MagCloud Holiday Schedule

The holidays are upon us and the MagCloud elves are hard at work getting final holiday orders out.

We will be taking some time off during the holidays (even a MagCloud elf needs a break now and then) so you may experience some delays in orders, as well as customer support response time.

MagCloud Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed: December 24th, December 25th, December 31st and January 1st.
  • No Printing or Shipping: December 26th, December 30th and January 2nd

So please expect the following delays:

  • 1 day delay for orders placed on December 22nd and 23rd
  • 2 day delay for orders placed on December 28th and 29th
  • 1 day delay for orders placed on December 30th, 31st and January  1st.

From everyone here at MagCloud we wish your and yours a very Happy Holiday Season!

The MagCloud Team

Our Product Family Keeps Growing

Today we launched two new products into the MagCloud family–Digest Landscape and Flyer.

Digest Landscape is compact and ultra-portable at 8.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall. It’s perfect for portfolios, brochures, catalogs, books and more.  Simply upload an 8.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall PDF and we’ll trim it down by 0.125″ on the top and bottom and 0.25″ on the outside edge to a final size of 8.25″ wide x 5.25″ tall so it’s ready for our professional printing presses.  We’ve also updated our website preview app so users will be able to preview your publication in all it’s landscape glory.

Our double-sided, single sheet Flyer product is ideal for brief messages or content that changes often such as sales promotions, menus, product data sheets, event schedules and more. Simply upload an 8.5″ wide x 11″ tall PDF and we’ll get it ready for printing by trimming it down by 0.125″ on all sides to a final size of 8.25″ wide x 10.75″ tall.  We print Flyer publications as a single sheet with a front and back side, so if you only upload one page don’t worry we’ll automatically add a blank page for the back side.  The Flyer product does require a minimum print order of 10 copies which will be bundled into one shipping order.

We hope you enjoy these new products and would love to hear how you plan to use them in our comments section below.

2011 Holiday Shipping Schedule

During the holidays the MagCloud elves tend to be extra busy so please order as early as possible and allow extra time for delivery. Below are our estimated time frames for December 23rd delivery.  We also recommend you consider using our FedEx shipping options this time of year so you’ll have the added piece of mind of being able to track your order from our holiday headquarters to your doorstep.

USPS and FedEx are very busy this time of year and in some locations may be impacted by weather delays so we recommend you also check their websites for the latest updates:

USPS Mail Service Updates

FedEX Service Delays

Easier Access to Publisher Tools

With our redesign of the MagCloud home page we’ve put the most important publisher tools just a few clicks away. Now when you sign-in to MagCloud you’ll immediately have access to a variety of publisher tools including  sales stats, publication drafts, promotion tools, recent orders and much more.

Your personalized home page will dynamically serve up content that is most important to you:

  • Sales Information: If you sell your publications via MagCloud, you’ll automatically see your pertinent sales stats: page views, recent sales, digital downloads, your followers and your sales earnings.
  • Publishing Tools: You’ll have easy access to your latest drafts, and one click access to promotion tools, your address book, a pricing calculator and your entire publication library.
  • Recent Purchase History: You can easily access recent order details and available digital downloads.
  • Recommendations: We’ll recommend other publications you might be interested in based on other publications and publishers you’ve shown interest in.
  • News Feature and Tips Updates: We are constantly adding new features, offering new templates and giving out design tips to make your publishing lives a little easier and you’ll be able to access the latest information directly from your home page.
So sign-in to MagCloud to check out our new home page design and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Ship As Much As You Want, Wherever You Want

Starting today, we are removing the 300-page restriction on MagCloud shipments outside the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Now, you can ship publications of any size, in any quantity, to any country! Not only that, but we’ve expanded the shipping options available for worldwide destinations, adding faster and more reliable service through FedEx.

You can opt for FedEx International Priority service and have your order in 5 business days from the date of purchase. If you can wait a little longer, you could save some money with FedEx International Economy service and have your order in hand in 7 business days. With both of these FedEx options, we’ll send you a tracking number as soon as the order ships so you can keep an eye on it as it travels from our print facilities to your doorstep, no matter where that is in the world.

One thing to keep in mind with these new larger FedEx shipments is that they may be subject to import taxes, customs duties, and fees imposed by the destination country, which may cause delays beyond our original delivery estimates. Since customs policies vary widely from country to country, we have no control over these charges nor can we predict what they may be, so it will be the responsibility of the recipient to cover any additional charges that may come up. For information on potential taxes and fees specific to your country, we suggest contacting your local customs office, or viewing the applicable FedEx country profile.

