Big Indonesian Daily Uses WoodWing Tools for iPad App

By: E&P Staff

Indonesia’s largest daily, Kompas, is using WoodWing Software’s digital magazine tools to create and publish issues for the iPad. Its App has been available since last week.

According to WoodWing, Zandaam, The Netherlands, and Detroit, Kompas is the first Asian daily available for the iPad.

Working parallel with print, six staffers produce the Kompas iPad App, aiming to output the App at 2 a.m. local time daily, enabling users worldwide to read the latest issue on its day of publication.

Founded in 1965, Kompas reaches more than two million readers, while its Web site’s total readership runs to 15 million unique visitors per month – one of the country’s largest news portals. Its publishing group was Indonesia’s first to consistently use technologies such as 2-D barcoding within editorial content, augmented reality for editorial and advertising, and a digital replica edition.

Kompas wanted their daily digest on the iPad to have a magazine look and feel. With our tools, newspaper publishers can do both – create a digest in a magazine style or keep the appearance of their printed newspaper,” WoodWing Asia Pacific Managing Director Remco Koster said in a statement.

WoodWing said its digital magazine tools will be open for other tablet devices when they become available. Meanwhile, it continues expanding the features set. New options in version 1.3 include Web Links, HTML5 widgets to bundle interactive functionality and to update parts of the Reader App without the need for a new App, table of contents button for the navigation bar, more ways to present the newsfeed (e.g., full-screen and on start-up), and free issues (if enabled, App bypasses iTunes store to download a particular issue).

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