EDOnline 6.5: Spend Less to Customize Your Yearbook

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New yearbook design software EDOnline 6.5, released by Entourage Yearbooks this month, promises to further revolutionize the industry in efficiency and advanced technology features.

"The software has made it so much easier... a week long endeavor, and now it's done in minutes."

Entourage Yearbooks has released their new yearbook design software, EDOnline 6.5, along with the updated Link mobile app that brings users into the future of yearbooks. The company hopes that yearbook designers will use these resources to create an interactive experience for their school communities.

EDOnline software developer Kristen Kelly is excited about this year’s people page update as users are now able to flow student portraits directly into their own custom templates. For Jerry Holm, yearbook advisor and teacher at Goddard High School in New Mexico, EDOnline has helped most in the arduous task of flowing portrait pages. "I used to do that manually," said Holm, who has seen his yearbook experience improve drastically since using Entourage. "The software has made it so much easier... a week long endeavor, and now it's done in minutes."

With the new version of EDOnline, the process has been further simplified by automatically updating student data throughout the book. Nicole Lipnitz, lead software developer, said that the upgrade to the people page builder is exciting because “an entire book could need to be re-printed if the student data is wrong… this takes one more step toward preventing mishaps.” To make it even more interactive, the newest version of Entourage’s mobile app for iPhone is available (Android version available by the end of September) and allows yearbook staff to more easily interact. Editors can create polls to be published in their books, and can even message each other within the app itself. Aurasma, a free mobile app, is also compatible with the yearbooks to incorporate augmented reality in addition to the already-popular use of QR codes.

Advanced users of InDesign will benefit from EDOnline 6.5’s updates as this new version is the first in the yearbook industry to allow the import of templates, photo files, and text styles directly from InDesign to a yearbook design platform. Teachers and yearbook advisors will find this InDesign conversion helpful because users will no longer need to edit templates directly in InDesign, but instead, within the collaborative and fully accessible online page designer.

Entourage hopes that EDOnline 6.5 will be an integral part of introducing the world to another generation of yearbooks. Please reach out to yearbooks(at)entourageyearbooks(dot)com or 888-926-6571, ext. 1, if you are interested in obtaining more information about the design software or working with Entourage Yearbooks.

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