If you know me, then you know I have a fetish for desktop publishing. While extolling the virtues of desktop publishing (and constantly teasing a tutorial in the coming weeks), I often maintain that Publisher is the best kept secret for educators who make their own publications and handouts (remember that piece I did on Paper Technology?).
If you read my blog often, you are also probably keenly aware of my propensity to work in the cloud. While championing Google Drive as the best solution (compared to OneDrive, Box, iCloud and Dropbox), I've found a collection of sites and apps that allow me to be extraordinarily productive from any computer, anywhere. While I typically rely on Google Docs, sites like compileOnline, comslider, Pixlr and a few others help to round out my productivity.
But I just stumbled across the game changer.
Fans of Lucidchart may have been introduced to Lucidpress, a cloud-based desktop publishing venue. I do not believe I have encountered cloud-based software as elegant, potent, and user friendly as this one.
It is intuitive to use (as far as desktop publishing software can be), has amazing collaboration tools, and - most spectacularly - has a wonderful interface for creating interactive media publications. That's right! Interactive!
It's difficult to articulate the impressive nature of the software, so watch this video (the best 60 seconds of your day), and see what you're missing if you don't use Lucidpress:
For desktop publishers, here is a screenshot of the working environment:
|It's easy to appear productive if you have desktop publishing software open on your computer.|
And all the content is published directly on the Lucidpress server, so there is no need to find hosting solutions. In fact, publishing can be updated at any time, and the changes will be pushed out in real time. Currently it is free, though Lucid Software has mentioned a freemium model in the future.
Update [February 11, 2015] - if you haven't seen Canva yet, you must check it out. It is a dream for people who want to design eye-popping publications. The tools are great, the interface easy to use, and the workflow is seamless. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for a blog post of this in the next few weeks.