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January 2nd 2013

Happy New Year from Living File

  • As we enter the new year we thought we would like to take the time to wish you all a Happy New Year and tell you a bit about what we have been doing since our last update.
  • The fact that it has been almost a year since we last wrote an update doesn't mean that we haven't been hard at work all that time.
  • We have in fact been working very hard towards rebuilding the very core of Living File to be able to give you a ton of new features and functionality and make the site easier to use.
  • It is unfortunately quite a lot of work, which is why you haven't heard from us in a while. The good news is that we hope to soon be able to show you what we have been working on, so keep an eye on this space for further updates!

January 20th 2012

Living File goes visual with new picture upload feature:

  • If you have just come back from a concert, trip or anything else you feel like writing a journal entry about and document with pictures as well, you'll be happy to know that you now can right here at Living File.
  • We have just put the finishing touches on a new feature that allows you to upload pictures to any activity or journal entry you write.
  • For each picture you upload you can individually set the privacy setting for the picture to be shared or private, giving you full control over what is shared with whom.
  • To check out the new feature simply add any activity and then go to the picture tab to upload your first picture!

January 13th 2012

Configure your own activity layout!:

  • Acknowledging that every Living File user is different, we have just finished deploying a new change that should make the site easier to use for everyone.
  • In the past the selection of visible input fields when adding a new activity has been based on the type of user you may have chosen to be. We have long since realized that this approach has not been as flexible as it needs to be, and we have now done something about it.
  • Every activity type can now be individually configured to show just the specific fields that are relevant to you, when adding an activity. You can however still access the additional fields if you should want to for a specific activity. Please use the Settings link in the left sidebar of the activity in question to configure it to your liking.
  • If you feel that an activity is missing a field, then please feel free to contact us with your suggestion.

January 10th 2012

New journaling options:

  • It will hopefully please you to learn that we have just introduced a new journaling option for all activity types.
  • The journal option will replace the previous Notes function and works in a similar way, only better. It can be found on each new activity that you create, but is optional to use.
  • You can for instance change the privacy options for the journal entries globally, seperately for each activity type or for an individual activity as they are created.
  • Alongside the journal option we have introduced a new journal view for the Activities list, which will list the entries as before, but with the journal entries embedded. The view can be changed at the top of the My Activities page.

December 13th 2011

Rich text editing options:

  • Based on popular demand from feedback we have gotten via this questionnaire, we have implemented a new feature that will allow you to use colors, bold, italics and more when adding certain activities.
  • The editing options can be used in long text areas in journal entries, restaurant menus and more, or in notes you add to any activity types.
  • You can try out this feature by adding a journal entry, restaurant visit or any other activity of your choice.

December 6th 2011

Share your activities with the world:

  • Until now your profile and activity lists have been visible only to other users on the site.
  • But with the new options you can publish your activity lists, specific lists of books you've read or movies you've watched to anyone with an internet connection.
  • The default privacy option is for new activities to be visible only to friends, so only items that you have selected as "visible to everyone" will be affected. In other words, there is no need to worry if you don't want people to see your activities and haven't made active changes to your privacy settings.
  • As an added bonus your Activity Card now links directly to your configured lists. See how it works on our example user:

November 29th 2011

Go invisible:

  • We're happy to announce a new privacy option that allows you to become completely invisible, even to other users on the site.
  • Check the invisibility box on your privacy settings and only people that are already your friends will be able to see that you even exist as a user.
  • You won't appear in user searches and if you don't have any friends on the site, you will be completely hidden.
  • You can tick the invisibility box on your privacy settings.

October 27th 2011

New Privacy Summary feature:

  • We have just introduced new way for you to quickly check the privacy setting of all your entered activities, as part of a bigger change we have planned for the near future.
  • You can view your activity privacy settings on the privacy summary page.

August 17th 2011

Ongoing design changes:

  • As you may have noticed we are currently in the process of giving the site a much needed facelift.
  • The changes are still relatively small, but we plan to continue improving the look of the site over the coming weeks.
  • If you have any good ideas for us or feel that we have missed something particularly important, we would love to hear from you. As always, any feedback is more than welcome!

August 15th 2011

Easier way to browse through activity types:

  • The complete list of activity categories and types has just been optimized to make it easier for you to find activities you would like to view and add them to your Favorites list.
  • Have a look at the Find Activities page to browse through all the available activities, or to suggest new ones.

August 9th 2011

New default home page:

  • In an attempt to make navigation easier to new and old users alike, we have introduced a new default home page with easy access to the links you use the most.
  • At the top of the page is a list of the most commonly used activity types that you can easily add to your list of favorites. Further down is your own list of favorites, which you can order as you like by dragging the boxes around.
  • At the bottom of the page is a list of the 5 latest activities you have registered.
  • You can still choose to have the Friend Feed or My Activities page be your default home on the site. The option can be found on your Preferences page.

July 27th 2011

Invite your friends through Google or Yahoo!:

April 5th 2011

Issue with time zones fixed:

  • The issue that some users have reported about time zones not working properly when using the "now", "today" and "yesterday" buttons has been fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience the problem may have caused.

October 28th 2010

Follow the Living File updates and progress:

September 25th 2010

Improvement questionnaire:

September 16th 2010

New Activity Types:

  • We're continuing to add new activity types based on the great suggestions we get from users. Some of the latest additions include: went to the library, went to class, went to the movies, drawing, knitting, writing, personal grooming and more. Keep the suggestions coming!
  • Some of your activity suggestions are a little trickier to introduce than others, but that doesn't mean we're not working on them. We're hoping to have all of them in place for you to use shortly.

August 11th 2010

Activity Card:

  • For those of you with your own blog or site we have made available an Activity Card Editor.
  • You can use the editor to configure your own Activity Card that can then easily be placed on your blog.

August 8th 2010

User Types:

  • To help make the site easier to navigate for users with different needs we have introduced a new user type system. There are currently three different user types defined, a Casual User, a Completist and a Contributor. You can read more about the three types and select the one that suits you best on the User Type Page

August 3rd 2010

New Front Page:

  • We have put together a new front page with a list of things you might want to do first, as a new user. While logged in, the front page can always be reached by clicking the Living File logo in the top right corner.

July 24th 2010

New Search Options:

  • You can now search through your activities on the list view page. A search option has also been added to the "Find Activities" page.

July 19th 2010

Public Items:

  • The newly introduced Public Items system allows for you to link specific activities such as books you've read, movies you've watched, restaurants you've been to and more to the same activities of your friends, making it easy to compare thoughts and ideas about specific things. You can read more about Public Items on the Help page.

July 2nd 2010

Profile Pictures:

  • The profile picture upload function has been greatly improved and uploaded profile pictures can now be cropped directly on the site.

June 28th 2010


  • The design of the site has been given a thorough overhaul and will hopefully be more pleasing to the eye and easier to navigate through.

June 14th 2010


  • The first basic level of statistics has been implemented and can be accessed from the list view pages. This means that you can now keep track of how many movies you have watched, how many times you have ordered take-out, how often you have read a book, how much money you have spent on groceries, and countless other things.

Activity Types:

  • We have implemented a number of new activity types on your suggestions and will continue to do so as needed. If you have identified a type of activity that you feel is missing, please drop us a note via the feedback link and let us know.

May 11th 2010

Message System:

  • A new user-to-user message system has been implemented and can be used to send private messages directly to your friends. The message system is accessible from your profile page.
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