|Transforming your words with Glossi.com|
I make no attempt to disguise my recent love of Wattpad. I post stories there, I created a story competition site for it, I even created a Chrome app to streamline my Wattpad workflow. Yeah, I get it, I'm a nerd. Let's move on.
The story is quite wonderful even before they gave the first two chapters the Glossi treatment, but once I saw it spread out on the page with animations and bold fonts I was hooked. I had to make one of my own.
Creating a Glossi
Since Glossi is in a closed beta I first had to apply to get in. This gave me a chance to mull over a couple ideas. Initially I wanted to do a custom Glossi, probably focused on indie games, but I realized that this meant collecting and writing a lot of original content, and this has been a very busy month already. Then I realized that I could transform one of my own stories and skip the writing step.
Glossi has an interesting system of adding, resizing, and attributing images. First you add a box to the page and then you either upload or choose a URL for the image you want to use in that space.This was the only part that felt a little clunky to me, but once I started using the Flickr creative commons search it became much easier. That let me just put in the URL for the images I wanted to use and the links would be populated automatically.
Overall the process took me about an hour on my lunch break yesterday and then another hour and a half last night after the kids went to sleep. Not bad considering how nice the result is. I found most of the tools to be well thought out and easy to use, though at times I did find myself wanting a little bit finer control over things like padding and font size in the text areas.
It really isn't hard to make something that looks good using Glossi, and I think that is going to be their appeal. Right now the site has a strong presence in the categories of fashion, design, and art - but there is definitely room for more. Much more.
Another nice feature is the ability to embed your Glossi, which I have done below.
The Future is Looking Glossi
I really think that they have a good thing going here, and I can see this taking off. I would definitely like to see a lot more nerdy content: cosplay magazines, arduino and other maker-related content, and indie games. If you try out Glossi and want me to have a look (or give you a fave) post a link in the comments below!
About Aaron Clifford Last Updated on Thursday, 07 February 2013 22:48