Online PDF magazine or online HTML5 based content?
What would be your choice? My client is preparing a new publishing project, a magazine style project, where customers are supposed to download monthly edition (content changes monthly) in PDF (distributed through different online magazine sites). My suggestion was to move away from the magazine form as I find it obsolete, but the client wants to continue with the original idea.
At first, I thought that the client's intention was to do a printed edition as well, but he firmly states he has no plans on doing anything but digital. And for me, the only visible benefit of doing PDF distribution would be the fact that he already has complete layout done for print.
Give me your thoughts. If you were to publish online content would you go for online magazine format (PDF) or would go for portal style HTML/HTML5 based solution? If you would choose PDF, what are the benefits you see in that format?
Hi Sinisa Domislovic,
As Mr. Rajesh Vaidya PDF is a fixed lay-out format. Online HTML5 based contents will help everyone to view your webpage not only in Desktops, even other devices like Mobile and Tabs also.
The best solution will always boil down to the specific problem you are looking to solve, while focusing on meeting the needs/requirements of the users/customers.
In my experience, I have found the .pdf file format to be extremely limiting in it's ability to translate the quality and interactivity, that we have come to expect in today's digital age, and I hold Adobe highly responsible for this.
I would suggest staying away from using the .pdf file format and instead go with a HTML5 solution.
HTML5 is bringing a lot of power to the web and the browser support to leverage this power is growing every day. The problem is not many people know about it let alone fully understand how to use it. With new HTML5 tags and attributes like Canvas and Download, there is an enormous opportunity to create some rich and interactive experiences.
Ultimately and especially when it comes to technology, it is rarely ever a good idea to go backwards or put yourself in a corner. Rather, it is best to always try and position yourself where you have options and the ability to scale, which is what a HTML5 solution can give you.
I would go for templating.
Which means, you store your content in a structured way (probably a parser is needed, to help user friendlyness), then you can have a "compiler" for the pdf version and one for the html5 version.
HTML5 for website with an option to download the flipping PDF version. You can easily generate the PDF using a number of 3rd party providers such as ISSUU or similar. SO you can have both.
If you want something new, I highly recommend an interactive magazine for tablet devices. The rest is history or PDF ;-)
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You can use a PDF style HTML5 responsive page having PDF look and feel like layout, backgrounds, foregrounds, margins and etc.
Beside this place a button to download the PDF when any reader clicks the link the PDF file having the same content will be downloaded or you can create some function behind your PDF download link which will call the (Ctrl + P) print function.
to have a same layout in print version use css styling instead of image backgrounds where possible.
By this technique you can preserve SEO advantages and also respect client idea.
Best support software is indesign [incopy], we in this platform client need any updation of content in source file. that is he will make the change in incopy only. automatically we get the updation in indesign. That way we just focus only on room of page.
I would go with HTML5 based solution.
The primary reason would be to target as many devices as possible with a slick UI.
Both options (PDF & HTML) needs to be presented. If user needs to download for some reasons the PDF version he should be able to do that.
I agree with most of the answers. Over the last 5 years, browsers have added a lot more capability nad HTML5 is one of the main reasons for it. You can now create innovative and interactive content using HTML5, CSS and JS. In case the readers would like to print, give a PDF option (added cost to convert HTML5 to good quality PDF).