New Lens Workshop and New Addon

This week Squidoo have updated the lens workshop. You probably won’t notice it looking any different, but it is now much quicker when editing and publishing lenses.

This means that the Workshop Addon for Firefox and Chrome has also been updated to keep up with the changes. This is also an opportunity to include some new features, such as filtering the points to see just sales or blessings.
If you are an existing user, you will need to update to the latest version.

Also this week, Squidoo HQ have unveiled their new official news portal. This will become the central place to get the latest official news and announcements, include Status Updates, Lens of the Day and Morning coffee. They have also opened up the commenting on the site, so that you can join in the conversation.

Be sure to follow @Squidoo on twitter, SquidooHQ on Facebook
or subscribe to the RSS feeds or sign up for email updates.

Here’s a quick round up of some other, older news:

  • Squidom lens directory is now run by SquidUtils. All Lensmasters are invited to create accounts and submit their best lenses. Don’t forget to visit other peoples lenses and vote for the good ones.
  • Another good lens directory to join is LensLike, run by DeeGator.
  • Amazon Poster Ads are proving very popular amongst many Lensmasters, and are working really well for them. If you’re an Amazon Associate and have tried them yet, read this post.
  • The Squidoo Toolbar has been updated, and should now work on Firefox 4 and Google Chrome.

That is all for now. Happy Squidding!



Updated Lens Workshop Addon

Many of you are familiar with the Squidoo Lens Workshop Addon for Firefox and Chrome – if not, click the link for more information. Anyway, today I have released a new version: v1.4. This is mainly to provide increased support for Google Chrome, but it has also been slightly improved for Firefox users too. I’ve fixed the mess with the dashboard banner (sorry), and removed the now defunct support for Groups.

Firefox Users: If you already have Greasemonkey installed, then all you need to do is install the script again (step 2).

Google Chrome Users: The latest version of Chrome (4.0) has built-in support for Extensions, so all you need to do is install it.

Don’t forget, the Cleaner SquidU script still works on Firefox and Chrome.

If you have any questions, problems or ideas for new features, please let me know.


Disclaimer: this is a 3rd-party addon for Lensmasters, and is not supported by Squidoo.


Squidoo Releases New Lens Workshop

Squidoo have overhauled their lens editor, and today released Workshop 2.0! The guys at HQ have done a wonderful job, and have really improved the lens editing experience. (You may need to click on a link in the top corner if you’re still getting the old dashboard.)

The first thing you’ll notice is that your lens looks pretty much the same as it does when it’s published. All the modules are the correct width and have the right font and colors. No more swapping between Edit and View to get your lens just so. Above each module is some subtle text telling you what type it is, and two small buttons to edit or delete it. Editing a module is pretty much as you are used to.

The next great innovations are in the side bar on the right; Add Modules and Reorder Modules. Click on the other sections in the sidebar to open them – the functionality is mostly the same as before (you’ll find the Category under Lens Settings).

To add a new module to your lens, simply click on the green plus icon next to the name, and press the Apply button. To add more than one module, keep clicking on the plus icons until you’ve got the right numbers in the squares. As you would expect, the minus icon will decrement the numbers.

To change the order of your modules, go to the Reorder Modules section and drag them up and down with the mouse. Once you’re happy with the layout, press the Apply button and the Workshop will reload with the new module order.

You’ll also be pleased to know that the Workshop Addon Script for Firefox has been updated to support the new Workshop, giving you quick access to the Ping Lens function as well as some other tools on SquidUtils. I’ve added one or two other surprises to this version too.

Update your script via the link above, or the link on your dashboard.