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Nov
14

Improved integration of our image database

We’ve just rolled out another update to the built-in database of royalty-free stock photos and images that’s available to all users of Spin Rewriter. With this update, we’ve made the integration even better — not only is there a large number of photos available now, but we’ve also implemented query caching in our back-end infrastructure which means that we’ve managed to speed up the entire user experience when it comes to adding relevant images to your generated spun articles.

I hope you like the update! 😉

Oct
8

You can now stay logged in (if you wish)

One of the tiny little minor things that we’ll be rolling out with Spin Rewriter 7.0 on October 12th (along with a number of huge, important changes) might interest you if you’re tired of always entering your password when you’re getting ready to spin some articles.

We’ve now added the option to stay logged into your Spin Rewriter account even if you close your browser between two spinning sessions. As long as you visit Spin Rewriter at least once a month, you can stay logged in and never have to worry about entering your password again.

Our back-end implementation of this feature follows all latest security guidelines and recommendations, and has been vetted by an external security team. We take these things incredibly seriously.

Hope you like the new (very convenient) feature! 😉

Oct
2

We’re now officially MOBILE READY

Hooray!

The mobile version of the official Spin Rewriter website now passes all tests when it comes to delivering a truly great user experience on mobile devices with small screens.

You’ve seen some of the changes that we’ve recently rolled out in my previous post on mobile responsiveness, and today I’d like to share this with you:

Spin Rewriter - Mobile User Experience

Spin Rewriter – Mobile User Experience

The result of the test above means that our website now passes all challenges that stood in our way on the path to a truly great mobile user experience. From large and friendly texts, generous whitespace, larger targets for links and buttons… which also includes a completely redesigned header and footer of the website… all the way to mobile-optimized images and so on and so forth.

Thanks to everyone on the team who had a hand in delivering these updates, and we couldn’t be more excited about it all! 😀 Hope you like it!

Sep
26

Spin Rewriter – Mobile Beta

As I mentioned in my post last week, we’ve been hard at work rolling out proper mobile responsiveness and a truly GREAT user experience for users of mobile devices when using Spin Rewriter.

We’ve just rolled out the first public beta version of our full-mobile support, and here’s what the changes look like so far:

Spin Rewriter - Mobile Responsiveness

Spin Rewriter on mobile devices – Before and After

As you can see, the header of the website has been completely redesigned. We went from displaying small links to subpages that are hard to read, to having a big, friendly “Menu” button that displays all of the available subpages in an easy-to-read format.

We’ve also entirely redesigned the footer of the page — jump over to SpinRewriter.com website on a mobile device to check it out. 😉

Other than that, we’ve done a ton of work to convert all parts of the websites into a format that delivers a great experience on mobile devices. This includes larger fonts, paragraphs with more white-space, larger “targets” when it comes to clicking links and buttons, optimized images and backgrounds, etc.

Hope you like the progress, and we’ll definitely keep you posted! 😀

Sep
22

Mobile responsiveness for Spin Rewriter

More and more people are using mobile devices such as phones and tablets to do the majority of their internet browsing.

This recently resulted in a big (and very helpful) trend that Wikipedia is calling responsive web design. What it means is, websites should be able to adapt to the device they’re being viewed on.

If someone is visiting a website from the tiny screen on their mobile phone, the website should shrink down and rearrange in a way that makes fonts nice, big and readable, while pushing the less important bits of the website towards the bottom of the page. The visitor can still find and read all parts of the website, they’re just structured differently and in a way that allows for a great mobile experience.

Spin Rewriter has always been designed in a way that allowed for a decent mobile experience — but not necessarily a great one. And we’re always striving for perfection.

This is why we’re working crazy hard on bringing proper mobile responsiveness and a truly GREAT user experience on mobile devices to Spin Rewriter as soon as possible, and we’re quite confident we’ll be able to roll it out even before Spin Rewriter 7.0 goes live on October 12th!

Here’s to progress! 😀

 

Sep
19

Improved localization in Spin Rewriter

You’ve probably noticed already how Spin Rewriter knows to be extra-helpful by showing your local times next to your spun articles inside the Archive.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re from LA, NYC, London, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo or Sydney… or any tiny little village in between… the times shown will always be your very own local times to make things super easy for you.

