It’s been a few weeks since we let everyone know that we’re working on a new version of PERRLA for APA/MLA for Macs. Since then, we have been working on making sure that this new update will be the easiest solution for writing APA papers. That means that we’ve spent lots of time sketching new user interfaces, mapping out how students will use it, and brainstorming the most effective ways to wrangle even the toughest APA or MLA standards.
As we mentioned in some of our previous posts, we can no longer run inside of Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac as an Add-In (running in the Microsoft toolbars). Instead, we are creating a more robust paper writing stand alone application that will give you greater control for creating, managing, and writing APA and MLA papers.
One of the aspects of this that gets us really excited is the ability to create a custom environment for you to work with all of your References, Headings, Citations, etc. Now that we aren’t stuck with Microsoft’s strict UI standards, we can explore some powerful new interfaces that will make PERRLA easier and more powerful. We’re still in the early phases of this, but we are working on an adaptive interface that gives you the tools you need, right when you need them.
That may sound incredibly cryptic, but we are already working on something more concrete for our next development update. We’re already excited about what’s coming, and we think it’s going to be the best version of PERRLA for APA/MLA yet!