Posts tagged with iPad

Mining the gaps

Trying to evaluate the different ways to publish interactive content to the iPad is, I imagine, a bit like speed dating and you barely have time to assess one method’s better points and its downfalls before you’re being told it’s time to move on in your (vain) attempt to get round the full room. The trouble is, in almost Kafkaesque style, just as soon you begin to feel confident you’re going to get round all the possibilities, you notice another one just sitting down at the end of the table and you realize you’re never going to reach the conclusion. Sooner or later, if you want to get something done, you’re going to have to decide to take a chance and stay where you are, or maybe you should go back four – or should that be five – places.

Though I’d mentioned PhoneGap in my last post, at that time it was only in the corner of my eye and I hadn’t sat down in front of this new arrival and pressed its buttons. I had seen a menu command . . .

The app

This is the app I’ve been creating in InDesign. It’s a portfolio of pictures with tutorial content including interactive elements like pop out images, panning and zooming, and video (and some stuff where frankly I’m just showing off).

Contact me if you’re interested in seeing the actual thing – it may be a service I roll out.

Clouding over

Over the past couple of weeks since my previous post, I’ve been putting a lot of time into reading everything I can find on publishing to the iPad, particularly from InDesign, so I was fascinated by Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch’s series of announcements during the Max conference keynote yesterday.

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It wasn’t a complete surprise that Adobe have opened up the InDesign-AppStore route to individual users. Since Creative Suite 5.5 – which has really wowed me over the last two weeks – you’ve been able to create an interactive book or magazine in InDesign and use its Folio Builder panel to upload pages to Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite web site, which then bakes your content and publishes an app a range of supported app stores, including Apple’s. Unfortunately, this service was only available as a $6000 annual subscription. I imagine Adobe urgently needed to get a corporate solution up and running and weren’t ready for the masses, and certainly that level of fees priced out individuals wanting to use a rather-elegant workflow. So the new Digital Publishing Suite, Single . . .

An iFaustian bargain….

Over the past week or so I’ve been playing around with ways to publish to the iPad and potentially to other mobile devices. I’m not terribly impressed by eBooks and what interests me is creating books in app form – bookAppsTM which could be marketed through Apple’s AppStore. Check out William Neill’s Yosemite app for an inspiring example.

One interesting route I mentioned a few weeks ago is¬†Aquafadas, which publishes to an app via their InDesign plug-in. While a downside is that it is limited to the Mac, the pricing isn’t ridiculous – $150 for a single publication – making it possible to test the water. They also offer apps more geared to repeat publications and this has been used by Kelby Media to produce their Light It magazine app, for example. While I didn’t find Light It’s content of great interest to me, was turned off by its written style, and think there’s not enough separation between ads and content, where it really succeeds for me is in keeping the navigation simple (see this interview). You can only scroll through . . .

LR-iTunes – Lightroom to iTunes plug-in

LR-iTunes is a simple plug-in I wrote (hacked) to help synchronize pictures from Lightroom via iTunes to my iPad.

Basically it is a dumbed down version of the Hard Drive Publishing Service and is more suited for the requirements of iTunes. So I tried to make it look the part which is no big deal, just an icon or two,¬† and instead of creating “collections” or “published collections” you create “albums”. Also it won’t allow you to create sets because iTunes would ignore them and just lump all the pictures into a single big album.

Once you’ve published to a folder, you use iTunes as normal to sync to the iPhone, iPad or AppleTV.

One little extra is a menu command in File > Plug-in Extras > Copy Albums to another Lr-iTunes service. This makes it easier to set up separate services for each iOS device and it will copy dumb albums from one to another (in fact, it will do a little more than that). It won’t copy smart albums because of an annoying omission in Lightroom’s automation interface, so you’d have . . .

1030 by 752

I just came across this Russell Brown video Exporting Adobe Lightroom 3 PDF Portfolios to an Apple iPad.

No doubt I wasn’t too interested when it first came out, and I’ve already exported PDF slideshows to the iPad enough times not to find it very interesting this time around – other than 1030 by 752 pixels. So that’s the size you need to choose!