When you say Easter egg, some people think of Easter Sunday and little kids scrambling around looking for painted eggs. Others, usually techies, think of hidden features programmed into DVDs, video games or even Google’s search page. The programmed buried treasures are usually found by attentive people with an eye for detail.
As I was preparing our most recent and lengthy release notes (the document which accompanies each ArchiOffice update and details changes and bug fixes that are included), I was curious to see how many people would actually read all the items in this less-than-thrilling page-turner. After all, it really doesn’t have the kind of suspense and titillation found in Fifty Shades of Grey.
A link to the release notes always displays with the update notification on the ArchiOffice Login page. But if you missed that, out of your unbridled enthusiasm to install the latest ArchiOffice update, you can always view the latest notes by going to the ArchiOffice Support Download page and clicking the Release Notes link for the update.
To see how many people actually read this information, I planted a virtual Easter egg in the ArchiOffice v263 update release notes. At first, this was something to satisfy my curiosity and help me deal with the monotony of writing a lengthy document.
I’m happy to say that people are paying attention and reading the notes. One person even read them on Thanksgiving day! By the way, you know you’ve had enough of your relatives when you’re reading our release notes on a holiday.
So what do the observant folks who have come across the Easter egg get? They get a shout-out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
While writing this post, the following voracious readers have come across the hidden ‘extra’ in the ArchiOffice release notes.
- Craig Vaughn, Fusch Architects
- Jeff Seeley, Foreman, Seeley Fountain Architecture
- Julio Cesar del Valle, Raquel del Valle Arquitetura
- Elizabeth Holderfield, Dillon Kyle Architecture
- Maria DeLeo, ARMOUR+VOKIC Architecture
In addition to some free PR, these five early responders also received $50 of BQE bucks that they can use for any future purchases of software or services from BQE Software, Inc.
Check out the release notes when you get a chance. And keep an eye out for future virtual Easter eggs, you never know when or where one might turn up–or what it will be worth.