If you are willing to wait for your shipment, for orders weighing less than a pound we also have a cheaper shipping option through USPS International First Class Mail. See the table below for a comparison of turnaround times and tracking availability for these new shipping methods.

Costs vary by country and order size. To see the new shipping options available for your country, and what they cost, check out our Price Calculator.

We’re Giving Back Even More of the Back Page

Last month, we announced that we were shrinking the label on the back cover to only 1.4” wide, and today we are excited to share that we have taken it a step further. Starting today, all MagCloud print publications will include only a small 6 mm square 2D barcode in the lower righthand corner of the back cover. This barcode allows us to process your order through our printing, binding, and shipping processes as efficiently as possible, while minimizing the impact on your back cover real estate.

For those of you who have been publishing with MagCloud for a while, take a walk down memory lane with this timeline of our ever-shrinking back page label. And as always, let us know what you think!

HP MagCloud: Create High-Quality Business Materials on a Small Business Budget

This post was written by Melissa_Zieger and originally appeared on the blog for 367 Addison Avenue, HP’s online community for small and medium businesses, on September 22, 2011. You can view the original post here.

Did you know that HP has a content publishing web service that can be used to create everything from your own magazine to business materials like catalogs and portfolios? It’s called HP MagCloud – invented by HP Labs, is a self-service publishing platform that allows businesses to easily create into professional-quality publications that can be printed on demand, shipped globally, or distributed digitally.

Better yet, there’s no upfront cost and MagCloud can turn your content from a PDF to delivered printed publication in just three days!

Using MagCloud’s digital storefront, customers can order the latest issue of their favorite publication and have it printed on demand and delivered directly to their doorstep, or download for reading on their digital device of choice. Plus, all content is printed to order using HP Indigo technology, delivering professional print quality with no waste or overruns, reducing the impact on the environment.

Businesses are using MagCloud to create everything from fashion catalogs and knitting guides to photography and architectural portfolios. I recently sat down with two small business customers using HP MagCloud to find out more about how the service is benefiting their business.

Alex Tinsley started her knitting pattern design business, Dull Roar, nearly six years ago. Prior to discovering MagCloud, Tinsley was only able to provide her customers with a PDF of her patterns via her blog. Today, she uses MagCloud to transform PDF versions of her design work into high-quality professional catalogs that she can distribute in both digital and print formats without a huge impact on her business’ bottom line.

“The quality of the printing is really just beautiful, and it’s pretty much the only place you can get that kind of quality in small quantities,” said Tinsley. “I love that it runs without much input from me – I just upload the issues and collect the income. MagCloud handles all the sales, printing and shipping.”

The ability to offer customers both print and digital formats helps Tinsley meet her customer’s needs without making an upfront investment in the creation and printing. Tinsley says that most of her customers prefer the digital copy for instant gratification, but that she uses the hard copies as giveaways and gifts. She’s also used the publication as a handout at tradeshows, which enables her to drive views to her website and increase downloads of her digital catalog.

Trey Hill, a Dallas-based photographer and storyteller, started using MagCloud in 2010 to create storytelling portfolios of his work. He needed a way to not only show the pictures he had shot but also to showcase his journey.

Hill uses Adobe InDesign to create photo portfolios and uses MagCloud to print his digital creations on-demand as a way to attract new business and share with clients as a thank you for their business. Hill says the ability to have both print and digital versions is important. “The print quality increases the value of my business, but we live in a digital world so it’s still important to provide a digital format, as well,” he said. “As a small business owner, not having to buy 1,000 copies to get a great price point is worthwhile. And my customers are blown away by the quality.”

Since using MagCloud, Hill has started to see a change in what his customers have come to expect – they now see him as a storyteller, not just a photographer.

About Alex Tinsley

An avid knitter since 2004 and knit design enthusiast since 2006, Alex Tinsey’s designs can now be seen in publications like Knitty, Knit Simple, the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, and (soon) Knit Scene. You can access Tinsley’s MagCloud products here.

About Trey Hill

Trey Hill was one of the founding creatives behind I Am Second and his portfolio includes work for Addison Road, Relevant Magazine and the Dallas Stars. He works all over the world and has had the privilege of photographing some of the planet’s most revered and most overlooked people. You can access Hill’s MagCloud products here.