We’re excited to announce more new features in Flip!

Including:

  1. a new home page design,
  2. support for links in PDF documents, and
  3. a number of usability improvements in the document management and provisioning areas.

Below you will find more detailed information.

Nomenclature:

We’ve changed the nomenclature for Salons.  Salons are now know as Communities.

The place where your documents are stored prior to being placed into a Community is now known as your Repository.

New Home Page Design:

As part of our implementation of folders, it was necessary to reorganize the user and community home pages.  We added some important metrics that allow you to view summary statistics for the activity in a Community or document without actually entering the Community or document.

On the user home page, there are now metrics for numbers of activities, active members and active documents in a given community.   On the Community home page for each document there are now metrics indicating numbers of comments, replies, starred items and active members. (This is very handy to “catch up” on what’s been transpiring in conversation since your last visit.)

PDF Links:

We now support links in PDF documents.  If you upload a PDF, Flip will recognize any links inside the document.  Flip supports both links to pages within the document, such as would be in a table of contents and also links to external resources.  Clicking on one of these links brings up a quick menu that allows you to follow the link.  For internal links, following will jump to the specified page, and for external links, the specified resource will be opened in a new browser tab.

New Navigation Bar:

We have moved the navigation bar to the left side and included a new menu link for account settings.

Folder Support:

By popular request, it’s now possible to organize your content (PDF documents, videos, and external links) into folders.  This can be done both within a Community (formerly known as a Salon) and in your document list (now known as your Repository).

There are controls to create folders, move documents and folders around, and even to add an entire folder of content to a Community in one operation.  This latter feature is very useful when creating multiple “sections” of a class with identical content, but different members.

For admins – Multiple document uploads:

It’s now possible to upload multiple documents from the same folder in one operation.  Simply use the Command (Mac) or Control (Windows) keys and click on the set of documents, then click the button to start the upload.

For admins – Multiple user operations:

For client administrators, it’s now possible to create multiple user accounts in one operation.  First copy the two columns of data from a spreadsheet or table for the set of users you wish to add (first column email, second column name).  Then, using Command-V (Mac)  or Control-V (Windows), paste the data into the user account creation box.  The box will expand to accommodate the full list.  Then, click the create button.  Once this operation is complete, you’ll be able to add the full list of users you just created to a Community in single operation as well.  In addition, you’ll also be able to send your newly created users a welcome email noting the email address they should use to login to Flip and how to set their initial password.

For Community (formerly know as Salon) owners, it’s now possible to add a list of emails to a Community in a single operation.  First copy the column of data containing the emails from a spreadsheet or table for the set of users you wish to add.  Then, using Command-V (Mac)  or Control-V (Windows), paste the data into the user account creation box.  The box will expand to accommodate the full list.  Then, click the add button.

We appreciate your comments and will continue to look for ways to further improve Flip.

Thank you for supporting Flip.

Flip is a collaborative cloud based learning platform that allows

controlled sharing and social annotation of documents, e-books and videos.