How to migrate your app from another solution to Twixl Publisher

Luk Dhondt How-To

Lately, more and more customers have been asking how they can migrate an app that was created using a different publishing tool to a Twixl Publisher-based app.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to move from e.g. Adobe DPS to Twixl:

1. Migrate the issues

You will need to convert all existing content (each issue) to Twixl Publisher .publication files. If you were previously using Adobe DPS, then the free Twixl Importer plug-in that is automatically installed with the Twixl Publisher plug-in will make that a fairly easy process.

If you were using a solution like Mag+, Aquafadas, etc. you will have to manually redefine the interactive content in the Twixl Publisher plug-in panel in InDesign.

2. Add new app to the Twixl Distribution Platform

In the Twixl Distribution Platform, add a new app to your account using the same application identifier as the original app (e.g. com.mycompany.myfancymagazine)

3. Upload publications

Add the same issues as in the original app to the Twixl Distribution Platform, again using the same product identifiers for each issue as in the original (e.g. com.mycompany.myfancymagazine.mar2014 etc.)

4. Build a new app

Using the Twixl Publisher builder, create an app with the application key from the Twixl Distribution Platform and the same provisioning profile as the original app. For Android apps, you will need the certificate and private key that were used to create the original app.

5. Subscriptions (optional)

If you were using subscriptions previously, define the same subscription with the same product identifier as in the current app

6. Entitlements (optional)

If you were using entitlements previously, integrate entitlements in the Twixl Distribution Platform and make sure that every subscriber will have access to the same issues as with the current app (requires the Entitlements option to be enabled on the Twixl Distribution Platform) For all of the above steps, no changes whatsoever are required in iTunes Connect or Google Play.

7. Submit the new Twixl-based app

When you ready submit the Twixl-based app, add a new version in iTunes Connect and/or Google Play, and upload the binary.

IMPORTANT NOTE: on iOS, updating an existing app to a Twixl app will only work if you were not previously publishing a hybrid iPad/iPhone version of his app. In that case, the only option is to remove the old app from sales and publish the Twixl app as a new app.

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