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Image Captions and More

A roundup of this month's product updates

February 21st, 2021

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This month, we've made a number of updates to Knoword, and I wanted to share some of the highlights.

Add text to your images

Since launching Image Clues last month, we've seen lots of cool applications of image-based packs. However, for some, there was something missing. Mary, a teacher from Missouri, told us "I need to be able to type text with images, and it will not allow for that."

We hear you, Mary. Now, you can provide a caption to go along with an image. After uploading your image, a caption field appears below the image preview. Type your caption to get a preview of how it will look overlaid on the image.

In the game, the image will appear with the text in its lower third, like a movie subtitle. Easy as pie.

Improving the pack authoring experience

Another area that we focused on this month was streamlining the pack editor with two key improvements.

  1. Click on a word to edit it (if you defined it originally.) This is a huge time saver, since you used to have to edit words from your "My words" page.
  2. Drag the horizontal list of definition results left or right to scroll it. Sure beats trying to get a handle on the scroll bar. 😅

Here's a GIF of these changes in action:

Feedback at your fingertips

In order to know what works well and what doesn't, we've added a feedback widget to the bottom of the pack editor, assignments dashboard, and account pages. It's simple to use, just click the button and select the emoji that best represents how you feel.

You can also send along written feedback or an annotated screenshot to help us understand how we improve.

The cherry on top

Animals

Collective Nouns

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I can't think of a better way to end off a post like this than by announcing a brand new original pack. Collective Nouns is a tricky one, and it tests some pretty obscure word knowledge.

A collective noun is a word used to describe a group of similar things when they're together. In this pack, we're dealing with the collective nouns for groups of animals. For example, a flock of birds, or a crash of rhinos.

We all might be familiar with a few of these words, but this pack is sure to teach you something you haven't heard of before.

—Trevor from Knoword