Digital edition: Control Engineering upgrades to more interactive digital magazine platform

Control Engineering upgraded its digital edition software in January 2012 for faster and more intuitive navigation on more devices and platforms, delivering a more interactive subscriber experience.

01/23/2012


With the goal of increasing value and use of content for its engineering audience, CFE Media announces a new, more interactive digital edition. Control Engineering transitioned its digital edition software in January 2012 to the PageSuite Digital Magazine platform. The PageSuite platform allows for faster and clearer on-screen navigation and allows the Control Engineering staff the flexibility to incorporate rich media elements such as video and Flash overlays into our digital editions.

Control Engineering enhanced its digital edition in January 2012 to increase interactivity with subscribers and add readability across platforms.

Moving forward, the Control Engineering digital editions will also be coded in HTML5, which allows the editions to be viewed in browsers on the iPad, iPhone, and all other Apple devices as well as Android and other mobile operating systems.

“We’re excited to present our readers with a more interactive platform that allows CFE Media content to be viewed on a broader range of mobile devices. We feel the new platform is a great addition to CFE Media’s product offerings, allowing us another method to deliver quality content in whatever form our readers wish to receive it in.” according to Paul Brouch, CFE Media’s web production manager. “We’ll continue to add enhancements and interactive elements as we move forward. Naturally, much of how we proceed will be based on subscriber feedback, so let us know what you think.”

Send Brouch comments and suggestions at pbrouch(at)cfemedia.com.

Features of the new digital edition include:

-HTML5 coding, which allows the editions to be viewed on most wireless devices.

-Page tab navigation on the left, showing page previews, and allowing easier access to Supplements.

-Bookmark and clipping features

-On-screen navigation aids

-PDF downloads for selected pages or the whole issue, including advertisements

-Email and social network connections for sharing what you find most useful or to send yourself a link to a particular article.

In the January digital edition, issue-specific features include:

-Cover and table of contents have gently flashing highlights on images and headlines to more clearly identify internal links

-Control Engineering International, page 24 article on robotic CNC, drops in a YouTube logo to highlight a link to related videos

-News, page 26 article, on cyber security embeds video for easier viewing

-Content bubbles showing connections to many, enhanced online extras

-Links to dual-screen videos on pages 6 and 28.

Subscribers may go digital only and save paper or choose to receive both paper and digital editions. Digital subscribers receive an email when the digital edition is ready, often before the print issue mails. http://controleng.com/magazine/digital-edition.html

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-Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com, mhoske(at)cfemedia.com.

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