You also have the option of displaying your content in a browser via a web newsstand. As a result, your content will be displayed in a similar manner to the app (including cover and "read" button). In addition, you have several options to provide a login to your web newsstand.


All issues can be opened in a browser with a read mode. All assets like videos, MP3, animations or links are available to your readers. You do not have to build a separate issue for the web. The PKAR file wants to be transformed into an HTML file. If you want to offer a specific web version of an issue please check here how to upload this version of an issue to Purple DS Manager.


The styling of the web newsstand can be configured by a CSS file which is part of the dynamic content. You will find a template in the Manager. An individual naming or more languages can be used in "Textkeys" in the menu Translations.



1.   Overview of all issues of the first publication (see the order in Purple DS Manager). The arrow on the right side will open a drop-down list of all available publications assigned to the app resp. web newsstand. 

2.  This text is set in the description of the publication within Purple DS Manager. 


3.   Issue incl. Cover image, page number and "Read" button to open the issue  


4.  Feedback Mail Button - to be activated within web settings in "Basic Settings"

Opened issue within browser window  

5. Zooming: Open this feature by clicking on the magnifying glass. With the help of the scale you can enlarge the contents (move down indicator) and reduce them (move up indicator).

6. Arrows on the right and left side are used to browse through the pages

7.  Table of content: This strip can be opened and closed by the list icon toggle. A click on one of the thumbnails will open the chosen page. 

8.   Here you can close the issue and go back to the web newsstand.





Activation and setting up your web newsstand  :



  1. Activate Web Newsstand
    Activate the checkbox in order to activate the web newsstand. More options available at the end of this manager menu under "Web".
       
  2. Web Newsstand URL
    You have to go to URL extension to get a valid URL at  http://kiosk.purplemanager.com/<URL Extension>. You can open the web newsstand at this URL and see all published live content. 
    Note: To see the preview of an article or issue, please enter the following: ?preview=true
     Sample URL for the preview version of the web newsstand:  http://kiosk.purplemanager.com/demoappsprylab?preview=true

    (Domains for Sharing
     Purple DS content is published on a domain which is managed by you. It is not relevant for configuring the web newsstand.)

  3. Web Newsstand Content Fit Strategy

    This option sets the Content Fit Strategy for the web newsstand.
    • MAGAZINE   - This strategy is best for long pages, to scroll down. Each page will be spread to the full width of the browser window, eg. 1024px. The length will be proportionally sized
    • CONTENT FIT INSIDE - This strategy wants to re-size all content. With this strategy, all content is reduced so that it is displayed completely in the browser window. The maximum size (height or width) is decisive for displaying the corresponding proportionally correct size of the page.
    • PDF - This strategy is used for PDF content as it is mostly double-sided. Since desktop browsers are usually open in landscape format, both sides of a double page are displayed. If the browser window becomes narrower, e.g. the aspect ratio changes to portrait format, then only one page of the double page is displayed (start with the left page) and the right page can be reached by scrolling to the right.
       
  4. Web Newsstand Login Type
     As an alternative to a payment solution you can choose between different options for a login from an entitlement server to the web newsstand:

    • NONE  - The web newsstand will be opened without a login and all published issues and publications will be available.

    • COUPON  - In Purple DS Manager you can create coupon codes and share them with your readers. When you read this code at the start screen you can see all assigned issues and publications.

    • ENTITLEMENT  - Purple DS Entitlement offers you the opportunity to provide your readers with a login. As an alternative, you can connect your own entitlement system with Purple DS Manager. When they open the web newsstand they enter their username and password. When they are logged in successfully they can see and read all assigned issues and publications.

    • ENTITLEMENT-OPTIONAL  - With this option you can mix free and "entitled" content. When a user opens the web news they can see all free issues. If the user has an account for the entitled section he can log in and get all assigned and "entitled" content. The attached issues need to be flagged "Entitled".

  5. Web Newsstand Styles URL
     As a default, those settings are saved in a CSS file inside the dynamic content As an alternative, you can save the data on your own server. Please enter the URL of the files here, so it will be used for the web newsstand.

  6. Web Newsstand Feedback Mail
    This option activates a button in the web newsstand so that users can send an email if they have technical issues or feedback for you. The recipient mail address and all texts are set and managed within the dynamic content. Please check here to see how these files are created.

  7. Web Newsstand Show Purchasable Issues

    With this option, all issues marked as "paid content" will be visible on the web newsstand. The full version of these issues is available for an individual payment solution.

  8. Web Newsstand Force Purchase
    If you activate this option, a separate window is always opened before opening a web issue to query or check the purchase. So the purchase URL entered below is always displayed, regardless of whether the user has already purchased the issue or not. By default this option is turned off.
       
  9. Web Newsstand Purchase URL
    This URL will be used as an entry point for individual payment processes when starting from the newsstand view. For a user who wants to read an issue, a "Buy" button is offered instead of the "Read" button. The "buy" button leads to the specified URL.

    The requested "issueId", "issueNo" and the "token" of the registered user wants to be handled as query parameters (see technical documentation). 
    You can enter in this field a web URI (http:// or https://) or a relative path to an HTML file within the dynamic content (for individual HTML design)
    The request parameter "purple_web_kiosk_target" can be used to control how the URL is opened.
    • Default (without this request parameter): URL is opened in an iFrame in the web newsstand.
    • _blank means that the URL is opened in a new tab or window
      Example: http://www.sprylab.com?purple_web_kiosk_target=_blank
    • _self means that the URL is opened in the same tab. (This will leave the web newsstand.)
      Example: http://www.sprylab.com?purple_web_kiosk_target=_self

         
  10. Web Newsstand Purchase Preview URL
    This URL is provided when a user wants to start the purchase process from within a preview version of an issue marked as "paid content". This URL can be opened when a page is reached in the preview issue in which "Show Purchase Suggestion" has been activated.
    You can enter in this field a web URI  (http:// or https://) or a relative path to an HTML file within the dynamic content (for individual HTML design). As well you can use the request parameter "purple_web_kiosk_target" as described above.

  11. Web Newsstand Subscription URL
    This URL is for individual subscription processes. 
    You can enter in this field a web URI (http:// or https://) or a relative path to an HTML file within the dynamic content (for individual HTML design)As well you can use the request parameter "purple_web_kiosk_target" as described above.

  12. Web Newsstand Login URL
    This URL will be used as an alternative entry point for the login process when starting from the newsstand view. So you can bring your individual entitlement solution to the web newsstand.
    You can enter in this field a web URI (http:// or https://) or a relative path to an HTML file within the dynamic content (for individual HTML design)As well you can use the request parameter "purple_web_kiosk_target" as described above.

  13. Web Newsstand Logout URL
    This URL will be used as an alternative exit point after logging out from the web newsstand. 
    You can enter in this field a web URI (http:// or https://) or a relative path to an HTML file within the dynamic content (for individual HTML design)As well you can use the request parameter "purple_web_kiosk_target" as described above.
       
  14. Forward Mobile Devices to App Store
    When you activate this option, you will be forward to the app. Therefore you have to go to the app in the "basic settings/select you target platform".

  15. Please save all settings. All the changes have not been made to the apps. Just reload the website in the browser. Please note that there might be some data in the cache of the browser. Empty the cache to make sure all data and settings will be reloaded