September 15, 2007 / Fall 2007 / Online Design

Online creation gets better with age

Written by Idea File Staff

Imagine getting a toolbox that helped you organize your projects, provided an abundance of tools for each job and enabled you to keep jobs moving. Advisers and staff can get those types of tools when they create their yearbooks online.

For anyone unfamiliar with online yearbook creation, Walsworth’s Online Design allows users to get organized with a ladder and staff manager, design pages and submit pages, all online.

“The website puts everything you need to do the job in one spot, and it’s available anytime, anywhere you have an internet connection,” said Christoph Sisson, Walsworth’s digital products manager. “You can plan, create and submit the yearbook on your terms.”

Entering its third year, the Online Design website keeps getting better. And Sisson said the future of Online Design is bright. Each year will bring specific improvements such as adding depth to the functionality, and most importantly, adding speed to the website’s response time.

“We’re not stopping. We’re always doing research for future applications,” said Sisson. “We will always be striving to make Online Design a better product.”

Areas where Online Design stands out include:

  • The image uploading capability is superior, with the ability to preview and upload 50 images at a time, as well as folders of images.
  • A wide variety of image shapes, beyond simple rectangles and ovals.
  • The largest number of pre-designed templates and fonts in the industry. For example, Online Design includes a choice of more than 300 fonts.
  • Easy-to-use wizards for flowing portrait pages and index pages, with several customization options on both.
  • Live Yearbook, a feature that allows users to constantly see a preview of exactly what their yearbook looks like as it progresses.
  • A very stable environment to edit pages. What you develop on the page is what will print. What you see is what you get.

Many Walsworth customers who have used Online Design in the first two years rave about the results.

“We know that when we submit the book there are no problems with broken image links and issues like that,” said Tabitha Davison, the yearbook adviser at College Heights Christian School in Joplin, Mo. ” Additionally, being able to access the program from anywhere at anytime is invaluable.”

Darren Rhym, the yearbook adviser at Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School in Athens, Ga., said he was impressed with how accurate the printed yearbook was, compared to what the students saw on the computer screen.

“We were very satisfied with the quality of the yearbook using Online Design. The result was identical to what we expected, only better,” said Rhym, “The pictures were very crisp and the layouts look great.”

Idea File Staff

Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.