Thursday, September 4, 2014

LucidChart & LuicidPress - Publishing Options Beyond Docs

Google Docs - they are tried and true, but sometimes you need something a little bit more. Even Slides, Sheets, and Drawing might not be quite what you need. When you find yourself in that situation take a look at two other tools you should see listed in Drive - Lucidchart and Lucidpress.

Lucidchart is similar to other concept-mapping or brainstorming tools like Inspiration or Popplet that allow users to easily create diagrams demonstrating a workflow or how concepts are related to each other.  Once your project is complete it can be downloaded as a PDF or image file to be used in other documents or simply submitted as a work assignment.

Lucidpress is Google Docs on steroids. I like to think of it as either Pages, Publisher, or InDesign just in the cloud. Using Lucidpress you can create professional looking publications, such as posters, brochures, or magazines. All of the documents are formatted for print or digital layout.

A handy feature of Lucidchart and Lucidpress is that both programs integrate with Google Drive, so your diagrams and publications show up in your Drive folder with all of your other files.  Similar to Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Presentations, both products allow for real-time collaboration between users in the same document.

To get started with either product check out these online tutorials. Both products also have excellent support pages and a fantastic collection of templates.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


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