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User Interface Improvements Overview
Beginning with the May 2020 release, Ex Libris is undertaking a usability improvement initiative to facilitate an enhanced user experience across Alma navigation and in the Metadata Editor. This initiative is a result of cooperation with Alma working groups and response to wider community feedback.  
The new features in the user interface help facilitate a smoother, user-friendly interaction with Alma while providing more control over the Alma layout and navigation options. The new layout allows to easily switch between the ongoing tasks in your main workflow and any peripheral tasks. New customization options enable the personalization of the menu and creation of your own quick-link options.
Unified PO Line Task List
Alma's new PO line search results and management screen allows users to search, view and edit PO lines in all statuses without the need to go to a dedicated task list. The unification of all PO lines tasks lists will result in several main differences and advantages:
The new Unified PO Line Task List includes all the functionality available in the various PO line task lists plus new features.
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The following table contains the rollout plan for the Unified PO Line Task List User Interface.
Rollout plan - The timeline of the rollout plan is subject to change.
ReleaseSandbox dateProduction dateUsability Improvement/EnvironmentNotes
ATBDN/ANew Task List Record view - Opt inEarly adopters only.
BTBDN/ANew Task List Record view - Opt inThe original PO line search results is enabled by default. The user can switch to the new unified task list (and back to the original if needed).
CTBDN/ANew Task List Record view - Opt outThe new unified task list  is enabled by default. The user can switch to the original PO line search results (if needed).
DTBDN/ANew Task List Record view - Exclusive useThe new unified task list  is enabled by default for all users with no ability to switch back to the "original" presentation 
Metadata Editor
The latest evolution of the Alma Metadata Editor brings greater efficiency to processes, making them faster and simpler. The interface can be tailored to each user, depending on the user's level and type of expertise (original catalogers, copy catalogers, and light catalogers). The new streamlined workflows save time and improve productivity, with better management and search performance across the Alma platform.
The new Metadata Editor includes all the functionality available in the classic Metadata Editor plus new features.
The new Metadata Editor provides a flexible working space for managing records and files in the following functional areas:
To switch to the new Metadata Editor in Alma, select 
 on the top-right of the top toolbar of the Editor.
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The following table contains the rollout plan for the Metadata Editor improvements initiative.
Rollout plan*
ReleaseSandbox dateProduction dateUsability Improvement/EnvironmentNotes
May 2020April 5, 2020N/ANew Metadata Editor/Sandbox - Records Management core functionalityThe classic Metadata editor is the default. The user can switch to the new Metadata Editor and back.
September 2020August 23, 2020September 6, 2020New Metadata Editor/Production - Records Management full 
January 2021December 20, 2020January 10, 2021 New Metadata Editor/Production - Templates Management 
March 2021February 21, 2021 March 7, 2021New Metadata Editor/Production - Rules Management and Go LiveAll classic Metadata Editor functionality will be supported by the new Metadata Editor.
The New Metadata Editor is the default. The user can switch to the classic Metadata Editor and back.
June 2021May 23, 2021June 6, 2021New Metadata Editor/Production - Default editorThe New Metadata Editor is the default and it is fully compatible with the classic Metadata Editor.
Q1 2021TBDTBDEnd of Availability for Classic Metadata Editor 
*The timeline of the rollout plan is subject to change.
New Layout
Starting from the June 2020 release, users can experience a new layout for Alma.
The new layout increases the user working area, improves navigation, provides the ability to customize the menu and facilitates improved user dynamic workflows. 
The main changes:
For the detailed descriptions of all interface changes, see Layout Improvements.
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See Layout Improvements for detailed list of layout changes. 
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The following table contains the rollout plan for the new layout initiative:
Rollout plan*
ReleaseSandbox dateProduction dateUsability Improvement/EnvironmentNotes
June 2020May 24, 2020June 7, 2020New Layout/ProductionEarly adopters only.
July 2020June 21, 2020N/ANew Layout/SandboxAdministrators can turn the new functionality On for a specific user (Opt in).
August 2020July 19, 2020August 2, 2020New Layout/ProductionAdministrators can turn the New Layout On for a specific user (Opt in).
November 2020October 18, 2020November 1, 2020New Layout/Production - Go LiveThe New Layout is the default. Users can turn it on and off (Opt in and out) by themselves. 
March 2021February 21, 2020March 7, 2021New Layout/Production - Exclusive use 
*The timeline of the rollout plan is subject to change.
How Can You Provide Feedback?
Your feedback is most welcome for these new features, especially while trying them in the Sandbox environment.
If you encounter an issue, please Open a case via the Support Portal. Indicate in the title that the case refers to the new feature.
For example "New Metadata Editor - when opening a record the title is cut ..."
See Support Portal User Guide and What information should be provided when opening a Case?
It is recommended to make the case public. For more information on making a case public, click here.
For any suggestions on improvements or additional capabilities, please submit to the Idea Exchange with the relevant category.
See How can I request new collections to be added to our Discovery Indexes, KnowledgeBases and the Alma Community Zone? 
Before opening a new issue, it is recommended to check for it in the Known Issues list. Also, some elements might be marked as 'Coming Soon', which means they will be added in a later release. Click here for the availability table.
Known Issues
For information about Metadata Editor known issues, click here.  
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