A new look

Snip20141104_43It’s been several months in the making, and today the new Now Playing Podcast website went live with a redesigned look and new features that will greatly improve the user experience.

For starters, the archive system has been revamped, and the new dropdown menu will make it much easier to search through the list of films and retrospective series’ that have been covered in the show’s history — closing in on 8 years now.

One of my favorite new features is the addition of news articles on the home page and the “articles” tab. This will give the user access to content from the Venganza Media Gazette — including all those Children of the Corn-related pieces I wrote over the summer.

Another great feature is the show calendar, something host Arnie Carvalho has called “the single most-requested feature from listeners.” Instead of having to look for information about upcoming shows in the old forums, it’s now right on the home page.

“Now everyone can plan their Netflix queues accordingly!” Arnie wrote in an email this week. He’s right. It’s a better listening experience when a person has seen a film being reviewed on NPP, and that calendar will give them the chance to plan ahead.

Here’s a copy of the press release I drafted to mark the launch of the new site.

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