Athena IT Limited, makers of the Facebook chatting desktop app ‘Chit Chat’ have reportedly recently ventured into a new competitive arena – that of Facebook cover making.But is their cover creator for Facebook good enough in a space where there are already thousands of Facebook cover websites to make them a wide spread success?
Athena IT’s offering Make a Cover for Facebook has taken a niche approach to the Facebook cover market, it offers users the opportunity to create a cartoon for their Facebook covers such that their cover “stands out from the crowd.”
Managing Director, Daniel Offer writes “Make a Cover for Facebook is a great way to get a great caricature themed Facebook cover.” He isn’t wrong, the caricatures that this cover maker app offers are great – but they are limited in terms of the colours and the functionality that you have to work with. You are fairly restricted in terms of what you can do in terms of movement and positioning of the character on your Facebook cover.
This restriction though, isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it stops cover making from being a complicated process and I found that I was able to produce a rather cute Facebook cover in just a few minutes that I felt represented me well.
Let’s look at the tool now. Broadly speaking, the cover making interface is split into three sections – design controls are provided on the left hand side and are displayed in medium sized boxes, the cover making display screen is displayed in the centre in and buttons to download your Facebook cover are presented at the bottom of the interface. The interface to make a Facebook cover feels clean, and effective – a bit like Google, nothing has been overdone it’s all been made incredibly intuitively.
In order to enter this design screen, you must have first selected a character, for example a man, woman, superhero or other personality type.
The approach that this tool takes is to allow you to build up your Facebook cover gradually by editing a default configuration for a given character.
Check out Make a Cover for Facebook.
I do like the approach that Make a Cover for Facebook has taken in the cover making niche, however, I feel like there are a lot of opportunities to make their tool even better that they’ve currently not implemented – for example, the use of gradient backgrounds, text and the ability to move the character about the Facebook cover design window.
That’s not to say that Make a Cover is a bad tool – it isn’t, it’s good at what it does – make covers for Facebook timelines.