filter area providing several means to reduce the number of files in your collection: entering a dedicated search term, selecting a category or applying filter conditions. These means can be combined in any order and number, allowing you to narrow down the collection most efficiently.
Elements of the Page Header
 
To log in, enter your user name and password, then click Login.
To end your session as a logged-in user, click Logout.
Click to open a pop up with information on the company and how to get in contact.
Header for the list of collections sent via email (if any).
To get information about a collection, click on the info icon.
To send a collection again, e.g. to different recipients, click on the info icon and then on the Edit as New Link button. See Sending a Collection Link, below.
To delete a collection, click on the trash can icon. Note that this does not only delete the list entry, but the collection itself, i.e. it will no longer be accessible for the recipients.
Click to open a dialog for uploading files and adding them to a catalog. (Logged-in users with appropriate permissions only!)
Header for information during a download process.

Information displayed during a download process.
Click the trashcan icon to cancel the download.
NOTE: Users of the Internet Explorer must start the download manually by clicking the Start Download link that is displayed here as soon as Cumulus has finished the preparation of the file(s). With all other browsers, the download starts automatically.
Click to open a dialog for sending an upload link.
(Logged-in users with appropriate permissions only!)
Click to open the active collection basket.
 
Elements of the Collection Area
 
The collection header indicates the selected category.
If a category below the topmost level is selected, the path to that category is displayed above the header (“breadcrumbs navigation”). The home icon indicates the topmost level.
Click on any item in the category path to change the collection to that category.
Hovering the mouse on any item in the path evokes a menu with all categories one level below the selected one, allowing for easy changing to one of these categories.
The row below the heading shows the total number of files in the current collection and indicates if the collection is filtered.
To display the currently applied filters in the Filter Conditions area, click on the filtered link.
Click icons to switch between Thumbnail View and Report View.
NOTE: Depending on the settings specified by the administrator, hovering the mouse over a thumbnail in each view may evoke a pop-up window with selected information or a tooltip preview of the file.
Slider to control the size of thumbnails.
 
Currently active sorting criterion with drop-down list for more sorting criteria; arrow to toggle the sorting direction (ascending/descending).
 
Arrows to jump to the first, the previous, the next or the last page. The numbers in the center show the current page / the total number of pages of the current collection.
Click on the numbers opens an entry field to specify a page number to jump to directly.
Click to add all files displayed on the current page to the Collection Basket.
Click to add all files contained in the current collection to the Collection Basket.
(At the bottom of the page) Indicates the number of items displayed per page; drop-down list to change this value.
The values you can select from depend on the thumbnail size and size of the browser window.
 
Icons for handling individual files
 
Click to show a preview of the file.
From the preview, you may start a slide show of the files in the current collection.
Click to show the Info window with detailed information on the file.
Click to download the file. You can select between different options for the download.
As a logged-in user, you may decide to have the download prepared in background and then receive an email with a download link.
Click to add the file to the active collection basket.
 
Elements of the Search and Filter Area
NOTE: Which of these elements are visible to you depends on the settings defined by the administrator.
 
Entry field for a quick search. The current collection is adjusted to the search result.
Hovering the mouse over the search field evokes an icon to clear the entry field. Additionally, the collection is adjusted accordingly.
Filter conditions area.
Click the + icon to select a predefined search as filter option. The current collection is adjusted accordingly.
Filter conditions area showing currently active filters. All active filters are displayed here and can be removed individually via the respective icon, or all at once by clicking deselect all filters. The current collection is adjusted accordingly.
NOTE: Which filter conditions are available, depends on the configuration settings specified by the administrator.
The Categories area showing the topmost level of the category tree. A leading triangle indicates that there are further levels of categories below that one.
Click on a category to open the according level. The collection is adjusted accordingly. The collection header is adjusted, too
NOTE: Which level is the topmost to be displayed here depends on the configuration settings specified by the administrator.

The Categories area showing a lower level of the category tree.
A leading triangle indicates that there are further levels of categories below that one.
Click on a category to open the according level. The collection is adjusted accordingly. The collection header is adjusted, too.
Click on the home icon to reset the categories view to the topmost level. The collection is adjusted accordingly.
Click on the back arrow to move up one level in the category. The collection is adjusted accordingly.
The Filters area shows metadata values which can be used for filtering the current collection. These values are subdivided in different sections according to the metadata field or query on witch the filter is based. You can expand/collapse the sections.
Only values derived from the current collection are shown. For example, the Rating section in the screenshot is expanded, showing that the collection contains records rated with 3, 4 or 5 stars, but no records rated with only 1 or 2 stars.
This screenshot shows examples for different kinds of filters:
Multi-select filter (such as Orientation): You can select multiple values as filtering options.
List filters (such as Rating and File Format): You can select just one value per filter as filtering option.
Hierarchical filters (such as Date Time Original). You can select a value as filtering option, then you can further narrow down the resulting collection. In this example, from year, to month, to day.
Input filters (such as Author): You can enter one or more characters to define the value used for filtering.
Click on any value to reduce the current collection to records that fit the selected option.
Click on the icon next to a filter’s name to remove that filter. With hierarchical filters, click the back arrow in front of a selected value to move up one level in the metadata hierarchy.
NOTE: Which metadata fields can be used for filtering and which kind of filters are available depends on the settings specified by the administrator.