Create as many apps as you want – for free, from your Desktop?

As you might have seen, Quark has introduced QuarkXPress 2017 with the ability to create and export “unlimited”* iOS Single Apps directly out of QuarkXPress.

The advantages of this are:

  •  No need to create a log-in or use a system or portal
  • You create the apps directly from your Desktop out of QuarkXPress
  • You can create the design within your app with the same tool – QuarkXPress – that  you use for print
  • You can even convert Print layouts to digital and show them in your app
  • You can add stunning interactivity
  • All content is 100% HTML5
  • You get the apps delivered to your Desktop as a single delivery, your content is “backed in”
  • You can transfer your app to your test iPad or iPhone
  • You can hand in your app to Apple and – once approved – have it being delivered to your customers via the Apple’s App Store

All you need is QuarkXPress 2017 and an Apple Developer Account. Don’t worry, you won’t have to develop anything, it is Apple’s prerequisite to submit apps to the App Store.

So yes, you can create single apps for iOS directly from your Desktop.

How does it work?

A detailed documentation and video tutorials will be available once QuarkXPress 2017 has been released (in second quarter of 2017).

Here are the steps in a nutshell:

1) Prerequisites

  1. Get a developer account with Apple, which is $99 per year.
  2. Go to Apple’s developer portal and create 4 things, a development & distribution certificate and a development & distribution provisioning profile.
    (On Mac oyu can do that using Keychain, on Windows you will need to install the free OpenSSL)
  3. Go to iTunes Connect, basically the marketing portal for submitting apps to the App Store, and create marketing descriptions etc.
  4. Create an app icon and splash screens for your app

2) Create your app

  1. Create a digital layout in QuarkXPress 2017 (or convert an existing Print layout to a digital one). Optionally add a second layout for the other (vertical/horizontal) orientation.
  2. If you want, add interactivity like animations, audio, video, slideshows (using the HTML5 palette)
  3. Choose File > Export As > iOS App
  4. In the dialog appearing, add the two certificates and the two provisioning profiles. Add all meta data needed, like the app ID provided by Apple in iTunes Connect, the icon and the splash screens you created.
  5. Export your app ( so you need an internet connection then, however no log-in into any system).

3) Test and submit your app

  1. Either wait until the progress bar finishes or let it run in the background. After a while QuarkXPress 2017 will save two apps to your Desktop (or the folder that you specified), a test app and a production app.
  2. On Mac, transfer your test app to your iPad/iPhone, e.g. using iTunes or – my recommendation – “Apple Configurator 2“. On Windows use iTunes please.
  3. Test thoroughly.
  4. If fine, submit your production app to Apple. On Mac, you do that using Application Loader by Apple.
    From Windows you cannot do that, as Apple requires you to use Application Loader, which is only available on MacOS. So you either need to find somebody with a Mac to do that for you or rent a Mac. Here’s an example of a services in the cloud that allow you to rent a Mac for an hour: http://www.macincloud.com/
  5. Wait until Apple approves your app.

Done. And now create the next one.

A video of this can be seen here:

 

 


*Quark’s EULA specifies what “unlimited” means. Basically it is a “fair use” policy, so you can create as many apps as you need for your own use or to create for your customers. Quark e.g. doesn’t allow you to build a system around it, so a service that you pass on to other customers. Also the use is possible as long as QuarkXPress 2017 is the most recent version or the version before the most recent version of QuarkXPress. Afterwards you need to upgrade to a newer version to be able to use app export. All other functionality of QuarkXPress 2017 of course doesn’t have any timed restriction. You need an Apple Developer Account, which costs you an additional fee. And to submit an app to Apple, Apple requires you to use a Mac.

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

The Best Hidden Features in iOS 7

Verge-iOS7

At The Verge website, Aaron Souppouris wrote a useful and technologically inspiring article: “The best hidden features in iOS 7“.

Besides pointing out some fantastic new features, they’re displayed in a creative, interactive way. Have a look:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/18/4741412/the-best-hidden-features-in-ios-7

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.

Which fonts are pre-installed on the iPad (and iPhone)?

When creating digital media based on web technology, e.g. HTML5 websites, web apps or ePub3, and which do not have any webfonts embedded or linked, then you rely on the fonts that are pre-installed on devices.

Apple’s iPad (and iPhone) actually have quite an impressive list of fonts pre-installed, for example

  • Arial
  • Avenir (in many faces)
  • Baskerville
  • Futura
  • Gill Sans
  • Helvetica
  • Palatino
  • Snell Roundhand
  • Times New Roman
  • Trebuchet
  • Verdana
  • Zapfino
  • and others

The website iosfonts.com lists all of them and also shows you which version of iOS added them on the iPhone and which on the iPad.

