Using promo codes as a teaser for paid content

If you are a publisher of kiosk apps with paid content, then sometimes you may want to promote your publication by making an issue free. The disadvantage of this is that you make that particular issue available to anyone who downloads your app.

The “Promo code” entitlements option that was recently added on the Twixl Distribution Platform allows you to be more flexible. Read more ›

Posted in How-To, Twixl Distribution Platform

Using custom URL schemes in Twixl Publisher apps

Sometimes you want to be able to e.g. trigger navigation in a Twixl publication from a web viewer, so that tapping a link in that web viewer will navigate to a specific page in the publication.

Or in the infoPage of your kiosk (the HTML-based content area at the top), you want to add a link that triggers the Subscription purchase window or the Entitlements sign-in form for existing subscribers.

Article Properties

Twixl Publisher supports a number of custom URL schemes can be used in a web viewer, a web overlay, the kiosk info page, the kiosk info cell, in the entitlements dialog and the embedded web browser. Read more ›

Posted in How-To, Twixl Publisher Reader for Android, Twixl Publisher Reader for iPad

Twixl Publisher 3.6.3 now available for download

Within 24 hours after Apple’s final release of Xcode 6.1 with iOS SDK 8.1, we’re pleased to announce that users can now download Twixl Publisher 3.6.3, that will allow you to build iPad apps with this new version.

Twixl Publisher 3.6.3 is available from our download page  – existing users can use the “Check for updates…” mechanism.

Note that existing apps will continue to function properly after upgrading to iOS 8.1.

Posted in News, Twixl Publisher OS X app

Twixl media partners with Akamai
for content delivery

The Twixl Distribution Platform, our solution for app distribution, storage and management has recently received a major upgrade by starting to use the Akamai CDN (Content Delivery Network).

Akamai provides the best content delivery network on the market. Players like Apple, Sony, Thomson Reuters, IBM and the BBC are all using their network to get their content to their users and readers. Akamai has an optimized network of servers and intelligent software that caches your data automatically on servers around the globe.

We chose to work with Akamai because they have the most reliable and extensive network, with servers in nearly every country. Using the Akamai network provides a substantial increase in download speeds from any location in the world to any other location in the world.

As an important player in the tablet publishing world with a large customer base, we have been able to keep our pricing at the same level, even though adding the Akamai CDN service brought about a substantial extra cost.

Our goal is clearly to offer a complete solution where the service level and convenience of every single aspect is at its highest. We are excited to provide these kinds of tools as part of our ongoing commitment to add new functionality and features to our solution!

Note: The Akamai CDN service is available for customers using Twixl storage on the Twixl Distribution Platform. Customers using their own “DIY” storage will not be able to take advantage of it.

Posted in News, Twixl Distribution Platform

Integrating Twixl Publisher with Enfocus Switch

For many publishers, automation is an important part of a smooth workflow. As many publishers are using Enfocus Switch to automate their production process, we also wanted to provide configurators that allow integration with the Twixl Distribution Platform.

Below are a couple of examples that show how you can use Switch to automate the publishing of tablet content. Read more ›

Posted in How-To, Twixl Distribution Platform

Twixl Publisher 3.6.1 : ready for iOS8 and OS X Yosemite

We just released Twixl Publisher version 3.6.1.

The most important change in this release is full support for the upcoming Xcode 6 release and iOS SDK 8 in the OS X builder app. If you want to submit app updates or new apps to Apple, this release will be required from now on.

We can also confirm preliminary support for the latest Preview release of OS X 10.10, although further tests will still be performed when Yosemite has gone Golden Master.

Important note

Although we always recommend updating your app when we release a new version, we can confirm that all Twixl Reader apps generated with Twixl Publisher 3.4 and newer are already compatible with iOS 8.

Posted in News, Twixl Publisher OS X app

Using background music
in a Twixl publication

As of Twixl Publisher 3.6, we now support the ability of playing background music in a publication.

The article properties now show a new option to select a Playlist.

Article Properties

So how does it work ? Read more ›

Posted in How-To, Twixl Publisher Plugin for InDesign

How to turn your Twixl publication into a “web reader”

Starting with version 3.6, Twixl Publisher provides an extra output option in addition to iPad and Android tablets, i.e. a Web Reader.

The Web Reader will allow readers to browse interactive Twixl publications in a desktop or notebook browser window.

So how does this work ? Read more ›

Posted in How-To, Twixl Publisher OS X app

Announcing Twixl Publisher 3.6
We just keep adding value…

We are proud to announce the upcoming release of Twixl Publisher 3.6 on September, 1st.

What’s new in this release?

  • Built-in analytics in the Twixl Distribution Platform (for multi-issue apps), zero configuration required
  • A new Web Reader output option: this means that desktops and notebooks will now be able to display Twixl publications in a browser
  • A new look & feel for the kiosk
  • A new look & feel for the Twixl Viewer
  • Previewing of PDFs with the Twixl Viewer
  • A background music option
  • A new Enfocus Switch configurator to automatically generate a “Web Reader” version from a Twixl publication

You’ll find more info about these new features here.

Although with the web reader we are now providing an extra output option in addition to tablet output, our subscription prices will remain unchanged.

If you can’t wait to try out the new Twixl Publisher 3.6, a beta version is already available on our download page.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Have fun!
The Twixl media team

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Twixl Publisher 3.5.1 now available

Twixl Publisher 3.5.1 is now available for download (existing users can use “Check for updates…” in the Twixl Publisher application).

This new version provides support for InDesign CC (2014), and also fixes a number of bugs that have been fixed after the release of 3.5. The Twixl Importer is now again installed automatically.

Existing users of 3.5 are highly recommended to immediately install this update.

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