A sneak peek at the new PERRLA for Word

We love the traditional PERRLA for Word software. It’s been a tried and true companion that has helped hundreds of thousands of students tackle millions of papers and achieve their dreams.

But after working hard for the past twenty years, it’s ready to transition to the easy life up-state. We’re working on a completely new version of PERRLA for Word that will carry PERRLA for the next twenty years.

We’re rebuilding it to take advantage of the latest updates from Microsoft Word and modern coding standards. While that may seem like tech mumbo-jumbo, it means that the new PERRLA for Word can solve a number of pain points for students using the existing version. And – provide us a platform to build on for years to come.

Let’s break this down a little into just a few of the basic improvements we’re going to be able to make:

  1. PERRLA for Word will be the same on Windows and Mac computers! No longer will the Mac and Windows versions look and behave differently. They’ll look and work the exact same way no matter what computer you’re using.
  2. PERRLA for Word will have its own tab in Word. Yup – no more living in the “Add-Ins” tab or running side-by-side with Word. We now have our own tab, buttons, dropdowns, and menus. It’s like we’re growing up and moving out of Word’s proverbial basement.
  3. Modern screens, forms, & windows. Our current Windows and Mac applications face a number of restraints when it comes to how we display PERRLA with/alongside Word. The latest version will have it’s very own panel inside Word that is scalable and re-sizeable for every screen size! So no matter how long your reference is or how large you want your text, we can adjust to fit your screen (even in dual monitor setups!).
  4. An updated Reference Library. We’re bringing the best of PERRLA Online’s Reference Library to PERRLA for Word. We’ve even streamlined it to make adding references is faster. It will also let you your own references and still keep everything in the right order!
  5. Easier to navigate and use. Since we have our very own tab, we can make it easy to find everything you need in one place (without hiding it in dropdowns or various tabs). You can also use the menu in the PERRLA panel to navigate as well – just like any modern website or app!

OK – this is really just the tip of the iceberg for things that the new PERRLA for Word is going to be able to do. But we don’t want to spill the beans on all of it just yet.

We will update you each month as we make progress. So, check back and see what other improved features will be heading your way soon! And if you have any feedback on what you’ve seen so far – let us know! We love feedback and want to know what you think about our latest improvements.

Thanks for using PERRLA and good writing!

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)

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.