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HotPicks (six pages)

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1 PURPOSE:
To highlight new software releases that aren't part of major distros; particularly software that is innovative and smacks of community development and ideas. The software should be predominantly Linux. You can include whole OSes, such as MenuetOS. The software must be open source, and freely distributable so that it can go on the Linux Format coverdisc.

The section includes six or seven HotPicks, two 'HotGames' games, one or two 'HotPicks Revisited' (new version releases of previous HotPicks) and an Also Released box.

The text for each HotPick isn't a review as such, more an introduction to the software and a walkthrough of some of its best features. It often ends with a look at what's next on the roadmap for the software, and a summary of who the software would suit.

The HotGames can be written in a more jokey style.

2 WORD COUNT:
For ten HotPicks/Games/Revisited = approximately 4,230 words, but please plan the three spreads for a more precise word count, as follows:
Page 1: A single HotPick = 820 words (with an image and pull quote), or 490 words (with an image and annotation).
Page 2: Two HotPicks = 375 words each (with an image and pull quote).
Page 3: A single HotPick = 1,050 words (with an image and pull quote), 730 words (with an image and annotation) or 630 words (with an image, pull quote and walkthrough).
Page 4: Two 'HotGames' = 340 words each (with an image).
Page 5: Two HotPicks = 375 words each (with an image and pull quote).
Page 6: Two 'HotPicks Revisited' or one short HotPick and one HotPicks Revisited = 215 words each (with an image). Also Releases box = 16 'also-rans', of about 100 words in total (with two images).

3 LAYOUT:
[See Word Count, above, for layout guidance.]

  • If there's anything you need to point out to design and production staff, label it ///DESIGN NOTE/// and put it IN CAPS at the beginning of the text in square brackets, or at the relevant point in the body if it refers to something like an annotated pic or flow diagram.

4 PICTURES AND BOXES:
You must supply an image for each HotPick.

For the HotPicks on page 1 and page 3, it is also nice to use annotations and walkthroughs from time to time, to complement the main image.

Notes about images

  • Try to send attractive, inspiring images that help to suggest why this application has been HotPicked.
  • Images should be colour, and 250 DPI. Screengrabs are best sent in PNG format.
  • Please crop all images yourself before submitting them, unless you mark otherwise.
  • All screengrabs should be named appropriately with something relevant to the article's title, numbered sequentially in the order they are to appear in the article if relevant, and all should have a proper caption.
  • Captions must be interesting. A good caption contains some titbit of information that has been held back from the body copy. Captions are also usually an appropriate place to exhibit a bit of wit, and it's encouraged!
  • Avoid grabs that have copyrighted images as your desktop wallpaper, or grabs that include images of your pets or children. Also avoid grabs of the Linux Format website.


5 STRUCTURE:

///TOP BAR///
LXFHotPicks

///TOP STRAP///
The best new open source software on the planet
[This doesn't change month on month]

///MAIN TITLE///
LXFHotPicks
[This doesn't change month on month]

///ON THE DVD LOGO///

///HOTTEST PICK LOGO///
[Please indicate your favourite software of the section this month, to which we will award a Hottest Pick logo. Once you have finished HotPicks, we will email the winning's project developers to tell them that their software has been awarded Hottest Pick.]

///AT A GLANCE///
At a glance this month:
[Please list the software you cover in HotPicks, in the order that they appear]

///HOTPICKS///
///RED DESCRIPTION BIT///
[eg Audio editor, Puzzle game, File manager]

///TITLE///
[Name of software]

///VERSION///

///WEB/// [no need to include 'http://' if the web address includes a 'www']

///PIC///
yourfilename_number.jpg

///CAPTION///
10-20 words

///BODY COPY///
[Add the HotPicks text here]

///OPTIONAL CROSSHEAD///
[A line of two or three words to break up the text every four or five paragraphs]

///PULL QUOTE///
[10-15 words from the body of the text]

///OPTIONAL ANNOTATION///
///ANNOTATION TITLE///
Exploring the xxx interface [where xxx is the name of the software]

///PIC///
yourfilename_number.jpg
[Please send a second version of the annotation image that clearly marks where each annotation should point to]

///ANNOTATIONS///
15-20 words
///END OPTIONAL ANNOTATION///

///OPTIONAL WALKTHROUGH///
///WALKTHROUGH TITLE///
Step by step: xxx xxx xxx [where xxx is what you will be doing, eg Making a disc case]

///PIC///
yourfilename_number.jpg

///CAPTION TITLE///
Two or three words

///CAPTION///
20-25 words

///PIC///
yourfilename_number.jpg

///CAPTION TITLE///
Two or three words

///CAPTION///
20-25 words

///PIC///
yourfilename_number.jpg

///CAPTION TITLE///
Two or three words

///CAPTION///
20-25 words
///END WALKTHROUGH///

///HOTGAMES///
///MINI TITLE///
HotGames Entertainment apps

These are structured just the same as ordinary HotPicks

///HOTPICKS REVISITED/// ///REVISITED LOGO///

These are structured just the same as ordinary HotPicks

///END BODY TEXT///

///ALSO RELEASED BOX///
New and updated software that also deserves a look...

[Please format each entry as follows:]
QComicBook 0.2.8 Online comic book viewer http://linux.bydg.org/~yogin
[name and version number] [description] [website]
///END ALSO RELEASED BOX///

///END HOTPICKS///

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