Over the last month I have been experimenting a lot with Instant Infographics Presence. For those of you that have never heard of it, it’s a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) infogrpahics creator. So just in case you’re are wondering there is no software that you need to download and install on your computer. It’s all web based and for my testing I used Google Chrome and it didn’t have any problems or issues. After reading my Instant Infographic Presence review you will have a better understanding of this product and then be able to decide if it will work for your infographic needs.
Basically, this infographic program appeals to people because you don’t have to know anything about design. You just drag and drop all the elements exactly where you want them. However, it would be a good idea to have some basic knowledge of color theory. But, wait before I get started I want you to take a look at my post on best practices for creating an infographic.
Here is a video that I found on YouTube that gives you a sneak peak inside:
Ok, so hopefully you have watched the above video and you now know just a little bit more about Instant Infographics Presence. So what you do is go to https://instantinfographicspresence.com/ and login. They use a WordPress login. You’re password should be emailed to you prior to you signing up. You will get a upsell page, I always just skip and it and go to the dashboard.
This is what the dashboard looks like:
As you can see there are three things for you to do here:
- My designs. This is just a collection of your designs. They are saved here. You can view, edit, rename, clone, delete or make them public.
- Community designs. Community designs are offered to you once every month. I have pawed through a couple of them I liked, and they are automatically saved for you to change out so that you can use the design. This makes it easier to create more infographics quickly.
- Profile settings. In this section, it has your username, password, and website.
There is a big blue button on the top right of the dashboard that says “new design”. If you click that you will see the WYSIWYG editor where you can start working on your infographics.
This is what the design canvas looks like:
The first field is for text. This allows you to specify the size (8-200), justify the text (right, left, or centered), choose your font (14 fonts to choose from), and then a place where you can on 5 different titles to insert in your infographic. You just drag them around and double click on them to edit the text.
Next, is the background field. There are about 20 backgrounds to choose from. To use one you just simply click on the background you want.
The next tab down is borders. There are about 20 of these to choose from.
The graphics tab is where you’re going to find all the preloaded graphics for you to use. Have many different categories. The categories are:
- Bar Graph.
- Divider Styles.
- Pie Charts.
- Social Media Icons.
- Place Icons.
- Word Map.
They do have a lot of graphics that you can use. You can change the colors and resize them too. But, I like to upload my own images that I have purchased from stock photography sites.
Next, there is a box for shapes. There are 8 shapes to choose from.
Finally, the last box is templates. There are about 50+ templates to choose from. Be careful because if you are working on your infographic and click on the template it takes everything out that you were working on.
On the top of the canvas area, you have many different options. They are:
- Upload image.
- Bring forward.
- Send backward.
- Save & Save As.
Dragging stuff around is pretty easy. In terms of functionality it’s just “ok”. Nothing great and nothing super awesome. You just click on it and put it wherever you want it. I find that for the most part you can pick any element and move it around with a ease. However, there were times when I wanted to drag something from the top and and move it somewhere else and it picked the wrong element. Kind of frustrating when that happens. I commonly, found myself hitting the “undo” button frequently.
The designs are kind of generic if you do choose to use a template. I wish they would come up with more designs. But, if you are the DIY type of person you could always look for inspiration and then try to mimic whatever design you found floating around on the internet. However, there is a community section so I guess you could always wait each month for more designs, and hope that someone has actually designed something that looks halfway decent.
Also, you are limited to the height of the infographic. I created one called “choosing a web host” that you can see. However, the biggest problem is your limited to the height of your infographic. Meaning that you can only make them 2617 px. I had to use Photoshop to make two graphics and then put them together. I really wish you were not limited to height constraints. You’re very limited in what you can do. Most people that are looking for DIY infograhic creators, only have limited computer knowledge.
I do like how you can upload your own graphics. This is a nice feature that I feel is a must for anyone that is looking to create your own infographics.
The support is really good, though. At the top of the design canvas and dashboard, there is a link for a help section. It titled “get started in 3 simple steps”. It shows you how to navigate the dashboard, there is a 8-minute video, and a link to submit your infographic to “Infographic Cafe.” I did email support and got an email from Bertrand in 20 minutes. He was available to talk on Skype if you needed it too.
These are the two plans offered. It’s not going to break the bank but is cheaper than some other similar sites I have seen. I should note that you do get a 14-day free trial. So there is no risk at all. I signed up through Paypal. I’m not sure what other options they had.
So would I recommend this product to anyone looking for an infographic creator? Well, let me give you two answers. Yes, if you are looking for something super simple and want to play around with creating your own infographics without putting out the best quality ones. I wouldn’t recommend this service if you run a large enterprise site, and want everything to look professional. There isn’t a whole lot of features, but you can upload your own images. The height constraints really do bother me though. There really shouldn’t be any. Maybe, they will fix this issue one day.
But, the real question is am I still a paying member? I know you really want to know (that’s sarcasm). The answer is no. Canva has really been sparking my interest lately. So far that software is light years ahead of this one! I hope to be testing out more and more infographic or graphic creators. They are just so much fun to play with!
Did you find this Instant Infographics Presence review helpful? Please let me know what you think of the service. Do you think it’s worth the money or not? Please leave your comments down below.