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BannerNow

Free Online Banner Maker


Tiny
Published 05/15/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

BannerNow is a Flash banner creation tool that lets users create eye-catching banners with no design experience. Users can browse a large media library of free buttons, icons, backgrounds and fonts to use with their banner. Users can also upload images to apply their own unique visual elements to a banner. BannerNow offers a number of effects that can be included and previewed before publishing the banner. Each banner is compiled as an SWF and can be exported easily. The user can begin by selecting a banner size and layout from the list provided, which includes many popular sizes such as a medium rectangle, leaderboard, vertical banner, full banner and half banner. Many custom backgrounds are also available and can be explored by category.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

BannerNow was created to make life easier for website owners. The application is designed to give anyone the ability to build a banner. The service has earned some popularity, although it hasn’t yet received many mentions on the web. BannerNow was featured on KillerStartups which praised the service for its features and user friendly functions. The user will still have to apply an eye for good design, but can now create a functional, professional looking banner without paying a fortune in the process.

What are the differences to other apps?

BannerNow is all about banners, and has a feature list to prove it. A number of applications offer users an easy way to create websites but few offer banner-specific design tools. This focus allows the application to dress up its service with a number of attractive benefits, including pre-made effects, a wide range of background options and the ability to add the user’s images, buttons, icons or background images.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

BannerNow invites users with a friendly interface that favors light colors and contains no clutter. The user can dive right in to a new design without working through a complicated tutorial. Each selection is self-explanatory, starting with banner size and background options. The user will have to determine size needs and color requirement first, but that is expected before working on any kind of design. Effects are displayed at the top of the page and a quick mouse over shows the user what the effect does (using the application’s logo).

How does the registration process work?

New users can get stated right away by clicking the blue “Create Banner Now!” button along the right side of the BannerNow homepage. Doing so takes the user to the first step in the new banner creation process. The user must choose a banner size and background. After doing so, the user is directed to the banner builder. BannerNow provides access to all features and functions with no limitations. No personal data is required and a button at the top, left side of the builder lets the user save their design.

What does it cost to use the application?

The cost of BannerNow is just one more reason to use it. The application offers access to all its features for free. There are no subscription fees and no purchases required. The user can utilize all current effects and choose from a large library of media, including buttons and backgrounds. The application doesn’t offer personalized accounts. The user must download their banner when they are finished. This is a good tradeoff for free access to all BannerNow’s capabilities.

Who would you recommend the application to?

BannerNow is an excellent resource for small businesses, individuals and anyone else setting up a website on a tight budget. The service gives the user many options to customize banners, including a library of buttons, icons and background images. The user can also add their own colors, pictures and logos by uploading files instead. The entire experience is free and users can return to build as many banners as they like.

  • Create stylish banners with no design experience
  • Choose from numerous background categories
  • Work with any banner size and layout
  • Upload buttons, backgrounds and more to use on banners
  • Apply unique visual effects to banners


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