DoXtop: Online Magazine Publishing With Options
This is the fourth review in our series of online magazine publishing applications. For an introduction to this category, including a rundown of features common to all four applications reviewed this week, please see: Publishing Magazines Online With Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 users looking to publish documents online – either to promote their ideas, or share information – have found new outlets in online magazine publishing applications. DoXtop is one of these applications, giving users a chance to upload, combine, and find documents within its interface.
DoXtop provides two ways to post your online magazine: upload your file (or files using the batch upload) in one of the accepted formats (doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, vsd, vss, pdf, bmp, gif, jpg, png, txt, rtf, odt, sxw, odp, ods, odg, sxd), or use their text editor to create one directly. As a unique feature they also offer the chance to synchronize a folder on your computer with your magazine, which allows you to keep your magazine up to date automatically. Whenever you delete or change a file, it updates. DoXtop does set a file size limit of 50mb, though this is per file. Licensing and setting your magazine to private are also available as a settings for contributing users.
For users who are looking for new magazines, doXtop has browsing by tags, categories, collections, and by popularity. Reading is handled through a reader page, which is presented in either Flash or PDF. Groups and member pages are available for users that wish to connect to other contributors, and there are alerts you can set for users that you are following. Documents can be added to favorites, a collection, and most interestingly, to a magazine. The last choice allows you to combine documents – including ones you’ve found – into a larger document. It operates much like a group, with moderation features and member lists, but the magazine becomes a hosted page in doXtop, complete with a landing page and table of contents.
A flaw in doXtop is the reader, which does not have an index view to allow you to see ahead. There are page controls which allow users to go straight to that page, and some users integrate a table of contents into their uploads, but for long documents navigation is not as quick as it could be. At the time of this review half of the content was in German (it’s a German company), but the doXtop platform uses its rating system well to screen spam as it comes in.
Users looking for a rounded platform for online magazine publishing will find doXtop to fulfill their needs. If you would like to read more about doXtop or to find similar applications in this category, there is the Listio search: publish+magazines.
Previously in this series: Calaméo: Publishing Your Magazine Online
Next in this series: Comparison of Online Magazine Publishers: MagCloud, Issuu, DoXtop, Calaméo
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