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Creating a single-issue app for iOS

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Use the build settings wizard to go through the process step by step.

When creating an app build for the first time, a configuration wizard will walk you through the different steps and options of the build process. Once you saved that setting, you will be able to re-use it later for generating an update of that app.

Below is an overview of the different steps involved for creating a single-issue iPad app.

1. Choose a name for your setting

Usually the build setting name will refer to the publication name.

1. Choose a name for your setting

2. Choose the Application Type

Here you can select the type of app you wish to build:

2. Choose the Application Type

Single Issue

This will generate a standalone app that contains the contents for a single issue of your publication. When creating an update of this app, all existing contents will be replaced by the new version. iPad apps can be submitted to Apple via iTunes Connect.

3. General Settings

3. General Settings

3.1. General

Application name

This is the name users will see on the home screen of the device.

Build For

Choose whether you want an app that supports Tablets, Phones, or both.

3.2. UI Languages

Here you can select the languages your app will support - alerts and error messages in your app will then be displayed in the system language specified on the device. 

3.3. App Store Rating

If you want to prompt the reader to rate your app on the app store, you need to check this option.

4. Analytics

4. Analytics

4.1. Google Analytics

  • If you want to gather analytics data for your publication, enter your web tracking code in the form of UA-XXXXX-Y.
  • You need to have a Google Analytics account to do this. In that account, create a mobile app entry for your publication.
  • Full analytics setup info is available here.

4.2. Localytics

Localytics can only be used with Multi-Issue Apps

4.3. Twixl Publisher Platform

Twixl Publisher Platform Analytics are not possible for Single-Issue Apps.

5. Artwork

5. Artwork

5.1. App Icon

The app icon that will be displayed in the Home Screen of the device. Should have a size of 1024x1024 pixels.

5.2. Startup Screens for Tablets

These screens will be displayed while the app is starting up (if you do not select any images, the default ones will be used). They need to have the following dimensions:

  • iOS Porttrait: 1536 x 2008 pixels (according to Apple's guidelines, the 40 pixels of the status bar should be removed)
  • iOS Landscape: 2048 x 1496 pixels

5.3. Startup Screens for Phones

These screens will be displayed while the app is starting up (if you do not select any images, the default ones will be used). They need to have the following dimensions:

  • Portrait (4:3): 640 x 960 pixels
  • Portrait (16:9): 1242 x 2208 pixels
  • Landscape (16:9): 2208 x 1242 px

6. Code Signing

6. Code Signing

Code signing is a security measure to provide proof that you are indeed the publisher of an app.

iOS Code Signing

Apple uses a process called "provisioning" for code signing your apps.

For more details about provisioning, please refer to the article Creating a provisioning profile.

Depending on the type of build you want to generate, you may need to create and add different provisioning profiles. For an overview of the different types of iOS builds, please refer to this page.

7. Create build

7. Create Build

Your are now ready to create a build of your app, according to the settings you specified. Later on you can also check the "Advanced Settings" to adjust more advanced settings that are not included in the wizard. 

8. Application options

8. Application options

When you create a build, you will get different options for your build, as shown below:

Version

Allows you to increment the version when you are updating your app

Platforms

iOS - make sure that you have at least one provisioning profile available in the build setting. For an overview of the different iOS app builds, check this article.

Publication

Select the InDesign export file here (with the .publication extension)

Options

"Generate Over-the-Air install files": check the article about in-house iOS deployment for more info.

9. Build process…

9. Build process...

The app will display information about the current build status.

10. Build succesful!

9. Build succesful!

When the build process has completed, you will be able to navigate to the resulting file in the Finder

11. Resulting file

11. Resulti file

When you open the folder called "iPad" you'll find the app named according to the reverse DNS of your app id, and with an extension ".ipa".

You are now ready to deploy your app in-house or to the App Store.

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