Okay, we've been busy. We're rolling a new update that adds new features and improves existing ones.
We have completely rebuilt the way images are handled in your booklet pages. Now you can upload an image from your computer or from a link on the web. This is handy for pulling in images from various cloud drives or web sources you have access.
You also add and manage your images differently than you did in the past. Now, you select an image block from the image menu and drag it onto your page. You can select from:
- Small - this is an image that is optimized for 240 pixels wide.
- Medium - this is an image that is optimized for 600 pixels wide.
- Large - this is an image that is optimized for 800 pixels wide.
- Fit To Page - this will scale the image to fit within your page.
Select an image block that is closest to the size of the image you want on your page. This will allow us to better optimize your image for clarity and size so your booklet loads faster and still looks great. You can still resize the image on the page once it's there, but this will help optimize that image closer to your intended use.
Images will not scale beyond their natural size (except in the fit to page image block) so the quality of your image doesn't degrade.
Double tap on the image placeholder to replace the image placeholder and upload your own image.
When you drag an image block over to your page, it is represented with an image placeholder. By double clicking on the image placeholder, you will reveal the image toolbar.
Tap the replace button. This will open the upload menu to select and upload a new image.
You can upload an image from your device or from a weblink to an image somewhere on the internet. You can also open tap the folder icon to access images you've already uploaded previously to your simplebooklet account. This is great for images you use often, like logos.
The new image will resize the image to fit within the constraints of the image box.
You can also add alternative text to the image to ensure that your images are also available to screen readers.
We've also included image templates (and will add more soon). These are pre-formatted layouts of images and text combined to help speed the creation of pages in your booklets. These include an image and a text block, both of which you can edit.
The new image functionality has allowed us to add clipart to our Content tools. These are SVG images that can be scaled to any size without losing their quality. You can drag and drop any clipart item onto your page, then resize and rotate it to fit your page. You can even overlay text boxes to provide additional information in the clipart (like badges).
Clipart is also very useful for creating your own buttons. By using the element toolbar link function and the style toolbar, you can make engaging buttons that trigger an action you want to happen when the reader taps on your new button.
The old shapes tool has also moved into the clipart menu. You drag a shape onto your page, then resize it and layer it on your page, then use the style tools to change it's background color and other style features.
We've added a few more controls in the booklet settings menu. These tools allow you to universally apply certain settings to all your existing and future booklets (they set booklet defaults so you don't have to every time you create a booklet).
New features include:
- Ability to set the visibility of your booklets to search engines (basic subscription required).
- Ability to set your logo for all new booklets (pro subscription required).
When you use a booklet setting, you can still override them on a per booklet basis. Just open the booklet and modify that particular setting.
Odds and Ends
We've also added a few more improvements during all of this work.
- Two new text blocks to add to your page.
- Improved naming to the menus in the Content Tab.
- Moved shapes into the clipart menu.
- Changed the Advanced tool name to Code.
- Changed the toolbar buttons to squares and moved the element buttons to the top left corner of the content element.
- Bug fixes, so many bug fixes.