Future continues process of updating large catalog of magazine apps; FutureFolio to introduce InDesign plug-in
With over 100 apps inside the Apple App Store, Future plc has one of the largest footprints inside the Newsstand. Because of this, it takes a while to work one’s way through the 66 Newsstand publications when issuing app updates, such as those required for the recently released iOS 7.
This morning the universal Newsstand app for Prog Magazine was updated – a magazine that makes me feel old just looking at it. (Every time I think of the term “prog” I think of guitarists playing with their teeth in a jar that sits on the amplifier.)
The Future plc apps use the publisher’s own digital publishing platform, FutureFolio. The platform allows the designer to produce both replica edition apps, like Prog Magazine, and interactive tablet magazines, like Photography Week.
But nearly all print magazine companies continue to use InDesign or QuarkXPress to build their titles. So those solutions built around that fact are often preferred.
But recently Future announced that it would soon be offering a FutureFolio InDesign plug-in.
“For a long time, Adobe InDesign has been a great way to produce magazine PDFs in an intuitive and efficient way,” the FutureFolio blog announced recently. “But despite the best efforts of recent versions, InDesign just hasn’t excelled at making interactive magazines – the workflow can be confusing, the range of features is limited, and the costs have been high.”
So now Future is beta testing their plug-in. The solution will support InDesign 5, 5.5, 6 and CC.
“If FutureFolio makes the features they have in their iOS tool available for inDesign, they’ll having a winner there,” one magazine designer told TNM.
FutureFolio will also be introducing a new entitlement and fulfillment service, changes to the FutureFolio SDK that will let the developer embed the magazine technology into custom apps, and a licensing protocol called FutureFolio White Label.