Archive for February, 2009

Better customer service with getsatisfaction.com

We love hearing from you!  That is why we signed up with getsatisfication.com to help us connect with our users and provide better customer service.  The Contact link on our homepage now has a form for you to send us your ideas, questions, problems, or just to chat.

Although we have answers to a lot of the commonly asked questions on our Help page, you may have a question that isn’t there.   You can now send us your question directly from the Help page and we will try to answer for you.  Then, if someone else has the same question, they can search for it on the Help page and find the answer.

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February 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm 3 comments

Use Ecofont to beat the ink-jet racket

Ink for inkjets now costs $8000!!!! a gallon. Manufacturers sell you the printers cheap, then overcharge on the ink to make back the money.

But you can beat them and keep your $$$ by being thrifty with ink. PrintWhatYouLike now makes this easier by integrating Ecofont. EcoFont is a really innovative font designed to reduce the amount of ink it takes to print text. It does this by including tiny holes in the characters. If you select Ecofont and then crank up the text size, you can actually see the holes! Just like Swiss Cheese. According to Ecofont’s creators, SPRANQ, it can reduce your ink consumption up to 20%!! Although a quick google search will find lots of people questioning this conclusion. It can’t hurt, and it seems logical that adding whitespace to the letters will reduce your ink usage. So try it out!

You can use Ecofont even if you don’t have it installed on your computer. Go to “Font Type” and select Ecofont. On Safari, IE, Firefox 3.1, and Opera 10 it will just work!  On all other browsers you will have to install Ecofont the old fashioned way.

For legal and technical reasons, Ecofont isn’t available in the bookmarklet 😦

More info on Ecofont: http://www.ecofont.eu/ecofont_en.html

February 25, 2009 at 2:06 am 1 comment

New live twitter feed

We love hearing what people are saying about PrintWhatYouLike!  That is why we added a live twitter feed to our homepage featuring the most recent tweets about PrintWhatYouLike instead of those fake, glowing testimonials you will see on other websites that say, “This product changed my life – I would recommend it to all my friends”.

Also, PrintWhatYouLike is on twitter, so check us out: http://twitter.com/pwyl

February 25, 2009 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

New features poll!

We have lots of great ideas for new features for PrintWhatYouLike.  Unfortunately, we can’t implement all the new features at once, so we need your help!  Can you take our poll and let us know which new feature you would like to be implemented first?


February 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm 2 comments

Site Redesign, New Resize Feature, and Improved Help

You may have noticed that PrintWhatYouLike looks a bit different now!  We worked with a great web designer to come up with a fresh, fun, new look for the site.  The process by which we came up with the new design was interesting.  We set up a contest on 99designs.com and received submissions from designers all over the world.  In the end, we picked the design we liked the most.  Could you tell that the old site design was done by programmers? 🙂

We also added a new feature that allows you to resize any element on the page.  This feature is great for:

  • Reducing the size of big images that you want to print
  • Compressing elements that have a lot of whitespace

We expanded the help on the toolbar so that it explains more than just the keyboard shortcuts.  On the toolbar, there is a question mark at the top of each grouping of buttons.  Clicking on the question mark will display the help section for each of the commands.  We also have a new Help page that should answer most of your questions.  If you were ever confused about how something worked, go check out the new Help page!  If you have any other questions you would like answered in the Help section. send us an email.

Side note: We changed a couple of the keyboard shortcuts so that they are more intuitive.  The keyboard shortcut for More is now M, and the keyboard shortcut for Less is now L.  We also removed the keyboard shortcuts for the page level commands, Remove Background and Remove Images.

February 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm 2 comments

Promotional Video

PrintWhatYouLike was selected as a finalist for the Iowa Technology Association Prometheus Awards for the Environment Award of Excellence (Products and Services). We produced a promotional video for the award ceremony that will be played when PrintWhatYouLike is introduced as a finalist. Check out the video!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Promotional Video“, posted with vodpod

February 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment


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