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Apple working on official magazine template for Xcode?

updated 09:45 am EDT, Mon March 14, 2011

May be disappointed with inconsistent interfaces

Apple is working on an official magazine template to be included in a future version of Xcode, a rumor claims. Much of Mac and iOS development is governed by Apple's Human Interface Guidelines, which attempt to dictate standard appearance and behavior for software. To encourage and simplify their adoption, some templates are by default bundled with Xcode.

One of Apple's primary motivations for a magazine template is thought to be solving inconsistency. While high-profile iPad publications such as Project, The Daily and The Economist are on the App Store, these all use different interfaces which may be confusing or even counter-intuitive. Common ground could make magazines more inviting, if potentially impacting creativity and/or custom-tailored apps.

The template is also expected to simplify in-app issue and subscription purchases, and, theoretically, foster magazine development. "Imagine a guy drawing and writing a comic book," a source says. "He can't sell it to Marvel or DC so he hooks up with a programmer and within days, he's getting his comic book published and sold on iTunes."

Implementation of the template is anticipated by the end of the year. The biggest obstacle to iPad magazines, though, may be subscriptions. Apple is allowing companies to keep all revenue from subscriptions sold outside of an app, but is claiming a 30 percent cut of in-app purchases, which must be priced the same or less. A federal probe of possible antitrust violations is underway.


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  1. mgpalma

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    +1

    do you mean 'governed?'

    Much of Mac and iOS development is government by Apple's Human Interface Guidelines...

  1. stainless

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    Joined: May 2005

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    Yes, because Quark is lost in space.

    Quark 9 is such a JOKE that Apple is having to step-up to the plate and create templates for X-Code. Additionally, Quark has added, "Per Issue" fees to export to the iOS, you could only imagine how pissed off Jobs and company is about that! One step further, Quark only allows you to preview in the iPad if you purchase an additional Module to just preview what your work will look like in the iPad. Quark has gone back to their arrogant ways and f'ing over it's end users, while focusing on its corporate people who can afford their cost in this economy. Enjoy going out of business this time around Quark, because the small guys aren't going to save your butt this time... we've had enough!

  1. testudo

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    Re: Yes, because Quark is lost in space.

    Additionally, Quark has added, "Per Issue" fees to export to the iOS, you could only imagine how pissed off Jobs and company is about that!

    Yes, doesn't Quark know only Apple should be allowed to charge on a per-issue basis. Or for giving people the 'tools' to develop their content.

  1. testudo

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    Re: do you mean 'governed?'

    Much of Mac and iOS development is government by Apple's Human Interface Guidelines...

    Actually, only third-party apps are governed by such things. Apple makes up their own rules as they go along (such as changing the close/maximize/minimize buttons in iTunes, or changing color schemes mid-OS.

  1. facebook_Matthew

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    This is huge...

    If i was PixelMags or Zinio I would be worried.. I could see a lot of of their clients bringing the development in house..

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