Big news! The digital edition of Metro, winner of the 2012 Newspaper Award for Newspaper App of the Year, is produced using Quark software. Both the iPad app and the new iPhone app give readers up-to-the-minute news. See Quark’s press release below for lots more info.
Metro Further Engages Growing Urbanite Audience with Latest PressRun iPhone Edition
London, UK – September 4, 2012 – Quark announced today that Metro, the UK’s leading urban media brand, published a revamped iPhone version of their app using PressRunTM, the publishing platform that brings print publications to digital devices using HTML5, combining rich design and XML automation.
Metro’s new iOS iPhone version adds to the brand’s growing digital product suite as it looks to offer its on-the-move consumers more by providing easy access to its cross-platform content.
With an intuitive interface and navigation, Metro’s new app allows readers to access the digital edition of the newspaper on their iPhone, and offers interactive features like full-screen videos, audio clips, and photo galleries.
Thanks to a free subscription service, users can receive Metro’s iPhone Edition automatically every day through Newsstand, which also provides off-line reading capabilities. Featured by Apple in the iTunes Editor’s Choice section, the new Metro app includes high-resolution images for retina display and optimized content at a fraction of the typical file size for PDF-based apps, guaranteeing a faster download and a sleeker reading experience.
The launch follows the success of the Metro Tablet Edition, also created with PressRun (http://www.pressrun.com/clients/metro-tablet), which is nearing 600,000 downloads since its launch in October 2011. The iPad app was the winner of the 2012 Newspaper Awards for Newspaper App of the Year.
Thanks to PressRun, Metro is able to automate the majority of the publishing process from XML and use the layout software they are familiar with, Adobe InDesign, to create custom pages for the cover, section fronts, etc. While streamlining multi-platform publishing, PressRun allows Metro to maintain a strong editorial vision for presenting content across different media and easily scale to reach new platforms.
Jamie Walters, Product Development Director at Metro, said, “We’re continuing to innovate and develop our mobile and digital offerings and it’s great to see our tablet edition go from strength to strength, providing advertisers with further innovative and custom creative solutions.” He added, “We’re committed to providing urbanites more ways to engage with Metro throughout the day across the channels that best suit them.”
Shaun Barriball, Vice President of Mobile at Quark, said, “As a daily publication, Metro has incredibly tight deadlines and works around the clock to deliver news as it happens. Being able to produce engaging content and deliver it automatically to multiple devices is the key to succeed in such a fast-paced industry. At Quark we were thrilled to help Metro produce their successful iPad app last year and we are now delighted to continue to work with them on their digital publishing journey with their iPhone edition.”
Metro’s iPhone app can be downloaded for free from the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/metro-phone-edition/id465059515?mt=8.
PressRun 3.0 includes iPhone support and provides a complete user guide for PressRun designers creating interactive tablet magazines, as well as a suite of examples showing each of the widgets supported by PressRun. PressRun 3.0 can be downloaded for free from the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/app/pressrun/id431600497?mt=8. Users who have registered with my.pressrun.com are able to login and review issues they have created.
Metro is the UK’s leading urban media brand, experienced across print, mobile, web, social and events. 1.4 million copies are picked up every weekday morning across 50 UK cities. Read by 3.6 million readers, with its award winning tablet edition boasting almost 600,000 downloads, Metro is the number one choice for young, upmarket, affluent urbanites living or traveling into the city for work and play.
PressRun (http://www.pressrun.com/) is a tablet and mobile publishing platform designed to turn print content into truly interactive digital experiences. With PressRun, a cloud-based solution, organizations of all sizes can publish to tablet devices using HTML5, XML, and InDesign – or a combination of the three. Whether creating single apps or multi-issue publications, designers and their extended teams can collaborate in real-time to create, test, and preview content through PressRun’s Web-based user interface.
Founded in Denver in 1981, Quark’s vision was to create software that would lay the foundation for modern publishing. For 30 years, Quark has delivered on that promise. Quark’s dynamic publishing solutions are setting new standards in automated cross-media publishing by combining the power of XML with flexible layout and design to automate the delivery of customized, intelligent communications across print, the Web, and digital media.
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.