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Managing content downloading (> 5.5)

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In Twixl Publisher 5.5 and newer, both publishers and readers have more options at their disposal tor better management of content downloading. In this KB-article, we explain these options.

1. Full Offline Mode

In Twixl Publisher 5.5, an app setting was introduced (i.e. determined by the publisher), where all content of all collections will be downloaded completely when first starting up the app. This is ideal for sales people who sometimes don’t have an internet connection when they are on the road. Every time a user goes back to the app and he’s online, a check will be performed if there is new and/or updated content that needs to be downloaded.

1.1. How to activate this (as a publisher)?

  1. Create a build of your app with at least version 5.5 of Twixl Publisher. Test the new build thoroughly and publish an update in the app stores.
  2. Activate Keep All Data Offline in the Application Settings of your article-based app.

1.2. How can the reader use this?

First of all, the reader needs to download the latest version of your app. Every time a user goes back to the app and he is online, a check will be performed whether there is new and/or updated content that needs to be downloaded. When new content is available, a dialog will force the user to download the latest content. When the content has been downloaded and is available offline, the app can be used.

2. Download a collection for offline access

This capability lets readers choose to download one or more collections for easy offline access. There is also an option to manage the content that’s stored on the device, and to remove certain content to free up space.

2.1. How to activate this (as a publisher)?

  1. Create a build of your app with at least version 5.5 of Twixl Publisher. Test the new build thoroughly and publish an update in the app stores.
  2. Actually, there is no step 2. This functionality is available in every 5.5 or newer app and is activated by default in the Application Settings of your article-based application.

WARNING:

This functionality is active by default for every 5.5+ Twixl application. However: this feature will not be available if the option Keep All Data Offline in your Application Settings is active, as it is irrelevant in that case.

2.2. How to deactivate this (as a publisher)? (>5.6)

You can deactivate this option (or activate it again) in the Application Settings of your article-based application. As a result, the download icon will no longer be visible!

2.3. How can the reader use this?

  1. The reader needs to download the latest version of your app.
  2. A cloud icon will be visible in the toolbar. There are 3 states.

2.3.1. Download is available

Download

This is the default state. It means no content has been downloaded yet. When the reader taps this icon, a dialog will pop up to start the complete download of the collection.

2.3.2. Download is progressing

Busy

This means the application is busy downloading the content, so it will become available offline. When the reader taps this icon, a progress dialog will inform the reader about the ongoing download.

2.3.3. Download is ready

Ready

This means that the download is ready and the content is available for offline reading. When the reader taps this icon, the reader will have the option to delete the offline content. As a result, the content will not be available for offline reading anymore, but can obviously still be downloaded on demand.

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