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Tabbloid: Create your own informational magazine

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I came across Tabbloid a week or so ago and loved the ease of use and the ultimate product. I realize it was intended for people to assemble their favoriet RSS feeds into a personalized magazine (which could be printed or read off line). However, I wanted to use it to create clean easy-to-read handouts from a few of my blog entries and my iPad series.

This may sound critical and I really do love the tool and the end result… I just wish it had a few more features (perhaps in the next upgrade?).

  1. Obviously, only images will be included in the magazine (not videos or embedded tools). Thus, if you use videos or embedded Web 2.0 tools to dress up your blog, your Tabbloid will be simply the text. Not a huge deal but something to consider when publishing.
  2. Captions on photos from WordPress are published as a line of text. I found two number 19’s in my 22 Apps for Parents post. Again nothing against the tool, just something to consider if you are creating blogs to be tabbloidized.
  3. One cannot customize the title, Today’s Tabbloid, to something like the Techchef4u Monday Menu. Not a deal-breaker either.
  4. All hyperlinks and text formatting (bold, italics, underline) are lost in the magazine process.
  5. The tool will only pull the most recent RSS feed (post) from your site. Unfortunately, there is no way at this time to create a magazine of a particular series from the same blog with different links.
  6. Tabbloid will only generate your personal magazine from the original published entry (no updates will be reflected).
With that said, I still think this is a great tool to create quick, clean, easy-to-read, visually appealing, portable versions of your favorite RSS feeds (yes, it will compile one magazine with multiple pages from different feeds). While Tabbloid accomplishes all that it states it will, I just wish it had a few more bells and whistles for my own purposes.

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