We’ve got some pretty big (and exciting) news to share with the Squidoo community. We have a brand new lens editing workshop that we’re opening to all lensmasters today.
This new workshop has been in beta for the last few weeks, with about 225 lensmasters having access and reporting back issues and feedback. We’ve made a lot of improvements, and we’re ready for everyone to give it a whirl.
We want lensmasters to give it a good workout… try editing an existing lens, create a news lens, experiment with the modules, arrange your content, add tags and most of all get a feel for the new style.
While the new workshop is in beta, we’ll continue to allow access to the current workshop, and you can switch back and forth as often as you’d like. You’ll see a note on the top of each version of the workshop with a link to switch.
The new workshop’s layout has been completely reimagined to streamline lens creation and editing. We’ve consolidated the tools and the majority of lensmasters using it so far have reported a big decrease in the time it takes to create and edit lenses.
Here’s what the new workshop looks like:
On the left, you have access to the tools via trays which expand out on click. Here’s the one for adding content:
You’ll notice the “Add Content” tray introduces a new workflow, while also maintaining the workflow that is more familiar to you. Creating content on the web doesn’t usually involve adding all the placeholders first, but our current workshop asks you to do just that.
The new content tray offers a better flow to creating content. When you pick a module via one of the icons, the editor for that module automatically opens, allowing you to focus on the content you wish to add at that moment. Once you save, the module will be added to the end of your lens, and you can add the next one, or arrange your modules in the desired order.
For people who prefer the old workflow, we’ve kept a “Bulk Add” option within the tray, allowing you to add modules the way you always have.
Theme selection has a whole new look, and that’s been one of the favorite features among the beta testers. You’ll now get a preview for each theme choice before you click, can scroll through to see all of the choices, preview what your lens will look like with each one, and select the one you’d like to apply. Here’s a preview:
On the right, we’ve kept the tools for managing widgets and sorting your modules.
Last but not least, our new Scorecard is in place. You’ll see familiar scorecard line items here, but now we link you to the spot that you need to be in order to update your lens to achieve the improved score.
There was a great deal of excitement within the team in building this new workshop and even more excitement from the overwhelmingly positive feedback our beta testers offered up over the last few weeks.
So are you ready? The next time you enter a workshop for any lens, you should see the option to switch. You’ll remain in the current workshop by default until you decide to switch (and as we mentioned, you can switch back at any time during the beta period too).