Like the Publication Homepage, the Issue Homepage is the location for all information on each issue. From here you can do many actions such as changing the description, adding previews etc.
This area encompasses all the information in the grey bounding box. Here it will detail at a quick glance the more important information about that issue.
Issue Cover Image: This is the cover of your issue. It is based on the first image that is uploaded in the Preview Images.
Issue Name: In this case, it is September 2012. This is the name which appears below the cover in the application's Newsstand View.
Description: This is the detailed information about that issue which appears in the purchase information screen of your app (excluding Standalone applications). This is also used in the Atom feed to update the description in iTunes Connect.
Available: This is the availability date of the issue. You can set this as a future date, which means no public user will see this issue until that date is reached.
Paid Issue?: If this is marked as paid, users will have to purchase this issue through Apple, and, as such, an in-app purchase will need to be approved by Apple for this issue (see Creating in-app purchases for more detail). If this is marked as free, users will be able to download the issue for free and you will not have to provision any in-app purchases in Apple.
Product ID: This is the main ID used for your issue. If your issue is paid, this ID must match the ID used in the in-app purchases approved in iTC. Once this value is live to users it should never be changed.
Data Used (GB): A bar graph of total downloads per month. The example screenshot above does not display a graph, as the sample content has never been download, but once the content starts downloading this will show a breakdown per month on total GB downloaded through the application.
Delete Issue: This button will delete the issue. It will no longer be available through the application to download and the content will be removed from the server.
Edit Issue: Clicking this will bring up the screen where you can edit:
- privacy setting
- if it is paid or free
- availability date
Read more about creating and editing an issue.
The versions information will detail the more important information about the content bundles that you have uploaded. You can have many different versions in either of two states, published or proofing. In the example below you can see two content bundles, one published and another waiting approval (in a proofing state).
State: This will be one of two states, "Published" or "Ready for Proofing".
Bundle Size: The size in KB, MG or GB of the content that you uploaded. Your content bundles should be kept as small as possible, this means using compression on videos, as few layers as you need in your content etc. The benefits of having smaller content bundles, are less bandwidth cost for your users, smaller hosting bills etc.
Updated: This date is the last time the content was updated. Usually this will be the time at which the content finished uploading to the servers, but could also be the time of the last patch, or content proofing update.
Magdata: This number denotes the magdata of just that issue. Your application could be at a different Magdata version. The default is correct in most cases, but it can be used to force updates for users, or mark some content that can not be used on a lower version of the application.
- Download: Clicking here will begin a download of that version of the content to your computer. You can use this to view the content again, and make sure that it is as you expected.
- Edit: If you need to change the default Magdata of that issue, you can click here and choose a new Magdata value.
- Delete: To delete that version of the content, just click this button. You will not have to use this at all, unless you really want to remove old versions.
These images are used in the Purchase Preview screen, and the first image is used as the cover image. You can upload any number of images here. Each image that is uploaded is displayed in a thumbnail size below the upload button.
To remove preview images, just click the X that appears in the top right corner of each image. This will be reflected in the application.