• iAd Producer 2.1 Released - Offers new iPad Support and Twitter Integration

    Apple recently released version 2.1 of its iAd Producer software which adds Twitter integration along with a slew of improvements and fixes for the advertisement building tool. Amongst the various updates, the main features that iAd Producer 2.1 brings to the table is support for the third-generation iPad and Twitter integration for a more social media connected experience.

    The Cupertino California company recently raised iAd developer revenue to 70% up from the previous 60%, which is meant to compensate for lower ad rates. iAds have seen a lackluster interest and Apple even lowered the minimum price of entry to $500,000 (after starting at $1 million) a few short months after its launch. The $500,000 price tag was lowered to $300,000 and once again to $100,000 which is where the current minimum stands. Apple released version 2.0 in November of 2011, with updates such as animation tools and code-editing improvements to help try and increase the popularity of the program.

    For those of you who are interested, you can catch the release notes for the updated software below:

    This update contains various improvements and fixes that:

    Provide improved load and save performance for iAd projects
    Improve the performance of exported ad units
    Facilitate better pre-load behavior for assets in exported ad units
    Allow ad upload and testing with iOS devices connected via USB
    Reduce device memory usage for image views
    Enable use of image sprites
    Provide support for on-device debugging
    Enable Twitter integration in iAd content
    Simplify visualization of animations by providing an onion-skinning view
    Expand the types of assets that can be imported and managed in the asset library to include common document types
    Support the new media object in iAd JS
    Provide support for integration of WebGL assets in iAd content
    Extend device support to include The New iPad

    iAd Producer includes:

    A single-window interface for viewing and editing ad layouts and settings.
    Project templates with pre-built ad structure including banners, splash pages, and menus.
    An extensive library of page layouts, controls, and interactive elements.
    Sophisticated object animation tools with precise control over event timing and object properties.
    The ability to create custom, reusable elements for use in iAd advertising.
    Advanced JavaScript code editing and debugging.
    iAd simulation for Mac and iOS devices.

    Source: Apple
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