Add Multiple Uploaded Files to a Binder

September 4, 2013

You can now add multiple uploaded files to a binder at the same time.  This should make it much faster to build binders with files from your local PC or school network.

DashboardTo use this new feature, go to your “My Binders” page and click on “My Uploaded Files” in the dashboard on the left.

You can upload your files there and then use the check boxes on the left to check all the files that you want to add to a binder.

Once you have selected the files that you want in a binder, click “Add to Binder” above the file list.

Checking off binders

You will see a “LiveBinder It” interface pop up with a list of your selected file names.  You can add the files to main tabs or subtabs by clicking on the appropriate selection and then clicking “Add to Binder.”

LiveBinder It interface

Thank you to those of you who requested this feature!


Our iPad App V1.4 is Now Available on iTunes

August 22, 2013

Our iPad app V 1.4 offers a few new features.LiveBinders iPad App V1.4

  • 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:

http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/app?showsubtab=app


Edit Menu Windows

July 23, 2013

We just changed the way the edit menus work on LiveBinders.  You can now switch tabs when you have an edit menu open. So if you are in one tab and change the tab color, you can now switch to another tab and change the tab color without closing the menu.  This should help you edit a binder more quickly and easily.

menu_feature

We have been constantly improving our editing capability and we hope this latest change makes it just a little easier for you to build your binders!


Google Search

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!

Google search bar


LiveBinders Outage

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.


An Easier Way to Add Embed Codes

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.

The only limitation is that we can’t use embed codes that have javascript, so, sadly, we can’t embed Pinterest boards yet.

Adding embed codes

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 feedback@livebinders.com.


An Easier Way to Change Your Binder Cover

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.

Selecting a Binder Cover

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!


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