The folks at Hewlett-Packard have recently launched a hip way to turn your PDFs into magazines via MagCloud. It's still in beta, but I predict it's well on its way to becoming the hippest way to publish your own magazine.
As a journalist, I might almost note the "MagMen" at the helm were a tad too casual in their About page descriptions, but Web 2.0 is all about the transparency so I have to applaud their prosy verve.
My favorite bit comes from Udi Chatow, Strategic Advisor, "Udi is part ninja warrior and part mensch." I think that's what we all want in a Hewlett-Packard guru.
I also like Derek Powazek's bio, "Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred."
Now back to MagCloud and its functionality. It's pretty simple. If you can upload a PDF, MagCloud can print it, mail it and manage the subscription base for you. Yowza, it even offers a shopping cart for folks to purchase your magazine. See this link for more in-depth directions on how to get started.
It's free to sign up and the MagCloud user-interface is relatively simple and clear. If you use Adobe InDesign they even provide a template to help you get started. For more advanced users they offer an ICC Profile to help you soft proof your document for the HP Indigo press.
The "MagMen" do a pretty good job of keeping updates on their blog for users so check it out too. I think these folks need to start Tweeting too.
And in light of all the newspapers going out of business, I urge you to be a rebel and create your own publication! As the MagCloud folks quote, "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." (A.J. Liebling)
Continuous upheaval is what makes watching the technology industry so exciting. David vs. Goliath battles are waged every day, with startups often winning against much larger businesses. For years and years, many have predicted the decline of the PDF given its age and perceived disadvantages. Today, with the PDF losing ground in emerging areas like mobile and eBooks, the calls for its ultimate demise are growing louder.
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.