Well at least it isn"t as bad as Computer Weekly. With that you have to click to zoom in after every page turn and then it goes so big, and the font is so small, that you have to drag the paper around.
It"s a great start; one hell of a lot better than I could have done. So first of all, well done.
Secondly, I agree with Gordon. Unless you are so keen on having a dead tree version of the magazine, it is a terrible format. Yes it looks fantastic, and it must have been a great feeling to turn the pages of your own magazine for the first time, but it doesn"t work on the web. Can it be read on the RaspPi? It certainly cannot be easily read on phones. And those two are where most kids will be reading it (one hopes.)
I"m told there is a rule of thumb put about in creative writing classes that needs to be more widely applied: murder your children — that feature of which you are especially proud is the feature that you need to cut.
Thirdly I think you have a bit of confusion about where the magazine is aimed. The format says it"s for kids, but some of the content and format says it"s for us oldsters. For example I bet you can"t find anyone in school now who recognises music-ruled tractor-fed paper. But these are minor problems that can and probably will be ironed out in future issues.
The format…well we can work on this, we did look at a few magazine formats and several online mags and apps (there was long discussions on the forums about this too). For instance a good example was the linux "Circle Magazine". I personally liked how HP did their App Catalogue mag for the touchpad, but that also has issues with being work intensive and probably wouldn"t suit the needs above anyway. Viewing through "Issuu" is not the only way it can be viewed, but for browsing from a tablet it isn"t a bad experience (if you like that sort of thing), it is just one way to view the pdf file.
I wouldn"t worry about the flippy page thing, that is totally optional, take it or leave it. We can look at other ways to present it. At the moment, the "Make" site isn"t playing nicely with my browser…although I"ve not messaged them yet to tell them.
Target…hard to say specifically who our target is since the community as a whole is a very wide range of people. Clearly, as it was the first edition, it is aimed at beginners, young and old. As we move on to other issues, there will probably be a greater range of skill levels catered for, and hopefully we can also introduce some younger writers who can write articles suited for younger readers. As you say, as the mag matures, it will develop further, and it will fully depend on who gets involves and who contributes to it.
Currently looking at the example magazines given, to try to work out what it is you are after, since most appear to use pdf, and some even offer flip mags (http://www.elektor.com/uploads.....index.html
), a lot also require downloads of their own apps for phones and tablets (many only support ipad or ereaders). The html view of the site, is of a basic blog/wordpress layout (that is not the purpose of the project). I"ll not go into the advertising/paid subscription aspects…
I guess, if we had the person-power, the pdf could also be represented within the site as a html version too, which I guess is what you are getting at, but I would say that would be secondary to creating a magazine format. It isn't something which we will rule out, but we'd need someone to actually do it.
Regarding viewing pdf...is there a problem with using http://trac.emma-soft.com/epdfview/
in linux? I just booted RacyPy and it worked right off the bat. I've no idea if there is pdf support in the RPi distros, but since the User Guides etc are also in pdf format, I guess we will hope there is.