Digital technology has permeated every aspect of our lives, and the workplace is no exception. One of the things that technology has done in the workplace is bring people together no matter where they are, making collaborative solutions a critically important technology for the way we work moving forward.
The new Collaborate platform from issuu gives users in the digital publishing space a place where they can come together, whether they are across the desk from each other or on the other side of the planet.
Established as a digital publication platform, issuu has simplified and democratized publishing so anyone can create their own magazines, catalogs and newspapers and find an audience. The company’s platform is used by the biggest brands in the world, but it also gives individuals the same access to its 100 million plus monthly readers.
Collaborate Editorial Tool
The Collaborate editorial tool has been designed to bring some semblance of order in the chaotic world of publishing from start to finish. One of the biggest issues facing periodicals is globalization, which requires using talent from many different parts of the world. According to issuu, Collaborate streamlines your publishing process by bringing all of your contributors and workflow together in one place so you can create digital content more efficiently.
With Collaborate, editors, contributors, ad sales and anyone else in the pipeline will be on the same page when new assignments are given, assets are gathered and deadlines have to be met. And it all happens in a single platform that can be accessed no matter what system or device you are using, thus eliminating issues of compatibility that hinder collaborative efforts.
Collaborate begins with a flatplan. In this flatplan you can create the layout of what you are going to publish and invite users to start participating by uploading images or adding their own content. The approval system gives you control of every action that is being taken by the participants as materials are developed and revised.
The platform also provides integration with Adobe InDesign, so you can download articles and ads for layout as well as uploading final design files for preview and approval.
While not all publications cover global events with resources from disparate locations, the process of publishing a magazine or newspaper requires a solution that brings every piece of information together so it can be readily available. Collaborate does this in one central hub, giving media teams of any size access to tools for producing quality digital publications.
Founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006, issuu is now used by more than 25 million digital publications covering every imaginable subject under the sun from 2.5 million publishers. In March of 2016, the company announced shut-down of its Targeted Distribution Service. In responding to the article, issuu CEO Joe Hyrkin said this move is not affecting the growth of the company.
Hyrkin went on to say:
“We’ve had a host of vibrant product updates and releases including issuu shopping links, new ways to view content within a Twitter stream, updated our iOS app and Android App, overhauled our publisher’s home page and expanded to new offices in Berlin with launches of several major products over the next two-three months.”
The Collaborate editorial tool is available on issuu’s Optimum plan, but you can try it for free for 14 days. The pricing and plans are available as Free, Plus, Premium and Optimum. The paid plans are $26, $35 and $235 per month respectively.
If you are going to create digital magazines with Collaborate or any other type of publication, please let us know how it has improved your workflow and the way you collaborate with all of your contributors.