Yesterday, I had the honor of addressing a nationwide conference of editors and publishers in Boulder, Colorado. One of my favorite topics to discuss was App Studio, which is the perfect solution for both QuarkXPress and InDesign users.
Today’s press release from Quark highlights another forward-looking company that has chosen App Studio for their App creation. Check out their free View Magazine highlighted in the press release:
VIEW Magazine App Moves to New App Studio
New Cloud-based App Studio Helps FusionLab Create Innovative Art Photography App
DENVER, CO – July 30, 2013 – VIEW Magazine, an iOS app created by FusionLab, Inc., is now designed and published with the new cloud-based App StudioTM. App Studio is the digital publishing solution that uses HTML5 to transform print content into apps for iOS, Kindle Fire, and Android devices. It supports content created with both QuarkXPress and InDesign.
FusionLab is a full-service design studio and digital publishing consultancy based in New York City and the Hudson Valley. In addition to impressive client work, the FusionLab team, led by founder Alon Koppel, produces VIEW magazine – an iPad and iPhone app focused solely on art photography. The team previously created VIEW with the version of App Studio powered by Aquafadas but has transitioned to the new HTML5-based App Studio.
“I really trust the new App Studio,” said Koppel. “It’s cloud-based, which has improved our workflow significantly, and because it uses HTML5 I don’t have to use any other applications to create animations for the iPad and iPhone. The transition was not difficult – the Web interface is easy to learn and I should be able to convert my previous issues without a problem.”
According to Koppel, having made the transition, there are a number of key benefits with the new App Studio that will be relevant to others considering moving in this direction:
- Workflow: Being able to upload InDesign files to App Studio via the cloud minimizes the time it takes to view both app previews and app updates.
- Universal iOS: With App Studio it is not necessary to convert file sizes (unlike Adobe DPS which requires an expensive enterprise package). Designers can use the same file to publish to both the iPhone and iPad.
- iPad 3 and 4 support: App Studio automatically scales images based on which iOS device a reader is using. If downloading VIEW onto an iPhone 3, it will deliver the appropriate image. It will also use images optimized for the Retina screen depending on the device.
- Easy-to-add animations: Designers can create HTML5 animations with InDesign that can be used as standalone pages or inserted onto a page. It is not necessary to create an animation with a separate HTML5 tool and then layer it on an InDesign file.
- Web interface: The App Studio interface is easy-to-use, loads content quickly, and provides an accurate download time progression.
- Social tools: It’s possible to integrate social sharing tools into apps so that readers can interact with Facebook and Twitter from within their app.
- Push notification: FusionLab worked with Urban Airship, a mobile relationship management solutions provider, to integrate push functionality into VIEW. When a new issue is ready, Koppel can tell readers instead of hoping they see the red alert icon. It’s a crucial element for publishers who must attract advertisers.
Koppel suggests that other publishers who are moving to App Studio first dive in with new content that can be created specifically for App Studio. Once the process has been completed one time with new content, older issues can be converted much more quickly since the process will be familiar.
“I appreciate that with App Studio I can now work faster to convert my older issues and I can even teach an intern how to do it, which I could not have done before. With the cloud-based solution you can build a team that can work on a project from any computer, from anywhere, which is huge for agencies,” said Koppel.
VIEW is available for free for both the iPhone and iPad. New issues for each are now available and FusionLab is converting all previous issues.
See sample photos of VIEW: http://fusionlab.com/viewmagazine/
Download VIEW for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/view-magazine/id422061173?ls=1&mt=8
FusionLab is adding innovative, interactive projects to VIEW. For example, issue 6 features a new section for which photographers Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman look up interesting tweets that are also geolocated. They then take a photo at that specific location. In the magazine a reader can click on the “bird” icon to see the Twitter message overlaid on the image, revealing an interesting juxtaposition.
Also new are Chris Dorley-Brown’s evocative photographs that span time. The section features sets of two photographs of the same location, shot nine to twelve years apart. Readers are surprised to see – as they tap between the photos – changes to landscape, interior, and even people.
About FusionLab, Inc.
FusionLab specializes in visual communications for mobile media and the web. They focus on information, user interface and visual design for mobile devices. Our roster of clients include Moleskine, Thomson Reuters, The Economist Group, The New York Landmark Conservancy, Population Council, Architectural Digest, The Authors Guild, CondéNet, Montefiore Hospital, IBM, Lucent Technologies, Oppenheimer Funds, Greenpeace, as well as local nonprofit organizations and businesses. The FusionLab team believes in clean design, hard work, and exceptional client service. Contact Alon Koppel at FusionLab at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.255.0519.
About App Studio
App Studio (www.AppStudio.net) is the next generation digital publishing solution that uses HTML5 to push the bounds of user experience without the high cost and effort associated with custom app development. App Studio is the only digital publishing solution that allows users to create branded content apps using QuarkXPress, InDesign, HTML5, and XML. Through a managed cloud environment, designers, authors, and extended teams are able to collaborate to create rich, interactive content that can be delivered across multiple platforms and devices.
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.