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My son is graduating from high school in a week, and on Monday he came home with his high school yearbook. It was amazing to see all the "little kids" we once knew grown up to young adults, and it reminded me that this would be the perfect time write a blog post about using Publisher and MagCloud to create, sell, print, and deliver yearbooks of all kinds.
* A quick reminder about MagCloud: Hewlett Packard's cloud publishing site, called MagCloud, is an excellent resource for any on-demand publishing scenario. Microsoft and HP have partnered to make using Publisher with MagCloud an easy solution for publishing catalogs, magazines, newsletters, and yes, yearbooks. You can read more about the Microsoft/MagCloud partnership and receive a 25% discount coupon code in my earlier post.
So, now let's assume that you're the advisor to the yearbook committee of Transylvania High School (the Fighting Vamps!) and you're starting to plan for the 2012 edition. Here's a quick run-through for using Publisher and MagCloud for your 2012 yearbook.
MagCloud has some easy configuration requirements for publications with the instructions at the link. You can also find more about page setup and layout type, and color model and font settings on Office.com.
This is something you and the kids will love doing, but I'm not going to go into that here.
Before you upload your yearbook, you need to save it as a PDF. Keep in mind that MagCloud has some specific PDF configurations, such as ISO 19005-1 compliance and pages per sheet. Read the requirements at the end of the step-by-step instructions for creating a PDF for MagCloud.
If you haven't already, create a free MagCloud membership. Then follow the instruction in MagCloud's Help: How to Publish page to upload your PDF and make your yearbook available for order. Then you can give your students, family, and staff the link to the MagCloud page for ordering the yearbook. All the invoicing, printing, and shipment are handled by MagCloud, and a project that could have taken way too much of your time and energy has become manageable and impressively organized!
-- Bob deLaubenfels