Our New Annotation Interface

To all of our newcomers on the site, “Welcome!”, and to those of you who have been with us for a while, it’s great to see you again. I’m writing up this short post to let you know some details about our new annotation interface that went live today. So, let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why we went with this new change.

For Smoother Reading

First of all, we wanted to ensure that the annotations were easy to read. You’ll notice that the size of the text is larger and that the font is easier to read. We’ve also kept the text aligned to the left-hand margin to account for users with reading complications like dyslexia. Nobody likes those rivers of text swimming in front of their eyes!

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Desktop view of new annotation pane

Additionally, we’ve provided you with a new way of organizing the annotation. No longer do you need to click on selections to read the annotations. Now you can simply use the left and right arrows in the annotation pane to go through the paragraph and get all of those interesting facts and analyses that you came to us for.

For Easier Annotating

Next, we wanted to make creating annotations easier on all devices. While you can still create annotations by highlighting a portion of text and clicking the icon to add your own, we’ve added a new button to the annotation interface for you. When you open an annotation to read, you’ll see an Add New Annotation button clearly displayed in the top right:

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Landscape view on an iPhone 6

This will allow you to create your own personal annotation (or choose to make it public!) on the same highlighted text as the one you were reading. For our mobile users, this was a much needed improvement, as clicking and dragging on our phones was getting a little cumbersome.

For Better Collaborating

Finally, we wanted to make it easy for you to share annotations and selections with your friends, peers, and students. There are new buttons below the text in each annotation that will allow you to copy the URL to the annotation, share it on select social media channels, or email it to a friend.

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Landscape view on iPad

You can even click to like annotations that you find helpful! We encourage you to share your thoughts, share annotations you find valuable, and promote the value of inspirational quotes across the web.

As always, we are open to any feedback, suggestions, or comments you are willing to share! Either leave a comment, or contact us at support@owleyes.org. Happy reading!

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