Adobe has launched a public preview of its new cloud-based content-management tool, . It’s aimed at inexperienced amateurs, professionals and educators, who want to create content-rich publications for print, desktop and the web without having to first master a disparate set of potentially expensive tools such as desktop publishing applications, web-building software and other design programs – in other words, programs like those that make up Adobe’s own Creative Suite range.
Project ROME can be run directly through your web browser (with Adobe Flash Player installed), or via a desktop application (which requires Adobe AIR to be installed first), and works on both Windows and Mac computers. It offers a user-friendly interface where a rich diversity of content – graphics, photos, animations, music and text – can be easily incorporated into a wide range of designs, from brochures and newsletters to web-friendly animations and interactive documents.
The point-and-click interface ensures that all the options the end user needs are just a click or two away, and they can start from a blank canvas or quickly get going with a wide number of templates, which is set to swell as the service attracts new users who share their own designs in turn – users can share their designs via Adobe Acrobat.com, Google Apps or the Project ROME Template Exchange. Adobe plans two versions: one for consumers and businesses, the other for education users, and will charge a monthly subscription to use when it’s finally released. For a limited time, however, it’s offering people the chance to road test its features for free while it garners feedback, does further testing and decides on its final pricing structure. Visit the Project ROME website for more information.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk