Zentric is dramatically improving Pressto on a weekly basis: we are constantly adding major features and vastly enhancing the workflow and ease of use of all tools. A comprehensive list of features as of December 2011 follows.
Pressto features a comprehensive use of sound for your Book Apps. Great use of sound makes your books feel livelier and enhances feedback on all interactive elements. Pressto allows you to set custom ambient sounds, narrations, sounds that will play when the reader taps on an area, sound for interface elements and functions (buttons, special options) and even Soundtracks with many songs that may play when the reader experiences your Book Apps.
On each Page
You may set up sounds that will play when entering a page. These sounds may play simultaneously so you can, for instance, record an “ambient” track for mood and effects and include “narrations” in several languages. You can also allow the reader to RECORD their own narration track, so parents can read a book to their children with their own voices for a more familiar voice or to translate the text to a language your book does not support.
- Ambient Sounds
- Narration Tracks (Voiceover)
- User Recordable Narrations
On a certain image or area of the page
Tap to play the sound effect or music you choose.
Customizable Sound effects for Pressto Controls
You may assign your own custom sounds that will play when the reader taps on certain controls such as: Zoom Image – Collapse image – Custom Button – Send email Button – Web link button and more…
Global Sound for the Book app
Pressto! Books may feature a Soundtrack (up to 10 tracks) that may play when reading the book. There’s a standard music control that the user may tap to control featuring song name and skip to next or previous song.
Voiceover tracks may be available in several languages.
One of the beauties of Pressto! is that it allows you to set the exact page layout you want, positioning images (and text) precisely where you want them. Each image is an object within the page… Pressto! doesn’t “rasterize” the page creating a big, heavy image to display. This is very powerful as the objects can be combined and effects can be applied.
Multilayered images and moving backgrounds on pages
Images can be placed on top of each other and backgrounds can have subtle movements to make the pages come alive.
Image Blend effect
Pressto! supports image blending with dozens of blending modes.
Darken – Normal – Multiply – Screen – Overlay – Lighten – Color Dodge
Color Burn – Soft Light – Hard Light – Difference – Exclusion – Hue – Saturation
Color - Luminosity - Clear - Copy – Source In – Source Out – Source Atop
Destination Over – Destination In – Destination Out – Destination Atop
XOR – Plus Darker – Plus Lighter
Two zooming methods are supported:
For smaller images the most effective method is “pinch to zoom”.
When you want to display really big images efficiently you may want to use “tiled images”, a method commonly used for maps online that improves performance and memory management at any reduction the user wants.
When zooming an image with “pinch to zoom” the user can also freely rotate the image on screen with a clockwise or counterclockwise movement of both fingers.
Pressto allows positioning as many Image Galleries as you want anywhere on any page. Galleries can be full screen or smaller. The reader can view images in the gallery just by swiping right or left. You may assign names to images that may be displayed and even an indicator that shows the number of images in the Gallery.
Pressto!’s Free Move option for Images allows readers to reposition the image anywhere they want by dragging them with their fingers.
Pressto allows positioning of countless multimedia elements on the same page, including full page or smaller Videos.
Movies may be set up so they will aotomatically play when entering a page that includes a video.
Tap to play
You can also set up a movie to play only if the reader taps on it.
Show and hide player controls
A setting allows you to determine if the video player controls are visible or not.
Movies in Pressto! are compatible with Apple TV’s Airplay so the videos in your Book Apps may play fullscreen on any HDTV.
Unlike limited solutions for beautifully designed books that “rasterize” the pages and only show “images” of the pages (JPG files), Pressto! lays out the actual text in the pages. This is way more efficient as it allows special text animation features, create smaller and more efficient books that may include many languages without duplicating the image files and allows full support of iOS standard accessibility features enabling native text to speech capabilities on any book and more.
Pressto! Books may feature any typeface that you want in addition to the standard iOS fonts. You can even create Book Apps where the reader can change the typeface.
You can set any text block as text “Particles”, and the individual characters will appear randomly on the screen when the reader enters a page until they will align and form the text paragraph.
Text in Book Apps powered by Pressto! is real and not rasterized so it is “Text to Speech-ready” for visually impaired individuals that use iOS accessibility features.
Comprehensive, automatic book navigation support is available in Pressto!. Readers can take advantage of intuitive ways to navigate their books that take little or no work from the designer.
Automatic gestures. Swipe left for next page and Swipe right for previous page.
Automatic gestures. Tap right border for next page and Tap left corner for previous page.
When the publisher enables this feature, a Chapter Menu appears on the upper left corner of the screen, where the reader can rapidly select a Book Chapter aided by mini icons and text.
