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What solution are you using to publish your online alumni magazines? Examples would be appreciated.

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Issuu is OK, but I really believe the best solution is an HTML-based web page (http://northernmagazine.nku.edu/). This allows true Web extras like this: http://northernmagazine.nku.edu/vid2/vid.html. We use an on-campus, student/faculty run web shop to do it, they use Joomla.
Rob,

I've been looking for a tool to help me get from pdf of a print magazine to putting it into our Joomla-based news system. Do you know if this student-faculty web shop has found something to help them with this process? I'm overwhelmed at the PDF-extraction tools out there, most of which provide less-than-great results. Thanks, Bill Sutley, Columbus State University
We use a company called Page Turn Pro. We looked at probably a dozen or so vendors before deciding they were the right price and offered enough features. You can see an example here.

The multimedia component leaves something to be desired, but I got around it by creating a simple page to house the video and then putting a play image over the photo in the issue.
So for those who have used some of the PDF >> to Flash based page flipping tool, what are some of the added features?

For example, if we wanted to lock down certain newsletters per department or group, is there a way to achieve permission based viewing of the e-magazine? Or maybe a one page teaser and only members can view the whole newsletter or magazine?
We haven't used it but the vendor we went with does give that option to require log in before you can view it.
Saint Michael's has a simple wordpress.com implementation at http://smcmagazine.com/. The clear benefit is it takes just a day and a half, on average, to put up a new edition, complete. Our prior, customized attempts took much longer.

I also like the ability to keyword and tag these stories - it's been a good method of attracting interest from people who otherwise don't know about the college.
The Web Content Specialist at our institution used Issuu to post the Alumni magazine online:
http://www.clcillinois.edu/roles/alumni.asp

We're currently using the free version and she said it was really easy to set up and just upload your PDF.
I used to build this magazine by hand from a PDF, the physical printed magazine itself and bunch of high res photos.

http://www.curry.edu/special/magazine/winter2007/page0.aspx

You can see in subsequent issues they moved to PDF.

I'll have to say that given the time it took and the fact that almost every page used a different layout that am proud of it, especially the class notes sections in the rear. There is something to be said for lots of index-able HTML code.
Ugh, just looking at what you all are doing with Wordpress makes me jealous. We still publish in straight, SEO-unfriendly PDFs.
We currently use ISSUU (pro version) to display the printed copy of the magazine. However, I'm looking into solutions now to actually have an online presence where it isn't a duplicate version of the printed copy, but rather a host of complementary pieces with videos, photos, etc.
We are using presspublisher.com to host www.sinclair360.com. It took a little tweaking but so far we've been fairly satisfied with it. The company has also been very responsive and helpful.

I spent a number of years working in IT for a magazine publishing company so I set out looking for a CMS that was built for periodicals (and affordable) and not for regular content. The concept of an issue and associated articles is often harder to pull off in a traditional CMS.

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