9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2013 9:23 AM by Tom-Williams
uwp_tim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just received an email from iTunes U Support advising that they are changing the rules for assets in the near future. The file type requirements seem to be overkill (See: https://itunesconnect.apple.com/itc/docs/itunes-design-specs.html) Anyone care to comment on this? Additionally, we made the requested changes, but I can't figure out how to upload the replacenment images (in Public Site Manager). Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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  • 1. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Syd Rodocker Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    Greetings;

    I'm taking a "wait and see" approach to this.  The graphic requirements listed in the new sprecifcations seem to have very little to do with the iTunes U Public Site Manager design as we know it at this point.  Hopefully we'll have more PSM specific design info coming.  All the best...

     

    Syd Rodocker

    Apple iTunes U Administrator

    Tennessee's Electronic Learning Center

  • 2. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    uwp_tim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Syd,
    I too and taking a "wait and see" approach.
    Thanks for your input,
    Tim

  • 3. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Paul Otteson Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Waiting to see here, too. My current guess is that I might have to redo 'banner' images for home, tag and category 'pages', but I can't nail that down as fact.

     

    If it's important, I hope I'll get something more definitive from the iTunes U staff pretty soon.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Paul Otteson

    SUNY-ESF

  • 4. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Syd Rodocker Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    Greetings All;

    With the release of iTunes 11 yesterday, Apple seems to have "leveled the playing field" as far as graphics are concerned.  Although the individual collection artwork remains, the unique and individual graphic look for each institution's provider page has been replaced with the generic Apple interface.  Thoughts?  Comments? 

     

    Syd Rodocker

    Apple iTunes U Administrator

    Tennessee's Electronic Learning Center

  • 5. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Tom-Williams Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I can't make any sense of the new design specifications. I've created the 3200x600px artwork and added it via the Provider Art option in the Provider Configuration Page but it looks awful in iTunes 11 on the desktop. It looks way too small because it’s 3200px wide but only 994px can be used for institution logo/artwork.

     

    I understand the logic of having one piece of artwork for multiple devices but we use a plain white background so on desktop iTunes11 we end up with acres of white space and a tiny banner in the middle.

     

    If I don't specify artwork we don't get any institution branding in iOS6 and iTunes11, which to be honest might be the lesser of two evils because the 'one size fits all' artwork looks ridiculously small on desktop iTunes11.

     

    More generally I have some major issues with iTunes11, in particular the omission of vertical column browsers, and all this aggravation with provider artwork is making me dislike it even more!

     

    Tom 

  • 6. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Tom-Williams Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Also, the design specification does not specify the exact dimensions of the text/logo safe area. There is a naviation bar at the top of iTunes but it does not mention how many pixels from the top of the image should be reserved for this area.

     

    It says "Texts or logos should not exceed the Minimum View of 994 pixels and should not exceed 400 pixels in height" but 400px + 200px (for the tag area at the bottom) would take up the entire height. Yet the example image clearly shows that the text/logo safe area begins well below the top of the image presumably to allow space for the navigation bar.

     

    So assuming we don't want logos and images obscured by the naviagtion bar how much space should we leave at the top?

     

    I'm confused!

  • 7. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Syd Rodocker Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    Greetings Tom;

    I created our logo using the 3200px by 600px guidelines in PSM and ignored all of the other specs.  It's certainly different and more confining than the previous configuration (see attached), but it's better than the generic look that you get without Provider-specific artwork. 

     

    Also, the Tagged Collections and individual Collections theme artwork has now been replaced with a generic look. And the custom URL feature seems to have disappeared as well. 

     

    Apple is taking PSM offline for a week this month.  Perhaps we'll have some answers after that! 

     

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    All the best to everyone....

    Syd Rodocker

    Apple iTunes U Administrator

    Tennessee's Electronic Learning Center

  • 8. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Tom-Williams Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I have just revisited this and while I have managed to find a compromise it doesn’t look very elegant. The canvas size of the image is 3200x600 but the area available for institution logo/artwork is only 994x600 and this has to be in the centre of the canvas. Of this 200px at the bottom is reserved for the tag area.

     

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    Our banner design uses a plain white background so I end up with tons of empty white space and a rather small logo/design in the middle. It looks especially bad on the desktop version of iTunes with a widescreen monitor. I could make the design larger so it looks better on desktop iTunes but if I do that the image is cropped on iPhone/iPad  which is even worse. Whatever I do the design is compromised.

     

    I understand the logic of trying to hit all devices with a single banner image but ultimately I think it would be much easier if we could upload a different image for desktop iTunes, iPad and iPhone. That would afford us the option to customise our banner design to fit the available screen real estate of each device.

     

    We could completely re-design our banner, of course, so that it works better with the new banner spec but that’s a heck of a lot of work for no discernable benefit. Besides Apple may decide to change the spec again in the future and then we’d be back to square one.

     

     

    btw – Syd, I think you have the same problem that I ran into. Your banner looks fine on desktop but it’s cropped on iPad (in portrait) and iPhone. To avoid this the design needs to go in the centre of the 3200x600 canvas and can be no larger than 994x600 of which 200px at the bottom is reserved for the tag area.

  • 9. Re: New iTunes Design Specifications
    Tom-Williams Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I should add that the banner only looks bad on iTunes 11, on iTunes 10 it looks fine but that's because iTunes 10 uses our old banner which is a different size and isn't hobbled by the comprimises we had to make for the new banner specification. There again there are quite a few things that work much better in iTunes 10 in my humble opinion, but that's another story...