Back to School Updates

It’s that most dreaded time of year…the start of another semester (faint screams in the distance).  Although you may rather have a root canal than face down yet another set of classes, papers, and exams this school year, PERRLA has been working hard all summer to make sure you can take the edge off your schoolwork.

Some of the changes are pretty huge!  And some you’ll never even notice – which is a good thing.  Here’s just a few you may see:

New Logo & Website
After many years of faithful service, our old logo and website have decided to take some time off to enjoy the finer things in life.  Their replacements are spry and eager to take PERRLA into the future with a cleaner aesthetic and an updated feel.

The Syllabus Tool has Arrived!
You may have heard about this – it’s a big deal.  We’ve finally launched our brand new Syllabus Tool in PERRLA Complete!  It lets you import all of your class’s assignments, to-do’s, papers, exams, and reminders (as well as your class details) without typing a single letter.  With our streamlined Syllabus Tool, you can import your entire semester’s worth of items into your calendar in less time than it takes to get a Starbucks Venti Skinny Mocha Caramel Frappuccino!  Seriosly, it is awesome.

Updated Paper Plan
We’ve spent some time making our Paper Planner even more helpful.  Now it hides your future and past steps (fewer distractions and dread) while also making it easier to see exactly which step you’re on.  Here’s a secret…we’ve got some more cool updates for the Paper Planner in the works for another update.

Modals are Taking Over
This is a pretty big change too.  We’ve changed how you interact with lots of your items in PERRLA Complete.  When you click on an item outside of it’s Module (like clicking a To-Do inside an Assignment), you’ll be able to see and edit that To-Do in a modal (also called a pop-up) window.  Now you won’t be taken away from whatever you’re looking at to see another item’s details.  This should make it a lot easier to edit all of your associated items wherever you are.  Just an FYI – Papers still work like they used to.  There’s just so much awesome stuff that Papers do we havent’ been able to cram it all into a single pop-up window yet!

Export Your Notes
You’ve been able to add Class notes to PERRLA Complete since we launched in January, but now you can export those notes as text documents, Word documents (.docx or .doc), and PDFs.  Now you can share your notes with what’s-his-name who was out for 3 weeks with something-or-other.

Deleting a Class
Finally done with your class?  Now we’ve refined some of the behind the scenes magic that notifies you if there are any assignments, papers, exams, etc. that are still hanging on for dear life.  Not deer life.

Exam Tweaks
We added Exams to PERRLA Complete in our last update.  Now we’ve changed them just a bit to work better.  We added the ability to create associated To-Do’s to your exam (like export your notes to study) and we’ve removed the requirement for a Start Studying date.  Although you never had to start studying before the night before, now you don’t have to feel bad about missing the date you were supposed to start!  But really, don’t wait until the night before.  Been there.  Done that.  It’s awful.

Like I said earlier, there are tons of other updates that we’ve added over the past few weeks, but these are the biggies that you’ll probably notice.  We hope they make this semester just a little less sucky!

Hello World

Hello. My name is Joey Nixon, and I’m the…..well, I don’t know what my job title is yet.

Let me start over.

Salutations. My name is Joey Nixon, and I’m the guy who is in charge of the product development and customer support teams here at PERRLA. Basically, I build stuff and fix stuff.

I will be posting my musings here from time to time. Some of those thoughts will be serious. Most of them will not.

Some days I’ll talk about PERRLA Complete and how it’s progressing along. Some days I’ll talk about some cool new features we’re discussing for PERRLA for APA and MLA. But I’ll probably spend much of my time discussing how bad I feel for Boo Berry and how Count Chocula and Franken Berry over power and over shadow him every fall. And don’t get me started on Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy coming back on the scene.

Ok. Gotta go. Hungry now. Bye.

Welcome to PERRLA Blog

 

You’ve got to start somewhere.

Today, Riley Moore, our Vice President of Making Things Look Good, set up this blog for PERRLA.  He’s busy working on PERRLA Complete right now and hated the thought of putting something together without having time to make it look nice.  I twisted his arm a little and he decided to go ahead and do this – as long as he can come back and give it a little touch of style when time permits.

What are we going to do with this blog?  Good question.  We’re going to use it as a way to help you stay informed as to what’s going on behind the scenes at PERRLA.  There are plenty of of times when we’d like to get your opinions on things, tell you of a new feature we’re thinking of adding, etc. and we hope this blog will be a good outlet for that.

Another goal (of mine) is to have you meet more of the great people who work here.  Because of the monthly newsletters, you might have an idea of my personality.  But there are a number of colorful characters here and I’m being told that they will be happy to post things.  Great!

If there are topics you’d like us to address, let us know.

I’ll close by reminding everyone that our awesome Customer Support team works from 8:00am until 10:00pm (central time) – that’s 14 hours per day, 7 days per week!  You can reach them by filling out this form found within the Help Center portion of our website.

http://www.perrla.com/ContactSupport.aspx

Cliff