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Mar 11, 2012, 03:25 PM
First off, thanks ahead of time for all help offered.

I'm creating a large-file-size online magazine that I want to deploy to all mobile devices (iOS, Android, and WP) as well as to desktop users on Windows and Mac. I'm a bit overwhelmed with the deployment options, and this isn't really my area of expertise, so I thought I'd get some advice on how to do this from the helpful MR readers!

So, I'm, by trade, a web guy. I can make this into a bad-ass HTML5 web app rather easily. Thing is, I want people to be able to read the magazine on the subway, or on a plane, and so I have to offer some kind of downloadable package. It can't just be a PDF, the magazine is interactive. So, what's the best option for deploying an interactive online magazine to all platforms? Having an online version is an easy step once I figure out the downloadable version.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and one more thing, this magazine is adult in nature. ie. I can't deploy to iOS as a standalone app. It has to be loaded via some other 3rd party app. :)

Mar 12, 2012, 09:17 AM
Due to your desire to support multiple platforms and the content being adult in nature, you should just consider writing an HTML5 web-app. HTML5 does have the option of local storage.

Mar 13, 2012, 02:41 PM
We're using Baker and Laker, two open source frameworks for magazine design on the iPad. You might want to check them out (links below) as they're basically a wrap around for HTML5 webpages, so you could probably do some really nice things with them.