InDesign Magazine On Your iPad
I’m very pleased to announce that InDesign Magazine has finally appeared on the iPad in a free “sampler articles” issue which you can download here or from the App Store on the iPad.
As you would expect, the entire magazine app was created in InDesign, using Adobe’s new (and not yet public) digital magazine solution. Terri Stone, magazine Editor in Chief, has an article in the upcoming issue about how it was done.
The magazine is normally published as a landscape-oriented PDF, so it might seem like the shift to iPad was not a radical departure. But in fact, the iPad version is laid out as both horizontal and vertical pages, depending on which way the reader is holding the iPad. Plus, there was a significant amount of additional interactivity added to the iPad version of the magazine. For example, if you click on one of the color wheels in an article about picking color, it “comes to life” — you can drag over it with your finger and watch the colors appear with labels.
There are also movies (check out Claudia’s great “what’s new in CS5″ article), the ability to zoom in on images with important detail, and more. The layout was created by W+W Design with very early beta software (same workflow, as far as I know, as Wired and the New Yorker used). I think we’ll be seeing a lot of these kinds of publications before too long!
If you’re considering subscribing to the PDF magazine, note that this iPad sampler issue has a discount code in it for 50% off the regular price! So that’s another nice incentive to check it out.
Editor’s Note: InDesign Magazine is published by CreativePro.com, and has no official affiliation with InDesignSecrets.com… except that personally, I (David) co-founded the magazine and am the Editorial Director over there.