As part of my job as a technology blogger I’m constantly on the lookout for free software for creating my personal e-brochure. I haven’t been as impressed in a while as I was last week when I found a free digital publishing site that simulates the experience of reading a print publication called Yumpu.com.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that there is no short supply of free software online specifically targeting the brochure development market. What there is a shortage of, is software that actually does the things that people need and expect it to do in order to deliver on their promises! I have spent more time than I would like to admit in the last couple days in a state of frustration, trying to find just one application that wasn’t too complicated, too costly, too bulky, and I daresay too simple!
Is there even a problem with too much simplicity?
There is when you’re trying to find ways to be creative using an app that only offers five templates! Even worse when there is a limit to the number of modifications you can make to these templates in the first place. Lately, I’ve really started questioning why some of these developers even bother to introduce products like that into the market when all they really seem to do is waste your time. I find it incredibly hard to wrap my head around the logic of creating a crappy free version of a product or service to build customer faith!
Thankfully, all was not lost!
Not a moment too soon I discovered Yumpu. The free e-brochure creator was a breath of fresh air in a dessert inhabited almost solely by lack of imagination! I’d heard good things about the digital publishing platform and couldn’t wait to see for myself what it was all about. I logged onto the website and created a free account. The first step was uploading a PDF onto the server. I selected my files, uploaded them onto the website, and watched as they were converted into beautiful images on the site’s digital reader. It had taken all of two minutes!
Next, it was time to play around with the application’s hotspot editor. I used the function to add hotspots like links, videos, slides shows and sounds. Videos could either be uploaded directed to the website and then linked to your publication, or uploaded through sites like Youtube or Vimeo. There was also the option to upload audio through mediums like Soundcloud, or directly onto the application, then linked. Notably, it was just as easy to upload audio as it was to implement videos and slides. I looked around at some of the other publications that had been uploaded to the site and noticed that a lot of users had taken advantage of this feature adding interviews, comments, radio spots and music to their creations for a distinctively interactive edge.
The next thing I noticed was how easy it was to get publications that can range from brochures and flyers, to catalogues and online magazines onto social media. The application’s social media optimized sharing took the effort out of bridging the networks. It was possible to share publications in their entirety, or in select parts. Brochures could be shared directly onto social media or emailed.
Finally! A Cloud Based E-Brochure Creator
The second I uploaded my completed trial publication onto the platform my e-brochure transcended to the cloud. Cloud based software really is the way forward in my opinion; I and whoever else in the world that wants, can access my brochure anywhere where there is an internet connection which provides countless benefits (too many to mention here for sure). Uploading publications onto the platform came with even more benefits as other users on the site could easily find your publication by way of a simple search. It seemed like everyone was connected in the community filled with millions of active readers. With over 20 million magazines, the platform features leading and emerging titles in fashion, culture, arts, and hyperlocal content, all of which are accessible on any device.
I used the free version of the application but it is important to note that a variety of paid plans are also available. With that said, I can say without a doubt that the free version contains all the elements necessary for creating a professional looking e-brochure online. Check it out here: www.yumpu.com.