Tables & Figures are in PERRLA for Word (Mac)!

We’ve done it!  We’ve added Tables and Figures to our PERRLA for Word (Mac) software.  🙌  Now, all of the fun things that you can do in PERRLA for Word (Windows) can be done on the Mac as well.

Here are some videos and steps for creating Tables and Figures with PERRLA for Word.

Creating Tables with PERRLA for Word (Mac)

Creating Figures with PERRLA for Word (Mac)

PERRLA Online Update

Hey everyone!

We’re in the process of updating how you write papers in PERRLA Online.  We’ve learned a lot since we first released the Paper Editor in PERRLA Online (then PERRLA Complete) and we are hard at work making those ideas come alive.

We’re pushing out the first of those changes today!  Here’s what you’ll notice is different:

  • Update Paper Overview Tab
  • Overhauled Outline Tab and Panel
  • Interface Improvements for References & Citations

Paper Overview Tab

Paper Overview tab image

We’ve killed the Paper Details tab and merged it straight into your Overview tab.  Now you can see all of your Paper’s Details and edit them in one place.  To edit your Paper’s details, just click the “Edit Details” button  in the bottom right.  Pretty straight forward, right?

Outline Updates

In preparation for some of the really amazing features we have planned, we’ve updated the Outline tab to make it more usable.  First, the Outline now autosaves all of your work!  No more toggling between the Edit and Print views of your Outline.  Hooray!

Outline tab image

We’ve also moved to a card-based layout.  That means that your Outline will always look similar to how it did in Edit mode before.  You can click on any of the cards in your Outline to edit them, or click and drag them to re-arrange them.  We’ve also updated the keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to manage any changes you make.   Now, pressing Escape while editing will close the Outline card without saving your changes.  It’s like a Cancel button.  Enter will save the changes you’ve made, and Enter + Shift will save the changes and start a new row beneath your current one.

New Keyboard Shortcut imageIn addition to the Keyboard shortcuts, we’ve also added the ability to expand and collapse your Outline items.  So if you’ve got an Outline that is a heroic epic in itself, you can collapse it into only the most essential pieces.

Collapse/Expand Image

Lastly, we’ve done away with Outline Notes.  Although they were an interesting idea, they just didn’t work out in the real world.  If you’ve made any Outline Notes, don’t panic.  We’ve converted your existing Notes into text for that Outline Card.  So all of your Notes are still there waiting to be used.

Reference & Citation Tab

Our final changes for this update are mostly aesthetic on the References & Citations tab inside the Editor.  We’re moving towards a more Card-based approach, similar to the Outline.  We’ve also added some color to the icons beside each Reference and Citation when you hover over them.  And, we’ve added an explicit row beneath each Reference to Add a New Citation.  You can still use the Pencil icon if you’d like, but now there’s a place that makes it really obvious how to add a Citation to each Reference.

Coming Soon

We hope these minor changes make writing papers with PERRLA Online even easier.  We’ve got a lot more in store that will make the paper-writing experience more familiar and straight-forward.  We’re even hoping to help you manage all the Research you take for your paper. 🙂

If you have any comments or feedback, we’d love to hear it.  You can email Graysen Pack (our User Experience Manager) with any of your thoughts at graysen@perrla.com.

Thanks and good writing!

Annotations on Mac are here!

We’ve been working hard and finally have Annotations in PERRLA for Word – Mac version 1.4.  Woo hoo!

Check out the video on how it works, or see the instruction below.

First, you’ll need to have PERRLA and your Paper open with some References in it.

Next, you’ll select PERRLA and click on the Reference menu option along the top of your computer’s display.

Reference Menu Option in PERRLA

Click on Reference and then Add Annotation.  You’ll see a sub-menu with all of the References currently in your paper listed.

PERRLA Add Annotation Menu Options

We’ll add a new paragraph for the Annotation beneath the Reference in the Reference Section.  Just select the text and type away!

Annotation Added to Reference

That’s it!  The Annotation will stick with your Reference even if it moves places in your Reference Section.  If you need to delete an Annotation, you can just highlight it in your paper and delete it just like normal text.

If you have any questions about Annotations, feel free to email our Support team at support@perrla.com.  They’re available every day from 10am to 10pm Central Time.