(Note: As of November 2015 custom help screens can be managed under the new "Custom Screen" feature. See here for more)
The introduction of the Oomph iOS7 brings the ability for publishers to create their own custom help pages. The help page, which is now located in the settings menu can now be created using Oomph content, in the same way in which you create the content for your publications.
The Oomph design team have released the Help Page Template used in the Oomph Viewer that you can freely use for your own app. The download includes both iPad and iPhone versions and supports landscape and portrait orientations.
You can also choose between the default or custom template. The default template consists the App Guide, Content Guide and Settings sections while the custom has a extra Featured section. This allows for the inclusion of features that are unique to your app. This may include things like, cooking mode, voice control, Image galleries, HTML content or any other functionality you have built into your app.
What you will need
The structure and interactivity has been set up for you but having the following assets to slot into the provided template will be handy. If you are intending on having both iPhone and iPad, make sure to prepare assets for each.
• Your app's branding, fonts and colour palette.
• Example of Home content
• Five publications covers
• Seven examples of publication content
If you choose to use the custom template, make sure to source any custom icons and screen shots of the functionality you want to include in the 'Features' section.
Modify the template
The template bundle includes the InDesign and Export iPad and iPhone files. Open the InDesign of the version you wish to use for your app. Each section that requires your content have been marked with a place holder image showing the title and brief description of the intended content. Simply move through the document and replace each placeholder with content you have collected previously as well as editing body copy if required.
If you choose to use the custom template you will notice that the corresponding InDesign files has blank pages for the "FeaturesCopy", "Features" and "Loupe3" objects, fill these blank pages with the content you have collected with these sections. You may create more of these pages to match the number of features you wish to showcase.
The files and folders have already been created for you. Each page of the InDesign document has been tagged with the name of a corresponding folder, export the indesign pages to the corresponding folders. Take note of the names of the pre-existing files, some of them have animations attached, make sure when you replace the existing files they match the filename exactly.
It is important to make sure that you keep the file size to an absolute minimum. The help page is included into the build of the app, so it is important that you consider how much a potential user is willing to initially download. The exported Help Pages that is included in the bundle are under 1MB each, try to keep your bundle approximately around this size. To help optimise your help page in size, set your export settings at 72 DPI and when you can and use original vector artwork instead of screen shots. Using original artwork will reduce file size and keep your text and all other vector elements looking as sharp as possible.
Once you have made your Help Page contact your account manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure that your help page is included in your app submission to the App Store.