The BioGPS user interface has been great for users who already knew why they were there — to see reference gene expression data, and to learn all about gene function. The interface was bare bones, concise, and without a lot of flash. But it also meant that new users were a little lost on their first visit…

Until now… We’ve put quite a bit of work into gently introducing a newbie user to BioGPS. That means the addition of a basic overview to the BioGPS front page, a step-by-step guide on how to use BioGPS, and a bit more meat to our help page.

We’ve also significantly changed the interface to the plugin library to make it both more useful and more user-friendly. Finally, we’ve applied a healthy layer of polish over the entire site to make it a little easier on the eyes.

Together, we feel that all these changes, plus all the changes we’ve built up since our public release in August 2008, justify the “BioGPS Version 1.0” label. Sure, it’s symbolic in nature (since we plan on being in eternal beta phase). But we really feel BioGPS is a unique and useful offering among online biology tools.

We hope you like the changes, and as always, feedback is appreciated.