Product Update: New Editing Tools

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Our regular monthly product update went live this evening, and we are pretty excited about it. Among the new stuff:

Add images to your plan!
This has been the number-one user request of late. We took the time to prototype and build a great solution, and we think you are going to really like it. When editing text area in your plan, you will now see an “Add an image” button in the toolbar:

add image

Go ahead and select (or, in any browser except Internet Explorer, drag and drop) the image you want to include. Your image will be added to the plan’s image gallery:

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Select the size and alignment that you want, then insert the image into the text item. You’ll see the image in the text editor, just like it will appear in the PDF, Word, or print output. Select it there, and you’ll see options to adjust the placement as you like:

bike shop add image

Note that image handling in the PDF output, while generally solid, is not as foolproof as we’d like. There are several known issues for which we are awaiting improvements from the third-party publishing component that we use to generate PDFs. If you have any trouble with image placement in PDFs, see our help page here.

Give it a try, and see what you think. As always, you can just click the Give Feedback button in the header to send us a quick note. We’re eager to hear from you!

All-new Help Center
The app’s original Help Center was an early casualty of our fast-paced development schedule. We have remedied that now, though, and have added a great help author to the team to provide timely, accurate documentation. Check out the all-new Help Center, which is accessible from the Help & Resources menu or publicly at

Faster performance
A quick, responsive interface is an important part of your user experience, and we want to make sure the app stays snappy as our user base grows. This month, we made notable changes in our infrastructure to speed up a couple of slower features (particularly the Edit Outline view), which also produced significant gains across the board in our internal speed tests. Let us know what you think of the results.

Coming soon…
As always, our development team is already several weeks into work on the next batch of features, which will go live at the end of the month. If you are interested in taking an early look at our new features in progress, click the Give Feedback button in the app and drop us a note. We’d be happy to get your feedback.

Josh Cochrane
Josh Cochrane
Josh Cochrane is Vice President of Product Development at Palo Alto Software, where he manages development of the business planning tool LivePlan. He writes for this site and elsewhere on product design, small business and entrepreneurship, and related topics.
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