If you are a do-it-yourselfer who likes to create your own publicity materials, then Lucid Software has a new free app.
Lucidpress offers free and fairly easy tools for creating print or digital documents. The app is now in beta and is available for use in your browser or on a tablet. All you need to do is sign up with your name and email address, and you are in.
Lucidpress offers many templates which can be altered to your exact specifications. Just pick the one you want, choose the section that needs changed, and use the tools on the left hand side to change it.
If you are familiar with Photoshop or GIMP, then this will be second nature to you. If you are not familiar with these programs, then don’t worry. Lucidpress is quite easy to get the hang of.
The tool is easy to use, so it won’t be long before you are clicking away with confidence.
The app offers multiple pages, fonts and the ability to drag and drop photos and even video into your page layout. It is designed to create flyers, brochures, newsletters, magazines and photo books. In what is similar to Google Drive, you can invite collaborators to edit, view or comment on your work, by sending them an email invitation or special URL.
When the document has been finished, you can share it via social media at the click of a button. You can then embed the document in your website. Finally, you can print the document out, so you can start handing those flyers and newsletters out to prospective customers.
The app is from the creators of Lucidchart, the app that enables you to make mind maps, flow charts and wireframes. While Lucidpress is in beta, all premium features are being provided free of charge.
Lucidpress says they “plan to continue to offer a version with core functionality that will remain 100% free, and any price we charge for Lucidpress in the future will be affordable and a great value.” The company is, however, not specifying at the moment which features are being considered as premium and which will disappear from the free version, after the beta phase has passed.