Laying Out Your Issue in the Mag+ Production Tool

After exporting your layouts from InDesign to your Issue folder, you use the Mag+ Production Tool to assemble them and create MIBs (Mag+ Issue Bundles). You have the option of creating device-specific MIBs or universal MIBs that serve a range of devices. Completed MIBs are uploaded to the Mag+ Publish portal and associated with an Issue. Your app then communicates with the Mag+ Publish portal to determine what Issues are available to purchase or download. This article will walk you through some of the basics of laying out an Issue.

Before You Begin

How to Add a Vertical to an Issue

Your layouts from InDesign are exported as Mag+ Verticals. If your Mag+ Production Tool is set-up properly, they should appear in the Clipboard area. If they do not appear immediately, you can click the "Refresh" button in the lower left-hand corner of the Production Tool.

1. Click and hold on the thumbnail of the Vertical in the Clipboard area.

2. Drag the Vertical into the Issue/Preview area.

Note: You can sort Verticals in the Clipboard with the "Order by..." menu in the upper-right. 

How to Rearrange Verticals in Your Issue

1. Click and hold on a Vertical's thumbnail in the Issue/Preview area.

Note: The selected thumbnail will have a highlight color around it.

2. Drag the thumbnail to the new position.

A translucent version of the thumbnail will follow as you drag (Label 1) and a destination bar (Label 2) will appear where the Vertical will get placed when you let go of your mouse button.

Note: You can also drag Verticals back to the clipboard if you mistakenly drag one down.

How to Change the View of an Issue

You can view the Issue you are working on in three different ways by clicking on the appropriate tab (Label 1):

  • Preview: This is the default view that shows the full length of the Vertical and includes a Zoom slider (Label 2) you can use to get a larger view of each thumbnail.
  • List: A spreadsheet-like mode (shown below) that provides an easier way to double-check that all Verticals are included. You can sort Verticals in the List view by clicking on the column name (Label 3).
  • Wall: This shows only the first page of a Vertical, but displays Verticals in multiple rows, letting you view more content at once.

How to Review an Issue

You can review individual Verticals or the entire Issue by clicking the appropriate button at the bottom of the Production Tool (Label 1). The review will be pushed to the Reviewer Device selected in the drop-down menu at the bottom of the interface (Label 2). If you want to set-up a Reviewer Device with your Production Tool, be sure to download and install the free Mag+ Reviewer app from your device's app store. For more information, read the article "Setting Up and Using the Mag+ Reviewer."

Note: You can select more than one Vertical by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard.

How to Edit Verticals in Your Issue from the Mag+ Production Tool

To make changes to the content of your Issue, you can double-click the Vertical you want to change and it will open in InDesign (provided InDesign is installed on your machine).

How to Create a MIB

When done laying out your Issue, you create a MIB to upload to the Mag+ Publish portal. You can create a MIB for a single device or upload one MIB to be served to multiple devices. For more information on what device MIBs can be served to different devices, please read the article "Reference - Device and Issue Compatibility."

1. Make sure you have configured your Issue Settings for the device(s) you will be targeting with your MIB.

2. Click on the Create MIB button to generate a ".mib" file in your Issue Folder.

3. Take the ".mib" file that is generated and upload it to an Issue in the Mag+ Publish portal.

Note: To learn more about creating Mag+ Issues and how to configure them, please read the article "Managing Issues."

Additional Information

This represents the basics of working with an Issue in the Mag+ Production Tool. There are more features you can use and, of course, when you are done you must upload your MIB to the Mag+ Publish portal. The articles listed below will help you learn more:

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