August 22, 2013
Our iPad app V 1.4 offers a few new features.
- You can now search for binders from within the app. Just select “Search” from the main menu. This will allow you to find other people’s binders and add them to your shelf using the “Add” menu option in the upper right of the binder.
- You can now upload a single image from your iPad Photo Library directly to your binder.
- You can now select multiple images to upload to the Upload Manager.
- If you are trying to view documents that require a separate log-in, you can now log into 3rd party accounts using the “Web Access” feature on the Main Menu page. It is already set to “gmail.com” so you can log into your Drive account by default, but you can also type in any other website as well.
- You can set your profile picture from your iPad. Go to ”Settings” from the Main menu and select “Profile page.” Then click on the “+” icon at the top to add a photo from your iPad Photo Library.
- You can get instructions on how to add LiveBinder It to your iPad’s Safari browser from “Settings.”
Upgrade your app here:
July 17, 2013
We noticed recently that Google search was giving better results, when trying to find a specific binder, than our own internal search. So we decided to try out Google search as our primary search tool. Please let us know what you think. Does this work for you? Or would you like our original search back? We always want to hear your opinion, so let us know!
July 10, 2013
We had a problem on the website yesterday and this morning. We are going to turn off the thumbnails on the binders until we can get a more permanent fix up on the site this weekend. We apologize for the problems. We are gearing up for fall and expect to have all these issues resolved for you!
Update 7/11/13 5am pdt: After still seeing slowness on the site yesterday, we did some further updates and optimizations last night. We still haven’t turned thumbnails back on. We expect today to be better and have some more complete updates that we will add this weekend. We apologize for the performance problem that you experienced over the last two days! That type of performance not acceptable to us and we are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Update 7/11/13 7am pdt: We still have an issue on the site. If you have a presentation today or an assignment due, please contact us and we will give you a special url to try.
Update 7/14/13 5:00pm pdt: We are working on the servers right now. We are going to put up the maintenance message for approximately an hour. So sorry for the interruption, but this will allow us to get fixes up on the machines much faster.
Update 7/15/13 4:00am pdt: Fixes are in and the servers are live. We will be continuing improvements throughout the week, but we don’t expect any more slowness or downtime. We apologize for this disturbance in the service and promise to do better to keep LiveBinders running for you.
July 6, 2013
We now have an easier way to add embed codes to a binder. This feature was a personal one for me. I archive the links from the #PATUE chat each week and whenever I got a video or Slideshare presentation, I would just groan. It took too many steps to insert the embed codes from these applications in a LiveBinder which was distracting me from the thought-provoking chat – so I just had to fix it. Embed codes were so hard to use that our friend scling created a whole series of binders on this very subject.
But now, we have a much better way to insert embed codes, whether it is from YouTube, Slideshare, Prezi, or any of the other great applications scling has in his binders. Now you just grab the embed code, create a new tab, and insert the embed code under Add Content > Add Other Content > Embed Code.
Here is a binder that shows some of the embed codes that you can use.
Before we had this feature, you had to edit html to add embed codes, which was really hard to explain to people who are not very technical. So this should make it easier for everyone – including me! What can we do to make LiveBinders easier for you to use? Write a comment on this post or send an email to email@example.com.
June 23, 2013
We are always trying to make the process of creating and editing binders smoother and easier for you. We’ve had a lot of input that changing the binder cover was not intuitive, so we have redesigned that interface to make it easier to upload a binder cover or to pick a fun Flickr image to use.
For those of you who are used to having to put your binder cover’s image in a tab first, that is no longer necessary. Just click on “Binder Settings” and then “Update Binder Cover” and use one of the options from that menu.
Here is a quick video on how to change your binder cover:
Please let us know if this works for you. Also please let us know if you think of other ways that we can make binder building a smoother process!
June 21, 2013
We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in the Top 10 contest. We really appreciate the hard work that went into creating and updating your binders to keep them useful and engaging throughout the year – well done!
When we announced the winners during our Knowledge Sharing Place session on Wednesday, we invited the nominees to speak briefly about their binders. It was so interesting to hear how the binders were being used and what design choices were being made. I think it was great to learn how much their binders were appreciated by others.
All of our nominees this year will receive LiveBinder Spotlight bookmarks featuring their binder. Here are some examples of what they will look like from our “Trainers” page.
As always, the 10 winners will have the Top 10 badge on their binder icon and also within their binder. To check out this year’s winners, view the Top 10 shelf from our “Top 10″ tab: http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/top_10?showsubtab=top_10
To view all of the nominees and see an archive video of the event, check out the “Top 10 2013 Contest” binder here:
Congratulations to everyone for another great year! Enjoy your summer!