Improved Text Editor

We've updated the toolbar for the text editor in simplebooklet. Now when you double tap on any text on your page, the toolbar will automatically appear along the top of the page.

This should make it easier to edit text and apply styles and formatting.

We've also improved a number of database functions in the app behind the scenes to improve your simplebooklet responsiveness and load times.

New Features for September

We've rolled out new features for our Starter, Pro, and Business plans.

For All Plans:

Default Settings - on your dashboard you now have the option to set up default variables that get applied across all of your simplebooklets. You can set your contact information, google analytics ID, logo, and search availability status. These default variables will get applied across all your booklets and any new booklets you create. You can override any of them directly by editing the content in a simplebooklet.

3dcart - sell products on 3dcart? now you can embed those products in a simplebooklet page. Your customers will be able to select quantity, color,and more, then add them directly to your store cart on 3dcart right from your simplebooklet. Its a great way to make a landing page or microsite that focuses on one or two products from your inventory.

Website URL Linking - Expanding on the ability to add a weblink to any element or creating a link hotspot on your page, you now have 3 options for how that link is opened. You can choose to open the link in a new tab, open the link in your current tab (which would replace the booklet in the browser tab with that webpage), or you can have that link open in a lightbox. The lightbox will open as a fullscreen overlay on top of your simplebooklet. This is a great way to show a simplebooklet embedded in another simplebooklet, or a form from another webpage, while ensuring that the reader doesn't leave your booklet.

Variables in Text - You can now display the default setting variables inside text elements. Highlight some text in your textbox and use the variables button in the text tools to automatically select some of the variable settings to replace that text. It's a great way to personalize content that is used for templates or copies. It will take the contact information found in your Contact menu or default settings and automatically replace the content in that text box.

For Business Plans:

Team Accounts - We've made it much easier to set up and manage team accounts. These are accounts that you, as the admin account, can create, manage, and populate with copies of your booklets. Under the new team account menu, you can add a new team account user (the user will receive an email inviting them to access their new account). You can import multiple booklets at once into the team member's account using the import tool. Team accounts are useful for anyone managing a sales team, franchises, client accounts, and travel agents. Each team account has the same features you find in a PRO plan.

Team Account Variables - You can set the default variable settings for each team account. When you import a booklet from your admin account into the team account, it will automatically update the copied booklet with the team account default information. This is terrific for personalizing booklets to the team account user.

We've got more features rolling out shortly, so stay tuned.

Forms

We've just released a new feature. Prebuilt form code blocks.

You can drag a preformatted form onto any simplebooklet page. These forms have all the fields required to capture feedback from customers. They can be resized, styled with the element toolbar, and even edited with the text editor.

You set the email address that completed forms get sent, plus a copy of completed forms are saved in your LEADS menu found on your dashboard (which can be exported in xls format).

We have a number of different form blocks you can choose from, so just drag one onto your page and try it for yourself. It's a terrific way to engage with customers and build leads.

Instagram

Its just a start, but we've added a new way to make a microsite. You can now import your posts from Instagram, select only those you want to display, and get a microsite automatically created for you. You'll be able to create compelling microsite presentation from your posts, then enhance each page with more content, videos, audio narration, buttons, and more.

We think it's a great way to create compelling content from your Instagram feed and leverage it to so many more communication channels you have.

New Dashboard, Integrations, and WIX Plugin

We've got some big updates for June. They include a new dashboard experience, a new WIX plugin experience, and a few new Google Drive integrations.

New Dashboard

We've redesigned the dashboard of simplebooklet to make it easier to make a new microsite and access your existing microsites. We've also improved accessibility to your account information and the other tools you use to promote your business.

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We are launching over the next month a number of new video tutorials as well to help you learn about all the features you can take advantage of on simplebooklet.

Wix Plugin

We've made some big improvements to our WIX integration, making it much easier to convert and manage simplebooklet's on your WIX page. The new Wix Plugin supports more file types to convert and improves the tool access for managing existing embedded simplebooklets.

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Google Drive Integrations

You can now add a Google Sheets or Google Slides presentation as a button on your page. When your reader taps the button, it will launch a lightbox to give your reader access to that spreadsheet or slide presentation.

Videos

We've added a new feature that allows you to embed a video you have stored in your Google Drive account. By connecting your Google Drive account in the Video tool in the EDIT tab, you can add your video to your simplebooklet page. No more requirement to have the video on Youtube or Vimeo.

We'll be launching some more new features in July so stay tuned.

Embed Code and Lead Gate Updates

We've just rolled some new updates to our embed code and lead gate.

Embed Code

You can now add the zoom/shrink button to both your embedded booklets and your lightbox fullscreen booklets. This means a viewer can zoom and pan your pages scaled in and out both on your website page and when they open it in the fullscreen lightbox view.

You can also choose to open your embedded booklet either as a lightbox or as a new tab in the browser. By default it opens as a lightbox that fills the entire screen with an opaque black background. When you choose to open the fullscreen view in a new tab, it opens it with all the microsite customization for your booklet that you did in the DESIGN tab.

