MagPi Issue 32 – out now!

In case you hadn’t noticed, Issue 32 of The MagPi, the Raspberry Pi magazine, came out at the end of last week – and we think it’s terrific.


This month’s issue is packed with tutorials, reviews, features about your Pi projects, and much more. As always, you’ll find lots and lots of content from the Pi community. Build an IoT door lock with Dr Simon Monk! See if Willem Koopman can gurn so extravagantly that Open CV won’t recognise his face as a face! Dr Sam Aaron will walk you through some Sonic Pi tips and tricks, and we continue the series on writing games in Python.

You can win a Raspberry Pi model A+; learn about some of the Raspberry Pi crowdfunding projects that shot for the moon (and find out which ones missed); and have an in-depth look at our distributed weather station project, the work Naturebytes is doing with the Pi, UNICEF’s Raspberry Pi work with Syrian refugees, and much, much more.

As always the MagPi is a free download. (If you’d like to support us by buying a copy on Google Play or the Apple App Store so you can use the magazine on your tablet, we’d be really grateful – but we are committed to making sure a PDF will always be available for free.) This is Russell Barnes’ second month as editor; we think he’s doing an amazing job.

Head over to to get your copy!




Hove avatar

Agreed, Russell is doing a great job. The new MagPi is terrific – to the extent I’ve bought a subscription. The volunteers who produced the MagPi until recently did an amazing job for zero returns, but there comes a point where someone needs to be paid for the effort it takes to produce a magazine of this calibre month after month, and the results speak for themselves!

Liz Upton avatar

I’m seeing Russell tomorrow – I’ll pass that on! :D

beta-tester avatar

oooh, the picture of the weather station in the MagPi…
i guess the water will run along the yellow network cable into the wall, when it starts to rain.
the house owner will be not much happy, when the wall will be filled with water… :P

JBeale avatar

Nice issue, a lot of good info. Thanks for using the single-page PDF format :-)

Stewart Watkiss avatar

I think that’s a great idea for funding. Free so as to make it open to everyone, but with the option to pay for those willing / able to that would like the added convenience of having it delivered direct to their phone / tablet.

Win Win!

The Android app looks great – I’ll be reading it on my phone today.

Bob avatar

Content is great!! but like the website, readability can be a bit tricky – I know I may have a lot of ‘snow on the roof’ but I still enjoy reading about the Pi and would welcome the good old ‘black on white’ text that makes articles so readable!!!

Russell Barnes avatar

Hi Bob – I am conscious of this and we’ll continue to try a strike a better balance between design and utility (we’re not there yet).

Thanks for the brilliant feedback!

Chris avatar

Thanks Russell. Content is excellent. As well as black on white text, a slightly larger font would be really helpful. It is harder to read on an iPad now than the pre issue 30 editions without expanding the screen and scrolling around. But a great magazine and I really appreciate the variety of articles.

Daniel avatar

Fantastic magazine – is there any chance of print editions returning? With the current quality of articles (as well as overall improvement in layout etc) I’d very happily take a print subscription if one was available.

Liz Upton avatar

Yes, we’re hoping to launch a print version in the next few months.

Paul avatar

Love the MagPi! One suggestion – make all the articles have a definite end like the ‘Weaved IOT Kit’. Reading the ‘Face Detection With Opencv’ I got to the end and looked at the next page and several more to see where it was continued. I’m still wondering if something got left out. Same thing with the “Build a strobe light’. Both Need a final paragraph like ‘Sonic Pi Tips & Tricks’

Then again this might just bethee latent editor in me :>)

Jarle avatar

The new MagPi is just brilliant , very well laid out ; great typography and use of paragraphs / columns makes the content easy to read and digest. This is a great leap forward in terms of ‘reaching out’ and capturing the audience , the ‘medicine’ slips down easy without dumbing down. Keep up the good work folks.

Alan avatar

This is a lot worse then all the previous issues (1 – 30) Why, because you have not considered the visually impaired nor those with reading difficulties when turning the magazine into an e-magazine… Simply put, the typeset is too small.

When loaded directly off your website it looks good(ish) and as Jarle says, it’s easy to read…. but try downloading a copy for off line use. I tried saving it into two different PDF readers and both could not produce a clean copy. Where as before I have had no problems with all the previous issues.

I purchased a copy from AppStore, and it loaded directly into the Newsstand on my iPad. But again, the text is fuzzy, out of focus and far too small to read. A simple example would be page 14, ‘School Report’ where I had to zoom in by at least one and half times it’s original size before I could read it. And I really needed to zoom each page to twice its size to make it more comfortable to read. (And that’s in portrait view).

It’s a shame, as it’s a brilliant magazine and it probably looks fantastic in print but next to useless now on my IPad as an e-magazine.

Just noticed that Chris has also commented about the font size as viewed on a IPad. So there you go… I am not the only person struggling with the new look font size.

Billy Ebullient avatar

I agree! In old days you could simply take a photo of every page and send it off to be enlarged and printed. Now I have to zoom in! With my fingers! Fingers that have probably just been used for picking my nose or worse making my tea of coddled eggs. I literally had to put two fingers on the screen and pretend I was a duck quacking or shooing away a tiny little goblin to make that teeny weeny writing bigger.

And what if you have no fingers? Think about that for a minute! Ever tried zooming with your nose and elbow, I thought not? It’s a shame – it might be a brilliant and free magazine but that doesn’t mean that it should be useless for people without fingers.

Alan avatar

Lol… My point is that I am not that old but find it strange that if this was a paper book, you would not expect the reader to have to us a magnifying glass to read it.

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