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Welcome to YearbookFusion Desktop software WITH Remote Storage. If you do NOT have Remote Storage, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page or click here.
This guide will help you get started and plan out your yearbook process from start to end.
Step 1: Install the Software
At the time your license was assigned by your yearbook publishing company, a Welcome email was sent to your local yearbook manager.
This email contains a link to download YearbookFusion, and your school/license ID.
To install YearbookFusion, click on the link. You can run the installer directly or save it to your desktop and then run it.
If you do not have access to this email, then install from this link.
Note: If you are installing the software on a school computer, you may need permission from your local IT/Network professional.
If you experience any difficulties installing the software, pass the System Requirements information to your IT/Network professional.
Repeat the installation procedure for all computers which require the software.
When you launch YearbookFusion, you will be prompted to sign in.
Type your UserID or Team Member ID. If this is the first time you are signing in, you will be prompted to create a password.
Otherwise, type your existing password. Complete the Login process.
Note: Yearbook managers can set up team members, each with a specific login.
Don’t know your login? If you are the yearbook manager who needs help with your login, contact your yearbook publishing company. If you are part of a yearbook team, contact your local manager. More details can be found here.
Step 3: Assign Team Roles (optional)
As a manager of a yearbook committee, you can create up to forty separate log-ins for your team members.
You can assign roles to your committee members, providing them various levels of access and editing privileges based on their assigned role.
To manage your team, click the Team tab at the top of your page.
Choose Add Team Member.
Their role will define their level of access to the book.
(Note: you can make changes to team members at any time after they are created.)
Step 4: Select a Book Size
IMPORTANT: Please speak with your publisher FIRST before making any changes to your book size, as they may or may not be able to accommodate the size of the book that you choose from the list. If this isn’t done beforehand, your book will not print properly. To change the page size/book format to the correct size is hard to do once the book is completed.
Select the Admin tab. Check the settings under Book Settings.
If the product selected is correct, make no changes.
If you are under contract to make a different type of book other than the one specified, edit the product to select the correct product.
You can update the form factor as required – the new settings will apply to all of your pages.
Step 5: Add Pages to Your Book
You can add pages to your book from a variety of sources.
Add a Blank page
If you want to work from a blank slate, hover over Add Pages and choose Blank.
You can create multiple sections at once.
Provide a title for the section (eg. Principal’s Page, Homecoming, etc.) and specify the number of pages for that section. Check mark Double Pages if you would like your section to be made up of double page spreads instead of single pages.
Click on the Create Sections button to generate the empty sections in your ladder.
YearbookFusion Online provides access to an extensive collection of pre-made layouts, which include basic templates (empty image frames and text placeholders on a white background), complete yearbook layouts (40 page designs on a common theme), and themed pages (complete designs for school activities and common yearbook themes). The templates can be completely customized.
To add a template, hover over Add Pages and click Template.
Click on the Folder thumbnails to choose your category of choice.
When you find a template you want to use, hover over it, and click Add to book.
The template will be inserted into your ladder. You can also drag templates to a specific location on your ladder.
Add Existing Sections
You can add previously made pages that were removed from your ladder, or sections made for from the previous year’s project.
Hover over Add Pages, then click on My Sections.
Search for the page you want to add. When you find it, hover over it, then click Add to book to insert the page into your ladder. You can also drag it the layout to the ladder.
Duplicate a section
Any section already on your ladder can be duplicated.
Hover over the section on your ladder. Click on Create a copy of this section.
With this action, you can make multiple copies of custom-made pages you want to use as a template in your book.
Add Portrait Pages
To create a portrait page, you will need to import a portrait database (also known as a PSPA CD).
Once the import is complete, you can add portrait pages to your ladder. See Steps 8 and 9 below for details.
Assign Sections to Your Team Members
To assign a section to a team member, hover over the section and select Assign this page for editing.
Check off your team member(s) to assign to this section. When done, click on Save Assignments. You can also batch assign to multiple people by selecting Batch Assign To.
To see who a page is assigned to or make changes to the assignment at any time, hover over the page on the ladder, then click on the Team icon.
