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UX improvements for curators and more

This release we focused on streamlining lots of existing features and we did some big jobs behind the scenes.

2015.4_blocksCurate improvements

Some highlights for our curators are the possibility to always display a description above a list of links and a simplification of the types of blocks. Links can now be copied using the link menu. Also, by popular demand, we’ve made dragging and dropping of blocks much smoother.

Social

Social SharingCurating links is great, but without sharing who’s going to appreciate all that work. So, we’ve made our sharing buttons simpler and added buttons for e.g. HackerNews and Pinterest as well. When you share a page we even added a higher quality image. Next to that we’ve added the ability to connect your social profiles, making it easier for visitors to verify who you are.

Other changes

  • Moved the whole platform to the Google Cloud
  • Creating image and text blocks not possible anymore
  • Dates and times are displayed simpler
  • Less information needed before you can publish

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4 Responses to UX improvements for curators and more

  1. Robin Good June 3, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Nice additions Robin!

    Happy to see cleaner and more usable elements in the interface and the possibility to show the description for each block.

    Not happy at all that text and image blocks are suddenly gone. I think they had a lot of potential and I had just started exploring some of their possible uses.

    • Daniel Rivero June 3, 2015 at 11:05 am #

      I find myself agreeing with you, Robin. I’ve used text blocks on several of my pages and images as well. We’ll have to see what the future brings about in terms of new experiences within zeef, though.

  2. Henry van der Zwan June 8, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Hoi Robin, dank voor de update. Goed om te weten dat ZEEF er bovenop zit om verbeteringen door te voeren. Naast alle andere features vind ik de overzichtelijkheid en lay out van de website en curatorpagina’s 1 van de meest sterke kenmerken van ZEEF.
    Ik zet op dit moment ook even mijn vraagtekens bij het weghalen van de mogelijkheid om afbeeldingen te plaatsen in een linkblock. Op de juiste manier toegepast voegen deze naar mijn mening waarde toe.

    Hoi Robin, Thanks for the update. Good to know that ZEEF is pushing and striving for improvements. Besides all other features i find the overview en lay out of the website en curator pages one of the most strong features of ZEEF.
    At this moment i (also) question removing the possibility to create images in the linkblocks. Rightly done they add value i think.

  3. klaas July 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    We understand the remarks, but as a company we need to make and show a clear vision. We want people to remember that we make lists and make clear overview on “one” topic. The issue is that text and pictures could help but only if you understand what you are doing. The problem is that pictures can also distract if they are not selected well. We are now fully focused on making a clear directory and overview of links. We are a platform for navigation to the right content not the content itself.

    Hope this explains our choice.

    Greetings,

    Klaas Joosten

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