MagDesigner has a new home!

July 4, 2010

New home for MagDesigner.net

If you’re reading this, then you shouldn’t be. You see, this here blog is now old hat. It has been magically turned into www.MagDesigner.net

It’s bigger, better and a lot more blue. There are all the usual news stories and eMag round ups, but now the with the edition of platform reviews, eMag reviews, glossary and features with lots more content coming over the months.

It really is your one stop shop for all things to do with digital magazines.

This WordPress blog will more than likely be ignored from now on (you’ve been good to me though…)

So, get yer ass over there, bookmark it, subscribe, get rss feeds and remember to tell your friends about!

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Publishing Expo starts today!

February 24, 2010

Drop you linen and stop your grinnin, today sees the start of the UK’s Publishing Expo.

Taking place in the sunny suburb of Hammersmith the two day expo is chock full of print and digital goodness. With companies like eDtion showing off cool stuff and more seminars than you shake a stick at, the show will be hugely beneficial for anyone interested in the world of eMags.

Check out their site here!
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Publishing Expo 2010

December 26, 2009

The UK’s big Publishing Expo hits the Olympia on February 24th and 25th, chock full of all that publishing type stuff we all love so much.

As well as the usual suspects there are some other companies well worth popping in to see, like eDition, eMag Creator, Yudu and Texterity.

They even also offers seminars covering all aspects of publishing from marketing and distribution to print and digital design.

It will be well worth a trip to see, especially since I’ve heard promises of some very cool stuff being on show regarding eMags.

Head over to www.publishing-expo.co.uk to register for your free entry badge.


Few new issues…

December 26, 2009

Few new releases worth checking out:

Issue 4 of Rio’s Number 5 magazine is now online and still keeping up a very high standard. It’s a great example of an eMag.

Number 5

Photo360

Photo 360’s Christmas number is a good read. Glad to see they’re still going, was a bit worried about them at one point. They also have a bit of competition now from these guys:

Better Digital Photography

Number 5 and Photo 360 are published on the Ceros platform, Better Digital Photography is published on Yudu.


IPC Media enter the game…

November 13, 2009

VWUSA

Not entirely sure how this one passed me by… IPC Media have dipped their rather large toes into the world of eMags with this little number: Volks World USA

Published on the Yudu platform it seems they are six issues in. It’s interesting to see them go for Yudu as opposed to eDition or Ceros, the two main contenders. I’d love to know the reason for that particular decision.

Anyway, the magazine…

First impressions are, not too bad at all. Very, very complicated and way too much content for this medium. Also looks like it borrows quite heavily from other eMags currently online, especially iMotor.

I think the Yudu platform is very clunky, badly designed and not the most user friendly. The magazine it’s self also leans heavily towards print instead of embracing the simplicity of online magazines. There is simply waaaay too much text, at too small a point size. And the Yudu zooming function drives me nuts, so I found myself getting frustrated quit quickly.

The video content leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not sure if this is done partially as an independent title, but it doesn’t appear to have the usual IPC Media money behind it… shame, with better videos they could have a nice little product.

Generally, it’s not bad at all and most importantly any VW fan will love it. I think with a little more focus it could become great. Hopefully they’ll find their balance. Decide for yourself…