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Super Awesome Desktop Publishing

When your school moved to Google Apps you discovered that Docs, Sheets and Slides are a great alternative to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with the added benefit of real time collaboration. But what about MS Publisher? Many teachers loved using Publisher to make newsletters, posters, flyers and more, so a desktop publishing option is a much needed part of the Google Apps for Education suite. Fear not! That’s where LucidPress comes in. Although LucidPress is not technically part of Google Apps, it integrates perfectly and shares many of its collaboration features. You sign in with your Google account, create awesome design and layout work, collaborate in real time and save directly to Drive, so it still feels very much like a typical Google tool. 
Even better, LucidPress not only creates documents for print, but also for the web, complete with interactivity, dynamic photo galleries, embedded videos, social media links and more! In this session you’ll explore the many possibilities of LucidPress by creating documents for both print and web.

And LucidPress is FREE for education use. You can request an upgrade to a free team account by simply going to https://www.lucidpress.com/pages/education/K12 and filling in the application form. The LucidPress team are super helpful and are very keen to support schools.

Getting started with Lucidpress

You can get Lucidpress from the Chrome Webstore. Just search for [lucidpress] and install the app. 

Once installed, sign in with your Google Account. It's that easy. 

Create a New Document by clicking the Create button.

From the template window that opens, pick a template to work with. If you've not used LucidPress before it's probably easier to start with a readymade template rather than a blank page. 

A good template to start with would be Flyer02 as it is a nice simple template with a good range of basic page objects to play with, but any template will work.

Lucidpress in the Classroom

Lucidpress is a great tool for producing anything that requires control over layout and design.
  • Research Projects
  • Flyers
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters
  • Titlepages
  • Presentations
  • Stories
  • Interactive books
  • and more!
Unlike a wordprocessor, where text essentially starts at the top of the page and flows down and into following pages, Lucidpress uses a desktop publishing model where "objects" are placed on the page and assembled into a page layout.
  • When designing for print output, page objects can be text, images, shapes, etc.

  • When designing for interactive output such as the web, objects can also be image galleries, videos, interactive links, social media buttons, etc. 
You can publish the finished interactive file to the web, hosted on Lucidpress, and access it from any web browser, tablet or phone.

The Context Pane - Where it all happens

When you click on any object on the page its properties appear in the Context Pane on the right side of the screen. (if you don't see it go to the View menu and choose Context Pane)