Export the Next Gen App

Once your Next Gen app is finished in Cloud Connect, you can export it in AppFactory.
First you need to get information from Cloud Connect, then to set the application in AppFactory.

Required information from Cloud Connect

To export a Next Gen App on AppFactory, you need to recover information about it from Cloud Connect:

  • Download the Application Certificate from the Application Dashboard.

    How to get the Application Certificate on Cloud Connect

    1. Go to Cloud Connect page.
    2. Enter your credentials: email and password.
    3. Click on the APPS tab to open the applications page of your account.
    4. Select your application.
  • Click on the Download Application Certificate button to get the certificate.

An aveapp document format is downloaded on your computer.

  • Select the Store Model by default to display in the app

Configure App Light or Next Gen App in AppFactory

The configuration is similar for both platforms: iOS and Android.

Note

When configuring your app in AppFactory, click the question marks, next to the fields, for further details on the use and purpose of certain fields within the application.

How to set the app in iOS AppFactory

  1. Open iOS AppFactory.
  2. Select the template and click on the Choose button.

3. Drag and drop the downloaded certificate in the App Info field.

According to the type of certificate, AppFactory will recognize if you have an App Light or a Next Gen App.

4. Continue setting up the application by filling in the tabs in the Sections menu:

  • General Information,
  • Start screen,
  • Colors,
  • General Kiosk Settings,
  • Bottom bar,
  • Account,
  • Settings,
  • Analytics,
  • Advanced options,
  • Reader Settings,
  • Audio,
  • Newsstand settings.

Tip

All images required by AppFactory must be dragged and dropped in the dedicated boxes.

Set General Information menu

This tab gives general information about the application: name, bundle id, public and private versions of the application, icons for the app, etc.

After you drag and drop the application certificate, two fields in the General Information menu are filled automatically:

  • Name of the application: the name of the application as it will appear on the app stores.
  • Bundle ID: unique identifier for the application, defined manually in Cloud Connect and identical for Google and Apple stores.

Tip

All other fields are not mandatory, but you can custom them.

  • Version Number (public): version visible to users, used by AppStore. You need to change it with every new submission of the application.
  • Version Number (private): version visible internally. You need to increment by 1 every time you submit a new build of the application.

    Example 4.1. Example on how to number the versions

    If your public version is 1.0, the private version can be 1, 2 or 3. When updating and publishing a new version of the application: the public version can be 1.1, for a small version, or 2.0, for a big version, while the private version is 4.

  • Facebook AppId: type the Facebook AppId of your application.

Tip

Further down this page, in the URL Scheme field, you personalise the Facebook URL scheme of your application. The Facebook ID and the URL scheme combined give the possibility to the user to connect to your app with a Facebook account.

  • App Icons: change the icons for the given devices with your personalised images.
  • Exception Domain:
  • Allow Arbitrary Loads on http domain: to check the button if the URL used is not according to Apple standards.

Note

Apple requires URLs to be https type. If this isn’t the case, it is possible to work around the problem by checking this box.

  • Exception Domain 1, 2, 3: to allow connections to domains without https. You don’t need to check the box Allow Arbitrary Loads on http field.

Note

You have to justify these exceptions to Apple when submitting the application on the App Store. For further details, see ATS standard documentation.

  • URL Scheme:
    • Application internal URL (URL scheme): the URL scheme given automatically in Cloud Connect is contained in the application certificate. It is recommended to personalise the URL scheme of your application in this field. Make sure you keep the same for Android AppFactory.
    • Facebook URL Scheme: personalise the URL scheme of your application. This feature is available only for iOS AppFactory.

Set Start screen menu

In this tab you can set the background images and the start logos for different sizes of iOS devices, activate the Force Login.

  • Background images and Start logos: change the default images with your customised images.

Force Login option: you activate this to ask users to connect to your application via an account and a password. Or you can use Skip option: it requires to connect, but the user can skip the account creation for another time.

The connection pop up is displayed when the user opens the application.

Set colors menu

In this tab you set the theme colors for your final application. You can apply the theme colors as app background or as tint, only for labels and texts within the application.

Set General Kiosk Settings menu

In this tab you replace the default images with your customised ones or you configure general settings of the application: loading images, cell views, content search, no content images, etc.

Change the default images with your customised ones in order to display:

  • Loading image: while waiting to display the Issue covers.

Banners Loading Images: while waiting for Image banners to display the content.

No content Image: when there is no content within a Title or Issue.

No connection Image: when there is no internet connection.

You can also:

  • Personalise the Cell Views by selecting the type of information to display instead of the Issue title: None, Date format, State, Price or Subtitle.

    Click on the question marks for further details about these elements.

Activate the Search option within the content of an Issue. The search button must be customised when creating your content in InDesign Authoring or Cloud Authoring. You need to activate the Research asset.

Important

See Aquafadas in order to acquire this asset.

Activate Show side menu images and Activate side menu for Categories: a left side menu is displayed within the application containing all categories created in Cloud Connect.

Important

Categories option in General Settings tab is not available for App Light.

Set bottom bar menu

In this menu you can customize the fields and the images for the bottom bar of your application.

  • Store:

Library:

Web:

Profile:

Note

In iOS AppFactory you can change the labels for each icon, but they will not be translated in the default language of each device.

Tip

You can remove these images from the top bar by checking the Remove check buttons.

Set Account menu

In this menu you configure the user account. You allow account creation, Facebook account use, recover password, add images for avatars, banners, Facebook and email accounts.

  • Main Settings
    • Allow account creation: unchecked, it will prevent the user from creating an account.
    • Use Facebook account: activate the connection with user’s Facebook account.
    • Manage forgotten password: via an URL or an automatic email.
    • Deactivate account: to remove the account system from profile tab.
    • Forgot Password URL: URL for the forgotten password.
  • Custom texts: explanatory customisable texts for Account creation help text and Main help, to explain to the user the benefits of having an account.
  • Images: change images for Avatar, Creation view, Banners, Connect Facebook, Connect Mail.

Set Settings menu

  • In this menu you can configure:
    • Restore purchases: check the case to show the button. If unchecked, it won’t be visible to users.
    • Privacy: to display a Confidentiality, Legal or FAQ page. You give the name and the URL link.
    • More infos logo: you can change with your own images.
    • Support contact: to display the button to contact Support. You can customize the text for Support button and Support email subject.
    • Vouchers: to activate the option for the user to paste the code and use the voucher.
    • Clippings: to activate and manage the clippings within the application. You create the clippings for the menu bar in InDesign Authoring or Cloud Authoring. If you do not activate this option in AppFactory, the clippings will be automatically saved in the Gallery of your device.
    • Push notifications: to activate Push notifications by Title.
    • Analytics: to display analytics view in the Profile section.

Set Analytics menu

  • The current analytics you can set are Google Analytics, Facebook Analytics, Piwik, Localytics, and SmartAds-iPad.For all types of analytics you set to display a pop-up at first launching of the application and give the main informations about the analytics.

Important

If you want to use Facebook Analytics, SmartAds-iPad/iPhone, you need to specify the use of the IDFA on the Apple submission.

Set Reader Settings menu

  • In this menu you activate the option to use a GUI by default or import a customised GUI.

Set Advanced options menu

  • You can enable kids protection to prevent from buying a content and remove the action Open in Safari in the web tab. You set the time a user must hold his finger before he can continue the purchase.

Activate background audio

  • To play an audio when the application is in background.

Set the Newsstand settings

  • Newsstand was to display magazines in a kiosk.

Important

Activate newsstand option for very old applications who had this option when first published on AppStore.

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