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#116795 10-May-2013 10:47
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For my day job I write about tech companies and developers and their awesome stories. To earn myself some geek cred I set about developing my own app a few weeks ago, using tutorials all over the web to create a Newsstand magazine app about street photography in Auckland.

http://www.aucklandia.com/magazine


It's built using HTML5 (plus CSS and JS) because that's what I know how to use. I've done a bit of tinkering with the Objective C, but it's mostly bits and pieces from frameworks and tutorials I've found around the net.

This first issue is free as I think of it as a prototype. I plan to charge for upcoming issues, with 50% of profits going to responsible New Zealand charities – a different one each issue. I don't expect to raise much for the charities but it's a way for me to do something good for the community I spend so much time photographing.

Would love it if you guys could download and take a look at it. Give some feedback. Am happy to talk to people about getting started in developing (or street photography).

Cheers,
Sim.




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  #815150 10-May-2013 11:40
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Sad, it is not available for Android for download.

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  #815155 10-May-2013 11:45
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That's the beauty of it being made in HTML, I can repurpose it for Android. As this is a weekend project I've focused on iOS first – will have something through Android to teach myself more about that platform in the near future.




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  #815164 10-May-2013 11:57
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sidkumar: Sad, it is not available for Android for download.


It's gotta start somewhere...

I can't offer an opinion as it's for Apple - are you thinking of writing an Android equivalent (or getting one written) any time soon?

EDIT: Scrub that last part - I had to step away from the computer for a while - you answered the question while I was away :-)

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  #815465 10-May-2013 20:24
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ps, slightly off topic...

Soon it will be easier to create and edit your magazines with a new free app called Prss.

 See the story about it HERE

And HERE is the actual homepage for the app.
It will be a web-based tool that anyone can use - you won't have to know programming or anything.





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  #816193 12-May-2013 14:04
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PRSS was something I looked at when starting out. It's the same tool behind one of my favourite Newsstand mags, TRVL. Unfortunately it's private right now and will likely be a dampened down version when it comes out (with pro add ons for extra dosh). Most other tools along similar vain is incredibly expensive for that extra functionality, so will keep an eye on it.

The other thing is by using the HTML method I've been able to teach myself some new skills and give myself a better understanding of both HTML and Objective-C. I think that has its own values.




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