To configure these settings, go to the PUBLISH tab > Select EMBED ON WEBSITES > then toggle on the menu options for Magnify Buttons and Fullscreen Open Fullscreen As Tab.

Lead Gate

The lead gate that requires a viewer to enter some personal information before being able to view your content now has a new field. You can now select to collect the customers Business Name. To add the business name requirement, you can do the following:

Open your booklet in the DESIGN tab > Tap POPUPS > LEAD GATE > check the box beside Business Name.

Google Forms and Fullscreen

We've released two new features for your simplebooklet microsites: Google Forms integration and Fullscreen views from your embedded simplebooklets.

Google Forms

You can add a Google Form to your simplebooklet page. This places a custom labelled button on your page that when pressed, opens your Google Form in a lightbox window. Your visitor can fill out your form and the information will be captured to your Google account and recorded in your simplebooklet lead activity. You can have multiple forms on a page and across pages.

Adding a Google Form

First, you want to create your form in your Google drive account. Once it's created, you can add it to your simplebooklet microsite from the EDIT tab.

  1. Select the Integrations Menu, then select Google Forms.
  2. Log into your Google Account
  3. Select your Google Form from the pulldown select menu.
  4. Label your button.
  5. Add your form to your page.

Your form button will appear in the middle of your page. You can then drag it anywhere on your page and use the style tools to give it a border color, drop shadow and more custom design features.

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Preview your booklet to see the form in action as it appears in a lightbox overlaying your page.

Fullscreen

The fullscreen button in the embed menu now keeps your visitor on your site. Previously, it would trigger a new browser tab to view your booklet. Now, when a visitor taps the fullscreen button, your booklet will open in a lightbox overlay that covers the entire screen. They can flip through your simplebooklet and then tap the escape key and return to your page.

Additional Updates

As always, we continue to make improvements to the user interface, with updates to the dashboard and microsite tools and functionality.

New Replace Booklet Tool

We've released a new feature to make replacing the booklet in your microsite much easier. This has been a frequently requested features. It will allow you to do the following:

  1. Replace the current booklet with a new booklet.
  2. Keep all the customization you did on the microsite in the DESIGN tab.
  3. Keep the Weblink and embed code working on all locations.
  4. Keep the historical analytics and stats captured on this microsite and continue to build on them.

This is very useful if you:

  1. Have a weekly flyer that you want to update on a regular basis but keep the weblink address unchanged.
  2. Update a presentation or slide deck that keeps the same weblink and all of the microsite design features.
  3. Work on your booklet in Google Slides or Google Docs and use the Add On to update the microsite version of your slides or docs.
  4. Update a directory with new content while keep the weblink the same.

There are two ways to replace the simplebooklet in your microsite.

  1. From your dashboard, tap the replace button of the microsite you want to replace. You will be asked to upload a new file which will be converted and placed in your microsite.
  2. From Google Slides or Google Docs in your ADD ON menu, you can use the make a microsite to replace the slides or doc in a microsite you already created with the same document.

So, now instead of having to upload the same file and make a brand new microsite and configure it all again, you can just replace the booklet in the microsite you already have.

This should make it much easier to manage your various microsites on simplebooklet.

Page Narration and More

We've just released a big update to bring more engagement to your booklets; per page narration.

Page Narration

What this means is you can now record up to a 2 minute audio clip for each page in your simplebooklet. This audio can either be triggered by the person reading your page or you can set it to auto play on page open.

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Page narration means you'll be able to:

  1. Narrate a powerpoint, slides, or keynote presentation to give your audience context to what's on the slide.
  2. Highlight content on a page that you think is relevant.
  3. Expand on the content on a page.
  4. Reveal information that is complimentary to the page being viewed.
  5. Turn a brochure or flyer into an audio book like experience.

Check out this example to see page narration in action.

Also, we'll be sending you a new monthly email that highlights the organic traffic your simplebooklet has generated through Google searches. It will give you a good sense of how effective your SEO enhancements in your booklet are in driving discovery of your content through Google.

Collaboration and Team Members

You can now work together on simplebooklet. Connect to other PRO account holders or create team member accounts in your BOSS and BUSINESS plans.

There are two ways to collaborate on simplebooklet.

Team Member Accounts

If you are a BOSS or BUSINESS plan, you can make team accounts and manage all content created in that account. As the Administrator, you own this account. You provide your team member account with their login credentials and can delete their account at anytime. The team member does not pay for their account.

Connected Accounts

Any account can be connected in simplebooklet. Each connected account is independent of the other account and gives access or gains access to the other account. PRO plans and higher can request access to another account. Free plans can only give access to their current account dashboard. Each account requires it's own subscription to collaborate with one another.

When accounts collaborate, one account can access, edit, and manage all aspects of the simplebooklets and collections in that connected or team member account. The connector account can also copy a booklet from their account into the connected account.