Take a tour of the features on the new EE Times.
Welcome to the new EE Times. We've redesigned the site to make it more conducive to joining conversations and posting comments. There are a few things you should know about using this site. However, if you've used any of the following UBM communities for electronics, you'll find EE Times quite familiar:
Having used these sites for the last eight months, I've learned a thing or two, and I'll share them with you now:
Posting comments on blogs, news stories, and other articles
If you're the first person to post a comment, slide down to the bottom of the article and click "Post a comment." That will take you to a subject field and a comment field, with some icons at the bottom.
It's easy to post a live link on a comment. Simply highlight the text you want to make into a link, and then click the link button. It's the one that looks like a chain link.
When you insert a link, I suggest that you set it to open in a new window. That way, readers won't lose sight of where the link originated.
Posting small graphics
You can post small graphics into your comments by copying and pasting them. I've found that the file size should be less than 20kBytes; otherwise, when you click the Post button, your comment won't post. Also, your graphic must be no more than 350 pixels wide.
Posting large graphics
To post images larger than 20kB, you have to host the image somewhere on the Internet and insert a link to the image in your comment. Many people upload images to Facebook (be sure to use the actual image URL, not the Facebook page URL the image appears on). To insert a graphic, click on the Insert Graphic icon, circled below. The icon is an image of a tree. If the image is more than 350 pixels wide, you can resize it by entering 350 in the first "Dimensions" field.
There are other icons available for you to use in comments. They include bold, italic, subscript (x2), superscript (x2), and some special characters, such as Ω. There's also an HTML button that lets you see the HTML code used to construct your comment. You can use that to, say, insert a special character that's not listed.
Here's where you can start a conversation or ask a question to the community. To start your own board, click Messages on any screen, then click Start a Board. You'll get a screen that looks just like any comment screen. You can also start a board from any comment; again, just click Start a Board.
Save and rate
Have you ever found yourself looking for an article you've read and can't find it? Just like on the former EE Times site, you can save articles once you've logged in. Just click SAVE IT in the upper-right corner of any blog or article. You can also save individual comments. Your saved content is accessed on your profile page. You can also rate articles on a scale of 1 to 5 by clicking RATE IT. If you hover your mouse pointer over SAVE IT or RATE IT, a box will appear explaining the function. This won't work on a iPad or other tablet computer where you can't hover a mouse pointer (speaking of which, you can access a mobile version of the site by clicking "Mobile Site," found in the upper-left corner).
Embedding a video
You can embed a YouTube video into your comments. Get the embed code, first resizing it to 350 pixels wide. Then, click the HTML link in your comment and paste the code where you want it.
We hope you'll find EE Times easy to use, but like all sites, it will take a little time to learn the ins and outs. Tell us what you think and ask any questions in a comment.