Today we launched an exciting new feature that many of you have requested: the ability to share AncestryPress projects in a digital format. You can now invite family members and friends to view your project and, if they wish, order a printed copy of it. We’ve also made a navigation change that will make it easier for you to access our growing array of backgrounds.
To share a project, go to the My Projects tab and click the “Share” link under the project you want to share. Enter the e-mail address of the person you want to invite to view your project. If there are multiple addresses, just enter a semi-colon after each address. Enter a subject line and a brief message explaining what action you’d like the recipient(s) to take: provide feedback, send you missing photos or other information, purchase a printed copy of your project, etc.
Under the field for the e-mail addresses, you’ll see a box labeled, “Allow invitees to copy my project.” If this box is checked, the people you invite will be able to create an electronic copy of your project in their own AncestryPress account. This means they will be able to modify their own copy of the project, but they will not be able to make any changes to the original version (the one that lives in your AncestryPress account).
Once you’ve shared your project with someone, that person can forward it to others, so it’s important to only share your project with people you trust. If you’re concerned about the privacy of data in your project, be sure to mention in your message that you don’t want the recipients to forward your project to anyone else. While sharing, please keep in mind the copyright restrictions noted in the image upload agreement.
Later this year, we will launch additional sharing and collaboration features that will allow several family members to work together on a single project. We’ll also launch an online gallery where you can share your project with the community. As a project owner, you’ll always be able to control the level of access you provide to specific individuals and to the community.
In the content directory on the left-hand side of AncestryPress, you’ll notice that we’ve added a new content tray labeled Backgrounds. When you click on the Backgrounds tab, the tray will expand so that you can scroll down to see thumbnails of the available backgrounds. Browse the entire collection or click on one of the folders to see a particular type of backgrounds (floral, military, etc.).
Hold your cursor over a thumbnail to see how that particular background looks on the page. If you like how it looks, click “Apply to page” from the fly-out menu — or, if you want to make it the default background for the entire book, click “Apply to all.” The background you see when you hover over the thumbnail is a low-resolution version; once you’ve applied the background to a page you’ll see a high-resolution version.
You’ll notice that we’ve recently added more than a dozen new backgrounds, including country backgrounds for
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Speaking of Mother’s Day, be sure to check back next week for new products, features, templates and content ideas that will help you create the best gift your mom has ever received. I’ve made a goal to finally finish the book I started for my mom before Christmas…before I got sidetracked by running a marathon, going to China on vacation and buying a house. I think I’ve finally run out of excuses!
You’ll want to get started early — the standard shipping deadline for Mother’s Day delivery is April 27 — but not too early, because our special Mother’s Day templates won’t be available until March 26. I’m telling you now so that you can set aside an evening or weekend to create a fitting tribute to your mom, grandma and/or mother-in-law.
In the meantime, enjoy the new backgrounds and please let me know what you think of our new sharing feature!
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NOTE: AncestryPress is now MyCanvas
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