App of the Week: Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone was released using Digital Publishing Suite on January 16, 2013. This week, I’m sharing a few highlights in the app of the week video.

Rolling Stone

Back in the day, my brother and I used to pore over issues of Rolling Stone. We read through the music reviews, and when the authors described an album in a compelling way, we would head to the record store and grab a copy. Often, we liked what we heard. But not always. Music preferences are subjective, after all.

As you might expect, Rolling Stone on the tablet is a much improved experience over the print version because readers can listen to the music. They used the audio overlay in DPS to reveal a 30-second snippet of a song. If readers like it, they can head straight to the iTunes store and purchase the album.

Rolling Stone doesn’t limit its editorial to music. In fact, I used to cut out the photos of actors from the issue and tack them to my bedroom wall. (Okay, so that’s where print has its advantage.)  This issue features a collection of great photography of the 30 Rock cast. Using the slideshow feature in Digital Publishing Suite, I can explore a plethora of photos that would not likely fit in the print version.



App of the Week, Case Studies, Corporate Publishing, Design


  • By chongki kim - 9:07 PM on February 27, 2013  

    how to register the app in the gallery?

  • By Brett Kizner - 11:17 AM on January 30, 2013  

    Hi Jessica,

    The Nervous Pixel team at MEI was responsible for building the audio clip technology in the Rolling Stone app using the HTML Overlay tools in Adobe and our own HTML development. (

    Feel free to email me directly.

    Brett Kizner
    bkizner at

  • By Jessica Ross - 10:23 AM on January 30, 2013  

    Can you share what tools were used to embed the audio clips that link to the iTunes store?