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HTML Week with LAYARED Magazine!

Chris Cameron March 11, 2013

Catch up with HTML Week!

This week is a special one here at Layar – it’s HTML Week! Over the next few days you’ll be introduced to the world of possibilities created by our recently released HTML widget for the Layar Creator.

The HTML widget lets you embed a frame of HTML on top of print content which anyone can then view by scanning the page with Layar. It opens up nearly endless possibilities for interactive print, and we’re going to show you just what you can do and even how to do it.

Each day for the rest of the week, we’ll be posting some great examples of how the HTML widget can help bring print to life in a whole new way. We’ll even share the plugins and tools we used to make it possible.

To kick things off, we’re introducing an entirely revamped LAYARED Magazine, which has been loaded with great HTML widget examples. It’s the same print magazine as before (with some updated stats) so if you have your own copy, just scan it again today to see all the new content. Don’t have your own copy? You can order one, download a PDF or view it online here!

Here’s a look at some of the examples from the new LAYARED that we’ll be going into more detail on this week.

  • Full Mobile E-Commerce Experience
    Now you can provide a complete mobile shopping experience directly from the pages of a magazine! You can switch through various product options, add items to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  • Fun Puzzles & Games
    Adding a bit of entertainment to your print is easier than ever, and it’s way better than a simple crossword or sudoku. We show a few quick examples of interactive games that can be easily built in the Creator.
  • Interactive Lonely Planet Map
    This clickable interactive map shows you hotel and flight information for some of Lonely Planet’s hottest locations around the world. It’s an excellent example of how you can provide more info to readers in an engaging way.
  • Layar Creator Step-by-Step Guide
    Our infographic spread showing the steps to using the Creator to launch a campaign comes alive with interactivity, taking you on a guided, click-by-click tour through each step.

Order your copy of LAYARED Magazine here, and stay tuned here on the blog this week to learn all about the power of HTML in interactive print!


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Breaking Down the Refreshed LAYARED Magazine

Chris Cameron October 25, 2012

If you scan the pages of our LAYARED Magazine today, you’ll see fresh new content on every page!

This summer when we introduced the magazine - our tentpole example of how publishers can add interactivity to the static pages of print content - we packed the pages with awesome digital extras made using the Layar Creator. Now, after several big Creator campaigns have hit the magazine stands, we’ve been able to piece together just what makes for a successful interactive print campaign.

Taking these insights, as well as those we shared recently in our Best Practices Guide, we’ve completely refreshed the interactive print found in LAYARED to showcase how powerful and impactful this medium can be. Here’s an overview of what we changed, and why, and how you can use these concepts to create more effective campaigns.

Attracting & Educating with the Cover

We actually didn’t change the cover - it’s still the same great introduction video from Raimo van der Klein - but we wanted to reiterate what makes for an outstanding interactive print cover. We framed and designed Raimo’s video in such a way that when viewed over the magazine, it appears as though the pages come to life. This really helps a reader begin to grasp the overall concept of interactive print.

The other important thing to note about the cover video is that it serves a practical purpose for those who watch it. In our video, Raimo explains what the LAYARED Magazine is and how to use your phone to scan the pages and interact with the content. In your publication, a cover video could help to introduce your magazine as a special issue with interactive print, as well as show them how to use it.

And we’re not the only ones adding videos to our cover! Be sure to check out the VIVA Magazine 40th Anniversary issue which has a similar “come to life” style cover video!

Pro tip! — The cover of your publication is the first thing your readers see, and thus is a great place to make an important first impression. Grab their attention and help them understand what to expect. If a video isn’t your thing, think top level - include links to your homepage or maybe a place where readers can subscribe.

Providing Clear Instructions

The next most important aspect of any interactive print campaign is the instructions. Readers need a clear explanation of how to use Layar with the publication, which is why we dedicated a two page spread to this very concept on pages 4 and 5 of LAYARED. You probably don’t need to use so much space (many use just one page) but we wanted to clearly emphasize this.

The instructions in LAYARED are very clear and easy to follow. Importantly, the instructions include both illustrations and text to guide users through how to view interactive print. If you scan our instructions, we provide a quick link to info about the all new Layar 7.0, as well as an embedded video that appears to pop out of the printed page.

Pro tip! — In your publication, also make sure the instructional illustrations don’t look too much like an advertisement or editorial content as readers may otherwise miss them.

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Bringing Magazine Covers to Life with AR Video

Chris Cameron June 22, 2012

When we launched the Layar Creator, we created LAYARED Magazine as an example of just how interactive print can become when using the Creator.

The shining star of the magazine is cover, which comes to life when you view it with Layar. We wanted to share how we created this bit of magic, so we’ve created a video showing just how it was made (including some of Raimo’s outtakes and bloopers!)

So check out the video below, it’s a great showcase for using AR video - video which displays within the AR view on top of print, not in a separate window like a YouTube video.

And don’t forget, if you want your very own copy of LAYARED Magazine to hold in your hand, you can order one now!


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Order Your Own LAYARED Magazine

Chris Cameron June 21, 2012

Remember the fancy digital magazine with Raimo on the cover that we featured in our Layar Creator video

Well now you can hold your very own copy in your hands!

As of today, you can order a copy of LAYARED Magazine and see just what interactive print is all about. Read about the history of mobile augmented reality, meet the people already using it and view the latest industry statistics and showcases.

Best of all, it’s overflowing with digital content that we easily added to the pages in just minutes with the Creator. In fact, the hard part was getting the print magazine together! We now have a newfound respect for the print industry. It’s not easy making a magazine! But adding content with the Creator is.

So head on over to the LAYARED Magazine page to get yours delivered right to your door!


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