Additional Backgrounds – New!

August 25, 2007

Yesterday we launched the ability to change page backgrounds.  There are several different background that can be selected and applied to a particular page or to the entire project.

Look for the “backgrounds” button in the toolbar near the bottom of the application near the “add text” icon. 

 backgrounds button

When you click on the button a window will open up that will allow you to select from several recommended and other backgrounds.  These backgrounds can be applied to the page you are on or to the entire project.  If you would prefer to not have a background at all just click on the “No background” link.

backgrounds

We hope you find this feature helpful in providing more variety to your books.


Coming Very Soon – Professionally Printed Books!

August 4, 2007

We have had a lot of interest and many requests for allowing Ancestry Press users to order professionally printed and bound books of their projects.  We are pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of testing this book printing capability.  

It has taken a lot of hard work but we expect to launch this feature within a couple of weeks.  So if you plan on ordering a book you might want to spend the next couple of weeks making any final changes and updates to your projects prior to placing that order.  


What’s New?

August 4, 2007

This week we launched several new features that we hope you will find helpful.  Here are details on some of those features.

  • The Ancestry Press tool now scales to the size of your browser.  In the past the tool opened up at a fixed size which caused a couple of problems.  1) For those using lower screen resolutions the tool was being cut off and many didn’t see the navigation page icons at the bottom of the tool.  2) For those using higher resolutions the tool only opened up into a small section of their screen.  Both of these problems have been fixed with this launch.
  • Now you can delete photos you have uploaded through Ancestry Press.  Go to the uploaded photos tab and right click on any of the images that you have uploaded.  A menu will appear where you can select “delete image” to remove that image from the photo tray.  NOTE: If you don’t see the menu you may need to update to the latest version of the flash player 9,0,45,0.
  • We added a new combination tree and now tree pages automatically pull in photos for each person in the tree.  When you auto-create a project you can select from two different family tree formats – a standard pedigree and a combination tree.  The combination tree contains ancestors as well as descendents.  Both trees automatically pull in photos for all the people in the tree if they have been uploaded to Ancestry.com and selected as a primary photos.
  • We have updated the text editing menu bar.  We have updated the text editing menu bar to included several new fonts and the ability to pick from a variety of font colors.  In addition we have added bold, italic and underline icons.
  • You can now edit multiple objects at the same time.  Have you ever wanted to add borders to several images at the same time or to change the font or font size across an entire page?  Well now you can.  When you select multiple objects on a page at the same time by dragging or CTRL-Clicking you will be able to edit them all at once.  For instance, if you select 3 different photos you will be able to scale, rotate, change the color, add a border, etc. to all the photos simultaneously!

Well that’s some of the changes we made in this last release.  Check it out and let us know what you think.