YUDU Media has released several new and enhanced features on YUDU Education, a technology tool that allows publishers to convert textbook content to digital form, as well as add rich media elements to accommodate the interactive focus of today’s teachers and students.
YUDU Education’s cloud publishing platform allows publishers to maintain their distribution channels and important educator relationships while providing users with maximum ease of access across multiple platforms, including tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops. Publishers who recently signed up for the app include Educate.ie and Edco and Rhinegold Publishing.
One of the publishing tool's most popular new features is called Freehand Highlighting. This allows students to highlight a page, change nibs and alternative colors on a particular page of their tablet. These edits and markings can then be translated and viewed on a desktop computer.
Another new feature allows both teachers and students to easily add notes through an improved user interface. In addition, YUDU Education has made its Desktop Page-Turning and Activation of Features easier to use, giving the option to activate via a mouse.
The educational publishing platform also added HTML overlays -- in Lightbox --making all of the interactive content accessible via a feature on each page, so, from a publisher’s perspective, they can feed us PDF content simply, yet still have interactivity on the page where it’s really useful., according to the announcement.
The educational publishing tool’s additional new features include: Amazon in-app purchasing, where textbooks that can be sold via publisher websites are also now available via the Amazon store on Kindle devices (The app is still free to download, and users can purchase the books from within the app); and a custom order of editions in the app option, so rather than placing books in the order that they are published, publishers can arrange them by theme within the app.
In addition to the new features, YUDU Education has enhanced some of its original features, including allowing users to capture page clippings (text and images); conduct keyword searches; bookmark pages; and, use a pinch-and-zoom feature to optimize viewing on various devices. YUDU Education also delivers reader analytics, providing publishers with powerful strategic insights and enhancing their ability to remain responsive to emerging educator and student needs. Publishers can analyze data at the page, image or video level to determine how readers access information. They can also conduct opt-in surveys to gather additional insight.
Source: YUDU Media, www.yudu.com