Thursday, April 5, 2012

Digital publishing providers hustle through their program revisions to support 'retina' display on new iPad

Publishers are not the only ones scrambling to adjust to the new iPad's higher resolution. Digital publishing vendors, too, are making adjustments to their platforms in order to make sure their clients will be able to improve the look of their tablet editions.

Aquafadas, the French digital publishing software company today updated its viewer app for iPhone and iPad development, myKiosk for iOS. The app is used in conjunction with their system to preview tablet editions on the developer's device.

The company also updated its app making platform AVE AppFactory to version 1.4.5. The new released, like the viewer app, was updated to add support for the new iPad's higher resolution display. The update also makes Aquafadas compliant with Apple's new requirement that apps no longer rely on the Unique Device ID (UDID) to identify the users device.

Mag+ will also soon update its platform, as well. Last night the company announced on its website blog that their expected update that would add in retina support will be delayed until April 11 as the company also works to comply with the Apple UDID issue.

According to Mag+, the delay will allow the company to add some additional features into the next update. From the blog post:
  • Any inclusive issue: You will now be able to select in Publish any issue as a free issue for people downloading your app for the first time. And you will be able to change that issue as a live option anytime. We’ve seen that the ability to sample content drives up buy conversion rates considerably, so you’ll now be able to give new readers a sample issue, a back issue or a special issue to try.
  • Disable double-tap: One of the unique things about Mag+ is the dual-layer architecture you can build your designs on. Now, we’re making it even more flexible with the option per vertical to design a dual-layer layout, but disable the option for the user to double-tap and turn off the A layer.
On March 22 the digital newsstand company Zinio announced that it had made the necessary changes to support the new iPad.

It remains up to publishers, of course, to update not only their most current issues, but to decide whether they feel they should update their past issues, as well.

Additionally, editors and photographers are discussing specs. Should photographs designed to be displayed online be changed to display at a higher resolution on the new iPad?

Linked photos here at TNM simply do not look as sharp on the new iPad since they are often 800 to 900 pixels in width or depth. It's all a work in progress, isn't it?