Step 7: Edit Your Candid Pages
To launch a section into editing mode, hover over it and click on Edit this section. Your section will launch in the Editor tab.
When a section is opened, a lock will appear on it in the ladder. Note: You can unlock and edit a page currently being edited by another team member by clicking on the lock icon, however they will lose any unsaved changes.
Note: your project will be auto-saved during the process.
Your photos are accessed through the hovers in the top left-corner of the Editor.
Click on Images to navigate to your local images.
Buckets allows you to triage local images into categories under the Portraits tab, then access these images on the Editor, for use them on your layouts.
The Gallery provides a means for team members and other people in your community to share images for your yearbook.
Team members can create folders to organize their photos, then click Add Images to upload photos to a cloud server.
Within the Gallery, use the Dropbox folder to send a url (website address) or QR Code to members of your community, so they can upload images on any web browser or through the LumaPix uploader app.
Learn more about how to use the Gallery here.
Access to thousands of cliparts, background papers, word art and layouts is at your fingertips.
Step 9: Import Your Portraits
Click on the Portraits tab to import your PSPA CD (the CD containing your portrait images and a database file describing them).
Follow the on-screen steps to import your database index file and your portraits.
First, navigate to your CD drive (or the location the CD was copied to on your computer), and locate the index.txt file. Select it and open it.
Continue the import process, verifying that your data is under the correct column. If your PSPA includes a header line, where the column titles are repeated, click Ignore header line to remove it.
After the import is complete you can make any changes to the database, using the Custom Attributes area.
Select a portrait, and update the information associated with it. You can multi-select portraits, and make changes to all selected at the same time (eg. reassign to a new teacher).
Consult our section on ways you can enhance your database for easy panel creation.
Once all your changes are done, click Save & Close.
Note: Any changes made to your database while editing a section will only update that section. Therefore, it is recommended you make all the changes to your database before clicking Save & Close.
Step 10: Create Portrait Pages
Hover over Add Pages at the top of your page and click on Portrait.
Give your portrait section a name and click Create Portrait Section.
Your page will open up in the Editor with the Panel hover open on the left. Click on the Simple tab and select a Panel Set from the drop down menu under Presets.
Note: Learn more about what you can do to easily enhance your database to enable simple panel creation
Change the appearance of your layout by customizing the number of columns, rows, and layout options.
Add one or more Featured Images to increase the size of the first portrait(s) in your panels – you can make the teachers twice as large as the students.
Check mark Auto Knockout if you want to add decorations in the middle of your page. Your panel pages will move away from any dropped image (clipart, photo).
The Advanced tab gives you many more features to style your portrait panel giving you more creative flexibility. Learn more here.
Step 11: Manage Your Pages
To remove a section, hover over it in the ladder, and click on the trash can icon.
To change the order of your sections, click and drag a page to a new location within your book ladder.
To swap pages, drag one page over another.
Step 12: Review and Approve Your Sections (optional)
As your pages are completed by your team members, they can be sent for review and approval.
On the Book ladder, select Submit this page to be reviewed.
Managers and Co-Managers can approve or reject pages. Once approved, they are locked for editing.
Note: Approving pages helps you to manage your book under the Admin tab. It’s not required to complete you book, but is a valuable management tool to check your book’s progress.
Step 13: Create a Proof
Once your book is complete, create a proof for the book and the proof for the cover.
This provide both you and your publisher an online preview to proof before final submission.
To create a preview, open the Admin tab at the top of the page.
Click Create Proof under Yearbook Submission or under Cover Submission.
Click View Preview under your Submission to see an online slideshow preview.
Move through the online preview by swiping left and right, to move through the pages.
To close the preview, click X at the top right.
Step 11: Finalize Your Book
Review your proof.
If you need to make more changes, click Reject Proof.
This will delete the current proof allowing you to make any changes. Resubmit the proof to start the process again.
Submitting your book gives your publisher the go-ahead to print your book.
Important note: Once submitted, there’s no further changes that can be made to your book. If you edit a page, those changes will not be printed.
You have made it to the end of the yearbook process!
We sincerely hope it was a pleasant and rewarding experience. Thank you for using YearbookFusion Desktop!
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