Gruner + Jahr and Metro release new tablet apps using Prss
New platform still in “closed beta” with over 50 publishers
The digital publishing platform Prss, created by the publishing team behind the popular tablet app TRVL, today saw its second and third commercial customers release new tablet apps: Gruner + Jahr AG released Living at Home (officially Plätzchen backen – die besten Rezepte zu Weihnachten von Living at Home) and BasisMedia B.V. released a Newsstand app, Metro Mode.
The first app released on Prss was SHIFT by TNW, the new magazine app from The Next Web.
Michel Elings of Prss told TNM that Prss is currently in “closed beta” with over 50 publishers, as they slowly ramp up availability of the platform for other publishers to use.
“12,500 publishers, companies, universities and artists have signed up for Prss,” Elings told TNM. “We are gate keeping access and launching magazine apps one by one.”
“We have automated numerous parts of the design and publishing process, as well as the app building process, to the extent that we will start scaling Prss in a controlled manor in the next couple of weeks,” Elings said.
Meanwhile, Apple has been giving the Prss team plenty of support as both their app TRVL, which was built on an early version of the Prss platform, and the new SHIFT by TNW apps have been receiving plenty of promotion within the Apple App Store.