Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We're on a Roll!

Today, the development team quietly unveiled yet another roll-out, featuring huge improvements to our document player, updates in the publishing process, better site navigation, and a host of smaller feature tweaks and bug fixes.
New Document Player
When we rolled out the multi-format player, a few months ago, we introduced something amazing: a way for our site’s users to enjoy most of the files they find on YouPublish without having to download them. And tonight’s update brings a huge update to one of the most important parts of the player: the document window. The new document viewer now loads large documents with ease — and updated zoom and paging controls make reading and moving through documents a breeze!
Types & Keywords
From the earliest days of YouPublish, publishers have been asked to describe their publication’s “type”. The idea being that reading a book about love is a completely different experience from listening to music about love or (heaven forbid) scanning a spreadsheet about love. Because they’re so different, we wanted a way for folks to differentiate. With today’s update, we’ve expanded our list of publication types (more than 30!) and made the processes of choosing a type smarter. We’ve also introduced a new concept of keywords. In addition to well-written desciptions and titles, keywords will help search engines better understand your publications. Together, types and keywords make your publications easier to find.
Improved Navigation
We’re constantly looking for ways to help people move through the site. Making it easier for folks to figure out where they are, when they’re dropped into the middle of the site by a search engine means more traffic for you and your publications. That’s why we made the site header bolder and easier to understand at a glance. With the new header, users will always know exactly where they are!
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Of course, you know that more updates are already in the pipeline … so keep checking here for the latest news! And keep the great feedback flowing! We’re always interested in what you think and how you use the site.

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