New and Upcoming Features

We have created many new features on difftag.com since our last update post. Below is a list of all the new features, plus some exciting upcoming features, including the option to GET PAID!

New Features:

New <diff/>tag drawing options:

  1. Opacity: You can now change the opacity of your shapes. When creating a <diff/>tag, look in the drawing toolbar at the bottom of the page when a shape is selected. There is a new slider under each color box. Move the slider to change the opacity of either the fill or the line.
  2. Grid: When you click anywhere on a blank area of your <diff/>tag that does not contain a shape, your page properties will show in the right side of the toolbar. Now included with the page size options is a “Grid” option. The Grid option allows you to enter an “X” and a “Y” value. The X value will set the distance (in pixels) between grid lines from the left, and the Y value will set the distance between grid lines from the top. The grid is invisible, so when you click “Update,” nothing will appear to happen. As you begin to draw and move shapes, however, everything will snap to the grid you have set.
  3. Set Common Page Sizes: Another section available in the page properties section is the “Page Size.” The Page Size section shows a list of common page sizes, in inches. When you click on one, it will update the Width and Height with the corresponding values in pixels. Just click “Update” for the changes to take effect.
  4. Copy and Paste Colors: You can now copy a color from one color box, and paste it in another. Each color box (for choosing Fill, Line, and Text colors) now has two small links underneath called “copy” and “paste.” Just click “copy” under the color box of the color you wish to copy, then click “paste” under the color box where you want to paste the copied color. For example, you can select the “copy” link under the “Fill” color box displaying the color of a selected shape, then select another shape and click the “paste” link under the border color box of the new shape. Now the fill color of the first shape will match the border color of the second shape!
  5. Change Custom Shape: You can now move the points on a custom shape, after the shape has been created. Just choose the Select Tool, then click on your custom shape to select it. You can still modify the shape the same way you can modify any other shape at this point, but there is now a new red square that appears next to the shape. Just click on the square to show all the points that make up your custom shape. Drag the points to move them.
  6. Rotate YouTube Videos: YouTube videos can now be rotated without distortion. After you draw your video on the drawing area, choose the select tool, then select your YouTube video. You can rotate it the same way you rotate other shapes, by dragging the small circle above the shape from side to side.
  7. Scrolling Toolbar: When your browser window is not large enough to hold all the toolbar options, a small arrow will appear at the edge of the toolbar. When you place your cursor over the arrow, the toolbar will move to the side, allowing you to view the rest of your toolbar options.
  8. Set Background: There is a new link under the “File” menu in your drawing toolbar called “Set Background.” When you click on that link, you will be presented with a new list of links in the toolbar. The links are “Color” (to set the background color), “Flickr” (to use a Flickr image as your background), “My Images” (to use an image you have uploaded as your background), “Public Images” (to use images that other users have uploaded and made available to others as backgrounds) and “Remove Current Background” (to remove the background you have already set). In addition, when you click on the “Public Images” link, it will give you the option to choose from only images you have set as your favorite, and all public images.

    New things you can do with <diff/>tags:

  9. Preview Image: When you save your <diff/>tag, a preview image will be created. This preview image will show in any directory that displays a list of <diff/>tags. Only users who have access to view your <diff/>tag will be able to see your preview image. On collaborations, only the owner can create the preview image. You can create it by selecting File->Save from your drawing toolbar at the bottom of your <diff/>tag. This will save your entire <diff/>tag, and create a new preview image.
  10. Print: You can now print <diff/>tags in PDF format. To view all the printing options, click on the “More Options” link on your drawing toolbar (your <diff/>tag must have been saved for the first time before this link will appear). You will be able to choose from all the common scrapbooking page sizes. You can either crop or scale the image when opening it at a size smaller than the original, but it must always be scaled when opening at a size larger than the original (indicated by a star [*] next to the size). Additional sizes will be available later.
  11. Save As: There is a new “Save As” link in the drawing toolbar, under the “File” menu. This will allow you to save your <diff/>tag under a new name without harming the original.
  12. Credit to Original Artist: Any <diff/>tag that uses either a Flickr image or a <diff/>tag template now links to the original image or <diff/>tag on the “More Options” and “More Info” links (the “More Options” area is the first thing to show in the toolbar when viewing a <diff/>tag.
  13. Templates: There is a new checkbox on the <diff/>tag edit form (click “More Options” from the drawing toolbar, the “Update settings for this <diff/>tag” to open the form) that says, 'Make this <diff/>tag available for free customization. When this box is checked, then any user who has access to view this <diff/>tag (based on your collaboration or "Show this difftag to" access settings) will be able to save it as their own. This is great if you would like to provide an easy template on which users can add photos or widgets to create a webpage or scrapbook.' When you check this checkbox, it will turn your <diff/>tag into a template. You can still do everything with your <diff/>tag that you were able to do before, but now other users will be able to save it as their own. This will also work for collaborations. When someone uses your template, their version of your <diff/>tag will have a link back to your original.

    New features of the site as a whole:

  14. Scrapbooking Section: There is now a Scrapbooking section on the site where you can share <diff/>tag templates for customization, background images for use in <diff/>tags, and completed <diff/>tag digital scrapbooks.
  15. Moderated Postings in Groups: When you create a new group, you can now not only moderate who can join the group, but you can also moderate the postings to your group by its members.

Upcoming Features:

  1. Get Paid! You will soon be able to get paid half of all the advertising profits from all of your content on difftag.com. You will also have the option to sell some of your content at a price that you set.
  2. Short Tutorial Series: We will soon be coming out with a full set of short tutorials that will explain how to perform certain functions on the site.
  3. Text Properties on Your Profile: You can already set the background color and image of your profile page, and any section of your profile page. Soon, you will be able to set all of the text properties as well, including the color, size, font face, and style.
  4. Turn Your Profile Into a <diff/>tag. You can already turn any <diff/>tag into your default profile. Soon, you will be able to turn your profile into a <diff/>tag. When you use this option, all the sections already on your profile will become floating areas on a <diff/>tag, which can be moved or removed. You will also be able to use all of the drawing tools to draw and include videos and wigets with the rest of your profile.
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