Balfour Releases Industry-First Full Feature HTML5 Yearbook Software

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Encore™ offers schools reimagined solution for yearbook production

Encore provides yearbook staffs the flexibility—and security—to work from anywhere.

With Balfour’s cloud-based technology, Encore provides yearbook staffs the flexibility—and security—to work from anywhere.

“By understanding how yearbook staffs work, listening to their challenges, and knowing what they expect from their yearbook tools provided us the perfect roadmap to create a fresh approach to yearbook creation.” -Brynda Everman, Senior Product Manager

Balfour, the premier provider of school graduation and achievement products, announces the launch of Encore™, the industry’s first full-feature HTML5 software for yearbook creation. Encore’s wizard-based technology revolutionizes the way a yearbook staff works by simplifying complicated and time-consuming tasks, freeing staff members and advisers to focus on capturing the memories of their school year.

Extensive user research is at the core of Encore and Balfour’s new development process. The company worked closely with students and advisers to build a software program that is designed for a school’s 21st century needs.

“Balfour has re-invented yearbook software to become the industry-leader in technology innovation with Encore,” said Mark Goshgarian, General Manager of Publishing and Digital Assets at Balfour. “Bringing together collaborative input from students and yearbook advisers with our development teams is a huge win for the teachers, schools and districts who partner with Balfour for all of their on-campus publications.”

Saving hours of design time, Encore’s innovative Portrait Wizard allow staffs to edit portraits and flow them to pages in minutes – instead of days - and with as few as four clicks. Flexible groupings and integrated error-checking simplifies one of the most complex tasks of creating a yearbook.

  • The Book Set Up feature allows advisers to apply custom properties like themes, font settings, color palettes, templates and design elements throughout the book.
  • Encore’s exclusive library features collections of professionally designed templates, an extensive assortment of fonts, and new backgrounds to choose from.
  • As a web-based platform no longer requiring download, installation or Flash, Encore gives teachers and administrators peace of mind knowing that sensitive student data is protected and will not be open to the vulnerabilities that plague other software.

“By understanding how yearbook staffs work, listening to their challenges, and knowing what they expect from their yearbook tools provided us the perfect roadmap to create a fresh approach to yearbook creation,” said Brynda Everman, Senior Product Manager. “We’ve completed many iterations of designs with users and the result is a feature-rich application that significantly improves the process of creating an amazing yearbook.”

As schools across the country adopt 1-to-1 technology solutions for all students, Encore performs seamlessly from a desktop to a laptop, including Google’s Chromebook. With Balfour’s cloud-based technology, Encore provides yearbook staffs the flexibility—and security—to work from anywhere.

As an industry leader with over 100 years of experience helping schools and universities preserve memories and achievements, Balfour has made it easy to graduate to a better yearbook – with Encore.

About Balfour

Since 1913, Balfour has been recognized as the source for fine scholastic and recognition products. Balfour serves high schools, universities, sports organizations, and corporations worldwide. Balfour provides unrivaled quality and personalized service and is known as a market leader in design innovations. Balfour connects students to the most meaningful moments of their lives with exceptional products like class rings, yearbooks, letter jackets, and graduation products. For more information on Balfour, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.balfour.com.

About American Achievement Corporation

American Achievement provides products that forever mark the special moments of people’s lives. As the parent company of brands such as ArtCarved®, Balfour®, Keepsake® and Taylor Publishing®, American Achievement’s legacy is based upon the delivery of innovative products including, achievement publications and affinity jewelry through in-school and retail distribution. American Achievement’s products are available through a variety of distribution methods, including direct sales to students in high schools and colleges, national jewelry retailers, independent jewelry stores and mass merchandisers.

For more information, visit http://www.balfour.com/encore or contact your local Balfour representative.

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