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Getting started with the new macOS App (>12)

Twixl Support Team Updated: - Created :

    The new Twixl macOS App is entirely focused on article-based apps, and a lot has changed. The process is explained in dedicated KB-articles, but the first thing to do is to add your Twixl account in the macOS app. This KB-article explains how to do this, how to install the required components, how to setup your account and how to activate your Xcode account.

    1. Welcome

    The new Welcome screen will explain how to setup your account and migrate your Build Settings, if you were previously using Twixl Publisher 11 or older.

    2. Setup components

    The macOS app lets you install 4 extra components:

    1. Twixl Publisher plugins for Adobe InDesign: only required if you intend to create InDesign-based content with interactive elements
    2. Twixl Publisher Helper: required to export and preview InDesign-based content, and also required to build and preview Twixl Apps
    3. Apple iOS SDK & Xcode: required to build iOS apps
    4. Android SDK: required to build Android apps

    To install these components, open the Preferences... screen in the Mac App (CMD + ,) and install the required components.


    To avoid problems and unexpected behaviour, we strongly advise you to install all available components.

    3. Add your Twixl account

    In order to build and preview Twixl apps via the macOS App, you need to have an account on the Twixl platform. There are 2 types of Twixl accounts that will work:

    • Administrator
    • App Administrator

    For more info on how to create accounts on the Twixl platform, see this KB-article.

    1. To add a Twixl account in the macOS app:
    2. Open the Preferences... Screen
    3. Select the Accounts tab
    4. Click on the + Icon
    5. Fill in your credentials and Sign In

    4. Setup Xcode

    If you want to preview or build a Twixl iOS app, you also need to have Xcode installed. The new macOS App uses a much more simplified approach, so building your Twixl apps will be easier than ever! To get started, you need to:

    1. Install the latest version of Xcode
    2. Launch Xcode just once and install the additional required components
    3. Add your Apple Developer account ID in the Accounts tab in Xcode's Preferences... window
    4. Make sure a version of the Command Line Tools (CLI) is selected in the Locations tab of the Preferences... window


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