Mag+ Moves Beyond Magazine Publishing with New Features for Developing Interactive Mobile Apps
New York, NY, February 12, 2013— Mag+'s 4.1 upgrade includes features like Navigation with Jump Links, Pinch & Zoom, Panning and Dual Layout. These new features give designers more freedom to develop digital content, including the ability to make apps that don’t look like magazines at all. Other additions include pinch and zoom functions, panning and dual layout options, support for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch and Google Nexus 10, and more options for packaging subscriptions and single issues.
“This release is really about making Mag+ faster and easier to use for all our clients, and to expand the value of the platform to serve the needs of apps that fall outside of traditional publishing. For instance, by turning off swiping and just using tap navigation to move around, suddenly you can create any content-based app using only InDesign,” says Chief Creative Officer Mike Haney. “You no longer have to create apps that mimic magazines.”
New Features Explained
Navigate with Jump Links: Mag+ now allows designers to disable the scrubber, disable horizontal scrolling and navigate only with jump links. This makes Mag+ an excellent option for app developers who want to make a content-based app without coding using the simple InDesign toolset and our highly customizable white label reader app.
Pinch and Zoom: With today’s brilliant retina screens, the ability to zoom into a photo’s detail can be a great way to enhance a story. Instead of creating these in HTML and embedding, it can now be done through the Mag+ plugin.
Panning: Mag+ provides a native free-scrolling layer on which to place content, but sometimes designers want to have content scroll or pan inside of a frame on the layout. Panning is another feature that was once only possible with embedded HTML, but is now a simple checkbox in the plug-in. By making it faster and easier to incorporate these features, we’re freeing the designer to spend more time being creative.