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!

A New User Experience for PERRLA for Word – Mac

After many months of hard work, we are excited to introduce a completely rebuilt paper-writing solution for Macs: PERRLA for Word.

We’ve not only put down completely new code, we’ve also redesigned the PERRLA paper writing experience to better fit with the needs of students today.  Here are a few of the changes you’ll find this newest version of PERRLA.

Discussion Posts

In today’s ever-more connected world, school has become a lot more than research papers and tests.  Online discussions have become a central part of modern classrooms, and having to use APA or MLA in discussion posts hasn’t made them any easier.  So, we’ve added the ability to create a brand new type of Paper with PERRLA for Word: Discussion Posts.

A Discussion Post cuts out all of the extra fluff that’s included in Research Papers while leaving only what you need to write a perfectly formatted Discussion Post.  That means you won’t have any title pages to cut out or page breaks to deal with.  Discussion Posts include the body of your paper and a Reference section directly below it.

You can even use “Copy for Web” at the bottom of the PERRLA window to copy your entire paper (body and Reference section) to your Clipboard with just one click.

Writing formatted Discussion Posts for school has just gotten a lot easier!

Run PERRLA Side-by-Side with Word

One of the limitations of Word 2016 was that we could no longer run PERRLA directly inside of Microsoft Word.  However, now that PERRLA runs alongside Word, we are able to show you more information about your References, Citations, and Papers than ever before.

PERRLA’s Writing Mode (what we call the side-by-side view of PERRLA and Word) allows us to provide you with an area to manage your Paper Sections (like the Title Page), the elements found in the Paper’s Body, your Paper’s References and Citations, and the technical details of your Paper.

We’ve still got some great ideas in store to make this new layout even more powerful and streamlined with future updates, so we hope that although this is a new way of working with PERRLA, you’ll still feel right at home.

Editing References

One of the biggest improvements comes into view as you work with your References and Citations.   And in PERRLA for Word, we’ve made full use of the new layout.

Our Reference Wizard is no longer a series of small grey boxes that you have to click through.  Instead, we’ve taken a note from PERRLA Online and included our streamlined Reference Wizard that lets you fill in all the details of your Reference in one place.  When editing your References, you’ll also be avoiding a long series of windows as well.

The References and Citations tab also lets you easily see all of the References and Citations that you currently have in your paper.  You can also add and create References, create new Citations, edit your References and Citations, and delete them all in one place.

And a whole lot more…

To keep this post from going on forever, why don’t you just take a look at our new PERRLA for Word in action. 

Thanks for reading!  Now, go write your best papers yet with PERRLA for Word!

2016 Back to School Give Away

We’re Going to Pay for Someone’s Textbooks OR Give Them a $500 Amazon.com Gift Card… Their Choice.

Anyone who upgrades to PERRLA Complete or Renews their PERRLA Complete subscription will be entered into a drawing for a September 2nd, 2016 giveaway.

To upgrade or renew, go to Our Secure Online Store: https://store.perrla.com.  For details, watch this quick video…

If you don’t want to purchase, we’ll still give you a way to enter because we’re having an identical second drawing for anyone who creates a simple throw-away paper using the online PERRLA Complete Free Trial. For more information about THAT drawing, see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUCUpkAn8v0
Good Luck!

I’ll contact the winners next Friday, September 2nd. Their names will also be posted publicly on our Facebook page.

Cliff
Cliff Batson, COO
PERRLA, LLC