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Issue 8.5


A New Design!

Thoughts from the Publisher

Issue: 8.5 (July/August 2010)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: When RBD publisher Marc Zeedar was a kid he used to create magazines just for fun. Now he's doing it for a living! You may contact him at editor@RBDeveloper.com.
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Notice something different about this issue? This is the debut of our new digital design!

You may remember that two years ago we eliminated the print edition of RBD. At that time I considered a redesign for the new digital age, but hesitated because I didn't want to rock the boat any more than I already had. But with the iPad out, I really wanted to make RBD more optimized for digital reading.

The new design features a slightly smaller page size, larger fonts, and I've almost completely eliminated multiple column layouts in favor of single columns of text. I've made aesthetic changes, too, such as getting rid of the busy boxes framing many elements, and adding more color.

All this should make RBD much easier to read on computer screens and devices like Apple's iPad. For instance, if your device can't display a full page at one time, you no longer have to scroll to snake through all the columns.

The new design should still work for printing if you prefer a hard-copy. (Most print drivers support a "fit to page" print option which can adjust your printouts to whatever paper size you're using.) And we still plan on continuing to offer our printed annual books.

The new design is less "magaziney" and more like a research paper, but that's appropriate for the subject matter. Readability is my first priority. But note that such things are always a work in progress -- please let me know what you think!

Contact at me publisher@rbdeveloper.com with your feedback.

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