Showcase Your Content with Jux

September 10, 2011

10:22 am

New York City-based Jux is doing what Tumblr did for blogs, but all over again, and possibly even better. Jux is for bloggers who want to make a creative splash using eye-catching web fonts, sharp color and unique layouts. The publishing platform boasts full-res images that stretch across your entire screen with visual appeal akin to About.me and Flavors.me pages.

I decided to give Jux a try and created a simple, but sweet slideshow of images. The sign-up was quick, and I was immediately thrust into creating my project. I chose from six layout schemes including BlockQuote, Article, Photo, Video, SlideShow and Countdown. Uploading my images was easy, and I was surprised that I didn’t have to edit them prior to uploads; the images turned out incredibly clear, even though they weren’t resized or retouched. I wrote a caption for each of my images and adjusted the fonts and colors to my preferences. Although I had the option of “stylizing” each image, including showing them in black and white and even giving people mustaches, I chose to keep my images as-is. Within just a few minutes, I had a clean and customized slideshow ready to share with family and friends.

What I like about Jux is that you’re inside the content as you create it, so you don’t have to go back and forth between screens to preview your finished piece. It’s a more involved approach to creating content, both visually and textually.

Jux is fully integrated for sharing, so you can show everyone in your social networks your latest masterpiece with just a few clicks. If you choose to create an image-based post, as I did, your finished product will be more interesting than the bare bones Facebook photo albums. Of course, Jux loves text too, so you can blog the old-fashioned way and share your ponderings with all your friends and followers.

 

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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