Desktop publishing made designing high school yearbooks much easier and more affordable, reports VentureBeat–and now, applications that reside on the web are elbowing aside desktop publishing programs. A case in point is the partnership between custom software house EffectiveUI and Herff Jones, one of the leading yearbook makers. On Dec. 10, they are launching eDesign, a system for designing yearbooks using the web. With it, multiple users can log on from wherever they have a web browser and use the tools to lay out, approve, design, and collaborate on a yearbook project. Denver, Colo.-based EffectiveUI started working with Herff Jones more than a year ago to create the so-called "web-to-print" technology that resembles the software for self-publishing books. The initiative could put a dent in the business of Adobe, whose desktop publishing systems on Mac computers are the most popular way to create yearbooks now. With this system, schools won’t have to buy that software, said Tom Tanton, senior vice president at Herff Jones. "This is as big a change as when we went from pencil and paper to desktop publishing," he said. For students working on a yearbook, it’s convenient because they don’t have to work in a classroom and can instead log in from home. Herff Jones doesn’t charge for its software. Rather, it charges about $25,000 per project for each school…

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