Best used in books with a small number of pages, allows readers to jump to any page by looking at a large thumbnail of the page. The reader just taps the screen to show the coverflow thumbnail page images and then move the swipes over them left or right to navigate to the desired
Best used in books with a larger number of pages, allows readers to jump to any page by using a slider to display a thumbnail that the publisher can customize in shape and size. The reader just taps the screen to show the slider and then move the bottom slider bar left or right to navigate to the desired page while looking at custom thumbnail images of each page.
Tap on an image or page area to take the reader to any page in the book. This feature is widely used for standard “Table of Contents” or “Index” pages or anywhere else in a book where the reader should jump to another page.
For example, in this index page:
Tapping on “San Telmo” will take you to this page:
Double tap on any panel in a comic to activate the special Comic navigation mode, that displays each panel in full size. Swipe left/right to move to the next/previous panel.
Double tap on the “horse panel” in the following Pressto Comic:
The panel will fill the whole iPad screen making the panel easier to read.
Then swipe left to advance to the following panel of the comic that Pressto! will show at full screen.
Pressto! allows publisher to create visually arresting “animation” effects with very little effort by moving and distorting statics graphics in several layers to enhance the reading experience.
Visual Effects Options
Choose the starting and ending coordinates of any graphic to move it on the screen.
Choose the starting and ending angle of any graphic to rotate it on the screen. This rotation can be combined with any horizonta or vertical movement.
Choose the starting and ending scaling of any graphic to distort it on the screen.
Choose the starting and ending transparency of any graphic to make it appear or dissapear on the screen.
Control the number of seconds in which the effect you st up take place to make it faster or slower.
You can continuously loop any effect you create.
Set Pressto! to play the visual effect you create and then play it again backwards.
Control the pace of the effect: linear, Ease in, Ease Out or Ease in and out.
The effect can be set up to start when the page is turned, fully visible, when tapping on an area or after a number of seconds.
Engaging interactive Book Apps created with Pressto! can take advantage of tablet features such as accelerometer control and the ability to move objects on screen by touching them.
Tilt device to move objects
Pressto with use the accelerometer to move the object on screen.
Move object using fingers
The reader can push objects to move them on screen.
Objects may collide and react to each other physics and you can even customize a sound that will play when the object collides.
Objects can move across the complete screen or can be confined to a certain area.
Separate parameter control the Elasticity, Friction and Angular Velocity of any object.
Free moving objects may rotate if desired.
Pressto! offers an array of tools to help the publisher’s marketing efforts using social networks, email, promotional features and more.
Pick images that can be saved to the readers’ image gallery so they can be used as wallpapers to customize their devices.
Tell your friends
Set up prefilled emails with images and text that the reader can send to friends and family with a simple tap of their fingers. Prefilled emails may contain images, text, recipient, subject, html, link to the app page in the App Store to purchase and more.
Give the readers an easy tool to spread the word about their new book app in their Facebook page for their friends to see and purchase.
Easy option to allow readers to follow your Twitter account.
Visit web page
Allow readers open a link in mobile Safari or visit a web page without leaving the Pressto! Book App.
Games and Activities
An ever growing gallery of games and activities can be added to any Pressto! book.
You can convert any image from your book into a Puzzle that readers can use to play as a fun interactive activity. You can customize the sounds, number of pieces and more.
Pressto! is a very comprehensive platform to create Book Apps. On top of all the media realted features it includes an array of capabilities to support different device sizes, selling methods, communication with readers, statistics and more
Supports any book size and screen resolution
Whether you are creating books for the iPad, the iPhone, the iPod touch for normal or Retina displays, Pressto! books support any screen size.
Portrait and/or Landscape orientation
You can design books in Portrait, Landscape or even choose to have both orientations with adjusted layouts for every page depending on how the reader holds the device.
Pressto! books can be designed in a way that multiple languages are available in the same Book App and the reader can change the language at any time by selecting the appropiate language from a convenient menu. The default language for the device is the default language for the book if available.
“In App Purchasing” support
You can distribute FREE or PAID Pressto! books and lock all the pages you want so they can be later instantly unlocked by the customer via an “in app purchase” and without having to download extra content.
Support for Push Notifications is part of the standard Pressto! platform. This will allow you to notify readers that own a book that a new book from the series is available. The method can also be used to inform them that there are special offers available, events and more.
Push notifications may be key to keep in contact with a reader that likes a particular author of style and can be used to increase sales and customer loyalty.
You can get valuable statistic information of how readers interact with your products. This can be specially useful to track conversion rates for in app purchasing (downloads vs extra sales), in book advertising, marketing information and more, to increase future sales.