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Starting a new InDesign-based project

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    To start

    First of all, select the Window menu, then navigate to Extensions -> Twixl Publisher to open the palette. You will notice a number of options are available in the palette.

    If no object is selected in InDesign, the publication management options will be available.

    If a certain objected is selected, depending on the type of object, the relevant options for different interactive elements will be displayed.

    Twixl Publisher plugin

    Publication-based or article-based workflow

    Twixl Publisher offers two different approaches to creating your content:

    1. Publication-based

    Create a complete publication, using an InDesign book to manage the different articles - this works best if only one designer is working on the publication

    2. Article-based

    Create individual articles that can be uploaded to a collection on the Twixl Platform - this works best when multiple designers are working on content for the same app.

    1. Publication-based workflow

    New Publication

    Select "New Publication". Once you select a publication name and optional issue number, the plug-in will create a "book" in InDesign.

    An InDesign book file is a collection of documents that can share styles, swatches, master pages, and other items.  

    • Publication style

    The default publication style is to use Liquid and Alternate Layouts. This means that all alternate layouts will reside within the same document. For support of legacy content, created with InDesign 5 and 5.5, enable the "Legacy" option in the Preferences.

    There are two options for displaying your Table of Contents (TOC):

    • Title Bar Button with Search and Bookmarks
    • If you do not want to display a TOC viewer at all, select the option "None"

    If you choose "Title bar button…" a TOC icon will appear in the left corner of the title bar, that will become visible when tapping anywhere on a page of your publication. In the right corner of the title bar, you'll also notice a bookmark icon that allows you to bookmark any page. Dragging down the TOC menu provides a 'Search' option: this allows you to search for a text string across a publication, the result will show all pages that contain that keyword.

    Title bar button with search and bookmarks

    2. Available options

    "Allow Swiping to Change Articles and Pages": switching off this option allows you to fully control your own navigation.

    "Horizontal Swiping Only": this option will place all pages, independent of the number of separate articles (documents and pages), one after the other, horizontally.

    "Allow Sharing on Social Media": if this option is checked, then the user will be able to share info from the app via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. The default contents of the shared message is configured in the build settings of the Twixl Publisher application.

    Initial article

    Here, you can already create the first article of your publication, as well as select its title and optional tagline (these will be displayed in the TOC Viewer. 

    You can also select your starting template. The template you select for your first article will become the default template for that publication.

    Twixl Publisher supports 4 different sizes, each of them in landscape and portrait:

    • iPad (1024x768 and 768x1024 pixels)
    • Android 10 inch (1280x752 and 752x1280 pixels)
    • Android 7 inch - Kindle Fire (1024x552 and 552x1024 pixels)
    • Phones (568x320 and 320x568 pixels)

    For iPad retina, a scaled 2048x1536 and 1536x2048 version will automatically be generated when exporting. For phones, 3 renditions will be generated.

    New articles or publications created by the Twixl Publisher plug-in will use a specific naming convention for the alternate layouts:

    • iPad: "iPad H" for landscape and "iPad V" for portrait
    • Android 10 inch: "Android 10" H" for landscape and "Android 10" V" for portrait
    • Android 7 inch: "Kindle Fire/Nook H" for landscape and "Kindle Fire/Nook V" for portrait
    • Phones: "Phone H" for landscape and "Phone V" for portrait


    If you create documents manually (and not from the plug-in's 'New article' menu option), make sure your alternate layouts use the naming convention above, and that your documents have the page size Twixl Publisher expects. If you have layouts with a different name, the preflight will generate an error.

    If you want to change the properties for your publication afterwards, use the "Publication Properties" option.  

    3. Article-based workflow

    Instead of using an InDesign “book” file (created automatically when you create a new Twixl publication) to manage the different articles in your tablet publication, you can also decide to manage separate articles and merge them later.

    A book is exported as a .publication export file, but individual articles can also be exported as .article files. Then later several .article files can be merged using the Publication Composer in the Twixl Publisher OS X app. For users of WoodWing Enterprise that work with the Twixl WoodWing Enterprise Connector, this is an automated process.

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