Movie or audio files can be embedded in the publication. You can add a movie in H.264 format or an audio file in MP3 format.
From the Media palette, you can either select a particular frame within the movie or a specific image as the poster frame. Similarly, if you insert an MP3 audio file, you’re able to place any type of button or text object on top of that. Tapping that object on the iPad will play/stop the sound sample. You can also select the "Play on page load" option to automatically start the video or sound clip when a page is loaded.
It is also possible to add a link to an external movie using the “Place a video from a URL” option from the InDesign's Media palette.
Slide shows are easily created within Twixl Publisher and an indicator layer can be added to give users a visual cue that a slide show is available.
On the tablet, users are able to view the slide show by simply swiping the image. You can also provide a full-screen slide show, which will be available by double-tapping in the picture. The are also auto-play options and you can optionally add a transition effect.
The 'Scrollable content' option allows you to add scrollable content to a container frame. Optional zooming of that content can be enabled to allow a user to use pinch to zoom.
The Image Sequence option lets a user you walk through a series of images while swiping. The most frequent application for this is to give a 360 degrees view of an object.
A panorama VR lets you view a complete environment in 360 degrees, but also lets you tilt so you can e.g. also have a look at the sky and at the floor within that environment.
In order to use a panorama VR with Twixl Publisher, you need six images that represent the six inner sides of a cube. Several tools are available on the market to generate these six tiles, based on cylindrical or spherical images.
You can add any type of HTML5 animation using a web viewer - either with external, or (for better performance) with embedded html. HTML5 animations can be created with several specialized tools, such as Adobe Edge or Tumult Hype.
When you convert an object to a button, you’re also able to attach an action to it:
- Go to first page
- Go to last page
- Go to next page
- Go to previous page
- Play a sound
- Play a video
- Go to page
- Go to state (of a multi-state object, i.e. slide show)
- Go to next state
- Go to previous state
When creating a new publication, you can select whether to support portrait, landscape or both orientations.
Navigating between articles is done by horizontal swiping.
Navigation within one article is done by vertical swiping.
Alternatively, you can also opt to have a page with the correct width, but with a length of your preference. That way, instead of navigating vertically from page to page, you can scroll through a longer document (similar to a web page).
You can create a hyperlink that refers to any page within your publication.
You can create a hyperlink that links to an external URL. On the iPad, tapping such a link will open a browser pop-up window for that URL within the app. Once finished, tapping the "Done" button of the browser pop-up will bring the app back to the foreground.
Create a hyperlink that links to an e-mail address with an optional subject. Within the iPad app, tapping such a link will open a mail pop-up window from that email address with an optional subject line. Once the e-mail has been sent, the app returns to the foreground.
Any rectangle on a page can be turned into a Web Viewer, which allows you to add dynamic web content to your application. Integrate live content such as a Twitter feed, display scrolling text on a page, or run HTML5 applications within your publication.
Select a rectangle, then use the 'Web Viewer' panel to enter the URL you want to display within its boundaries. A number of options are available:
- "Allow user interaction" configures whether a user can interact with the content or not
- "Allow cookies" does just that
- "Transparent background" allows you to display web content transparently on your InDesign background
A web overlay is a modal web viewer that is displayed on top of your page. The 'Web Overlay' will always be positioned in the center of the page and add a level of transparency to the rest of the page.
You can use InDesign's built-in Table of Contents feature to automatically generate a Table of Contents page for your publication.
The table of contents can optionally be displayed in the tablet app.
Twixl Publisher supports the use of Google Analytics, which provides statistics at page level. Number of page views, language, country, … most common features are supported.
Twixl Publisher Gold and Platinum Editions also support two other analytics services, i.e. Flurry and Localytics.
If you want to create a "real" build of your application, a preference setting for that publication must be available.
Three types of provisioning profiles can be stored in the Preferences section, depending on the type of build you want. You can use drag-and-drop to add the provisioning profiles to the Preferences.
- "App Store" build
Use the "App Store" provisioning profile created in the iOS Provisioning Portal to create a build that can later be submitted to the App Store.
- "Ad hoc" build
iOS developers have the opportunity to distribute their application outside of the App Store on up to 200 different devices. Use the "Ad Hoc" provisioning profile created in the iOS Provisioning Portal to distribute a build of your publication internally.
- "Enterprise" build
iOS developers enrolled in the Enterprise program have the opportunity to distribute their application outside of the App Store and without any device limit. Use the "Enterprise" provisioning profile created in the iOS Provisioning Portal to distribute a build of your publication within the whole company.
Once you have stored the settings for your publication in the Twixl Publisher Builder Preferences and have added at least one type of Provisioning Profile, you are ready to create a build of the app.
Once your build is finished, you are ready to distribute your app.
With Twixl Publisher, you can create "multi-issue" or "kiosk" applications that allow you to add new content to your apps via in-app purchases with support for subscriptions.
There is an important difference in the distribution model of single-issue apps vs. multi-issue apps:
- single-issue apps are always downloaded through the App Stores, and these stores provides the infrastructure and bandwidth (at no extra cost), independent of the number of downloads.
- with multi-issue apps, only the empty app is distributed via the App Store. In order to provide the in-app purchase and subscriptions options, Twixl provides the Twixl Distribution Platform.
A publication can provide the option to share information via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook.
A custom sharing message can be defined when building your app.
Any page in a publication can be bookmarked, and an overview of all bookmarks is available in the TOC viewer.
The Twixl Distribution Platform allows you to publish both .publication files (the native Twixl format) and PDF files. Apps created with Twixl Publisher can publish both file types within the same multi-issue app.
The PDF viewer supports landscape and portrait view, a thumbnail overview, a table of contents viewer, search, bookmarks and social sharing.
Currently, the PDF support is iPad only.
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