Twixl Publisher 4.0 support for creating and publishing content for phones, to become a full high-end mobile publishing solution.
You can now create tablet apps, phone apps and universal apps for iOS and Android devices. You can create your phone layout by adapting your tablet layout or you can start from scratch using a Twixl Publisher phone template. All features that are available for our tablet apps are of course also available for phones. On iOS, we support iPhone 4S, 5/5S, 6 and 6 Plus. On Android, devices running 4.0.3 or higher.
Twixl Team is also introducing support for a new file format called HPub, an HTML-based format for interactive publications. The integrated and automated app building in Twixl Publisher makes sure that once your HTML content is ready, no extra coding is required to turn it into an app.
Combined with the power of the Twixl Distribution Platform, with support for in-app purchases, push notifications, entitlement, analytics, etc., Twixl Publisher 4 provides a compelling solution for anyone looking to publish HTML-based content apps
SUPPORT FOR PUBLISHING ON PHONES
Twixl Publisher 4.0 for the first time lets you publish on phones. In InDesign you can create an alternate layout for phones, in addition to layouts for iPad and Android tablets. You can now choose to create tablet only, phone only or universal apps.
CREATE AND PUBLISH HTML-BASED CONTENT
With Twixl Publisher 4.0, we are adding support for a new file format called HPub. An HPub publication is like an HTML5 microsite, that could also be rendered in a standard browser.
Content can be created using the HTML tools of your choice, then packaged according to the HPub specification. On top of that specification, Twixl Publisher also adds support for its own Table of Contents viewer, and Search and bookmarking capabilities. HPub content can be used either in a single-issue or in a kiosk app.
There are several advantages to using HTML-based content :
- the same files can be used for displaying optimized content on tablets and phones with a responsive design
- since it’s based on HTML, it allows you to use all the HTML/CSS/JS tricks available
- since HPub is HTML and text-based, automating the creation is a lot easier
- this approach lends itself to using a template-based workflow with structured data
The integrated and automated app building in Twixl Publisher makes sure that once your HTML content is ready, no coding is required to turn it into an app. Combined with the power of the Twixl Distribution Platform, with support for in-app purchases, push notifications, entitlement, analytics, etc., Twixl Publisher 4 provides a compelling solution for anyone looking to publish HTML-based content apps.
How to package an HPub
First of all, a HPub publication is like a HTML5 microsite. You should be able to see it in a standard browser and test it in Mobile Safari (it will miss the pagination and Baker features of course, but it should work). This is important because it means that if your application shows and works correctly in Mobile Safari, then it’s almost sure it will work in Baker.
To prepare a publication just write it like a microsite, having a HTML file for each page inside Baker and have them ordered sequentially. Prepare also an index.html file, that will be visualized inside Baker when you double-tap the screen. Ideally, it should be just a small stripe (horizontal or vertical) in order to not cover the entire screen when it shows up. (see more)
REWRITTEN RENDERING ENGINE
Although it might not seem like a big deal, this brings some important changes to the user experience. The way objects on a page are being drawn on screen in Twixl Publisher 4.0 has been greatly optimized and improved, so that interactive content now appears instantly while you are swiping from page to page.