This week the H2O team is releasing an update that will expand your options for printing playlists and other content from H2O. Up until now, your only option has been to print directly from the web browser, with limited capabilities for reformatting or restyling content.
H2O’s forthcoming changes will allow you to export a playlist, or any portion of a playlist, as a Microsoft Word file. This will enable you to edit content or modify styles within Word before printing or converting to PDF. If you prefer to print directly from the web browser, that capability remains.
New Print Header
The H2O print header has been revamped as part of the changes to print.
You must first be logged in before you can export, since H2O emails a link to the exported content to the email address associated with your account once it’s ready.
After clicking the print button on the right side of the screen when viewing a playlist or piece of content, you will be taken to the print preview & new print header:
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style presets allow you to toggle between predetermined collections of print settings – such as ‘classic’ and ‘modern’ – if you wish to use a default set rather than modifying the settings individually.
style settings allow you to customize individual style elements before export.
→ TOC is table of contents: the number selected determines the depth of the TOC you wish to output (i.e., 5 will output a TOC that is 5 levels deep).
→ Margins are the four settings on the right side: left, right, top and bottom margins are set here.
→ Para Nos. are paragraph numbers. (Note: paragraph numbers do not carry over to Microsoft Word export at this time.)
annotation settings allow you to dictate how to annotations will appear on the export.
export format is where you select whether you want a Word (.doc) or PDF export.
Printing from Browser
The print preview screen is now a true print preview, meaning the content is not displayed in full in the browser.
If you wish to print from browser, scroll to the bottom of the preview and select “view the rest in your browser”:
As this notes, loading large playlists in your browser may temporarily freeze will working to display all content and annotations. Once this has completed loading, you can select File -> Print in your browser, as was the process previously.
Boston College Associate Professor Brian Quinn has been an H2O user since 2013. He has used H2O to teach his Corporations course for the past two years, but this year he took the Corporations playlist he created in H2O and published it in book form on Amazon and Createspace.
Three-fourths of his class purchased this casebook at a price of $30 each. The book sales produced a royalty of $10.17 a book, all of which professor Quinn has directed toward Boston College’s Public Interest Law Fund.
The H2O team is currently working on tools to make export and print easier for both faculty and student users, so other users can similarly easily export their work to print-on-demand.
With H2O’s re-done annotator tool, the most commonly used annotation – hiding text – is drastically simplified. Previously, the hiding of text required one to highlight the text, name and create a layer, then navigate to the SHOW/HIDE button and hide that layer.
Now, one has to simply select the text they would like hidden, and click the hide-eyeball from the annotator toolbar that appears, and the text is hidden. The difference between these is demo’d here.
The following demonstrates the entire suite of annotations available: hide text, highlight, comment, and link – here!
We’ve been hard at work on H2O, focusing on improving site performance and user experience. Here are some of the improvements we’ve unveiled this summer!
1. Advanced Search
General search, playlist creation and dashboard all now have advanced search capability: results can be filtered by item type, creator, or keyword.
In addition to advanced search sorting, the user dashboard allows users to set their Print Defaults through My Settings. New playlists can also be tagged with “Primary” to further assist sorting.
The annotator tool, used for selecting text to edit (hide, highlight etc.) has been significantly simplified: instead of clicking the first & last word of the section you want to modify, you can now click-and-drag to select the desired text. In addition, item owners (and viewers) now have the option to hide paragraph numbers.
4. Performance improvements & bug fixes
We’ve implemented quite a few improvements and fixes, including deactivating the karma bar & heat map which have given H2O a significant performance boost.
Note: with the annotator change, the way text was layered changed from word-to-word to a full text selection -this allows the click-and-drag that’s now possible.
When this change was implemented, it retained all collages’ layers but toggled the state of any that were “on” (i.e., hidden or highlighted) to off. If you have collages from before this summer’s annotator improvement, this may necessitate re-hiding portions of your collages.
We’re pleased with progress so far and are excited for what’s in store! We appreciate any suggestions as we continue to work on hard enhancing and improving H2O -reach out to us at h2o at cyber.law.harvard.edu !
On April 4th, Adam and Brett from the H2O team presented at LegalEd’s “Igniting Law Teaching” conference. This was a TEDx-styled conference, with presenters given 7 minutes to discuss their topic in a dynamic, energetic style. Brett introduced H2O to those attending, describing it as personal, practical, collaborative and flexible.
Watch the video here!
If you logged into H2O recently you may’ve seen the new home page:
The new home page is simplified, giving snappier access to one’s dashboard, a “get started” button, as well as featured playlists and collages. It also gives a snapshot of the functions that H2O can facilitate. In tandem with additional features and bug fixes this is a part of the Summer 2014 H2O overhaul. Happy playlisting!