This week, we released a new version of Thrive Architect that is packed to the brim with amazing new features (awesome pricing tables, anyone?). In addition to those, we've also added an improvement to the usability of our visual editor.
Read on to discover how we've made our visual editor faster and easier to use.
The Change: Auto-Collapsing Panels
In Thrive Architect, we apply a "click to edit" philosophy to editing your content. Anything you see in your content, you can simply click on to start editing.
Text can be edited directly on the canvas. And for all style changes, you'll see options in the sidebar, sorted into multiple panels:
The thing is, with Thrive Architect, you have almost unlimited customization options for almost every element. And that means there are often many options open in the sidebar.
To make all these options easier to navigate, we've changed the behavior of the sidebar. Now, only one panel is open at once. As soon as you click on a new sidebar panel, the previous one auto-collapses.
The result of this is that you usually see all your options at once and you don't have to scroll up and down the sidebar to find what you need. In other words: we've replaced scrolling with clicking.
We tested this extensively and we’ve found that almost everyone prefers this method and that using Thrive Architect is faster and more efficient this way.
Here are 3 details that will help you get the most out of this update:
1) Persistent Options
The editor remembers which panel you have open and keeps that same panel open as you switch between elements.
For example, if you have the "Background Style" panel open while you're editing a content box, the same panel will be open when you switch to a background section, a text block, an icon or any other element that has a styleable background.
This lets you easily tweak the layout, background colors or other options of multiple elements in a row.
2) Group Editing Panel
Whenever you click on a grouped element, the previously open panel will remain open and the "currently styling" panel at the top will also be open:
This is an exception because this panel indicates that you are editing a grouped element and shows its linked or unlinked status.
3) Opening Multiple Panels
You can still open more than one panel at once. To do so, press and hold the Ctrl or Cmd key on your keyboard and click on the panels you want to open. This will prevent auto-collapsing of panels. The panels will remain open until you click on a new one (without Ctrl or Cmd key) at which point they will automatically collapse again.
Give it a Whirl!
Make sure you've updated your Thrive Architect plugin to the latest version and give it a try. You'll quickly get used to the new behavior of the sidebar panels and I'm confident that it will allow you to work faster.
Since the first release of Thrive Architect, we've made many tweaks and changes to make Thrive Architect easier to use and we'll continue to do so. Let us know what you think of this latest change by leaving a comment below!