MLA 8 & Discussion Posts on Windows

Over the summer we’ve been working to make sure that we had wrapped up MLA 8 for all of our users AND brought Discussion Posts (one of the most popular Mac features) to Windows.  Here’s a quick look at how each of them works in the new update.

MLA 8

If you’ve never written an MLA paper before, you will be automatically upgraded to MLA 8.  That’s all there is to it. 🌴🌴🌴

If you have written an MLA 7 paper before, then you will be prompted to upgrade to MLA 8 when you start the updated software for the first time.   If you choose to not upgrade then, you can always go to  the Settings Tab and change your version of MLA to MLA 8.  You’ll find the MLA setting in the bottom left of  the screen.

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You can change your preferred MLA format in the bottom left of the Settings tab.

As a note, due to technical restrictions, we do not recommend re-using MLA 7 References in new MLA 8 Papers.  Just like before, any of your APA or MLA 7 References will start with *** when viewing them in an MLA 8 Paper.

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When adding an existing Reference to your papers, non-compliant References have *** before them in your Reference list.

Discussion Posts

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Update buttons on the PERRLA startup screen

Traditional Research Papers include a Title Page, a page or pages for the body of the paper, and a separate page for References.  Discussion Posts only include the body of your paper and the References on a single page.   PERRLA still works just like it always has, but your paper will be formatted in a way that makes it easy to copy and paste your paper into your school’s online Discussion Forum.

We’ve updated the buttons that appear on the PERRLA start screen so that you can easily create either a Research Paper or Discussion Post for APA or MLA.  In the process, we removed the buttons for Start a New APA 5th Edition Paper and Open an Existing PERRLA Paper.  APA 5 isn’t being used by schools anymore, so we phased it out.  You can still access all of your Existing PERRLA Papers by going to the My PERRLA Papers tab at the top. 

When you start a new Discussion Post, because there isn’t a Title Page, you will only be asked for the Title of the Paper.  This is so we can give your document the correct name when we save it to your computer.

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Discussion Post Start Screen

Now, creating perfectly formatted Discussion Posts for your class will be easier than ever!

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Example of an MLA 8 Discussion Post in PERRLA for Word (Windows).

PERRLA for APA/MLA & Word 2016 for Mac: Update

It’s been a few weeks since we let everyone know that we’re working on a new version of PERRLA for APA/MLA for Macs.  Since then, we have been working on making sure that this new update will be the easiest solution for writing APA papers.  That means that we’ve spent lots of time sketching new user interfaces, mapping out how students will use it, and brainstorming the most effective ways to wrangle even the toughest APA or MLA standards.

As we mentioned in some of our previous posts, we can no longer run inside of Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac as an Add-In (running in the Microsoft toolbars).  Instead, we are creating a more robust paper writing stand alone application that will give you greater control for creating, managing, and writing APA and MLA papers.

One of the aspects of this that gets us really excited is the ability to create a custom environment for you to work with all of your References, Headings, Citations, etc.  Now that we aren’t stuck with Microsoft’s strict UI standards, we can explore some powerful new interfaces that will make PERRLA easier and more powerful.  We’re still in the early phases of this, but we are working on an adaptive interface that gives you the tools you need, right when you need them.

That may sound incredibly cryptic, but we are already working on something more concrete for our next development update.  We’re already excited about what’s coming, and we think it’s going to be the best version of PERRLA for APA/MLA yet!

PERRLA for APA/MLA & Word 2016 for Mac

Mac Users… as you may know, Microsoft removed the ability for software like ours to run inside of Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac.  At Apple’s insistence, Microsoft disabled third-party Word add-ins so that it could be sold in the Mac App Store. 

This only affected the Mac version of our software. PERRLA for APA/MLA for PC works perfectly with Word 2016 for Windows!

Good News! We are working on a completely new version of PERRLA for APA/MLA to work with Microsoft Word 2016 for Macs!

This new version of PERRLA for APA/MLA for Mac will run in parallel with Microsoft Word (to avoid the security issues that caused the initial problem) but will still manage the citations and references inside your Word document, as always.

We are working hard on this new version for Mac users and we expect to release it for this upcoming Fall semester.

In the meantime, if you have to write papers before this Fall, we’ll happily upgrade your PERRLA for APA/MLA account to PERRLA Complete.  With PERRLA Complete, you can write your papers online without having to use Word.  Or, you can create the title page, abstract, outline, citations, references, etc. in PERRLA Complete and then export the data as a Word document so you can type the body of your paper in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac.

We’ll give you a project update this summer. Just know that this is important to us and we’re doing the right thing to get a great solution in your hands for Fall.