iPad Magazines

Wired iPadWired UK have finally let its magazine subscribers read its iPad edition for free. So I’ve finally been able to experience a full magazine on the iPad. I’ll be honest and say I approached reading the January issue with a sceptical mind. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t see much of an added value just added annoyance.

I’m feeling a bit lazy in the run up to Christmas so I’m not going to write a few paragraphs on what I think is going wrong with iPad magazines. Instead I’m going to link to this blog from Justin Williams who says it better than I could.

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Webdoc

WebdocI’ve been doing some work for a Swiss start-up called Webdoc over the last few weeks (and hope to be doing more from them in the new year – but that is not the reason for the praise to come).

Webdoc makes it easy to make rich media embeddable ‘documents’ on the web. Using HTML5 you can easily drag photos, videos and sounds onto your doc. It is then just as easy to drag them around, add text, change colours and add basic design. Then through their widgets you can easily add countdowns, votes, galleries and more. It really shows the power of HTML5.

Your webdoc is published on their site where others can view, follow and comment — a bit like a blog or Tumblr. But its power is in the embedding. You can take your creation and put it on another blog or site. The game changer is that you can embed them into Facebook Pages giving brands an easy way to make rich enticing pages that encourage people to ‘like’.

The music industry is getting on board and Webdoc won the MUSIC techpitch 4.5 recently. 2012 could be an exciting year for it.

Webdoc
Webdoc used on Facebook

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Daniel Kitson

Daniel KitsonI went to see Daniel Kitson perform “It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later” last night at the National Theatre. You’d be forgiven if you don’t know who Daniel is. He is a well established comedian who can sell out two 5 night runs in the 890 capacity theatre with ease. And the show is a 90 minute story which, while funny, is far from a stand-up act.

He can do this because he has built up a large fan base of people who have seen both his stand-up and these types of performances. The reason you might not have heard of him is (after a bad experience on Phoenix Nights) he refuses to appear on TV. He also doesn’t go in for the big expensive shows. Tickets for the NT were £12 and he usually appears in small comedy clubs.

Daniel is both very funny and an amazing storyteller. “It’s Always Right Now…” was fully scripted and read fast (probably to keep his stutter at bay), and on paper it would have been a small novel. It was full of observations on life told from the point of view of two characters which he took from birth to death.

It looks like he is back performing in the UK at the moment (he’s also very popular in Australia). You should go see him.

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