MedZed: LiveBinders and Virtual Training

On our recent podcast we featured LiveBinders’ curators Dana Yousef and Esther Benons from MedZed, a telehealth company that works with high risk patients in their homes. Their nurses and physicians work both virtually and in person with their patients. Their use of LiveBinders within their Microsoft Teams portal has made training easier for everyone. In this highlight clip from the podcast, Esther shares her insight about how they meet the training requirements of different staff members in a post-COVID workplace using LiveBinders.

Introducing Base Tabs!

Main Sub and Base tabsWe are very pleased to be introducing what is, by far, the most requested LiveBinders’ feature – an additional level of tabs that we are calling base tabs!

This is a feature that is available only to our subscribers, so this may be a good time to upgrade. Educators can get a subscription for as little as $14.95 a year.

To find out more about how this feature works, please check out our newly updated help page.

Thank you to everyone who requested this feature. It took us a while to implement, but your emails and tweets were great encouragement!

Add Multiple Uploaded Files to a Binder

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!

A Sneak Peak at Our New Editor

We love how LiveBinders has grown.  All the feature requests you have sent our way have made LiveBinders a much better product.  With all these new features, we still want to keep LiveBinders as simple as possible, so we recently redesigned the editor to make it easier use.

This release will go live Sunday May 5; here are some highlights:

  • New editor layout
  • Simple Dropbox integration
  • Easy QR code insertion  into your binder
  • PDF files in the binder will no longer be displayed on top of the edit window
  • File uploads can now be done as links in a text layout

There are screenshots below.  If you are going to be teaching a class on LiveBinders soon, please let us know by sending email to feedback@livebinders.com – we can give you early access so that you can adjust your training materials.

Restore a Binder and Binder Cover Changes

We have two recent changes at LiveBinders.  The first is a way to recover your binder if you delete it by accident, and the second is an update to how to create binder covers.

Recover a Deleted Binder

Trash Can IconTo undelete a binder, just look for the trashcan icon in your Dashboard to the left of your “My Binders” page.  Click on that icon and it will take you to a list of binders that you deleted in the last 30 days.  Please note that those binders will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

If you click on the “Undelete” link for the binder that you wish to restore, the binder will be placed back on your “My Binders” shelf.  Please note that binders are restored as “private” binders.  If you want the binder to be “public”, you will need to go back into the binder in Edit mode and change the access.

Changes to Binder CoversBinder Icon

Thumbshots.com was a service we had used to create default images for your binder cover from website links in your binder.  But Thumbshots.com only worked with the top-level domain, so the cover often didn’t look like the link that was in the binder.  We have stopped using Thumbshots, so you will now see a blank binder cover in its place.

You can create a graphical binder cover using one of these methods:

  1. Go to our Flickr search tool under “Insert Media” and search for a creative commons image.  When you find one that you want, click on it to insert it in your current tab.  Then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.
  2. If you use an embedded YouTube video from our YouTube search tool under “Insert Media” you can use the thumbnail of the video as your binder cover as well.  Just insert the video in the tab, then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.
  3. You can create your own binder cover from an uploaded .jpg or .gif file.  Please make sure you have copyright authorization before uploading any file to LiveBinders.  Upload the file to a tab, then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.  The images can be any size, but work best if they are square.  Also, if you are a subscriber, make sure the image is uploaded as a “public” file.

We are working on many more exciting features at LiveBinders, but just wanted to let you know about these two housekeeping items!

Search Within a Binder

We have a new feature in LiveBinders that you may notice right away when you open a binder.  On the top bar is the ability to search within a binder.

Search field and results

This feature currently only searches tab names,.  We will eventually add the ability to search other content within the binder, but this should be enough to get you started.

This feature currently only works in “Play” mode and not in “Edit” or “Present” modes.

Thanks so much to everyone who requested this feature!  We really appreciate your feedback.

Change Your Background and Default Tab Colors

binder_propertiesWe continue to have lots of fun changes happening at LiveBinders!  We now let you change your default tab and background colors to any color you like.

