Prss is a powerful new way to create professional-quality iPad magazines in your browser – The Next Web

Prss is a powerful new way to create professional-quality iPad magazines in your browser – The Next Web.

App Studio – New Version

Quark has made a new version of their digital publishing xtension/plug-in App Studio. It is working with Quark and also with InDesign, so you can keep working on software you already have (the learning curve and costs will be not so deep).

The output options sound also promising – HTML5 and web-apps among others. Input can be XML, PDF, ID, HTML5, Quark…

Quark will also release new version 10 of Xpress – flagship of the company (including App Studio). You can read more of it here at IDGConnect.

Prss is trying to design the iPad publishing app that Apple never built

Prss is an interesting alternative creating magazines for iPad. Just look at their TRVL magazine at Apple Newsstand, and you get the idea what can be done with it. Still beta, more information about PRSS can be found in the earlier post.


[technology][/technology]A Netherlands-based company wants to revolutionize iPad (s AAPL) publishing. In much the same way that Quark enabled desktop publishing in the eighties and platforms like WordPress and Tumblr allowed anyone to cheaply and easily set up their own blog in the aughts, Prss wants to put iPad publishing in the hands of people who lack programming skills.

The app is the latest in a series of tools that democratize publications, giving high-level capabilities to those who want to distribute their message but don’t necessarily have the technical skills.

The idea for Prss came after entrepreneur Michel Elings and longtime travel writer and photographer Jochem Wijnands constructed their own iPad publication called TRVL. They had been using an iPad conversion platform WoodWing but became fed up with what they saw as its limitations. The platform is based off InDesign, which they felt made it inherantly print-centric.

“In the two-and-a-half years that we publsihed…

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iPad Design Lab – design and storytelling in harmony with the gadget

Must read iPad Design Lab (original post SPD.ORG). New iBook about storytelling and design for iPad written by Mario Garcia (iTunes). And do not miss the Mario Blog, also a good source of information in publishing.

Storytelling will be back – and formal simplicity

There will surely be many other new ways to publish than shiny iPad publications, with all the bells and whistles – and content will be the king again.

The Magazine is one example of the powerful storytelling served in a new kind of package. More insight by Craig Mod, Subcompact Publishing.
Another sign of this kind of “slow journalism” is Longplay, Finnish newcomer. More about this in blog by Antti Vilpponen.