The world of graphics is both amazing and mysterious for most people. Amazing in that we tend to be impressed and dazzled at the images and special effects graphics software can produce - and mysterious in that most of us really have no idea how these software programs work. I mean, we've all heard of Adobe's Photoshop - the supposed "gold standard" of graphics software. But have you ever sat down and tried to actually learn how to use it? I have - and it isn't easy.
First of all you have to download a huge program file to your computer before you can even begin trying to actually use it. And large files like that have a decidedly negative impact on computer performance. Not only that, but once you begin, I hope you're a very patient person because hours may go by with you still struggling to make just one cool thing happen on your computer screen.
So I was quite intrigued when I first heard that some new graphics software programs were not only becoming easier to learn and use - but that they were also using cloud-based technology, thus saving us the requirement to further fill-up and slow-down our hard drives by downloading the huge files heretofore required. Cloud-based technology itself sounds a little mysterious, but it's really quite simple. Something that is cloud-based means it is accessed via the internet. In other words, you do not have to download it to your particular computer. Think of it more as a service that a physical product. Once you've paid or registered for the service, you can access it from any computer with an internet connection. I liked the sound of this so I began hunting around for such a graphics software.
That's how I discovered the leader in this cutting-edge approach; it's called Boxshot King. To use this graphics software you need merely login to their internet site. Once there, all of the templates and tools you need are immediately at your disposal. And what I particularly liked was that everything you produce with the software is saved to the cloud. In other words, if my computer dies, all my graphics work is saved in the Boxshot King servers. To recover whatever I'm looking for, I need merely login again. That's pretty cool.
But once I started playing around with this software I discovered the coolest thing of all; it's really easy to use. And I mean really easy. I watched a 7 minute training video - and 5 minutes later I had produced my first graphic image. And it was truly professional looking in every way. I used it to create an eBook cover, but it works for every conceivable platform.
So the bottom line is that not only is the cloud a very cool development for computer and internet technology - but it is changing the way things get done in the graphics world too - and for the better. Boxshot King may be the first graphics software to be in the cloud, but I have a feeling it won't be the last.