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!

Paper View is now the default PERRLA Online Editor

Over the past few months, we’ve been testing out a brand new version of the PERRLA Online and student feedback has been incredibly positive! Now, we are excited to announce that Paper View will be the new default editor in PERRLA Online.

Here’s a few things you may want to know about the brand new editor:

  • What’s included in Paper View
  • What’s changed for existing users
  • What to do if you run into a problem

What’s included in Paper View

We’re excited to announce that Paper View is now the default paper editor for PERRLA Online!  If you’re new to writing papers with PERRLA – great! Paper View should look and act similarly to word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.  If you’ve been using PERRLA Online for a while, there are two changes you’ll notice about our new Paper View Editor.

First, when looking at your paper, you’ll notice that it looks like an actual paper!  All the content that was separated into different tabs in the Normal Editor is now visible and editable in your paper.

So, if you need to edit your Title Page, go to the Title page and double-click it.  Want to add an Abstract – scroll between the body and title page (where an abstract goes) and click “Add Abstract”.  Same thing for editing References! Just double-click the reference in the Reference section page.

Seeing your paper as a paper should make managing each of its sections much easier!  Just so you know, while you can see page breaks between the different sections of your paper (like the Title page and the body), we add the page breaks inside the sections (like inside the body) when you download or print the finished paper – not while you’re working on it in the Editor .

OK – now, for the second change.  We’ve added a menubar! At the top of the editor, there’s a menubar with a number of writing options and tools.  Things like Showing Word count, adding paper sections, and more. Be sure you check it out the next time you’re writing.

What’s changed for existing users

Now that Paper View is the default editor for PERRLA Online, there are a few things that our existing users should know.

From now on, all of your papers will automatically use the new Paper View Editor.  This doesn’t change any of the content of your papers – it just changes how you work with them in PERRLA.  If you need a little more time with our legacy editor, for a little while, you can still choose which editor you prefer to use in your PERRLA Online settings.  However, we are no longer actively supporting our older editor and recommend that you switch to the Paper View Editor to get the best paper-writing experience with PERRLA Online.

What to do if you run into a problem

If you find something that can be improved or isn’t working right, please let us know!  Send us any feedback or bugs to our Support team through PERRLA Online or via email at support@perrla.com.

We know that Paper View will make writing papers even easier!  Thanks for watching and good writing!

PERRLA Online March Update: Research Notes!

PERRLA’s Research Notes make it easy to do your research and create citations once and then don’t worry about them again.

Research Notes live in your PERRLA Papers in the Outline/Organize tab.  This tab is split down the middle with Research Notes on the left and the Outline on the right. 

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To get started, you first need to add a Reference to your paper.  You can either create a new one or add one you’ve already made. Once you’ve added it, you’ll see it listed in the Research Notes section.  FYI: adding a Reference here makes it show up in the References & Citations panel in the Editor as well.

OK, now you can start taking Notes for your Reference.  Just click Add Note under the Reference and start typing.  You can type anything you want, but Research Notes are great for quotes, paraphrases, or even your own insights.  When you’re done, just press Enter to save the note.

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If the Note needs a citation (like a quote), you can add one by clicking Add Citation in the Note’s bottom right corner.  Now your Research Note has a Citation attached to it. Oh, and it’s perfectly formatted.

You can add as many Research notes as you like and for as many References as you need.  And, if you like keyboard shortcuts, you can find those by hovering over the ? icon at the top.

Once you have a few research notes, you can put them to use.  You can organize them inside the under their Reference, or you can drag them across the screen and drop them into your Outline.  There you can get really organized.

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If you like to live on the wild side and write your paper without an outline, you can find all of your Research Notes inside the paper Editor in the Research Notes side panel.  There you’ll see all your Research Notes waiting to dragged and dropped directly into your paper.

Dropping a Research Note from here or from the Outline tab will insert the Note’s text and automatically add any Citation attached to it as well.   Make the Citation once and use it for your entire paper.

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When you drag a Research Note into your paper, it turns light green in the panel, so you know you’ve used it already.  You could also use the check mark on the Research Note to mark it used or unused. Either way, feel free to drag and drop a Research Note as many times as you need.

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In addition to only needing to create citations for your Research Notes once, if you update the Citation for a Research Note anywhere in your paper, it will be automatically updated everywhere else.  So simple.

OK, last thing you need to know.  If you Remove a Reference from your Paper after you’ve created Research Notes for it, it will remove all of the Research Notes and their Citations from your paper as well.  Eek! Don’t worry, we warn you before this happens. Hopefully, you won’t have to do that (since it could cause you to plagiarize), but now you know.

That’s it!  Research Notes in PERRLA make it easy to take, organize, and use your Research without the hassle of tracking formatting across index cards or documents.

If you have questions, let us know in the Contact Support module.  Thanks for watching and good researching!