To change colors, go into your binder in Edit mode. Under “Binder Properties” you will see selections for setting the default tab and background colors.

If you have an existing binder with an older theme, you will need to change the theme to “Custom”. You can still use our older color themes, but you will not be able to change individual tab and background colors while using those themes.

Enjoy!

Red tabs with yellow background

I’ll have those tabs on the side please!

We have had many, many requests to have those tabs on the side instead of on the top.  Well we now are pleased to announce that now you can have it your way!

Select the view of your binder with a pull-down “View” at the top.  We will soon have sharing options available for tabs on the side, but for now, we would like you to try it out and tell us what you think.

Tabs on the side

Android App

LiveBinder icon on the AdroidThe first version of our Android app is here!  It doesn’t do much yet, but the important thing is that you can now use ‘LiveBinder It’ on the Android. The two features of our app are:

  • Install ‘LiveBinder It’ in the share options of the Android
  • Install on icon on the desktop that allows you to launch LiveBinders in the browser

The app isn’t yet on the Google Marketplace, so you will need to download it from our site here.

New Version of LiveBinders iPad App

Our LiveBinders iPad app has been very popular and we love the input that everyone has given us on the app.  This version takes care of two of the most requested features:

  1. Display the app in both profile and landscape
  2. Edit/play/present binders from inside the app

We are still working on the app, so please keep those requests coming!

Multi-File Upload is Here!

click on My Uploaded Files to go to multi-file uploadOne of the huge advantages of using LiveBinders is the ability to upload files from your computer and combine them with web links in a single unified context. But, unfortunately, you had to upload one file at a time – until now!

To upload multiple files to LiveBinders, go to your “My Binders” page and click on “My Uploaded Files” on the dashboard.  This is where you can upload multiple files and as well as manage the files you have already uploaded.

Once you have uploaded files from that page, you can add them to your binders in one of two ways:

  1. On that same upload page, you can check the files you want to add and then click on the “Add To Binder…” link above the file list. This will open up multiple instances of “LiveBinder It” – one for each file.  (We know this interface is not perfect and we will improve it in future releases.)
    Add to binder link
  2. From inside your binder, go to Edit Menu > Insert Media > All My Tabs, and you can search for your files there. When you click on your file in this interface, it will be inserted in the current tab.
    Edit menu showing All My Tabs

Thank you to everyone who requested this feature!

The Hunt for “Clear Tab” is Over!

Speaking of our great community, I was on the phone the other day with one of our customers and she asked how to clear the content out of a tab.  I told her where to find the “clear” link and she said, “well that doesn’t belong there.”  She was right!  I’m so glad she brought that up. So we have moved “Clear tab contents” to where it belongs – under both the drop down tab menu and the edit tab menu pictured below:

We learn so much every time we talk to you. Thank you for being a great PLN!

Changes to the Editor/Player on Their Way

We would like to share some more changes to LiveBinders that will be released in the next couple of weeks. We didn’t want to surprise those of you who are teaching classes on LiveBinders.

1. More Readable Tabs
The most significant change is that main tabs will now be of a variable width and will overflow to multiple rows. We had lots of requests from our community to make those tabs more visible and to have the overflow go to multiple rows. We are listening!

2. More Share Options
We have moved all of the share options from the bottom of the binder to the top of the binder. This provides a cleaner look to your binder and lets us fit in more ways to share binders. We now include Pinterest and Google+ in the share options.

3. Better Rating System
We are switching our rating system over to “useful” instead of using the star rating system. With our old star rating system, it wasn’t clear how many people had rated the binder, so the stars didn’t provide enough information on the value of the binder to the community. We believe that seeing how many people find a binder useful will be an easier way to judge its potential value to you. We have added the ability to sort by the most useful binder ratings as well!

A big thanks to those of you in our community who suggested these enhancements. Also a big thanks to Dean Mantz, Dawn Wall, and Mike Fisher for reviewing, refining, and testing these new features!

If you are teaching classes on LiveBinders, feel free to contact us at any time to find out what changes are in the works. We love hearing from you!