User Guide


PadCMS is a rich-content magazine publishing solution for tablet computers. It lets the editors of paper magazines and catalogs benefit from a simple solution for adapting their documents to the tablet format. But, more importantly, PadCMS offers the possibility of enriching the magazines with interactive content. Based on print-oriented knowledge, PadCMS is simple to use from the start and requires no special training.


Before starting, you need to have the elements which will allow you to take control of the solution and use it most effectively.
  • Back-office Identifiers: If you do not have these yet, contact us through our Internet website.
  • A PDF editing tool: Our solution operates principally using PDF files. As a content editor, whether for magazines or catalogs, you have software like InDesign for the page composition of your content. PadCMS lets you keep and use those skills for your iPad application.
  • Content: Before you get started, think of the content of your application: text, images, videos, etc., but also the way in which you want them to interact.


Once you have met the prerequisites, you can begin using your tablet publication tool, PadCMS.
Go to your administrative interface and login with your login and your password to have access.

My first application

Once you are connected, you have access to your client account. This account holds all of your applications.
To create your first application, click on "Add new application".

Complete all the required fields: Title, version, description, which allow you to define the contents of your application.
Optional fields:
  • Email Notificationsl / Facebook / Twitter: are used for the sharing functions and define the default messages for the two major operating systems, Android and iOS.

You have just created your first application. For the moment, it's empty. You are now ready to create your first magazine. In PadCMS, a magazine corresponds to an "issue".

My first magazine

To create your first magazine, click on "add new issue".

Complete the first required fields:
  • Title: Name of the magazine displayed in the kiosk
  • Number: Number of the magazine issue. In the kiosk, the magazines are displayed in numerical order.
  • Orientation: Define the default orientation of your magazine.

Then complete the optional fields according to your needs:

  • Product ID: Will be used in the commercialization of your magazines. It is imperative that it be in the form: com.adyax.padcms.issue_88 with the application number and the Bundle ID that are present on your iTunes Connect account. It will be linked to the in-app purchase of the magazine.
  • Issue color: If you use this option, you can define the color of bullets in summaries and in galleries.
  • Issue type: lets you define the model you want to work with. If you create your content for the iPad and want to build each page on your own, choose "Based on multiple PDF", a blank first version will be created and you can customize it completely. If you want to use an existing magazine PDF as your model, choose "base on one PDF". After saving, an upload field will be displayed and you can upload your PDF. A version will be automatically created with all of the pages of your PDF. You can the add enriched contact to each of them.
  • State: define the status of the magazine (published, in progress, or archived).

Once the first options have been selected, other options will be shown that should be completed based on your choices.

For a vertical magazine:
  • Horizontal PDF: allows you to define what will be displayed in the horizontal version of the PDF. "None" for no display, "one PDF per page" to add a single element to each page, and "two screen" to display a double page. Screen management will then be performed on each of the pages. If you select a horizontal version, once you have clicked on "Save", an upload button will be displayed so that you can add all of the PDFs for the horizontal version of your magazine.
  • Help Page: Field for the upload of horizontal and vertical help pages. The "Help" icon will not be displayed in your publication if you have not uploaded the "Help" PDFs.

Each element (application, magazine, version) has several possible status conditions: work in progress, published, or archived. Access will be different according to the indicated status. "Published" means that the element has been published for all users. "Work in progress" means that the user must be an administrator to have access. "Archived" means that the element is saved but has not been published.

Your application and your magazine are now created, so now you need to add your content.

Page map

To add content to your magazine, click "Go to page editor" on the list of magazines.

You will now have access to the page map of your application. By default, only the first sequence is created. This is the "Cover" of your magazine.

The page map lists all of your sequences. Each sequence is composed of a main screen and of screens that are linked high on the page map. Each screen is based on a template.

To add a sequence or a screen, click the orange "+" button. You will be taken directly to the list of templates. Choose one and begin editing your screen.

To delete a screen, click the "Trash can" icon at the top of the editing menu. Attention: a screen can not be deleted if it is linked directly to another screen that could not exist without it.

Layers and templates

A template is a screen that includes a sequence. Each template is composed of superimposed layers that permit the display of different contents in different ways. Each template has its own connections (right, left, up, down).

Each template can be used as many times as needed in each magazine. But, the "Cover page" template can only be used at the beginning of a magazine. Conversely, there is no ending page since all templates have a connection to the right.

In order to understand how the pages function together, you should also understand how the layers that make up the templates work.

Links between contents

To add more activity to your content, you need to use links. These links let you link your pages together, but also allow you to define areas of interactivity manually.

All these links should be added to the PDF using InDesign or another PDF editor before uploading them to the back-office.

Summary / Table of contents

Creation of the table of contents

By clicking on "Edit" next to the TOC element, you can access the page for creating and editing the table of contents. This is where you should add all the elements that you want to be displayed in the Summary.

Each element in the Summary is composed of a title, a description, and of two images: one for the summary format "band" and the other for the "pop-in" format.

Correspondence and display order

Once each of the different items has been created, they will be available in the drop-down menu. You must then select the corresponding item for each page that you want to appear in the summary.

The items will be displayed in the order of the page map. Only pages linked to a TOC item will be displayed in the summary.

Horizontal version

If you edit a vertical magazine and you have selected a horizontal version for it and uploaded the linked PDF, you can indicate in the page map which page this corresponds to for the horizontal version. The field "PDF page" is used for this purpose. When you click "select", you will find the various items that have been uploaded.

After you have clicked "select" in the relevant page, choose the item that you want displayed in horizontal mode.

Export and use

The application (.ipa) cannot – for the moment - be exported directly from the back-office.
  • If you use open source version, you should use xCode to make a build of your application.
  • If you use enterprise version, this operation requires the intervention of our development team.
For testing, two methods exist:
  • PadCMS application : This application, which will be available in the App Store, lets you connect to your client account and test all of your magazines.
  • Client application (for enterprise offer): Once the .ipa has been compiled by our teams, you can test all of your magazines. For access to magazines that are still in progress, send the UDID of your testing iPad to our teams. They will then set up your device with "administrator" access to your user account.
  • Your application : Use xCode to test your application on the iOS simulator or make a build if you have an Apple developer account.

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