Major highlights in this release include:
- Improvement over time. Readability automatically tracks improvement in your content through edit revisions
- Ability to filter based on the latest revision in the Quality tab in VT Insights
- A redesign of the scan results page allowing easier identification of language issues
- Benefit of improved PDF parsing
- Support for Single Sign On using SAML2
Introduction of Improvement Over Time
This release brings the ability for users to track the quality of a scan and its subsequent revisions.
Before now, if you edited a piece of text, or revised a Word document, it was difficult to see if your edits improved the readability scores. Now Readability tracks your history of edits. You get intuitive feedback on how many revisions of a document or text snippet you have made. With this we can show the net difference in between the original document and final revision. This lets you see the power in edit and review cycles.
Consider these scenarios:
- You analyze a piece of text. After reviewing the results, you edit the text in VT Readability to improve it and re-analyze. You can now compare the revisions and track improvements.
- You upload a Word document to Readability for analysis. After reviewing the results and suggestions, you modify the document and upload the new revised version for analysis. More modifications are suggested, you amend your document and upload the revision to VT Readability.
Here’s an example of tracking of improvement:
You can also see the improvements when viewing an individual scan results:
Here is how you can view your Improvements Over Time:
- For Text Scans
Hit the Edit button on an existing text scan results view. Once you make your edits to the text snippet hit Re-analyze. The subsequent scan is a now a revision of the existing scan.
- For Document Scans
Improvement Over Time also introduces the automatic detection of revisions based on the filename. If you upload a document from the dashboard, Readability will look at the filename and determine if it’s a new revision of a previously scanned document. You can find more information in our help center article here.
- Another alternative is to hit the Upload a Revision button on an existing document scan results view. From here you can upload the document you wish to be the revision of this existing document.
Filtering on Latest Revision in VT Insights
A frequently requested feature was the ability to filter data in VT Insights by the latest version of a piece of content. With Improvement Over Time, that is now possible.
Up to now, all edits of a piece of content were calculated towards the Quality Scores in VT Insights. This can mean that low scores at the beginning of the editing process will drag down the Quality Score overall. In addition, this would clutter reports when trying to get a figure for the final published content only.
Now, we have added an option to filter by Final Revision Only.
Export of all Revisions in the Users Account
This export is a quick way to see the editing cycles of all users in the account. It contains all scans that have been revised as well as the scans revision set complete with deltas.
Scan Results Redesign
We’ve also redesigned the Scan Results page with stronger issue highlighting and suggestion interaction. The issue highlighting changes allow the user to better understand the problems within a paragraph and, through the use of hovers, get quick feedback.
While the suggestion changes allow you to display just one suggestion at a time for a paragraph. Allowing you to isolate the suggestion and evaluate the changes needed.
In the screenshot below the user has selected the Very Long Sentence suggestion. This expands that suggestion, greys all other suggestions out. It also increases the visibility of the corresponding issue in the paragraph.
Improved PDF Parsing
PDF parsing is a technically tricky issue to solve. This is due to the PDF format’s primary design goal being accurate display/printing on any device. Typically, PDFs don‘t provide a logical structure like other source tools (e.g. MS Word).
Before VT Readability 2.4.4, PDF parsing could lead to a loss of text structure. Sentences might end up bundled together and hard to read. We wanted to tackle this and improve our PDF analysis with VT Readability 2.4.4.
As you can see by the provided example, you now have a closer match to the original text structure. Less sentences incorrectly bundled together. While it might not be perfect, it is much more accurate and easier to read.
Single Sign On using SAML 2.0
One of the most frequent requests we’ve heard from customers over the last year was support for Single Sign-On (SSO).
With SSO, users can sign in once using their company login screen to gain access to multiple systems and service providers, including VT Readability.
This benefits VisibleThread Readability users because:
- It’s one less credential/password that users need to remember & manage
- SSO provides easier, seamless access to VisibleThread Readability
Your organization benefits because:
- of centralized management & audit of users and authentication,
- you get standardized authentication requirements e.g. password complexity, 2-factor authentication, and
- SSO helps meet many compliance requirements.
Once you’ve installed the VT Readability 2.4.4 upgrade, your IT team can then enable and configure SSO by logging into the application.
For full details on setting up SSO please see our support article Getting Started with Single Sign-On.
If you’d like more information about this release, check out the complete Release Notes here.
For information about deploying VT Readability premise behind your corporate firewall, click here.
We hope you enjoy these improvements.
From all in the VisibleThread Product Engineering Team.