Basic Concepts

Passcreator is an online Tool to create and distribute passes that can be saved in the Wallet App on iOS (iPhone). To save these passes on Android or Windows Phone devices you'll need third party apps.

A pass can be whatever you want it to be - a Coupon, Store Card, Event Ticket, Membership Card etc.

A pass can contain images and text which means you can apply your own Corporate Identity that people will recognize when they use the Pass. Every Pass that is created with Passcreator is based on a Pass-Template.
How to create such a Template is explained in this tutorial.

If you already have created a Template and want to know how to create and distribute Passes, click here.

All Wallet Passes that have been created using your own Certificate can be updated after they have been saved on the Customer's Smartphone. Means if you want to change the content or the look of your Wallet-Passes you can do so anytime and publish the Changes to your Customers. There's no automatic publishing of Changes means you have to confirm this.


Create a Pass-Template

When you log in on https://portal.passcreator.de/login you'll be redirected to your personal Dashboard. It contains Information about the Status of your Bulk Creation Jobs and your existing Pass-Templates e.g. how many Passes have been created for each of your Templates.

To create a new Template, click on Create new pass template.

Create Wallet pass template on Passcreator Dashboard

After you've clicked on Create new pass template you'll see the Pass-Editor.

On the General-Tab you can select what Type of Wallet Pass your Template is.
You can select one of the following:

  • Coupon
  • Store Card
  • Event Ticket (with full size background image)
  • Event Ticket (with small background image)
  • Membership Card

You must also specify the following:

  • Name - the name of your Template
  • Description - describe your Pass. This will be used e.g. if a user has activated accessibility features.
  • Organization Name - the Name of your company or the Organizer of an Event
  • Logo Text - Text that is shown right of the Logo Image. If no Logo Image is used only this text will be displayed in the upper left corner of the Pass.
  • Select Certificate - the Certificate that will be used to create Passes from this Template. If you don't have an own Certificate you can choose a Demo Certificate. As long as you're using a demo certificate the created Passes can't be updated and will contain a Passcreator-Logo
  • Maximum Number of Passes - the maximum amount of Passes that can be created using this Template. 0 means an unlimited amount of Passes can be created.
  • Expiration Date - if you specify a date the Pass will be marked invalid after this Date which means the Barcode is greyed out and shows a hint that the Pass has expired.
  • Different Expiration Date for each Pass - if this checkbox is set Passcreator will ask for an Expiration Date for every Pass that is created using this Template.
Visual editor for Wallet passes

Tab Front Fields

On this tab you can specify the data that is shown on the Front of your Pass.

There are several types of Fields you can create. To create a new field, click on the Edit-Button in the Pass-Preview and enter the required fields. The Pass-Preview will be updated as soon as you're entering information.

The Barcode that is shown on the Tab must also be specified on this Tab. To change it, click on the Edit-Button next to the Barcode in the Preview on the left.

Editing front fields of Wallet pass


Tab Back Fields

On the Backside of your Pass you can specify up to 20 Textfields. This can be done on the Back Fields-Tab. As soon as you're entering information in one of the Fields the Preview gets updated.

According to Apple every Pass must contain Contact Information. At least a Phone Number or an E-Mail Address.

Edit back fields of Wallet pass in Passcreator

Tab Colors and Images

Depending what Type of Pass your Template is you can upload a different number of Images.

For every Image that can be used a Upload Button will be shown. Please upload the images. Wallet-Passes can be created without a Logo or Background image. If you want to do this activate the checkboxes.

You can also specify the colors that are used on your Pass. As this is a live Preview you'll see the impact of your changes as soon as you're changing the value in one of the fields.

Edit colors and images of Wallet pass

Tab Lockscreen

A Wallet Pass will be shown on the Smartphone's Lockscreen based on Coordinates or a Date. Means the Smartphone will show a Push Notification as soon as the User is near a specified Location or the specified Date is reached.

A Relevant Date can only be defined for Event Tickets. A few hours before the Date is reached the User will see the Pass on the Phone's Lockscreen and can show it on the entrance without having to search it.

The same principle is used for Locations. If you specify a Location (you can specify up to 10 Locations), the User will see a Notification on the Smartphone's Lockscreen if he's near the specified Location.
This can be used e.g. if you're creating a Store Card that can be used in your Shops. If you define the Coordinates of your Stores the User will see a Notification if he's near one of your Stores.

Use GPS coordinates to display location based reminders


Tab Beacons

You can add up to 10 iBeacons to a Wallet pass. iBeacons are Blutooth low-energy sender that work like a lighthouse: the beacon is sending out a signal. As soon as that signal is recognized by the Smartphone where your Wallet pass is saved, the message you've defined is displayed in the lockscreen.

Beacon notifications are showed if Bluetooth is activated and the battery must be loaded more than 40%. Your user also must have allowed Wallet to display notifications in the lockscreen.

iBeacons are Bluetooth low energy transmitters that can be used to display location based notifications using Wallet passes

Create and distribute Wallet passes

After you've created your template you need to create passes and distribute them. How to do this is described here: Creating and Distributing Wallet-Passes