Summer Festivals Galore!

Summer is a great time for vacations and relaxation. It’s also the season for many music festivals and film festivals. For the behind-the-scene teams that organize these events, it’s hard work right up until that last note is played and the final credits are rolling.

At MagCloud, we’re here to help make sure your event goes off without a hitch. We can make you confident that your printed programs, brochures and handouts are of the highest quality without breaking the bank.

Get started and create a PDF file of your publication, easily upload it to http://www.magcloud.com, preview your work, then select your print options. It’s that easy! It costs $0.20 per page and note that all orders for 20 or more print copies receive a 25% discount off the productions costs. Plus you can make the same PDF available in digital format for festival goers who want to enjoy the program on their mobile device or computer.

One of the perks of using MagCloud is that the connection you create with your audience doesn’t have to end at the event. We encourage you to publish a post-event roundup and share it out with festival goers via mail, email or your favorite social network. It’s taking that extra step that will bring people back next year, and it’ll be a fun, unique way to remember the festival long after the summer fades.

Need more details on what the process actually entails? We’ve got you covered. Remember, if you ever run into trouble or just need to learn more, you can always visit our Ask MagCloud page or find us on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn).

Wishing everyone a happy, fun-filled and rockin’ summer!

Let’s Give It Up For Our Dads

Whether he’s a techie or a trekkie, MagCloud has something for all the fathers around the world. Shopping for Dad is never easy, but with Father’s Day approaching this Sunday, we’re here to help with a few gift ideas.

 

 

 

 

Choose from MagCloud’s virtual newsstand and find something that fits his passion and hobbies. Below are a few suggestions knowing that most dads are fanatics about something:

Comic Book Geek

Family Chef

Film Lover

Health and Fitness Guru

History Buff

Music Junkie

The Outdoorsman

The Sports Fan

…and more!

— Collect photographs of your favorite moments with dad and create a photo magazine that’ll bring a tear to his eyes or give him a good laugh.

 Remember to take some time this weekend to thank your dad for all he’s done for you…teaching you to ride a bike, driving your first car, and even how to do the proper Vulcan salute…live long and prosper!

What have you learned from your Dad? Share with us in the comments below!

Vacationing with MagCloud

Memorial Day is a welcome beacon that summer is around the corner. As you finalize your plans for summer, MagCloud wants to provide you with a way to capture all of those special memories and experiences – whether it’s a staycation near home, a road trip to the national park or a getaway to an exotic locale.

How are you chronicling this precious time? Some of us may remember those family gatherings in front of the carousel slide projector or the bulky albums our parents put together after every trip. Now with MagCloud, you can create a personal memento in magazine format to easily share your memories with family and friends in print and digitally.

Here are a few tips and tools to assist you through the process:

  • If you’re creating a simple photo magazine, below are a few tips and resources to “prep” your images before publishing.
    • To produce a quality publication, make sure all images have a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch.
    • If you’re looking for photo editing tools but don’t have access to Photoshop, check out GIMP (free software that features most of the capabilities that Photoshop offers) or any of these additional photo editing tools.
    • Short on time or not comfortable with design tools? Give Poyomi and turn the photo sets into a magazine without using a design program.
    • Need inspiration? Browse through some of our travel and vacation magazines.

Have you ever used MagCloud to create a magazine of memories? It’s even a great way to commemorate a school year, a birth, a wedding and more. With MagCloud’s digital publishing and print-on-demand capabilities, it’s never been easier or more budget-friendly to capture the special moments in life.

Here’s to All Our Moms

We’re taking time this week to reflect on mothers and all that they do for us. At MagCloud, we work with moms every day. They are some of the most committed and hard-working people on the planet.

We celebrate their diverse interests and all they teach us from style, to crafts, even encouraging our green thumbs. One thing is common between all moms…they are smart, powerful women who put the role of motherhood ahead of anything else and whom we hope will get a much-deserved vacation this year.

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we have you covered in the gifting department. With these ideas, you’re guaranteed to make this year extra special.

-Using your Flickr photostream, create a photo magazine that takes her breath away.

-Choose from MagCloud’s exclusive library and show her that you selected something specific to her taste (and receive 25% off production costs of all full-priced magazines between now and May 8).

-For those of you who want to make a big splash, why not pick out a magazine that features one of her favorite destinations…then slip a pair of plane tickets between the pages.

What else are you planning for your mom this Sunday? Tell us in the comments below!

