Recently we received a support question from a college professor who wanted to “meet students where they are” and was asking how to best optimize her binders for viewing on mobile devices. We thought this would be a great post to share with you.
Viewing binders with our mobile app vs mobile browser:
Anyone can view a binder without needing to sign up for a LiveBinders account, however, you need an account if you are having your viewers viewing your binder from our App.
So unless you want your viewers to also create binders, we recommend letting them view your binder through the browser on their mobile device instead of using our App. They can then save that link to their device’s home screen to easily return to it when needed. The binder will always update with the latest content every time they click on it from their device. To access your binder from their device, you can email them the link to your binder or host it on your website.
The other option is to create a QR code for your binder (available in your LiveBinders editor. See “Content>QR Code” button options), and they can scan it and have it saved in their QR code app.
FYI – If you are making the binder private, be sure to create a private access key so they can view the binder.
Hiding tabs for more viewing space:
When viewing a binder on a phone the tabs will always appear to the left – regardless of how you set it – so that there is more viewing space for the content. However, you can create more space by clicking the arrow icon located to the right of the first tab that will give your viewers the option to hide or display the tabs on the left. Be sure to let them know when you share your binder.
Launching content full screen:
Any content that you link or upload to a binder tab can always be viewed outside of the binder – your audience just needs to click on the URL provided at the top of the tab so they can view it full screen. We recommend launching the file full screen for the best viewing experience.
Tab layout recommendations:
You can choose a text layout option that lets you write content next to the resource that you are adding to your binder. When viewing on a phone device, the appearance will be vertically displayed rather than side by side.
If you choose text/media, the main body text will appear before the media file that you add or upload.
If you select media/text the media file will appear before the text content.
For a better viewing experience on the phone, we recommend adding any text in its own tab and any supporting material that you upload as subtabs so they can be viewed full screen.
Uploading Word Doc or PDFs:
When viewing files in a binder from a laptop we usually recommend clicking on the URL provided at the top of the tab page so that the file opens full screen. iOS and Android will treat each one differently.
iOS – Will give you the option to “view” or “download” a Word or PDF file. We recommend “view” unless they specifically have an App that can run both files.
Android – for either Microsoft or PDFs the file will download and will give the viewer the choice to pick an App to view the file in.
Hopefully these tips are useful for you. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us to help you at support @ livebinders.