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Issuu Now With Better API’s

August 10th, 2009

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It is nice to see that issuu continues in the race for the Digital Document space. The last big update was when they unveiled Smart Look ending 2008 with a bang. Now they seem to be doing well because they finally will let you upload documents via API. That means those using Issuu for their Online Magazine, Gazette or Whatever can now integrate issuu directly from their end and that if someone want to build a Issuu powered application, they can do so because the API now supports  Searching, Viewing (or calling a Issuu Viewer) and Uploading.

Good all around. I think issuu new improvements now should come from having their viewer widget adapted for Mobiles and to be ready to be finger friendly in big screens now that Tablets, Convertibles and Touch Enabled Monitors will begin to surge with Windows 7 release later this year.

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Issuu Smart Look: Digital Documents Overlay Viewer

January 12th, 2009

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One of the things i missed to post during the holidays was about Issuu very impressive new feature called Smart Look. this new feature allows you post links to document files in your blog that can be opened in a Lightboxed/Overlay Digital Document Viewer. that is what Smart Look is. a way to generate a Document Reader that can be opened in your blog without your visitors having to go anywhere. but that is not really the most remarkable thing. what it is remarkable is that while you need to Open the Overlay first. you can also jump to full screen from it and have a even better view of the documents. This previous inability to view the Digital Document in full screen directly from a Blog post or Blog page was my main objection to issuu. with Smart Look they almost have removed any complains or wishes i could have.

Issuu made up a Example Site where you can try out the different Smart Look Viewer based on what Document File are they loading:

Magazine (PDF)

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Presentation (Powerpoint)

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As anyone can see by the pictures alone. the Issuu Smart Look viewer and document viewer is fantastic. for the purpose of reading and viewing presentations. it is already excellent as it is. the documents and presentations can be easily viewed and read on a regular monitor or laptop screen at the lightbox size. but if more is needed viewing them at full screen should be more than enough. it also reaches a new high for ease of use since they can be launched by a user with a click.  

The only thing that is still a little jumpy is the zoom eye view and the zoom and drag option in the Magazine mode. the magazine mode as a lightbox is not enough to be able to read the magazine but it is enough to scan trough the magazine. the full screen view of the magazine mode will be enough to read the magazine is you got a big monitor but it will still not be enough for a regular monitor or a regular laptop with 14 inches of screen and less. the full screen transition also gives something to desire because it is Flex and it consumes a lot of resources so it will be a bad experience for old computers and netbooks. this is why i always wonder if that would be the same if the viewer would had been done in Silverlight. my guess is no. but we still have to wait for Silverlight adoption to grow more for we to proof that one.

Now my only request to issuu is a middle point version of their regular issuu widgets and Smart Look. give us a Digital Document Object that can be embed and adjusted in size but that can be able to jump to full screen view directly from it too.

But even with that little hole still there in Issuu. it is now the best Digital Document experience you can get to have and it should serve as the point of progress to evolve from. if so. this will indeed be the year were Digital Documents  and Digital Document Objects will find its heyday no matter the kind of content you want to display.

You can check more on it with this very quick demo video from Issuu

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Issuu Turns into Publishing Network, Goes Pro and Continues To Evolve Fast with a Little Exception

November 24th, 2008

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Almost a year ago. the start of issuu was not really that remarkable. it looked to be aiming to be something like scribd with nothing more than been focused more on magazines. fast forward to almost 10 months ago and they made clearer their intentions they wanted to be a Digital Document Publishing Tool. fast forward 6 months to 4 months ago and they went with the idea of being able to free themselves of Flash if needed and turning into a platform. finally. close to a month ago they raised 5 million dlls and updated in a huge way:

 

Issuu Pro
You asked for it, and we listened: A whitelabel version of Issuu without the sidebar. It’s perfect for small businesses, publishers, resellers – and many more. Even though the price tag is absurdly small, we’ve made publishing with Issuu Pro free for the rest of the year!
Read all about Issuu Pro and check out the official press release (want to blog about it? Screenshots and multi-language press releases can be found here).

Bulk upload, web-import and more formats
Now you can upload multiple files from your hard drive and webserver. Ever had problems with your documents? Try again, as our conversion engine now performs even better. You can even upload many new formats, including Word and PowerPoint.
Upload now.

Manage your files and bookmarks
Many of you have uploaded hundreds of files, and we needed a better way to manage publications. So we created a new My Library. It’s a bit like a file manager, but created especially for Issuu and your publications.
Try it now.

Search and you shall actually find
OK, we know our search page needed improvement. Now it’s here. It has a neat tag cloud and something we call Search Remix; a custom magazine created from your search results.
Try the new search.

Advanced statistics engine
We’ve been working hard on an advanced statistics engine. The first result is a new stats feature that shows loads of details about your publications’ performance.
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My Library, select a document, and click Statistics to try it out.

New landing page, Publications page, and People Page
Since Issuu really is all about you, dear members, we wanted to make you and your publications much more visible. We’ve made community pages for that, and completely redesigned the landing page too. As an extra bonus you can now also select which language and country to sort by.
Check it out.

Viewer upgrade with music and download (links are coming, promise)
The viewer page has been optimized and learned a few new tricks too: Optional music and download. So, if you want music or download available for your readers, choose it while uploading (or choose it later in My Library). We’ll soon add support for links and search in Magazine and Presentation view (we already have it in Paper view).
See the viewer.

Platform: Search API and Viewer API
We just updated Issuu Platform with a search API, which enables developers to get feeds for custom search queries. We also added a new viewer API to open up for even more advanced integrations with that.
Check it out.

So now it is not only a just a web service or web utility. it is now a true Publishing House for Digital Documents and a Publishing Network with a revenue model and coherent and achievable plan for it.

There is only one place where they are not pushing as hard as they could and that is the widget. the issuu viewer for external use. I understand that they want people to go for landing pages and publisher profiles, etc. but they should consider going for the full experience. providing a full issuu experience right from the widget is a good thing. making it portable so you can set the size of the viewer and can be able to jump to full screen view is something that would truly show the point across of what a Digital Document needs to be. more considering it is not just text they are going for but full magazines.  maybe the way to monetize non pro issuu accounts would be inserting ad pages inside the magazines in a way they would blend with the content. i truly believe that until issuu manages to do that. they will be not living to their full potential even if right now i think that they are on a league of their own and they no longer should be compared to scribd or docstoc.

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Issuu goes for Scribd iPaper, releases Issuu Paper and Turns into a platform

August 9th, 2008

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I wrote about Issuu Flash Magazine Widgets almost 6 months ago. when they had just released them and i remember thinking they were the slickest ones. but that Scribd iPaper was superior because of its features. that is no more true. issuu was heavy at work during that time and now they got their own markup language and Ajax implementation and while they still do flash. they are now also offering a choice called “paper”. so  i doubt it is not a message to scribd iPaper. 

issuu paper version is all done in Ajax and it load the mentioned issuu xml markup and it resembles the functionality of iPaper without the use of flash. this is of course something important because that means these are digital documents that can be seen without a problem in any computer and also in any phone. that is not all.  issuu has gone beyond that and released a developer platform so you can do your very own customized digital document and digital magazine the way you want it by using issuu technology.

This is without a doubt a step up for digital documents and for digital magazines alike. i think it is really great. i still would like to see their Widgets to evolve too. i want to be able to pass to full screen from wherever the widget is placed and get full controls with it. that is something that flash and silverlight can offer and make the experience seamless for the user without having to go anywhere. this is the only step left for issuu to do, go for full portability. because that is the only area where Scribd still got them beat.

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