Update to the digital publishing tech also adds overlays, sweep slideshows and dynamic advertising to iOS design tools.

Mag+ has released an update to its eponymous digital publication creation and distribution system to address the wide variation in screen size, resolution and aspect ration among Android device. Scalable issues mean designers can create Android apps by creating one design for all Android tablets or phones, with minimum loss in quality.

The company notes that budget, time and audience fragmentation that can make it impractical to create specific apps for every Android device released. Instead, designers can created one 1280x800-pixel design in InDesign that will scale up or down in high quality for any Android device, including Kindle Fire tablets. Similarly, a single phone-optimized design can cover all Android phones.

Overlaid in full

For designers working on publications destined for iOS devices including the iPad, iPad mini and iPhone, Mag+ has added a series of new tools. The new overlay layer is a permanent layer of content that sits over the top of the issue – which offers some intriguing possibilities. This makes it easy to create a custom navigation bar, permanent help button or even a cool mask over the pages. An example of this can be seen in street fashion brand WeSC's app.

Desigers can can now create swipe slideshows natively within the InDesign plug-in, with options for looping, auto play, indicators and transition effects, instead of building these in HTML. Mag+ also now features integration with AdMarvel and AdMob for dynamic placement of adverts in issues i a similar way to ad networks on the web.

The issue-creation tool has also been improved with new features for quickly creating multiple issue files for different devices, as well as providing new views on the issue. 

Digital Arts' first publication using Mag+, The Artist's Guide to Photoshop, is available for the iPad and iPad mini now.