New App Development Tools from Mag+

Mag+ recently released several enhancements to its creative toolset for designing digital content apps for touchscreen devices. 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.

Mag+ creates iPad apps

“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,” said chief creative officer Mike Haney in a press release. “You no longer have to create apps that mimic magazines.”

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Among the new Mag+ features:

Navigate with Jump Links: Mag+ now allows designers to disable horizontal scrolling and navigate only with jump links.

Pinch and Zoom: A simple plugin allows designers to add a zoom function to images.

webdesigniscollection-500Dual Layout: In addition to allowing designers to create one layout that supports vertical and horizontal orientations, the upgrade includes the ability to create a different layout that appears when a user turns the device—to show a full crop of a photo for instance, or to reveal hidden content.

Kindle and other support: Mag+ now offers support for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch; coming soon is the Google Nexus 10.

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