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

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

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

Thanks and good writing!

2016 Back to School Give Away

We’re Going to Pay for Someone’s Textbooks OR Give Them a $500 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:  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:
Good Luck!

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

Cliff Batson, COO