Digital publishing platform Mag+ now lets designers adapt to multiple devices at once

Digital publishing platform Mag+ now lets designers adapt to multiple devices at once

The digital publishing platform for tablets Mag+ has released a new version 3.5 that allows one-push publishing to iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android, the company announced today.

While this version also includes other new features, such as improved support for analytics, its main highlight remains multi-platform publishing; according to Mag+, the new process is now much more simple. Here’s how it will work:

“With a push of a button, the content will be copied to a new InDesign template and reconfigured based on pre-determined, user-defined settings. This gives them the ability to tweak that content, to ensure an optimum user experience for the device, without starting from scratch.

When the first design is complete, it can be exported simultaneously to any of the other Mag+-supported platforms, which include both flavors of iPad, plus iPhone, Kindle Fire and the two most common Android tablet sizes (1024×600 and 1280×800).

The plug-in will auto-populate the new template with all content, adjusted for the size and aspect ratio of that new device. Best of all, the new feature will work on all major versions of Adobe InDesign, including CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.”

As you may know, Mag+ is the base we have used to create TNW Magazine for the iPad, and we are only one of many media outlets to be using it for multiple purposes. In addition to its new version, the company also revealed that the British Journal of Photography and Sweden’s Icon magazine had relied on the platform to develop their iPhone apps.

While this is a first for Mag+, other iPhone apps will soon follow; according to the company, additional titles will debut in the coming weeks and months and commercial release of the iPhone support is expected this autumn.

In other news, the company also announced the winner of its “Magnify your world” competition, the illustration magazine Scrawl, which will receive a $5,000 award, in addition to $1,000 for having also won the Comics category.

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