Alice and James have been extremely busy.
First, James sent round an e-mail detailing 30 improvements he’d made to BERG Remote (where Little Printer owners configure their subscriptions) and to the developer tools (where Little Printer publishers test their publications). Alice followed up with an e-mail listing a further 21 changes. That’s 51 tweaks and improvements! See? Busy.
These changes were made for a number of reasons. Some were new features. Some were bug fixes. Others improve the user experience. Some are hidden, and make things faster, better, more reliable and more secure.
Here’s just a few of them.
When you scroll through our ever-growing list of publications, the ones you’re already subscribed to are clearly marked.
If you’re curious about a particular title, we’ll now show you a preview of the publication. You can still send a test print to your Little Printer, but you don’t have to!
You can now allow friends and family to send messages to you. Insert their e-mail address and we’ll do the rest — we’ll send them an e-mail giving them limited access to BERG Remote, where they’ll be able to compose and send messages direct to your Little Printer.
Then there’s the big Developer Tool news.
The publication submission and approval process is now up and running. It includes a checklist, so you can check that everything that needs to be done has, indeed, been done.
Several people have noticed this already and submitted their publications. Like Roy Lines, who’s put together a very cool series displaying the work of Victorian England’s most celebrated nonsense jockey, Edward Lear.
Roy has also come up with some code “that makes the process of creating a node.js based webservice for Little Printer publications trivial”. The code is open source, and available through NPM and github. You can read about it on his blog. We love it when people do this sort of thing!
If you’re ready to submit your publication, now’s the time to do it, as we’re shipping in a few weeks. This will put your publication in front of people as Little Printer starts to arrive in their homes. We’ll check things over and provide feedback if necessary.
And then, if everything’s OK, we’ll put your publication live, where it’ll be available through the Remote app we’ve talked so much about.