Lucidpress puts desktop publishing in your browser

posted Feb 23, 2014, 3:48 PM by Eric Curts   [ updated May 17, 2014, 12:15 PM ]
Desktop publishing has long been the unicorn of web-based applications. We have web-based versions of word processors (Google Docs), presentation tools (Google Slides), image editing application (such as Pixlr Editor), and even video editing programs (such as WeVideo). But when it came to desktop publishing, if you wanted to create a nice tri-fold brochure your only real options were traditional programs such as Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign. Web-based desktop publishing was just a fantasy. That is, until now.

Lucidpress is a powerful web-based desktop publishing solution from the folks who created Lucidchart, the awesome online diagramming tool. Much like Lucidchart, Lucidpress comes with many templates and tools, integration with Google Dirve, and the ability to share and collaborate with other users. Best of all, it is free to use for educators and students.

You can add Lucidpress to your Chrome browser or Chromebook through the Chrome Web Store or to your entire Google Apps domain through the Google Apps Marketplace. Or you can simply go to the Lucidpress website. For more details read the press release below from Lucidpress.

Lucidpress brings desktop publishing to your browser

Lucidpress is a desktop publishing program that runs in your browser. Offering enterprise-quality technology without the high price tag, Lucidpress is free for educators and students. It’s the ideal tool for education because of its flexibility, easy-to-learn interface, and possibilities for collaboration. Beginners and advanced designers alike can make flyers, posters, and digital yearbooks. You can access your documents from a variety of devices: desktop computers, tablets, and even iPhones. Easily collaborate with students through comments and chat right from the editor—there’s no need to email copies back and forth, because multiple users can make changes simultaneously. 

Lucidpress also integrates seamlessly with Google Apps. This program is highly rated in the Google Apps Marketplace. Lucid products have been deployed by several top-tier educational institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford University.

Lucidpress is intuitive—educators and students can start creating documents their first time in the editor. The application even has several pre-loaded templates which will jump-start your print and digital projects. Making a poster for a bake sale, a department brochure, or a cutting-edge digital yearbook has never been simpler, nor yielded such high-quality results.

Imagine that you are the editor of an on-campus magazine. Rather than sending endless article drafts and page layout mockups back and forth, you can let writers, editors, photographers, and designers all access the same document. This is a great opportunity for students to not only learn cloud-based desktop publishing skills, but understand how to work as a team and incorporate feedback from educators and peers. 

This video will give you a taste of how students and teachers can collaborate on documents:

Whether you're assigning homework or completing a classroom project, we have a variety of resources that can help. Check out our guides on how to make a brochure, how to make a flyer, and how to make a poster. If you'd rather start from a customizable template, you can also choose from the following categories:
  • Print
    • Invitations
    • Newsletters
    • Newspaper Supplements
    • Magazines
    • Reports
  • Digital
    • Flyers
    • Newsletters
    • Magazines
    • Photo Books
    • Presentations
    • Yearbooks
In the editor, you have access to all the tools you would expect from desktop publishing software. Once you’ve selected a template, you have a high degree of control over your layout, text content, and images. Here are some highlights of what you can do (and if you get confused, consult our detailed tutorials): 
  • Image importing and editing: Upload images directly from your computer or your Google Drive, Facebook, Flickr, or Dropbox accounts. This means much easier teamwork between photographers and writers on newsletters, yearbooks, and flyers.
  • Text import and editing: Drag and drop text from Google Drive and edit it in Lucidpress. Changes you make automatically back up to the cloud. No more lost files!
  • Sharing options: Control who can edit, comment, and view your document. Invite collaborators, push documents to social networks, and print—all from within the editor!

Sign up for a free account today. Lucidpress is currently in beta and free for all. We're pleased to continue our track record of free educational access by offering Lucidpress to all students and teachers.

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