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element14 Community Gets Even Better Following User Feedback

LONDON–element14, Premier Farnell’s innovative online technology resource and community for electronic design engineers, announces a significant upgrade of over 150 new features that will benefit its 30,000-strong eCommunity of global. Members of the element14 community are now able to have private discussions and post private documents, see previews of documents created with Microsoft Office®. These enhancements follow comprehensive user feedback into the features and capabilities that are most important to global electronic design engineers.

Private Discussions and Documents
Engineers now have their own private workspace where they can create confidential discussions and view and share documents with only the participants they choose. Furthermore, if they are working on a project with a remote partner, they can use their private space to store, collaborate, share and message with them. Rich Document Preview
The new document preview allows users immediate access to rich technical content from around the world covering all the technologies and manufacturers on element14. As users search for answers, the new preview mode displays documents immediately without the need to open attachments. Users can now also collaborate and easily share feedback on any document by leaving comments and notes, significantly improving user collaboration.

“The fact that element14 continues to grow significantly is the fact that we continually evolve the available resources to match the changing needs of electronic design engineers whether they are in Europe, the Americas or Asia,” said Devashish Saxena, Senior Vice President Global eCommerce and Social Marketing at Premier Farnell. “These latest enhancements, which are a direct result of user feedback, include over 150 new features that allow users to customize their experience on element14. For instance, they can now easily customize their community page by showing only the people, spaces/groups and content relevant to them, they have access to many new interface layouts and a new preview widget lets users easily review their new page before it is published and make it their starting point for their element14 experience. Also, users can set up a new digest e-mail to receive daily, bi-weekly or weekly updates on content of their choosing.”

About element14
Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers boasting 30,000 live users (as of October 2010). It provides product data, design tools and technology information, whilst incorporating Web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world. Users can consult experts, discover trends, post blogs, articles and comments in this world-wide forum.

element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel distribution and specialty services for electronic design engineers throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It has a stocked range of 450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of £795.3m and over 4,100 employees globally.

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