Software and Services for the Publishing Industry

Magazine management? Creative competitions? App ambitions? We have the tools and skills to help you do more.


We provide software services to clients in the publishing and photographic industries.

Our products include a leading photo competition platform and subscription management services.

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Mag+ Designd is a powerful and proven system for creating beautiful iOS and Android apps.

We've been making apps with it since 2012, and can help get the best results for yours.

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Appthenticate is our SAAS product for adding a login and user management service to apps.

It allows app publishers to manage secured access or subscriptions, and can be set up in minutes.

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We've been using the Mag+ platform since we launched the British Journal of Photography App for iPad in 2013. Now published on the iPad and iPhone, it's still going strong today, and we continue to produce each interactive edition on behalf of its publisher, 1854 Media.

Since then we've assisted several other publishers and dozens of other businesses making the move from print products to a pixel-perfect app using the software, offering training, technical support and consultancy.

Mag+ Training

Conducted in our offices, on-site or even remotely, we offer one- and two-day courses to help designers familiar with InDesign learn how to create great apps using the Mag+ tools, and how to optimise their workflow so that the process is as easy and smooth as possible.

All our courses are taught in small groups, on-demand, by staff with many years of app production experience. We've trained teams from some of the UK's largest and best-known companies, public-sector organisations and many independent agencies.

Technical Services

Many clients are happy to create their in-app content, but prefer to leave the technical side of building apps to us.

We can configure, build, sign, test and submit iOS and Android apps on your behalf, handling all the technical matters such as certificates and profiles, ensuring that your in-app purchase configuration and iTunes Connect settings are correct first time - ensuring a smooth passage to the App Store, on deadline.

App Content Conversion

If you already have content designed for print, and want to publish it in an iOS or Android app, we can help. Our services range from the simple conversion of PDFs to page-turner apps up to the creation of bespoke interactive editions from your resources.

Whether you're looking to create a one-off product, or to publish regular in-app content on an ongoing basis, our experienced team can offer a professional, competitively-priced service.


There's no substitute for getting an app launch right first time. For businesses still in the planning stages of an app project, we can help clarify the many options available, and help find the best possible setup to ensure that all aims are met.

We can also assist in ensuring that the workflow of creating in-app content is integrated into your business in the smoothest way possible.

And if you have complex needs when it comes to user entitlement or authentication, we can provide custom iterations of our Appthenticate software to match your exact requirements.


When we launched our first magazine app we quickly realised that we needed a system for unlocking content within it for certain users. The system we built evolved into Appthenticate. Delivered as an online service that can be added to Mag+ apps, it has three key use-cases:

  • Enabling publishers delivering magazines or newspapers as apps to grant access to existing subscribers
  • Enabling a public app to deliver additional content, which is otherwise hidden, only to logged-in users
  • Enabling businesses to use a single app to deliver different items of content to different members of staff, or groups of staff

Our clients range from independent publishers delivering beautiful magazines via public apps to corporations managing confidential data in Enterprise apps. For more information, please check out the Appthenticate website or get in touch.

Our Software

We offer a number of unique software products developed to meet the specific needs of our clients in the publishing and photographic industries. They include:

  • A tried-and-tested platform for selling and managing entries to photographic competitions, capable of handling tens of thousands of images and scaling to accommodate the increased traffic of deadline periods.
  • A modern, highly-modular print subscription management platform, designed to sell and manage magazine subscriptions via Direct Debit and Credit Card, with multiple sales funnels and comprehensive management tools.
  • Bespoke middleware connecting the legacy subscription database of one of our publishing clients with modern app publishing platforms, serving tens of thousands of end customers.

All are backended in Amazon Web Services, and designed to allow for constant, iterative improvements and enhancements. If you have a need for something similar, let's talk


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As more and more businesses look to iOS apps as a way to communicate with their customers, a question we're asked very frequently during our work with Mag+ is this: having prepared an app and its content, how can it be shared with employees and customers - but not the world at large? There are, however, three potential options that we are aware of, and in this article we explain how they work.

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Contact Us

Interested in talking about an app project? We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line at and we'll be in touch.

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Registered in the UK as company number 10212567