We also want to take the time to thank our own Moms all of whom have inspired us and in doing so hopefully makes MagCloud even better.

Network, Share and Inspire

Are you on the lookout for conferences and events that provide a superb opportunity to network with publishers and designers, ignite your creativity, learn valuable information from thought leaders and stay on top of emerging trends in the industry? Below is a list of some of the best publishing and design conferences in the United States. In the comments section below, please share the events that you plan to attend this year.

Print and ePublishing Conference (May 23-25, 2011; Washington D.C.) – Join the world’s top InDesign experts and members of the Adobe InDesign team to gain more valuable insight on the topics of publishing. We’re excited to hear that they have a full day of post-conference tutorials as well!

HOW Design Live (June 22-27, 2011; Chicago, Illinois) – With more than 35 sessions and expert speakers, this conference provides a variety of design inspiration, information and instruction. There are also many networking opportunities at this event to connect with speakers and other design professionals.

CliQ 2011 (September 6-11, 2011; Las Vegas, Nevada) – Taking on a new name, CliQ is PMA International’s premiere event and known as the world’s largest annual international photo imaging trade show. (Update: PMA recently announced that CliQ will co-locate at the 2012 International CES in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association.)

Adobe Max (October 1-5, 2011; Los Angeles, California) – Adobe MAX is the place to go and see how technology and art converge. It’s a great venue for designers, developers and business decision-markets to exchange ideas and inspiration.

American Magazine Conference (October 4-5, 2011; New York City, New York) – Deemed as the official annual meeting of the consumer magazine industry, this popular three-day event is produced by MPA and the American Society of Magazine Editors. Join and learn more the industry’s thought leaders and innovators as well as the brightest and most interesting minds of our times.

Altitude Design Summit (January 18-21, 2012; Salt Lake City, Utah) – If you’re obsessed with great design and smart ideas, this is the place to be. The organizers have created a place where design and lifestyle bloggers and creative entrepreneurs can come together, share ideas and connect with marketers.

SXSW Interactive (March 9-13, 2012; Austin, Texas) – It was our first time attending this year and we loved it! Five days of compelling seminars in emerging technology, exciting networking events and programs featuring the best there is to find in digital works, video games and innovative ideas.

MagCloud @ SXSW Recap

What is the quintessential event of the year for tech innovators and startups? In the digital age, it is – without a doubt – South by Southwest Interactive. Every March, the most inspiring minds in emerging technology gather in Austin, Texas to showcase the latest in digital innovation. SXSW Interactive was a critical turning point in the success of both Foursquare (in 2009) and Twitter (in 2007). SXSWi 2011 was no different and MagCloud was there to see it first-hand and share the latest from HP’s ePrint SXSW Go! Spots.  Now that we’re back and letting all that we learned sink in, we want to share the highlights of this 5-day frenzy of panels, parties and presentations with you.

–SXSW was the perfect platform for lots of great conversations around the new world of publishing (where readers are also publishers) and the impact of interactivity on storytelling and marketing.

–The Group Messaging Wars were at full strength but GroupMe came out on top (the free grilled cheese sandwiches certainly helped their cause).

–Tag your it…mobile tagging was quite the rage at SXSW.

–SXSW is not just about music and film anymore…this year saw SXSWi attendance grow at record levels and outpace it’s sister events.

–There was of course lots of great music all week long.  Check out Esquire’s list of bands to see at SXSW and one of MagCloud’s personal favorites was Bright Light Bright Light.

If you would like to see a glimpse of SXSW through the eyes of social media influencers  — including Mark Briggs, Brian Zisk, Steve Garfield, Michael Celiceo and Beverly W. Jackson checkout this edited video journal courtesy of Mashable.

And for all those that stopped by the HP booth and Mobile Park to visit with MagCloud it was great to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Birds, Beer and Binding…An Update From SXSW

Greetings from South by Southwest in Austin Texas.  The MagCloud team has come to the heart of Texas for the week to spread the word of digital publishing and show off some of our amazing publishers’ magazines to the more than 40,000 expected attendees.

Bloggers, designers, cinematographers, musicians, technologists, marketers, educators and business owners have all converged on Austin to discuss and enjoy the latest in technology, music and film.

Sharing the HP booth with the ePrint team we’ve had the pleasure to meet attendees from all over the world.  Next week we’ll post a recap of the show but in the meantime we hope y’all enjoy some photos from the show floor.