Blog Articles by JILLIAN WINN

New site design and functionality

New site design and functionality

By Jillian Winn  |  Tuesday, August 3, 2010

We have been working hard this summer on a redesigned version of the Signing Savvy website. We are happy to make it available as of today! The new design refreshes the look and polishes the functionality of Signing Savvy while not being so different that you have to relearn how to use the site. One of our goals was to take advantage of some of the newer web technologies to make a better user experience. However, if you are using ...
Sign Language Phone Calls with New iPhone FaceTime

Sign Language Phone Calls with New iPhone FaceTime

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, June 7, 2010

Apple announced the iPhone 4 today which will ship later this month. One of the really neat new features is FaceTime, which is mobile video calling. The demo video of the feature on their site shows a couple signing with each other. While we have been able to videoconference for some time on a computer via tools such as Skype and iChat, with the new iPhone, we can easily sign to each other over vast distances and not be ...
Take Signing Savvy On The Road

Take Signing Savvy On The Road

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, March 29, 2010

One of the most requested features we have had to date is the ability to access the Signing Savvy website on mobile devices. First and foremost among the requests have been for the ability to access the site on the iPhone, which to date does not support the Flash-based video we have on the standard website. Signing Savvy Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch We are happy to announce that we now have a beta version of the Signing Savvy ...
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

By Jillian Winn  |  Thursday, December 24, 2009

From all of us at Signing Savvy, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! While we worked for several years developing the site before it went live; the beginning of 2010 marks the end of our first year of being live on the Internet and we are very grateful for the support of all of our users. We particularly are thankful for full members who allow us to continue to grow the site. In 2010, we ...
Optional Ads for Members

Optional Ads for Members

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Signing Savvy members now have the ability to turn off advertising if they wish. You can do so by changing the preference within your account settings.Learn more about the many premium members-only features on the about ...
Our Features Explained in Video

Our Features Explained in Video

By Jillian Winn  |  Sunday, November 8, 2009

We try to make our many features as easy to understand and use as possible, BUT we know more explanation for some of our features is long overdue. We often get questions such as how do I create my own word list? How does the phrase builder work? How do I setup virtual flash cards and quizzes? How do I print multiple words on the same sheet of paper? To address this, we have made a series of screencast recordings! We ...
Membership without PayPal

Membership without PayPal

By Jillian Winn  |  Friday, October 23, 2009

When we first launched Signing Savvy we used PayPal for all of our payment processing. PayPal is one of the most trusted methods of transferring money on the Internet. However, we have had several users ask if they could pay directly for membership without having a PayPal account. Good news! We now accept credit card payments directly through the Signing Savvy website! That is, you can pay without using PayPal. Of course, if you prefer to pay with PayPal, ...
RSS Feed Now Available of Signing Savvy Blog

RSS Feed Now Available of Signing Savvy Blog

By Jillian Winn  |  Friday, September 18, 2009

We now have a RSS feed (What is RSS?) of the Signing Savvy blog. Feel free to link to it in your RSS readers or pull the feed into your own ...
Word List Improvements

Word List Improvements

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today we enhanced the member ability to create word lists. Previously, once you created a word list, you could add words to the word list by searching for them and then selected your word list from the Add to Word list drop down menu on the page of the sign you wanted to add. While this feature still remains, there is now a much easier way to add words to your word list. You can now add a whole list ...
The Simpsons Learn Sign Language

The Simpsons Learn Sign Language

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, July 13, 2009

Just for fun - In a recent episode of the Simpsons, titled "The Good, The Bad, and the Drugly", the bully Nelson Muntz, used American Sign Language to fingerspell his trademark "Haw Haw!" laugh rather than vocalize it. Like all Simpsons characters, Nelson has just four digits, which makes his fingerspelling a bit unique. Nelson signs about 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the episode. Watch the episode on ...