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Turn Any RSS Feed into a Digital Magazine with Pressjack

Posted by on 3rd Jan 2013 | 4 comments

Are you familiar with Paper.li? It’s a Web service that lets you create an online newspaper from your favorite Web content (RSS feeds and social media updates). Well, Pressjack is very similar to Paper.li, except you can use it to create digital magazines instead of online newspapers.

Pressjack works by turning website URLs, RSS feeds, and even keywords into interactive magazines for the Web, tablets, and mobile devices. Let’s take a closer look.

Getting Started

You can try Pressjack instantly right from the home page, just enter the RSS feed that you want to convert. If you prefer to sign up first, you can do that as well. You can sign up by creating an account or by using an account you already have – Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. I chose to create an account first.

Creating a Publication

Once you create and verify your account, you can start creating your first publication; it’s a pretty simple process. You should already be on the “Create New Publication” page once you sign into your account (after verifying).

Create your first publication on Pressjack.

You’ll need to choose a title, add a logo, and enter your sources; you can add more than one source for your publication. For sources you can use RSS feeds, website URLs, search terms, and/or an email addresses associated with any contributor of your blog.

Since you can use more than once source, that makes Pressjack the perfect tool for creating niche magazines. For instance, you may want to create a publication about Technology, Blogging Tips, Social Media, Fashion, Music, Animals, or something else.

Settings

Before publishing your magazine, you’ll probably want to change some of the settings. You can change the properties, cover pages, and sources (if needed).

Under Properties, you can enable and disable individual features for your magazine: library, search, bookmarks, weblink, share, exit, print. You can also change the title and logo.

Change the properties of your cover page.

Under Cover Page, you can enable or disable a cover page for your magazine. If enabled, you can change the colors of your fonts and menus, add a special logo just for the cover page, add a description, change the date, and customize the effects of the image slideshow.

Pressjack cover page slideshow.

If you’re wondering about the slideshow, it’s actually for the background images of your cover page. You can use the default photos on Pressjack or use your own photos. The images will display as the background of the page, and they’ll also be animated in a slideshow fashion. It’s really cool effect.

Publishing

When you’re done with Settings, click on the green “List of Issues” button to see your issue(s). Publishing your magazine is easy: just click on the “Publish” button to the right of your issue.

Publish your Pressjack publication.

Once your issue is published you can edit, view, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. If you see a little 0 (zero) next to your Issue Name, that means that there are zero articles in your magazine, so you won’t be able to view anything. You’ll need at least 1 article in your magazine, or else you’ll be stuck on the cover page without anything else to see.

A finished and published magazine on Pressjack.

The final result is a pretty simple digital magazine with a grid-based, responsive layout. You can click on an item to view it in full, and you can even see the comments for blog posts (if there are any). There are navigation arrows on both sides so that you can go back and forth between items in your magazine. You can also search through your publication, which is great for finding the content that you’re interested in most.

Creating New Issues

You can create issues for your publication whenever you’d like. Just click on the blue “Create New Issue” button to get started with that. The issue creator lets you manage your images and categories, change your theme,  choose the articles that you want to display, move articles from one issue to another, and more.

Create new issues for your publication.

 

You’ll need some articles in your first issue to begin with, which I didn’t, so I wasn’t able to play around with this feature.

Other Features

Along with being able to create a digital magazine, Pressjack includes a couple other great features like:

  • Automated daily updates – whenever the RSS feed or blog updates, so will your digital magazine.
  • Social integration – not only can you share your publication online, but so can your readers.

Final Thoughts

Pressjack is easy to use, quick to set up, and works without much effort. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to customize your magazine, and even easier to view it on any type of device. Plus, you just have to love the social integration, which helps to spread your magazine on the Web.

There are a lot of different possibilities for a tool like Pressjack. You can use it to help publicize your own content, or you use it to keep up with content related to your favorite topic. Whatever you decide, it’s clear that Pressjack is a great tool for the job.


Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

4 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Donna Merrill on 3rd Jan 2013

    Hi Charnita,
    Thank you for showing a step-by-step process about Paper.li because I have been noticing it on the social media platforms but didn’t quite understand what it was. Here, the answer to my question is revealed. One of my blogging friends has been doing it and I didn’t understand the concept until now.
    Many thanks for explaining this. I find that it is going to be very useful in the near future for me.
    Donna
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  • Posted by Christopher on 4th Jan 2013

    PressJack seems to be a very helpful tool. Thank you for this easy-to-understand presentation!
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  • Posted by Hadley on 4th Jan 2013

    Interesting post, thanks for sharing. I’ve never heard of Pressjack before so I’ll look into it.
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  • Posted by irshad on 8th Jan 2013

    showing with image is always very helpful