Well, with one tiny exception until now… There’s a few short time periods throughout the year where different timezones switch to daylight saving time a couple of days before other timezones, OR when certain timezones stop using daylight saving time just a bit earlier than the others. And then there’s Arizona where they just don’t care. 😀

Anyway, in some of these short overlaps, your local times could be off by 1 hour in some cases. Nothing too horrible, but then again, that’s now that we’re all about here at Spin Rewriter. We’re always striving for perfection — and when it comes to time localization, we’ve just delivered that perfection with an update earlier today.

Enjoy! 😀

May
16

Text processing tweaked further…

In my previous post I already mentioned how we’re rolling out some minor tweaks and fixes for various edge-cases when it comes to automated processing of original texts before our ENL Semantic Spinning algorithms begin their work.

Now, in some extreme cases our processing algorithm could sometimes get confused when it encountered the “<” sign because it thought that maybe it signifies the beginning of an HTML tag. All HTML tags begin with “<” and then usually end with either “/>” or another “>” immediately after the name of the tag.

Here’s an example of what used to cause a problem for our parser:

Mathematicians sometimes use p < 0.01% to signify low risk.

This would in some cases (depending on the context) turn into:

Mathematicians sometimes use p (the rest of the sentence is missing)

…after the Step 1 processing because our parser mistakenly took the “< 0.01%” as a malformed HTML tag instead of what it truly was.

Well, it certainly doesn’t do that anymore — we just fixed this issue, and rolled the update out to our production servers! 😀

Feb
24

Improved parallelization of CPU-intensive tasks, Part II

OK, we’re back!

As I mentioned in the previous post (published on February 9th), here at Spin Rewriter we always strive to further improve our server infrastructure and fine-tune our code. We’re looking to deliver faster and better software that’s more intuitive and more robust than ever before.

We’ve now taken advantage of some new opportunities to parallelize certain aspects of Spin Rewriter’s existing spinning process. This means that we’re now able to run certain parts of the spinning process on multiple processors (CPUs) on different servers at the same time instead of running it on just one server.

Here’s a simplified explanation of the benefits this brings. Imagine you have an article with 20 sentences. We can either have our software detect the parts-of-speech on each of those sentences in a row, and if it takes our software one second to analyze every sentence, we’re looking at 20 x 1 second = 20 seconds of waiting time for the user.

We can, however, break this article down into 20 separate sentences — and send each of these sentences to a different server in our grid at the same time. Each of those 20 servers then processes just one sentence, and only 1 second later we get the processed results back to the central system.

The result: The same article is now fully processed in just 1 second instead of 20.

And the result that matters much more than that: Our users are even happier! 😀

Of course the exact real-world situation isn’t as cut and dry, but we were still able to roll out a significant improvement in speed and robustness of our spinning systems — and we hope you’ll love it!

Feb
9

Improved parallelization of CPU-intensive tasks

OK, the title of this post might sound a bit “high and mighty”, but hopefully it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand once we break it down a bit.

As you probably already know, our server infrastructure is quite state-of-the-art which allows Spin Rewriter to have great uptime and to always process all of your articles, find the best synonyms, manipulate sentence structures, export thousands of text files etc. etc. in a matter of seconds.

We always strive to further improve our infrastructure and our back-end software code. Faster, better, more intuitive, more robust — this is what drives us.

We’ve recently dug extra deeply into our software and found some new opportunities to parallelize some aspects of the spinning process. In other words, we’re now able to run a certain aspect of the spinning process on multiple processors (CPUs) on different servers at the same time instead of running it on just one server.

We’ll bring you more details in our next post, however right now we can already give you a hint that GREAT things are underway. Stay tuned! 😉

 

Jan
11

Our WordPress plugin just got even better!

We’ve been focusing quite a bit of our energy on the official Spin Rewriter WordPress Plugin lately, and I’m super happy to say it’s becoming even more amazing than it already was.

As I mentioned in my post last week, we’re rolling out new settings that give you additional control over everything that happens on your WordPress websites. Today we’re taking all of this another step further… Because with today’s latest update, you’ll be given the same kind of additional control over the Big Content Search portion of our plugin as well.

A new addition to the BCS settings...You'll always know exactly what's about to happen.

Feel free to update your Spin Rewriter WordPress Plugin to the latest version right away, and you’ll be able to take these awesome new features for a spin right away! 😉

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