Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Header Created with Visme

I used Canva to create the original header that I had on the blog. It looked like this:

I liked it, but it was too small to go all the way across the top. To be honest, I didn't fix it because I thought it was more trouble than it was worth to fix with Canva.

I was asked to review Visme about a month ago. I haven't had much time to create content in that timeframe until today. I decided to give it a try today as I was waiting for a flight at the Nashville airport. I made a new Twitter banner AND a new banner for the blog in just a few minutes. It is taking me longer to compose this post than it did to create those. Check out that banner. The size is perfect. I'm so excited that my Twitter banner isn't blurry now too! (It was blurry with the one I made using Canva.)

I don't mean to hate on Canva. I used it faithfully for a long time for many things. It's just that now I think Visme is a better option, and I will be using it from now on. 

I was asked to try Visme and share whether I liked it. I have integrity. So, if I did not like it, I would not be writing this. 

I can think of a whole host of ways to use it. You could create flyers for your school, make infographics to teach with, create social media content, make presentations more engaging, create content for flipping lessons, etc. 

Even if you’re not that great at design, it’s an extremely easy-to-use, flexible app that is changing the way ideas are visualized and stories are told. They just launched a major upgrade, which I'm assuming is one thing that makes it so easy to use. The basic plan is free. You can only create JPG files and have limited use of the widgets. There's a standard and complete plan that you can pay for to get premium features like creating PDFs and unlimited use of widgets.

Here's a 90 seconder for you to learn a little more:

My two favorite things about it, besides the polka dots, of course, are that you can lock items to keep them from moving accidentally or getting selected when you are trying to select something else. I also like the fonts. There are over 100 fonts that look amazing!

Visme is different because:

  • It does more than just create one type of content. It’s the multi-tool of visual content: Great for both Infographics and Presentations.
  • Requires no coding or design experience
  • It’s intuitive and easy-to-use yet balanced, with a range of features and flexibility to personalize content.
  • It gives you a great starting point to create presentations.
  • It’s fully HTML5-based, so content is both web and mobile friendly.
  • It allows users to download content in all popular formats:  Web URL, Image, PDF, and HTML5 formats.
  • It allows users to add interactivity and animation to any object.
  • Ability to attach music / audio to your project and record own audio within Visme

So, that's my review. I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.
(Okay, I'm at the Nashville airport and the country music is turned on. Y'all remember that song? Are you mad at me for making you think about it? Sorry!)

Anyway, I'm hooked! I think you should give it a try.

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