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

Forbes Chooses QuarkXPress for Dynamic Publishing

Respected publisher Forbes has chosen QuarkXPress 8 and Quark Publishing System to dynamically publish its leading business magazine that is read by over 900,000 subscribers. According to Quark’s press release, Forbes will be using Quark’s products to streamline production of their print, online, and mobile publications.

I find it enlightening that Forbes and other high-profile publishers are choosing QuarkXPress for its powerful multi-channel publishing capabilities. (See previous stories on Recruit Media Communications, Dynamic Publishing, Frost & Sullivan, the Gilbane Group, Allen Press, IT Enquirer, Peugeot, Quark DPS and QuarkXPress Server, Quark XML Author, Versandhaus Walz, and Ver.di Publik.)

Quark’s press release is below.

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Forbes Selects Quark for Dynamic and Digital Publishing

Renowned Publisher Implements Quark Publishing System 8 and QuarkXPress 8 as the Foundation of its Publishing Workflow, including the Creation of Content for Delivery to Digital Devices

DENVER, CO – January 11, 2011 – Quark announced today that Forbes is using QuarkXPress® 8 and Quark Publishing System® 8 to dynamically publish its leading business magazine that is read by over 900,000 subscribers. Quark Publishing System is the editorial workflow system that is the core of Quark’s dynamic and digital publishing solutions. It, along with the graphic design and layout capabilities of QuarkXPress, facilitates collaboration and enables automation to help publishers increase productivity, cut costs, and successfully publish across media.

Forbes is a long-time Quark customer and based on Quark’s ability to implement solutions for dynamic and digital publishing, recently completed a full update of their Quark Publishing System infrastructure. “From my vantage, Quark was the first vendor to plant a stake in the ground about dynamic publishing and define it as creating, managing, publishing, and delivering content across multiple media. I have witnessed the company’s dynamic publishing vision become a reality, and at Forbes the increase in collaboration and productivity we’ve achieved with Quark Publishing System 8 has been impressive,” said Louie Torres, director of business solutions at Forbes.

Torres continued, “We, like all publishers, are not only working on improving the way we publish to print and the Web, but are also tackling digital publishing. We will work with Quark to extend the infrastructure and processes we use for dynamic publishing to deliver the high-fidelity content our readers expect on their digital devices.”

Quark’s strategy for digital publishing is an extension of its strategy for dynamic publishing, which is to enable the creation of content that is independent of any specific platform, media, or device and automatically publish that information in all required forms. By providing a complete dynamic publishing approach, Quark can help publishers automate and streamline the publishing process from content creation, through management of the content, to publishing and delivering it to multiple channels.

“Forbes is a perfect example of a publisher with cutting-edge content that readers want in multiple forms – in print, online, and on their digital devices. By implementing Quark Publishing System 8 and QuarkXPress 8, the team at Forbes is already dynamically publishing their print magazine and the stage is set for them to drive digital publishing to the iPad and other digital devices in the near future,” said PG Bartlett, senior vice president of product management for Quark.

For more information about Quark’s dynamic publishing solutions, please visit: http://dynamicpublishing.quark.com/dps.

For more information about Quark’s digital publishing solutions, please visit: http://dynamicpublishing.quark.com/digitalpublishing.

About Quark

Quark Inc. (www.quark.com <http://www.quark.com> ) is a leading provider of publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organizations in more than 160 countries. Two decades ago, Quark’s flagship product – QuarkXPress® – changed the course of traditional publishing. For more than 25 years, Quark has built on its knowledge and experience in design and publishing to provide software solutions that support collaborative workflows and automated publishing across multiple channels. Today, Quark is revolutionizing publishing again by setting new standards in XML-based publishing across print, the Web and digital media as well as by helping owners and employees of small and mid-sized businesses promote their products and services easily, professionally, and affordably. Denver-based Quark is privately held.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

myPantone For Your iPhone

myPantone is a $9.99 application for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you browse Pantone color matching libraries and build color palettes from digital photos.

It includes PMS, Goe, Pastels and Fashion + Home color libraries; shows sRGB, HTML and Lab color values for color swatches; and builds Creative Suite and QuarkXPress-compatible color palettes that can also be shared via email or the myPantone.com website.

I don’t recommend it for precise color matching (you should always use a swatch book for that), but it’s handy for exploring color combinations and showing clients color samples, and the colors-from-photos feature is pretty cool, too.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.