Chapter 3. Create the Next Gen App

Create an application in Cloud Connect

You need to create an application and then configure the Store Model(s) in Cloud Connect.

Add an application

Add new application in Cloud Connect

  1. Connect to your Cloud Connect account.

  2. Click on the APPS tab.

  3. Click on the Add an application button.

    Figure 3.1. 


  4. Fill in the Informations tab:

    • Add an icon for the application.

    • Type the name of the application as it will appear in Cloud Connect, AppFactory, and user's device.

    • Type the Bundle ID.

      Important

      The recommended syntax for the bundle Id is: com.mycompany.nameoftheapplication. It must be referenced on the store configuration: Apple Developer, Google Play Developer Console, and Amazon developer.

      Bundle ID must begin with a letter, and can only contain dot(.) and underscore(_) as special characters. It has to contain at least one dot, and each dot has to be followed by at least one letter.

      Figure 3.2. 


  5. Click on the Next button to pass to the Kind of App tab.

  6. Select the type of application you want to create: Kiosk Next Gen.

    Figure 3.3. 


  7. Click on the Next button to pass to the Settings tab.

    Note

    This part is optional for the creation of an application. But you need to configure it if you want to use notifications for your application.

  8. Check the Notifications options:

    • Newsstand Compatible: to activate the background retrieval of new issues when the application is notified.

    • Silent push: to deactivate the notification message of the newsstand compatible. The issue is downloaded and it will appear in the user's library.

    • Adaptative push: to send a visual message to old devices that are incompatible with the Newsstand feature.

    • If you want to send notifications to iOS platform, drop the PEM or P12 file in the indicated box.

      Figure 3.4. 


    • If you want to send notifications to the Google platform, type the API key you created on Google Developers Console.

      Figure 3.5. 


  9. Click the Finish button to validate the adding of the new application.

    The new application will appear in the list of the APPS tab.

    Figure 3.6. 


Edit an application

Once you created an application, you can bring changes to it: edit the name, change the icon, manage licences. You can edit an application on the Dashboard page.

  • Click on the tool symbol to edit the application: change the name or the icon.

    Figure 3.7. 


    1. Type the new name of the application in the Name field.

    2. Click on the Select icon to add a new icon.

    3. Click on the Validate button to save the changes on the application.

If you want to get the Application certificate or the detailed CSV export, click on the Download Application Certificate or Detailed CSV Export.

If you want to buy more licences, click on the Buy more licences button.

If your licence has expired, click on the Buy more licences button and follow the steps to renew or buy a licence.

Figure 3.8. 


Create a new product in Cloud Connect

A product allows you to add free or paying content within an application.

To create a new product you need to connect to your Cloud Connect account and follow this procedure.

You can create Subscription or Issue products.

Note

Subscription is a paid or free access to content for a certain period. You can set it for a week, a month, an year, etc.

Issue is a single content, free or purchased only once.

Create Subscription product

How to create a Subscription product

  1. Connect to your Cloud Connect account.

  2. Click on the Apps menu item and then select the application in which you want to add the new product.

    Figure 3.9. 


  3. Click on the Products menu item and then select the Subscription product.

    Figure 3.10. 


    Note

    The default Subscription gives access to the last published content and all future content during the subscription period.

    Global Licence subscription gives access complete access to the existing and future content during the subscription period.

    Our system is compatible only with auto-renewable subscriptions.

  4. Configure the Subscription product:

    1. Set the product name: the name of your product displayed in Cloud Connect.

    2. Add the Title(s) to be included in this product.

      Tip

      You can add several Titles and create a multi-title Subscription product within the application.

      The multi-title product is available only for Subscription products.

    3. Check the types of issue that should be excluded from the subscription.

    4. Set the subscription type: paid or free subscription. The Free subscription button is checked by default.

      Figure 3.11. 


  5. Click on the Add subscription period button to set the details for paid Subscription product:

    1. Set the frequency of your choice in the Subscription frequency field.

    2. Set the name of the Internal Product ID as it will be used for iOS, Amazon and Google Play applications.

      Tip

      Check the button for the Android SKU, for example, if you want a different product ID for this platform.

      The SKU links subscriptions associated with this product with an in-app subscription item in Google Play.

      Figure 3.12. 


      Note

      If you choose the free type subscription you still need to set the subscription details.

  6. Click on the OK button to save and add the new product for the application.

    The new product has been added and will be displayed in the products list.

    Figure 3.13. 


Create Issue product

How to create an Issue product

  1. Connect to your Cloud Connect account.

  2. Click on the Apps menu item and then select the application in which you want to add the new product.

    Figure 3.14. 


  3. Click on the Products menu item and then select the Issue product.

    Figure 3.15. 


  4. Configure the Issue product:

    1. Set the product name: the name of your product displayed in Cloud Connect.

    2. Add the Title to be included in this product.

    3. Select the Issue type to be assigned to this product.

      Note

      The Issue type is the link between the Title and the Issue.

      You have an Issue type by default, but you can create a specific one and assign it to an issue in the editing page of a Title.

    4. Set the Issue product type: free, paid or controlled. The Free button is checked by default.

      Figure 3.16. 


  5. Click on the OK button to save and add the new Issue product.

    The new product has been added and will be displayed in the products list.

    Figure 3.17. 


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