Calameo is a publishing platform for presentations, documents or magazines. Users can link to their Facebook account and share publications with their contacts. The application also supports uploading of all major file formats, which are immediately converted into digital publications. No limitations are placed on uploads and conversions. Users can also search the Calameo website to discover existing publications and documents that they find interesting or may want to share. Upgraded members can access more features, including interface skins and the Calameo API. Users can create groups based on any topic, theme or language they want. Member profiles are showcased on the community page. User stats are available and include publications, number of views and rating information.
Calameo was founded in April of 2008 by Mathieu Quisefit and Jean-Olivier de Barard. The application provides a convenient publishing platform for anyone with a blog, website or message to share. The service has been commented on by users and mentioned on a number of well-read websites. The main appeal is how simple Calameo is. A novice user can easily learn how to use the many features included with an account.
There are a handful of appealing features that make Calameo unique. The service offers a handy offline working option that lets users access their documents when they are not on the web. Users can also import any kind of file type and instantly convert it into a useable digital document. The main appeal is that Calameo seems to be designed with the end user in mind. There is no need to spend significant time reading how to guides or tutorials.
Calameo offers a hassle-free environment that lets users explore freely without feeling lost. The interface is well-spaced with just enough breathing room to feel comfortable without sacrificing precious real estate on the screen. Tabs and links are easy to identify and utilize a simple buy modern style that works well on the site. A variety of colors are used, which seems to spice up the look of Calameo without carrying it into gaudy territory.
A new user can begin by clicking the green “Create a free account” tab in the upper, left hand corner of the homepage (under the Calameo logo). The registration form appears on the next page and asks for an email address, date of birth, password, last name and optional first name. A blue “Connect” button is also available for users who want to register with their Facebook account. Users must complete email activation before logging in for the first time.
Anyone can create a basic Calameo account for free. The basic account include up to 500 pages per document, unlimited documents, custom backgrounds, sound effects, music and interactive thumbnails. The Premium plan costs €12 per month and includes unlimited pages per document, customizable viewer, API access, custom logos an links, subscriber features, DRMs, analytics, multiple profiles, localization and no advertisements. The Platinum plan costs €49 per month and includes up to 1,000,000 page views per month and white label features.
Calameo offers a valuable service to anyone who wants to share content online. The user can upload almost any kind of document and automatically convert it to a digital format. The application also offers social networking opportunities for users interested in a specific topic through community groups. Users with a Facebook account may find more reasons to try Calameo, thanks to its registration options and built in networking features.