Adobe CS who?

by Steve Watson in April 2013
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A quiet revolution might have just happened.

Yesterday Stampsy launched in the App Store, offering anyone with an iPad a stripped down version of InDesign that they can use to create a 10-slide digital magazine, then share it with the Stampsy community. It joins Tapestry, the brilliant web-based app that lets you make a ‘tap essay’, intended to be read on smartphones.

I used both of them recently to publish some thoughts on SXSW, which I attended on behalf of The Church of London. You can see the results and read my thoughts on both apps on The Church of London blog, but in short, I’m very impressed.

There are plenty of bugs to get past and there’s no doubt we’re only at the start of things here, but that’s the exciting bit. This is the beginning. The beginning of a free way for pretty much anyone to bring together words and pictures in a considered editorial context, something that was previously only available to those with a fairly expensive computer and a seriously expensive software package.

Now it’s happened it seems so obvious – can’t wait to see where this goes next.

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