I’m happy to report that we have some very talented designers working on creating additional templates on a variety of themes. We’ll be adding those as they become available over the next couple of months. Pat, your timing is perfect. When I read your first post I had just come out of a meeting with my boss — whose dad served in the Korean War — and we were talking about asking for more military templates focused on specific wars and time periods.
Regarding flags and other images, I was working on my own family history book last night and I found a lot of great stuff on Google. I just did a regular Google search and then clicked on the “Images” link at the top of the search results page. NOTE: My friends in the legal department would like me to remind you to please use images that you find on the web responsibly. While some of the images that you find on Google are in the public domain, many do have copyright restrictions.
I also found a couple of gorgeous photochrome prints of Dresden, Germany (my mom’s hometown) on Ancestry.com, which is a good place to start if you’re looking for historical photos, postcards and maps — plus you don’t have to worry about copyright issue if you’re using content from Ancestry. Once you’ve downloaded images from Ancestry, you can upload several of them at once to AncestryPress (as long as they’re all in the same folder).
We’ll be adding more fonts and embellishments, but you can also create your own embellishments if you’re looking for something specific. For example, I have an old postcard with the word “Dresden” in a thick Gothic font. I cropped out the rest of the postcard and just used the “Dresden” part on a page with some historical photos of the city (we actually do have a Gothic font on AncestryPress, but I liked the effect of my homemade embellishment). Eventually we’re going to have a concept gallery where people can post pages that they’re particularly proud of, so you’ll be able to see what other folks in the community have come up with and share your own design ideas with them.
The collaboration tools that A. Gilmour asked about are coming soon, but I want to confirm the timing before I put something in writing — I’ll get back to you on that. I love the DVD with music idea. I’ll add it to the wish list. Thanks for all the suggestions…please keep them coming!
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NOTE: AncestryPress is now MyCanvas
In October 2008, AncestryPress was relaunched under the name MyCanvas. It is still a free, online software program provided by Ancestry.com. For current information about products and features, please see my more recent blog posts.