October 19, 2010

Better PS Techniques mag comes to iPad

The folks behind Better Photoshop Techniques magazine have put together an interactive iPad version using Adobe’s new Digital Publishing System. Publisher Philip Andrews notes,

It is called DI Magazine and is now available as a free download on the iTunes AppStore store. It’s the first Photoshop magazine of its type in the world and has the great augmented reality ‘back cover’ that we trialled with the print magazine earlier this year.

Stories include photos from Lightroom team member Kelly Castro. The app is a free download from the App Store.

Incidentally, I know people are hungry for more info about when they can get their hands on InDesign-to-tablet publishing tools.  I don’t have any inside scoop to share, but with Adobe MAX coming next week, I’m hoping we’ll see more info soon.

Posted by John Nack at 6:23 AM on October 19, 2010

Comments

  • Phil Brown — 3:40 PM on October 19, 2010

    Very cool! Philip Andrews and Co publish some excellent magazines, including this one.

    Thanks for sharing, John.

  • Arnon — 6:55 PM on October 22, 2010

    First off, congratulations!
    The first issue is great in both content and indicating the possibilities in interactive publication.
    Technologically there are still some rough edges, which I am sure will be fixed soon.
    Just to point out a few (without detracting from the joy):
    – for those of us with older eyes it would be nice to be able to zoom the page like in safari (just a simple zoom without re-layout)
    – some of the features do not work as indicated. In one of the articles you were supposed to pitch zoom some ofbthe photographs, but the pinch had no effect. While at the same time a tap took two or three attempts before I got a fixed zoom on the image – don’t know whether it was the software or an error in the magazine issue layout, but a first showcase issue should probably have slightly better qa
    – the “long column” layout is a new concept, and I am nt quite sure how I react to it yet. Maybe it is just something you get used to, but initially, the navigation model is not self- obvious
    – one big annoyance is that when you switch to another app (quite frequent for me) and then get back to the magazine, you end up on the first page, not where you left off. This both inconvenient and opposed to the already established pattern in all ebook readers, where device or pure software implementation return to where you were reading last. Even most browsers do this now. This is a must fix.

    But again – congratulations and thanks for another innovative solution in publishing!

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