The new iPad 3 was released on March 7th, 2012, and the feature that probably stands out most is its Retina Display. The new display has a 4 times higher resolution compared to the first iPad and the iPad. There are two parts to consider, the actual App (the container for the content), and the content, or publication, such as a book or a magazine issue.

In AVE AppFactory you add optimized graphical elements for Retina and non-Retina displays. The retina display has exactly 4 times the resolution of the previous displays, and, more importantly, the same aspect ratio, because the number of pixels in both dimensions, width and height, has been doubled to 2,048 by 1,536 pixels.

Publications created with Aquafadas’ InDesign plugins consists of both pixel-based and vector-based content. Pixel-based content is also known as bitmap graphics or raster images, which can be scaled down without quality issues, but cannot be rendered larger without losing quality. Vector-based content is based on mathematical functions, and the quality of vector-based content is not related to the screen resolution of a device.

Text, unless it was converted into an image, is always vector-based in Aquafadas’ Digital Publishing System. That means that text in publications looks perfectly sharp on iPad 1 and 2, and it does not need to be modified at all to look even sharper on the new iPad, due to the much smaller pixel size of the Retina display, and even at high zoom levels.
1. Design using graphics at 300 dpi.
2. When you are ready to create the ZAVE, output two files one in AVE, and one in AVE HD.
3. Upload both formats into the “Publish” section of the AVE portal. The correct AVE will be downloaded depending on the device

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