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This article was published on October 2, 2013

    Lucid Software brings the power of desktop publishing to the Web with Lucidpress, now in beta

    Lucid Software brings the power of desktop publishing to the Web with Lucidpress, now in beta
    Ken Yeung
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    Cloud-based productivity app provider Lucid Software opened up the beta release of its web-based drag-and-drop publishing app. With Lucidpress, users will be able to develop professional-looking content for either print or the Web. It’s essentially a competitor to Microsoft Publisher.

    Believing that design apps are either too complex, expensive, or just aren’t serving the needs of its users, Lucid Software set out to create a new tool where anyone can create a publication from anywhere on any device with the “robust performance of a desktop application”.

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    Lucidpress enables users to create any type of document and includes integrations with Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook.

    If you look closely at Lucidpress, it’s almost reminiscent of Google Docs, except that Google doesn’t offer a really robust way of creating publications. With Lucidpress, you can collaborate in real-time with your colleagues just like you could on Google Docs. The interface is simple enough to use thanks to drag-and-drop functionality.

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    Lucidpress also works on mobile devices as well and users can view their publications through the browser.

    Company CEO Karl Sun said in a statement:

    Where desktop software lags behind the new realities of an evolved market, we see a clear future with web-based applications. With Lucidpress, our goal is to make it easy for anyone to create stunning content like a design pro with all the added functionality made possible in the cloud.

    Anyone can sign up to try out Lucidpress during its beta trial and it’s free to use. The company will reveal its pricing options once the service has opened to the public.

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