E-Brochure Maker – the #1 – Free Online

See, because I’m “good with computers”, all the simple design work at the office gets passed off to me, and doing the e-brochure for the company’s family weekend retreat was no exception. There was a lot of information to include, so a simple 1-page flyer wouldn’t do. For some reason, I’ve always hated making e-brochures until i found the number one software – Yumpu.com!

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There were accommodation options, F&B options, activity options…I couldn’t avoid it. It had to be a e-brochure and therefore, a good e-brochure maker would be helpful.

I’ve tried so many different ways to make e-brochures – computer programs, online apps – but nothing really *worked* for me. Either the interface was way too complicated, or it cost way more than I wanted to spend on software I’d only occasionally use. I had resigned myself to just making sad little PDFs that I could e-mail around, or multi-part images I could put up online. But I wanted a real solution.

Yesterday morning, I was catching up with my friend Shelley, who is an amazing photographer by the way. She had seen my previous blog posts on my seemingly endless search for an e-brochure maker and she mentioned that one of her clients has been using a free online e-brochure maker called Yumpu to put together e-brochures for their local dental clinic.

What is it?

It’s a free online app that runs in your browser (I tested it with Chrome and with a new browser, Vivaldi). You visit their website, yumpu.com, and upload one or more PDFs. Like magic, the site outputs a beautiful interactive brochure that’s viewable by anyone with internet access.

Once I created a free account, I was off and running. I was able to take the PDFs I had created (one for each page of the brochure), and upload them in a simple, painless process.

magicThe magic elves who live in the code then converted my PDFs into an amazing, beautifully formatted brochure!

And once the conversion process was done I was able to share it with the entire team right away. I genuinely couldn’t believe how easy it was. Something that would have taken me an hour of fussing was done in just under 20 minutes. I was hooked!

What else makes Yumpu so great?

1., unlike most of its competitors, the free version of this software has loads of features and settings to play with which ensured that my e-brochure came out exactly as I intended. Truth be told the free version is literally the least restricted free version of any software I have ever used.

2., the software’s built in optimization ensures your content is readable on any size screen. That way, I was sure that all my readers were seeing my brochure formatted correctly and looking beautiful whether they were on their laptops, tablets, or mobile phones. It’s always a pain when you’re scrolling around on your phone trying to read a huge document, plus it looks really unprofessional. Making sure that this never happens is a major plus in my book.

3., the hotspot editor allows you to add links, audio, video, and even slideshows to the brochure really effortlessly. Even better, if you already have links like email addresses, phone numbers, or URLs in the PDF that you upload, the hotspot editor will detect those and create the links automatically! I made full use of this feature by linking to the website of the resort we were using for the retreat, so that people who read the e-brochure could explore everything the hotel had to offer. I also made sure that there was a link to email the contact person – all my coworkers had to do was click to email their questions or RSVPs. It was absolutely brilliant!

4., and where I really can see the potential of this online e-brochure maker – is in the sidekick WordPress plugin. Using the plugin, I was able to insert the e-brochure I made directly into a post on the company’s internal blog! It was so easy to do, and looked so impressive, that I’m sure I scored major brownie points with the boss. I can see myself using this for all sorts of things – the ability to integrate your e- brochures so easily with your website is truly a revolutionary feature in my opinion.

yumpu logoI think that the next hundred coffees for Shelley and I will be on me – she’s always been a great source of information, and she proved her worth once again with this recommendation.

I had always hated having to make brochures for work, and I’d found other options for making e-brochures…just not up to par. The ease of use and that incredible hotspot editor completely solves that problem – and for FREE! If you want to turn boring PDFs into cool, interactive e-brochures, then you should definitely sign up for the free trial and give Yumpu a whirl.

24 Comments
  1. CallmeGenius

    WE ALSO WANT BROWNIIIIIIES!

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  2. IvanKO

    I had the same problem Oliver. I’m on a budget right now and can’t afford to spend so much money on a e publishing software. And the cheap ones looked…well…cheap. Thanks for the tip, I will have a look at that one.

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  3. Stephanus

    The wordpress plugin sounds legit. Will there be an upload button for the reader or how will my magazine look like on my blog? Thanks Oliver.

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      Hello Stephanus.
      No no there will be no download button on your blog. Your visitors can read your publications, without having to download the whole document.

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  4. LiveLifeGood

    Hey hey Oliver.
    You said that there is a yumpu wordpress plugin. Is that the only plugin I need or do I need other plugins to make it work?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      There is no other browser plugin necessary

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  5. Timon2000

    I also have a question to the wordpress login. How can my magazine be read? Is Flash alright?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      Hey Timon, yes Flash works perfectly or HTML 5.

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  6. Ida77

    I had a look at my friends’ online catalogue which is made with that software. It looked really professional!

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  7. Readyforholiday

    There is really nothing to complain about. I love it!

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  8. zaraaa

    Hey Oliver, do you know how many e-brochures can I upload?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      Hey Zaraaa, you can upload as many magazines you like.
      It’s unlimited.

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  9. Martin Weibel

    Can I also use the wordpress plug-in when I have the free plan?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      Hello Martin, yes – I did it with the free version.

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  10. Morgan S.

    Hey Oliver, so if I decide to cancel – let’s say my adfree plan – where can I do that? Do I have to contact the support?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      Hello Morgan S. You can actually just make it through your user account – that’s the easiest and fastest way.

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  11. Morgan S.

    Oh and one more question – when I decide to change my plan, can I change it at any time?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      Yes. No problem! Plans can be modified anytime. Simply upgrade or downgrade your plans.

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  12. Tagtraumer

    …Just scrolling through some magazines made with that software…looking good – even on my mobile.

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  13. Rufus

    I agree what Tagtruumer said. Good quality and perfectly formatted.

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  14. Maarfa

    I took the time. 23 minutes and my e-brochure was done haha!!

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  15. Samuel K. Jackson

    Your last words “The ease of use and that incredible hotspot editor completely solves that problem – and for FREE! If you want to turn boring PDFs into cool, interactive e-brochures, then you should definitely sign up for the free trial…“ convinced me. 😀 I will give it a shot. Talk to you later Oliver!

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  16. Kalimero

    Yumpu offers 30day trial for free. How exactly does it work?

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    • Oliver Caldwell

      If you take the free plan then it’s free for life
      If you take the adfree plan or the webkiosk plan you have a 30 days trial period. After that you get charged.
      Your credit card will get charged on day 31 for the first time
      But it’s super easy to cancel the trial phase at any time you want

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