Things are moving apace in the world of Buzzword. First, it’s worth noting that we have a new domain name. Buzzword is now on its namesake domain – www.buzzword.com. Please update your bookmark, if you’ve set one.
In fact, you may have arrived at our old blog URL, but this blog can also be accessed via http://blog.buzzword.com. We have also moved our old company site, www.virtub.com, to http://about.buzzword.com.
And, as of yesterday morning, Buzzword itself has been updated. This is our sixth release in as many months; this latest version consists of a set of features almost exclusively requested by users – including word count, hyperlinks, and support for special characters.
Buzzword now counts your words as you write, so you’ll always have an up-to-date count. Students frequently need a word count for essays, journalists for articles or the rest of us for more everyday tasks (”Tell us in 25 words or less…”).You’ll see the number in the lower right portion of the sharing bar, next to the History icon.
Hyperlinks and Buzzword Document URLs
Hyperlinks within web documents – what a concept! It took a while, but Buzzword now allows you to enter hyperlinks for regular web addresses (www, http, https), mail to: addresses, and ftp. For example, we can link directly to the Buzzword discussion forum (forum.buzzword.com) or create a mailing link for feedback.
To complement the hyperlink feature, each Buzzword document now shows its address in your browser when the document is open. You can copy and paste this URL into an email or IM, or another document.
For example, you might want to remind reviewers to take another look at your document via email, giving them a link. The same sharing rules apply; users will need to sign in to Buzzword before they can see the document. Even though it’s possible to forward an email with the document URL, no one can access the document unless you have shared the document with that person. Another use for a document URL is to link to a Buzzword document within a Buzzword document, creating an inter-related set of documents.
Need to enter the Euro sign? Maybe a copyright symbol? Special characters are now included in Preview 6.
Units of Measure
Centimeters are now part of Buzzword. You can now select centimeters or points (in addition to inches) to display measurements in the Page Setup dialog; the ruler and dimensioners when resizing images or table columns/rows will display in the units you’ve selected as well.
Getting Images into Buzzword
Preview 6 has made it easier to copy images and paste them into Buzzword. You can now copy images from web sites or other sources and paste them into Buzzword. Please see the Help file for more details.
Sharing documents just became even easier
Buzzword has always made it easy to share documents with colleagues or teachers. Now we’ve made it easier to enter email addresses in the Share dialog box. If your sharing list has grown quite long it can take a while to scroll through the list and find the people you want. Preview 6 lets you type the first letter of the email address, and then shows you the first person in the list who matches that letter.
Did you know… Buzzword offers a drop down of “known” collaborators, though you can add others by entering an email address. Your remembered set of collaborators in Buzzword is automatically generated as the list of people with whom you are currently sharing documents, in any role on any document in your organizer.
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Your comments, ideas and suggestions are invaluable! We’re very interested in your feedback – not just the good news, but any areas you think we need to improve. Please let us know what you think by either sending email to email@example.com or visiting our forum at forum.buzzword.com.