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Robin Good's insight:
Clipzine is a web app which makes it easy to collect images from any website page and to visually organize them into page-based collections.
On each page it is possible to place as many as 24 pieces of content and to decide how large or small each element will be. The user can expand each imported element over two or more tiles and move it around to any position.
It is also possible to use one or more tiles to add custom text and information and to format it professionally.
One key practical use of Clipzine that can be helpful in testing out its capablities is its ability to create a visual magazine of any Pinterest board.
Just go to the selected Pinterest board page, click the Clipzine bookmarklet and select the unique Clipzine option to capture "all" images available on that page at once.
Once captured all the images in a "zine", click on Edit / Syling and then on the Styling button that appears above each page content. Now hover with your mouse on any image in the collection and experiment with the feature buttons that appear around and in the center of each image.
The final collection, called a zine, can be saved, published on the web, shared on social media, embedded on other sites or saved to a PDF file.
My comment: This is one of the very few curation tools that leverages a tremendously powerful variable: control of positioning and size of elements in a collection. This is very useful as it empowers the curator to go beyond the linear top-down list or newspaper/magazine sequence and to create a more varied "equilibrium" between the elements in the collection.
Promising concept. Powerful visual control in the hands of the curator. A bit disappointing implementation and not so intuitive and simple to use (for now).
Free to use. Ad supported.
Find out more / Try it out now: https://clipzine.me/
Your Social Magazine. Available for iPad, iPhone & Android.
Robin Good's insight:
FlipBoard, the iOS app that allows you to find, discover and subscribe to the news you are interested in, is now ready to make everyone a publisher / curator too.
FastCompany reports: Flipboard is opening the floodgates and enabling any user to create a collection of media. The new version of Flipboard, says Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, "allows anyone to effectively build their own magazine on Flipboard. They can pull together content under any topic they're passionate about--[and share] other articles, photos, videos, music--pretty much anything."
"It's simple to start your own magazine on Flipboard. Just hit the app's new + button to create a digital rag, give it a title and description, and select a category.
From there, as you browse Flipboard, it's easy to add an article or YouTube video or photo to your own magazine; a cover image will automatically be created for your custom magazine, too.
Other Flipboard users can subscribe to your magazine, and you'll get notifications for when a user comments on a piece of content and also will receive stats such as how many page flips your magazine is seeing. "A community starts to build around this content," McCue says."
Find out more: http://flipboard.com/
AppStore download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard-your-social-news/id358801284