Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New! Paper.li dashboard, optimized mobile experience and a fresh new look

Today we are thrilled to announce the release of new version of Paper.li. This latest release is designed to bring publishers numerous benefits such as increased efficiency in curation, promotion and customization and deliver an optimized viewing experience for readers across tablets and mobile devices.

The new version of Paper.li sports an all-around cleaner, more streamlined and modern look and feel. We're really excited about these new features and think you will be too.

Publishers using the free service have been automatically switched to the new version and any papers created from here out will also boast the new look and feel.

All existing Pro publishers will have thirty days to manually switch their papers over to the newest version of Paper.li. You can read more about making the switch here.

New sidebar menu, increased productivity

The biggest boost in this release is the complete redesign of the publisher's dashboard with time saving forefront and center.  Now publishers can add a source, edit content and customize a paper without ever leaving the front page of a Paper.li. If you've been publishing with us for any amount of time, you'll appreciate this improvement.

A simple to navigate right-hand side sidebar menu gives you access to all your paper's settings in once place and a left sidebar provides access to your account settings, favorites and papers.

This new logic not only provides better transparency over settings and options, but helps you publish content easier and faster, shaving minutes off your daily routine.

Mobile optimization, stickier reading experience 

While most publishers use the Paper.li desktop app to curate and edit their papers, close to half of daily readers visit Paper.lis from mobile devices. We expect this figure to grow blow through the roof this year so we've begun the first of a series of improvements for mobile readers. 

For phones we've redesigned the experience to draw readers to your strongest content, your headline articles. Topic section content easily accessible via expandable sections and video and image viewing has been vastly improved by displaying them to readers with a horizontal swipe instead of a vertical scroll. 

On tablets our responsive design allows for optimal viewing across all sizes of screens and the new sidebar menu offers ultra simplified access to paper settings. Now you can curate and promote with ease on the go.

Fresh look and feel, cleaner design

With our last paper refresh taking place well over a year ago, it was time for a paper "pick me up".  You told us that you'd be open to changes without changing the overall look and feel too much, so we made some subtle changes to give your paper a visual boost.

So what's new?

The overall layout of the paper has been updated to carry a softer, more modern look and feel.

One of the most noticeable enhancements is a new "sticky" topics bar that displays all papers sections for that edition. The topics bar remains in a fixed position as your readers scroll down your page, guiding your readers better through your content and lending to an overall better reading experience. 

Share buttons have been relocated to the lefthand side of your paper, making it faster and easier for readers to share your paper.

We've also put more emphasis on the publisher profile and ad units have been readjusted to align better down the right hand side of the paper. Take a look and I'm sure you'll find some other nice enhancements as well.

Let us know what you think!

We're really excited about this new release and we're curious to hear what you and your readers think. Your feedback, ideas and opinions help shape the service so don't be shy! Leave us a note below or Tweet us @Smallrivers with your feedback or questions. We look forward to hearing from you!