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!

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

The Syllabus Challenge

Some marketing claims are just that… “claims”.

When we said you could import your entire semester’s worth of Assignments, Papers, To-Do’s, Exams, and Reminders in less time than it takes to bake some Bagel Bites.  We weren’t blowing smoke. See for yourself.

The Rules:

  1. It must take less than14 minutes to import any syllabus – the time it takes to bake Bagel Bites in an oven (16 minutes in a toaster oven).
  2. The syllabi are from real students at liberal arts, professional, and online colleges/universities, including: Biology, Nursing, Art, English Literature, Social Work, Archaeology, Political Science, International Politics, and Information Technology.
  3. The syllabi come from Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. programs.
  4. Graysen (the user in the video) hasn’t read or practiced with any of the syllabi prior to recording – but he does know how to use the Syllabus Tool.

Normal Speed Footage of Syllabus Tool

Quit wasting your time manually entering all your data.  

Start your Free Trial at www.perrlacomplete.com.