Yup – The Digital Issue Looks Good on the iPad

I promised Jestre in the comments below our Digital Subscriptions FAQs that I’d check out how the June issue looks on the iPad. So when I got home, I downloaded the issue directly to my iPad, and was able to read it, no problem – though the navigation wasn’t ideal (I had to scroll down through the pages rather than going right to the page I wanted).

But after importing into iBooks, I’m sold (metaphorically speaking…I admit that I got it free). It looks great, I can navigate by page across the bottom of the device, or can I go to a 6-up view for an overview of a section, then click on the page I want, and there it is in full color.

But one thing I didn’t think of, that we’ll try to implement in time for the next issue (and it was a really bone-headed thing to overlook, I’m ashamed to say), is to hotlink the Online Extras page noted at the end of every story, so you could simply click on it, and have your reader take you right to (in this case) the /jun11 page.

Honestly though, I don’t know enough about the various types of eReaders. I’m familiar with the iPad, and I’ve used a Kindle (which I don’t think will work for an image-heavy book/magazine). So, if we provide (semi)enhanced PDFs for future issues, will those be of value to non iPad eReaders? I know they’d work on a computer. Let me know what you think – this is a work in progress, and I want it to work well for you. So if we can do things to make it better (within our time, talent and software constraints) we will.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. Did you know we also sell single-issue PDF versions of the magazines (in case, say, you’re missing the first cover project I built, in February 2008…with a lot of help from Glen Huey). And, we even sell single story PDF downloads (you might want to build Glen’s Pennsylvania Blanket Chest RIGHT NOW and don’t have time to dig through your magazines – or your Boy Scout needs a birdhouse plan and it has to be done by morning).

p.p.s. So I’m writing this blog post on a MacBook about a product I looked at on my iPad and the pictures were taken with my iPhone (while the iPad was on my lap…and apparently I have shaky knees – sorry!). I think Apple owes me a free iTunes download.

11 thoughts on “Yup – The Digital Issue Looks Good on the iPad

  1. RDW2

    When I started looking at eReaders, I opted for the Nook Color over a Kindle because a) the screen was larger and b), well, it was COLOR rather than black and white. I keep wondering why it is, though, that magazines such as y’all’s seem to automatically assume that everyone has a Kindle or an iPad . . . I am currently considering a table but I probably won’t go with an iPad because, once again, I can get a larger screen and more compatability with my phone (yup, it has an Android OS ;-) by going with an Asus tablet.

    So, how about considering the Android OS and Nooks in the future? ;-)

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Actually, we do now offer the digital issue through a number of platforms, available through the store associated with your eReader (eg Amazon for the Kindle, Zinnio, Nook)

  2. Joseph Harra

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  3. Bowyerboy

    I purchased the digital June issue and uploaded it to my Kindle. It worked pretty well despite the smaller screen. I had to tweak the contrast a bit and the font size, but the end result reminded me a lot of reading the old Woodworking magazine. Everything is in black and white. It’s not as user friendly as the ipad, mostly because you have to use a navigation key instead of a touch screen, but neither is it that much extra work. The content shows up on the screen nice and sharp. Sometimes there was a small delay when “turning” several pages in a row, but otherwise it worked fine. It probably would be even better on the larger Kindle DX.

  4. R.Hoppe

    It looks great on my iPad as well. I have one request. Please use higher resolution photos, so when we zoom in to the picture, we’ll get greater detail. By the way, how did you import the pdf into iBooks?

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Is it the sample in which the pics are too lo-res for you’re liking? I reduced the file size quite a bit on that (and lost a lot of resolution) because I had to e-mail it to a couple people for approval, and had to have it under 10MB to do so. The magazine we serve via digital subscription isn’t compressed as much.

      As far as opening a PDF in iBooks – when you download a file and open it (on an iPad, anyway – can’t speak for other devices), iBooks pops up a little bar (for a very short time) at the top of the page with a button to “open in iBooks” – and if you tap the top of your screen, it should appear. Or, you can import PDFs into iTunes and sync them with your device.

  5. rwyoung

    re: iPad and on-line extras –

    Will the lack of Flash support become an issue for the iPad and on-line extras?

    And it just occurred to me, can Google Sketchup run on the iPad/iPad2?

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      We’re moving to YouTube videos, and they work on the iPad and other tablet devices; we don’t use Flash in our extras (at the moment, anyway).

      Ya know, I don’t know for sure about SU …but I suspect it doesn’t run on any eReader, nor would it be terribly useful without a mouse. So for SU, I fear you’re stuck with an old-fashioned computer.

  6. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

    Also, I sent a couple pages to a Linux user to test out, and here’s his response:

    “I loaded the PDF on my Linux laptop and it worked fine. The images looked correct; search worked, as did copy-and-paste from the text. In case it helps anyone else: the particular PDF reader I’m using is Okular (v0.11.2) which is the default PDF reader with Kubuntu v10.10 (and most KDE-based Linux distributions).”

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