How do I install an Ad Hoc build on my iPad?
New to iOS Development ? Here are the steps to follow before you can create an Ad Hoc build with Twixl Publisher Builder that can be installed on your iPad
First of all, you need to be registered as a developer in the "iOS Developer Program" (99$/yr): Start here to enroll now.
Xcode needs to be installed (but trust us, you'll never need to open the application itself ;-)
You can download Xcode for free from the Mac App Store.
Follow the instructions on Apple's iOS Provisioning Portal (via this link) - you need to be logged in with your iOS Developer account to access this page
Now you will need to to:
- obtain your iOS Distribution Certificate
- add devices that will be used for testing
- create an App ID for your app
- create the Ad Hoc Distribution Provisioning Profile
In order to create a Distribution Provisioning Profile for Ad Hoc Distribution, follow the steps below:
Obtain your iOS Distribution Certificate
Follow these instructions to generate a certificate signing request and download an iOS Distribution Certificate.
Assign the devices you want to use for your Ad Hoc builds
Locate the Unique device ID in iTunes and add them to the 'Devices' section of the Program Portal as described here
Create an App ID
An App ID consists of a universally unique 10 character "Bundle Seed ID" prefix generated by Apple and a "Bundle Identifier". The recommended practice is to use a reverse-domain name style string for the "Bundle Identifier" portion of the App ID, e.g. com.yourdomain.yourpublication - more details here
Create and download a Distribution Provisioning Profile
In order to build your application for Ad Hoc distribution, you will need to create and download an Ad Hoc Distribution Provisioning Profile. Follow Apple's instructions here
Once you've done all of the above, and have downloaded the Provisioning Profile, you're ready to create and Ad Hoc build with Publisher Builder:
Open the file you exported from InDesign (with extension .publication) in Twixl Publisher Builder, go to Preferences, then navigate to the "Provisioning" tab.
Add the Ad Hoc Provisioning Profile you downloaded from the iOS Portal to that preference setting using drag and drop (or perform right-click to insert it).
Add a home screen name (under the "General" tab) and optional home screen icon and splash screens (under the "Artwork" tab).
Click "OK" to Save the Preferences.
You're now ready to create an Ad Hoc Build.
Once the build has been created, drop the .ipa file on iTunes and synchronize with your iPad.