For the past few years, X-Ray Magazine has been a fantastic source of information and inspiration for anyone using a Quark product. It certainly helped me to understand the broad range of valuable new features in QuarkXPress.
But what I wished I could do is have instant access to any of the articles, whenever I needed them. Instead, I read each issue and then the whole magazine went on a shelf.
My wish must have been shared by many X-Ray readers because now, my wish has become a reality…
In its fifth year of publishing, X-Ray Magazine has morphed into a web-based e-zine. X-Ray Magazine was originally published from 1996-1997, and then re-launched three years ago with the arrival of QuarkXPress 6.
The new e-zine format allows for more frequent articles, live hyperlinks, and instant searches of all content from X-Ray Magazine. Their press release explains the new format:
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In response to reader requests, X-Ray Magazine has launched as a web-based e-zine, giving users easy access to the complete content of each issue; both past and present. X-Ray Magazine provides case studies of all types of software implementation and improved workflow techniques, extensible-product reviews, feature-detail articles written by product-manufacturers’ staff, detailed step-by-step instructionals, and code-laden AppleScripting lessons. Each issue is rounded out with XPhiles, a technology and product preview, and an XClamation from industry pundits such as Frank Romano, professor emeritus, RIT.
“We’re pleased to see X-Ray Magazine transition to an online format, that will further extend its reach to Quark customers with informative how-to’s and in-depth stories about our products,” said Terry Welty, senior vice president, corporate marketing, Quark.
Beginning with X-Ray Magazine volume 5, number 2, new articles will be added each week as both online and PDF postings. The new online format will complement the PDF library of all previously published articles. Conversion to webzine of the PDF archives in underway and during the process, links to related topics that may be of interest to readers, both within the site and to other resources, are embedded. Linking articles to other sites will expose readers to a wider variety of resources than was possible with the printed or PDF articles; not to mention the benefit to both the reader and advertiser in using relevance for ad placement.
Cyndie Shaffstall, editor and publisher of X-Ray Magazine, explains, “When we resurrected X-Ray Magazine in 2004, we did so in print, in deference to the requests of our readers. Today, just three short years later, our readers have migrated to electronic formats, and we felt it was time for X-Ray Magazine to do the same. I find the entire concept of a webzine particularly exciting because of the immediacy of information and the astounding ability of search engines to be able to deliver our content to match exactly a reader’s requirement. You simply can’t do that with a mailbox – no matter how well you know your readership.”
X-Ray Magazine (http://www.xraymag.com) was originally launched in 1996 as a magazine for Quark software users. Today, X-Ray Magazine touches on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to the designer, press, prepress, publishing, and web-publishing professional. The periodical is published in English and Korean (through partner, InCube Technologies, http://www.incube.co.kr), and select stories have been translated to Dutch and French. New online stories will be translated to French, German, and Spanish, with other languages being added in 1Q2008.
About ThePowerXChange and X-Ray Magazine:
X-Ray Magazine (http://www.xraymag.com) is a publication of ThePowerXChange, LLC (http://www.thepowerxchange.com). ThePowerXChange has been based near Denver, Colorado, since 1995 and distributes thousands of extensions-based products used with applications such as QuarkXPress, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, After Effects, FreeHand, Painter, Premiere, and QuarkXPress Server, as well as many stand-alone applications for the designer, publisher, printer, and web-page creator.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.