Attention: Beta Testers Wanted

October 29, 2012 • in the news, Product, What's New

We are working on a new publishing tool and looking to enroll a limited group of Scribd users for beta testing to gather feedback on usability, and gain insight from our valued users.

If you’re interested in enrolling to help test drive this tool, please fill out this form and we will send you instructions and a link to the new upload tool page.

While the beta version of the tool is already available to a very small group of users, you may not be able to see it. If you currently see the new publish tool by default, then go ahead and try it out! Be sure to leave us your feedback.

The new publish tool landing page looks like this:

You can always choose to revert to the previous upload format via the link at the top, ‘No Thanks. Take me to the old uploader.’

More helpful tips for the new publishing tool

You can quickly publish single or multiple documents accommodating multiple formats and cloud-based files from Google docs, Facebook and Gmail.

Once you have started to upload, the file will begin converting. If you would like to make the document private, click the checkbox to the right.

If you upload multiple files, you can save time by clicking ‘Apply To All’ next to the first document you provide information for. This will automatically apply the category, topics, type and tags to all your documents.

Include as much information about your document as possible. Title and description fields are required. This is your opportunity to create an engaging title and a short, concise description. As you edit these fields, you can preview them on the left. The more information you provide, the higher the document’s “discoverability” score rises which helps users discover your documents.

In addition to the title information, you can choose a category, topic, and type. ‘Categories’ cover a really broad range of content while ‘Topic’ helps narrow down the specific subject matter of your content from Government & Politics to Technology. ‘Type’ helps to distinguish whether your document is a research paper, essay, form, etc.

We all want to share our favorite documents with the world! After you ‘Save & Continue,’ be sure to click and link your social networks and let your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ that you just published.

New to the publish flow is the ability for you to flag a document you want to have featured on our homepage, where your content will get thousands of reads. We are constantly featuring new documents every day, and if you think your document belongs there – convince us by checking the box and provide a solid pitch. Maybe your publication will be prominently displayed on our homepage!

At this point, you can view your work on Scribd. Congratulations! You’ve published your document. Now, go out there, get to work and start publishing.

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