New Features Heighten Interactivity and Monetization

Adobe has released an update to Digital Publishing Suite. These especially exciting features provide more out-of-the-box interactivity for enhanced reading experiences as well as opportunities to cross sell publications from within the app.

Nested Overlays in Slideshows
Digital Publishing Suite now allows for most overlay types within slideshows (multi-state objects, technically speaking) and scrollable frames. For example, you can include videos or web views within a slideshow. Within scrollable frames, designers can add overlay objects such as an image sequence or interactive buttons and then group the overlay objects with other objects in the content frame. For example, if you want to place a slideshow next to text that references photos in the slideshow, and you have a limited amount of space for that text, you can embed buttons within the text in a scrollable frame so that readers can synchronize the slideshow with what they are reading.

The only limitation for nested overlays is that you cannot build slideshows within slideshows. Bob Bringhurst provides instruction on embedding interactive overlays on the Digital Publishing Suite help site.

Videos in Slideshows

Videos in Slideshows

Web View in Slideshows

Web View in Slideshows

More Button Features
Digital Publishing Suite has expanded its versatility of button controls. Now you can create a set of buttons to start and stop audio and video. In addition, one button can control multiple actions in sequence. For example, readers can play a video and then watch a slideshow without having to click the button a second time. In the screenshots of a mockup demonstration provided below, there are four buttons that control three different slideshows. The fourth button allows all three slideshows to play in sequence. Bob Bringhurst provides instructions for using buttons in Digital Publishing Suite on the help site.

     The fourth button controls three sequential slideshows

Pinch and Zoom in PDF Stacks with Interactive Overlays
On the iPad, Digital Publishing Suite has allowed you to pinch and zoom PDF stacks. Now, PDF stacks with interactive overlays also permit pinch and zoom. For example, when a reader is watching a video, she can zoom into descriptive text on the page while the video continues playing.  Go here to learn how to enable pinch and zoom for the iPad.

     Pinch and Zoom While Video is Playing

Preview on Device for iPad
The Preview on Device feature that was available for Android devices is now available on the iPad as well. For the iPad, instead of using the web client, you can attach your iPad to your computer and copy the file directly to the iPad without going through the cloud. This requires using a third party device such as Phone Disk and only works with MacOS. See Bob Bringhurst’s instructions on setting up Preview on Device for iPad.

Custom Store for Enterprise Customers
Javascript APIs are available to Enterprise Edition customers, allowing you to create a custom store for cross-selling publications, anthologies and special editions. Download the latest version of The New Yorker, which has created a beautiful custom store.   Not only can traditional media companies take advantage of a custom store but retailers and other companies who provide services can upsell their existing customers by highlighting related goods and services within their branded application.

     If you have already downloaded The New Yorker app, you’ll need to update your content viewer so you can see the new store. In order to do this, you’ll need to go to the App Store and use the “updates” option.

Customized Push Notification Options
Push notifications are now optional for both Professional and Enterprise edition users. If you want to alert subscribers when a new issue is available, click the “Notify” button in Folio Producer Organizer, controlling the timing of the push notification.

Enterprise edition users with third party entitlement servers can also customize the timing and message for a push notification. For example, a magazine could post a notification that says, “The Election 2012 special edition is now available for download,” allowing the publisher to upsell and cross-sell content.

Restricted Distribution
Enterprise users can now restrict end user access to free folios. Now you can hide folios in the viewer library, allowing you to entitle customers to download specific content based on their sign-in accounts. For example, a membership organization may want to allow members access to exclusive, free folios, or a sales department may want individuals on its sales team to just have access to folios that are relevant to a specific geography or segment. Stay tuned for new options in restricted distribution.

Custom-Created Adobe Content Viewer
Now you can test content on the iPad without waiting. Until this point, if you upgraded your Folio Producer tools and wanted to test content using the Adobe Content Viewer, you had to wait until the latest version was approved by Apple. Adobe now allows you to use Viewer Builder to create a custom content viewer and preview your content on the iPad within the full context of the experience on the device. See Bob Bringhurst’s instructions on building a custom Content Viewer.

Account Administration
You can now assign and control the creation and access level of all accounts associated with the company’s master account. This means publishers now have a central place to assign, view and manage all Digital Publishing Suite provisioned accounts associated with the organization or title.

Here is a simple breakdown of some of the account administration options:

  • Create “Creative” accounts for designers. These accounts are owned by the company and not by the individual user. Users of these accounts cannot build applications, view analytics, or publish folios. A typical “Creative” account would be a designer who can build and preview folio content or share it via
  • Create “Publication” or “Producer” accounts. Users of these accounts can publish folio content to the fulfillment server.
  • Enable Creative or Producer accounts to also have access to the Viewer Builder application.
  • Promote any user to a “Master Admin”

Other Highlights

  • Open up a video or slideshow that expands to the full page of the tablet without a chrome, or frame (sometimes called “chromeless modal web view”).
  • Deliver free subscriptions through Apple Newsstand.
  • Relink folios to source files if the file names or location have changed.
  • Change the cover view on an Android device to show Grid View, Cover View or both, to accommodate for the smaller screen size.
  • Watch a progress bar during the bundling process to know how much the download has progressed.
  • Receive status updates through the dashboard to learn time sensitive information from Adobe.

Want More Information?
Visit the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite help site for more detail about this release. Author Bob Bringhurst provides great tutorials and can answer technical questions.

See Bob Bringhurst’s instructions on building a custom Content Viewer and watch Colin Fleming’s video on how to build a custom Content Viewer and preview your content on the iPad.