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VIDEO Interview: Qwilr Thriller means the death of traditional documents?

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Popular web content creation tool that makes documents intelligent and beautiful, Qwilr want to qwirl you round the room with a stack of new business features.

Documents, presentation and even web pages as we know them have just been given a major kick up the backside with the latest version of Qwilr with new features demanded by business users.

Qwilr describes itself as ‘transforming dull and outdated documents, turning them into beautiful web pages that are intelligent, data rich, interactive, and bursting with media.’

It also says it ‘is now providing businesses both small and large the tools required to create beautiful web pages quickly, win more new business pitches, share ideas, and quote faster, with no design experience required.’

Proudly a Sydney-based startup, with founders boasting international experience, Qwilr has been growing rapidly, now boast ‘thousands of companies around the world flocking to the tool following its $500,000 funding round from Sydney Seed Fund and Macdoch Ventures.’

Further below is a video interview with Qwilr’s co-founders, Dylan Baskind and Mark Tanner, talking about Qwilr, the new features, its benefits over traditional documents, presentations and webpages, Qwilr’s future and plenty more!

One of the new business features now implemented is the new ‘accept’ feature, meaning prospective customers reading a Qwilr Page can agree to the proposal instantly - with E-Signature functionality included.

There’s also a new quoting tool allowing users to quickly and easily create a customisable quote online for projects, with the ability to display a number of different payment methods through improved currency support.

Qwilr is now integrated with cloud accounting leader Xero, too. The moment a proposal made in Qwilr is accepted by the prospective client, the platform will connect to Xero to automatically create an invoice for approval.

This feature will help streamline onboarding of new clients across all sectors.

But that’s not all! Qwilr’s integration continues and is also now integrated with Slack, so ‘you and your team can be notified the moment your Qwilr Page is opened.’

Even better is the news that Qwilr has been bolstered ‘by a new pool of thousands of stock images and background videos to help beautify even the dullest documents, smooth the movement of sections and items, and give a more flexible output display of the final quote, proposal or pitch.’

Qwilr co-founder Dylan Baskind said the Australian startup has been working around the clock to develop these new features that are in response to thousands of conversations with customers.

“We’ve implemented features that make Qwilr ready for a wider range of business uses.

“Documents are now getting smarter. A well-known business contradiction is that, as your business grows and gains more knowledge, it becomes harder to gather all the right knowledge when you need it. Qwilr solves that for document creation.

“With Qwilr, the heavy lifting around design is done for you. It helps make your documents look fantastic with no effort or design experience,” said Baskind.

Qwilr has also been updated to support iframes, enabling users to import external content like spreadsheets, graphs, Google Maps, and more.

The new Video Splash function means impressive high-res videos can now form the header for Qwilr pages, helping your documents stand out even more.

Speaking of videos, here my video interview with Qwilr’s co-founders, Dylan Baskind and Mark Tanner - the rest of the article continues below!

Qwilr’s Dylan Baskind said: “Until now, innovation in documents for business has really only achieved one thing: putting the A4 / letter sized page in the cloud. With Qwilr, web pages go from being something you might build once or twice a year, to something your business can create daily or weekly, with little effort.

“Ever wanted feedback and analytics on your document? That exists now. Want to empower anyone in your business to create beautiful documents that can be viewed on any web-enabled device in the world, and be in line with all your branding without having to run it through countless approvals? Done.

“Just imagine the reaction you’ll get when the next person expecting a document from you gets a beautifully designed website instead. Not only that, you’ll know if they actually opened it!

“We're honoured that thousands of individuals and businesses choose to use Qwilr to share ideas, proposals, and a lot more. We can’t wait to see what they do with all these new featuresm' Baskind concluded. 

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