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PEP-Easy Mobile Web Application

The PEP-Easy application is a pre-beta-test (in the last stages of development and testing) build of a mobile web app for PEP-Web.  It focuses on providing the key operations of PEP-Web in an easy to use interface which is better suited to the smaller screens of mobile devices.  It also works on desktop systems as well, allowing more flexibility in window sizes than PEP-Web.

Pre-Beta-Test: This app is still in testing: We are currently providing it to selected users to look for issues and to comment on its functionality and interface.

A “mobile web app” is an application that runs in a browser on your phone or tablet.  However, with some browsers, like Google Chrome, you can add it to your home screen on your mobile device, and it will run “stand-alone” … without the usual browser framework, which effectively makes it behave like a stand-alone mobile app.  Unlike mobile apps, web apps do not need to be updated to use the latest enhancements.  This happens behind the scenes and automatically.  They also do not consume storage space on your mobile device.

PEP-Easy is designed as a very basic application for accessing PEP-Web articles, meant to make it easy to work with PEP-Web on limited screen size mobile devices like phones.

The interface has three sections.  Clicking on the header of a section opens it.:

  • News and Information
    • This section contains news and information about PEP-Easy, and what’s new on PEP, including Recent Issues, Most Cited, and Most Downloaded articles.
    • During the Beta it will also contain any beta notes of importance.
  • Search
    • This section provides a means to search by filling in fields.  The available fields are:
      • Journal
      • Author
      • Title
      • Year
      • Words or Phrases in context
    • To save screen space, you can pick from several predefined display combinations of these fields, where the rest of the fields remain hidden.  Pressing the + button above the fields will expand and show you all the fields.  Pressing the minus button (when the fields are expanded) will once again hide the other fields not part of the predefined set.  Currently, the sets are:
      • Word-Journal Search – Includes “Search for Words and Phrases” and the Journal name
      • Author-Title Word Search – Includes an author name search field, a title search field, and a words and phrases search field
      • Author -Word Search – includes an author name search field and a words and phrases search field
      • Word Search – includes only a words and phrases search field
    • Results are limited to 1000 entries, just like PEP-Web
    • Results are shown 25 at a time.  (You can change this in Preferences.)
  • Read
    • This is where the abstract is shown, and where you can then either Read or Download the article.

There’s also a menu on the upper right represented by three parallel horizontal lines (displayed as ☰, sometimes colloquially referred to as a “Hamburger” icon, given it’s resemblance to the three layers in a hamburger).

You can access it here: http://pepeasy.scird.com  (When complete, it will be accessible at http://pepeasy.pep-web.org )

Limitations:

  • IJP Open is not accessible.
  • Some PEP-Web features are not available
    • Live video transcriptions (we hope to remedy this soon)
    • PEP-Web tips are not available in the interface.  We may add a tip feature specifically for PEP-Easy in a later version.
    • Searches by Citations, Downloads and related statistics

Extensions:

  • The PEP-Easy  interface can be shown in other languages (currently, Spanish and French)

More PEP-Easy Help Topics (TBD):

  • Accessing PEP-Easy
    • Compatibility (Devices, Browsers)
    • User interface basics
    • Saving to your home screen
  • Logging in
    • You can search and read abstracts of PEP-Easy without logging in
    • If you are logged in, below the abstract you will have an option to Read or download the article.
  • Basic Searching
    • Word Search
    • Search by Journal
  • Expanded Searching
  • Downloading Articles
    • PDF versus ePub
  • Customizing it for your own usage patterns
  • Reporting Issues and Errors (for the Alpha/Beta versions)