WoodWing Software's Tablet Publishing System has been expanded to allow magazines, books and other publications to be output as both iPad and Android apps. Alongside this the company has released its native Android Reader App for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
WoodWing says that it's ready to launch Reader Apps for the many tablets that are approaching the market, starting with the Android Reader App. This App has been developed and tested for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first significant Android tablet device on the market. An Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Reader App will be released as soon as Android 3.0 becomes available, says the company. The first big title using the Android Reader App will be launched soon, says Woodwing.
To allow this, WoodWing has added what it calls Multi-Screen support to its Enterprise publishing system, which can turn a single InDesign layout into content for various devices with different screen sizes, resolutions and aspect ratios. The company says that this greatly simplifies the production and minimizes overhead when creating content for different devices. Within InDesign, so-called DM Artboards are used to control the aspect ratio differences. When exporting a Digital Magazine, the user can export content for a single or multiple devices at the same time.
Since last summer, HTML widgets -- custom interactive elements on a page -- have been supported in the Reader App. With Enterprise v7.3, this feature has been integrated into the creative workflow. Using the new InDesign Widgets palette, designers without technical know-how can conveniently place and configure HTML5 widgets. Widgets that ship with Enterprise 7.3 include '360 Viewer,' 'Progressive Image Zoom', 'Filmstrip Viewer', 'Image Reveal' and 'HTML Container'. The latter allows the user to embed code for elements such as banner ads and Google maps. Placing them can be performed with a simple copy-and-paste action.
On the efficiency side, editors can now open a layout with multiple InCopy articles and edit them all at once. Right-to-left support for metadata and content has also been added for customers in the Middle East, and numerous smaller issues have been addressed. This wide range of usability and productivity improvements is available for both CS4 and CS5 users.
The Content Station editorial control tool has been extended to support the new Multi-Screen functionality, enabling publishers to quickly preview and export Digital Magazine pages for various devices. The user interface of the Digital Magazine application in Content Station has been revamped based on customer feedback, acording to WoodWing. Content Station also adds right-to-left support for metadata.
Version 1.7 of WoodWing’s Reader App for the iPad adds support for progressive downloads. Users no longer need to wait until a complete issue is downloaded. Shortly after the download has initiated, users can start reading their magazine or newspaper while the rest of the content is downloaded in the background, using an intelligent predictive algorithm. The update also adds a new bookmarking feature that allows users to save and bookmark articles for quickly accessing their favorite content.