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Have Your Say: Suggest New ProWritingAid Features

Libby Bushill
Editorial Assistant at ProWritingAid
Published Sep 01, 2020

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Our users are at the heart of everything we do here at ProWritingAid. Our editing tool has more features than any other manuscript editing software on the market, including many that are unique to our product - but we always want to make it better.

Everyone writes and edits differently, and different approaches require different tools. You might edit collaboratively, so a tracking changes feature would be useful. Or, you might be a Mac user who would find a ProWritingAid add-in for Word for Mac a lifesaver.

Wherever and however you write, we want ProWritingAid to work for you.

If there's a feature you think ProWritingAid should have, we want to hear about it. This is where our new user suggestion system comes in.

Contents:
  1. Introducing Upvoty
  2. What We're Working On
  3. User Suggestions
  4. Voting on Suggestions
  5. Making a Suggestion
  6. Not using ProWritingAid yet?

Introducing Upvoty

User requests

Upvoty is a platform for sharing your ideas. You can see our upcoming features, upvote other users' suggestions, and make suggestions yourself.

To get started, you'll need to sign up for a free account. This is to make sure that only suggestions from actual ProWritingAid users show up on your dashboard.

Sign-up is easy. Click 'Log-in' in the top right-hand corner of your screen, and you'll be prompted to sign up:

upvotysignup

The whole process takes a couple of clicks, and then you're ready to go. (Don't worry - you won't be overloaded with emails. You'll have complete control over when you're notified.)

What We're Working On

We want to be as transparent as possible, and part of this is sharing our plans with you. Upvoty allows you to see the features our team is currently working on in the 'Product Roadmap' section:

ProWritingAid Roadmap

You'll be able to see which features we have planned, which are in progress and which have been released in the latest ProWritingAid update.

User Suggestions

On your dashboard, you'll be able to see suggestions made by other ProWritingAid users by clicking on 'General Feature Requests'. From here, you can click to filter by suggestion status so you can easily see which features are planned, in progress, under review or live (active within the latest version of ProWritingAid).

Filter suggestions by status

This allows you to see what progress we're making with different features. If a feature is 'Under Review', then we are busy working out how we could incorporate it into ProWritingAid. A 'Planned' feature is one that is on our to-do list. Once a feature is 'In Progress', we're working on it. By clicking on the headline, you can read the suggestion in more detail, as well as any updates from our team in the comments.

comments and updates

You can also hit 'Subscribe' to be notified within your account when there's an update to a suggestion such as a comment or status change. Once a feature is 'Live', you can start using it in the latest version of ProWritingAid.

You can also sort by popularity to see which suggestions most users want to see, or by date added to see what has been suggested most recently:

Sorting by age

You can also search to see if your idea has already been suggested, and to see whether that idea is planned or in progress.

Voting on Suggestions

If you see an idea you like, you can upvote it by clicking on the up arrow to the left of the suggestion.

How to upvote

You can also see who else has voted on the suggestion by clicking on the headline. The more votes a suggestion gets, the more likely we are to add the feature to ProWritingAid when possible.

Making a Suggestion

If you don't see the feature you want in the list of suggestions, you can suggest it yourself.

submitting a suggestion

Simply give your suggestion a short title, explain what your idea is and why it would be useful, and hit 'Create Post'. You can also add attachments if you think a screenshot would help to illustrate your point. Once you've made your suggestion, other users will be able to start voting on it.

Our developers will check Upvoty regularly to see what we should work on next - we're guided by you.

Got an idea?

If you've got an idea for a feature that you think will make editing with ProWritingAid even easier, you can suggest it on Upvoty now:

We can't wait to hear from you! If you have any questions about making a suggestion, please contact us over at hello@prowritingaid.com and we'll be happy to help.


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Libby Bushill
Editorial Assistant at ProWritingAid

Libby is a recent English Lit grad who loves learning as much as she can about how writing works, so is excited to be part of the ProWritingAid team as an Editorial Assistant. She can usually be found editing blog posts for the ProWritingAid blog or working on her own writing.

Exclude all tags like and from triggering messages in reports. There's also a problem with bullet lists in some reports because they are fragments. I write non-fiction so I get a lot of noise from these.
By Chas Newport on 09 September 2020, 01:06 PM
Thanks for the feedback! We'd love it if you would add your feedback to our Upvoty forum. You can do this by clicking the orange button mid-article that says "Make a Suggestion Now." Thanks so much!
By writersneed2 on 09 September 2020, 02:55 PM

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