New Features Improve User Experience and Enhance Social Sharing
Digital Publishing Suite has released a new set of features today that allow publishers to create a more branded and personalized experience for readers. Publishers can build a custom library, enable filtering of folios based on user preference, and share content more widely through social sharing. Zeke Koch, Sr Dir of Product Management, outlines the new features in this presentation. (Use Safari, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. There is an echo for the first two minutes only.) Visit the Digital Publishing Suite Help Center for more detailed information.
Similar to creating a custom HTML store, publishers who purchase the Enterprise Edition of Digital Publishing Suite can now create a custom library for Android, Kindle Fire, iPad, and iPhone applications. The custom library allows publishers to give readers an extended branded experience when downloading and managing folios. This was created because publishers want to maintain a cohesive look and feel across the application, store, and library, consistent with more traditional touch points like a publisher’s website.
Left: Out-of-the-box Library, Right: Sample Custom Library
Social Sharing on iPhone
Social sharing is now supported on iPhone, and folios can be shared across all iOS mobile devices as well as in the web viewer. For example, if a reader shares an article from an iPhone, another reader can open it on any iPad or iPhone, assuming the publisher has built renditions for each device.
Your readers may want access to a more limited selection of folios available in the app’s library. For example, if you publish a seasonal catalogue, the filter feature allows readers to select and view only the folios in their season of interest. Publishers set up the filters by adding metadata in Folio Producer. The example below shows a clothing catalogue that can be filtered into Spring and Summer.
Example: Filtering Folios Based on Season
Two Finger Swipe
Publications such as National Geographic often use “flattened stacks.” This means that readers swipe through an article horizontally, instead of scrolling down within the article. Publishers can now set up navigation so that readers use a two-finger swipe to move to the next article, bypassing the remainder of the article. In the example below, the first article is in horizontal layout, and the reader could use two-finger swipe to jump to the next article.