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Creating a Web Reader export

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


    Starting from Twixl Publisher 12.0, we no longer support the Web Reader. This means we no longer provide new features, bug-fixes or support. If you still need to create Web Reader exports for your InDesign publications, you can always download an older version of Twixl Publisher here. You may also want to check out the Browser Client, that provides the complete article-based app experience in the browser

    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 Web Reader export for distribution on desktops and notebooks.

    1. System Requirements

    When using the web reader, you need to use a web browser that supports HTML5.

    The Twixl Web Reader is supported with the following browser versions:

    • Safari 5 or newer
    • Google Chrome 18 or newer
    • Internet Explorer 9 or newer
    • FireFox 22 or newer


    Video in a Web Reader will not be displayed in Firefox, because that browser does not support the .mp4 video encoding standard.

    If a landscape layout for your publication is available, the web reader will automatically default to that format, and it will not generate a portrait version.

    2. Choose a name for your setting

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

    3. General Settings

    3.1. Application Name

    This is the name users will see in the title bar of the browser.

    3.2. Languages

    Language support is irrelevant for this type of export. 

    3.3. 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 an entry for your publication.
    • Full analytics setup info is available here.

    3.4. iTunes Store Application ID & Smart App Banners (>5.6)

    Safari has a nice tool in iOS 6+ that provides a standardised method of bannering apps on the App Store from a website. Twixl Publisher Web Readers have built-in support for that (since Twixl Publisher 5.6).

    1. You need your app-id from iTunes. To find your app ID from the iTunes Link Maker, type the name of your app in the Search field, and select the appropriate country and media type. In the results, find your app and select iPhone App Link in the column on the right. Your app ID is the nine-digit number in between id and ?mt.
    2. Next, you need to copy-paste that nine-digit number in your Build Setting. See screenshot
    Smart Banner Build Setting

    4. Skip Artwork & Code signing

    Both are irrelevant for a Web Reader export.

    5. App type

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

    5.1. Single issue

    A Web Reader export will always be for a single publication. This will generate a set of HTML files that can then be deployed on any web server.

    6. Create build

    Your are now ready to create a Web Export.

    7. 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: Web Reader
    • Publication: Select the InDesign export file here (with the .publication extension)

    8. Build process…

    The app will display information about the current status.

    9. Build succesful!

    When the export process has completed, you will be able to navigate to the resulting folder in the Finder.

    You are now ready to deploy your Web Reader.

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