Albuka. What is it and why is it needed?
I really like books. After all, if a book is well designed and created with meaning, then this is already a small (or not so) work of art. I also love design, and generally love everything aesthetic. Together, these two hobbies poured into my little dream – to arrange a book. Gts, Shutterstock.com And until a certain point I didn’t even know that everyone could do it — well, we live in the age of information technology. Somehow, walking across the expanses of the Internet, I came to one very entertaining resource. On its main page it is written: “Albuka is a community of people who want to tell interestingly and read interesting stories.” It intrigued me, and I decided to get to know each other better. It turned out that if there is something to tell, here it can be arranged as an album. I looked at some of the Album, studied what and how. You can choose the type of cover, binding, choose the format and size. In fact, it turns out a full-fledged book – even you can order it in print. Those about which you can make a book are many: what your heart desires. You can pick up wedding photos, photos from a recent holiday or business trip, or you can just write a text and arrange it yourself. The options for making this book are many. You can order from the designer, you can download the finished material in PDF-format, you can do it in the online editor, or you can download the editor and make it offline. In general, I really liked everything, but there are serious, as it seemed to me, cons. I started to make the album in the online editor. The choice of fonts here is small; the color gamut for the text is bright, unusual – I personally don’t like this, it would be better to put a standard palette there. But in general, you get used quickly enough. But I didn’t like the offline editor. First, although it is free, there is no option for the Linux system. Secondly, when I rebooted under Windows, downloaded an editor for this system and turned on the installation wizard, it began installing unnecessary elements – Java applications, OpenOffice. Why did they choose the editor himself, I did not understand. And when the editor was installed, it seemed clumsily written to me: either the window does not want to be minimized, the buttons do not answer the call. On the normal translation, I generally keep quiet – in some places translated, and in some places in English. I have no problems with English, but not everyone has that. Although everything is clear, but causes discomfort. I did not get to edit the text, got stuck on the design – the clip-art of the online editor was more to my liking. And in general, the online editor seemed to me more convenient and easier. Another big minus in general is that you cannot save a ready-made album on a computer. You can paste the link into the social networks VKontakte and Facebook, you can paste the code into the blogs (I inserted it – it turned out too crookedly), but I didn’t find how to save it to my computer, sorry. Another feature of Albuka is that you can sell your works. True, the cost of printing and 25% of the rest is deducted from the set price. There was also added a tiny minus – I did not see the work with Webmoney and similar wallets. But, despite all the drawbacks, I liked making the album — not only the process, but also the result. So at leisure, if there is nothing to do, you can master an interesting and creative resource!