Digital Publishing Suite v32 is now available
The DPS team is excited to announce the newest release of DPS. V32 has support for iOS 8, enhancements to critical consumer marketing tools, performance improvements and additional capabilities that will make customers even more efficient. Here’s the run down.
iOS 8 Support
DPS allows you to build v31 and v32 apps that run on iOS 6, iOS 7 and now iOS 8 (once the operating system officially ships). While you can run v31 apps on iOS 8, the DPS team has made a heavy investment in v32 to support iOS 8. It is expected that the vast majority of Apple’s mobile customers will upgrade their devices to iOS 8 and we encourage you to upgrade your apps to v32. It is important to mention that an update to the DPS App Builder was made available on August 18, 2014 fixing some known issues that impacted DPS apps on iOS 8. For apps to run seamlessly on iOS 8 you must rebuild your app and resubmit to Apple. DPS will be taking advantage of native iOS 8 features in upcoming v32 dot releases – stay tuned.
New Push Certificate Portal
If push notifications fail it is often due to expired certificates. This is extremely frustrating for customers who are counting on a notification to inform readers or customers of important information or marketing offers. The new Push Certification Portal allows publishers to now upload certifications without having to rebuild the app or go to DPS App Builder. When customers log into the Digital Publishing Suite portal they simply select the Notifications tool to launch the Push Certification Portal. Through the portal, customers can be proactively notified that their certificates have expired or will expire. To take care of expired certificates, customers can simply upload new certificates directly to the portal. Management of push certifications is now much easier and simplified. Read more about the new portal here.
DPS continues to focus on features that help our commercial publishing customers market and sell their content. An alternate paywall solution has been piloted by several leading magazine publishers and is driving improved sales conversion. Now available to all enterprise customers, this alternate paywall solution also makes it easier for readers to understand which articles are free, how to access these articles and ultimately how to purchase the issue. Available on iOS 7 and iOS 8, this alternate paywall option displays a small purchase window on top of a free article within a folio, more clearly getting the reader’s attention. It also more effectively lets readers navigate to the next free article within an issue driving a quicker purchase decision.
As part of this alternate paywall experience, users can also more easily navigate to the TOC (table of contents) in which all free articles are grouped at the top, separated from metered or protected content. This should make it much easier for readers to quickly access preview content, leading to a more streamlined purchase experience.
This release has some nice consumer marketing enhancements including the ability to delay when the push notification request dialog box appears in the app. In many instances, after a user installs an app she immediately sees a dialog box requesting permission to send push notifications. The first reaction is to not allow as the reader doesn’t always know if she will like the app. With release 32, apps that leverage a welcome screen will not have a push notifications dialog box appear until after the welcome screen is closed, allowing time to educate the reader on the value of the content. Additionally, once the reader indicates interest by subscribing to the app, the push notification request dialog box will appear again. At this point the reader is more likely to allow push notifications in the future, better setting up the publisher to leverage this fantastic marketing channel for future offers, promotions and information.
Always focused on improving the reader experience, there is now a check box in the direct entitlement dialog to remember the user name. If the direct entitlement server signs the user out he won’t have to go through the sign in process again. This small, but important change could have a substantial positive impact on digital access to content and avoiding frustration by the user.
Reset folio to starting position
This is a great feature for enterprise customers who want to be able to reset all articles to page one and take the reader back to the first page of the first article. This is extremely helpful to customers who are using DPS for sales enablement, kiosk apps or other uses where it is important to be able to immediately go to the first screen without repeated swiping.
Android and Windows Viewer Updates
The team has worked hard to make the Android and Windows viewers deliver the same exceptional reading and purchasing experience as available on iOS tablets and phones. With this latest release, DPS now supports in-app purchase (IAP) receipts on Windows which are validated against a shared secret, just like on iOS and Android. Relatedly, the Windows viewer enables a custom store, rounding out the store/library APIs for Windows. Check out the updated API documentation on Devnet.
There have been significant improvements to the Android viewer over the last couple of releases. With v32, the majority of overlays are now supported and the team has built in some important performance improvements. Customers who are interested in supporting Android devices, should start using the Android viewer now.
For a full list of viewer features across the iOS, Android and Window mobile platforms, check out the feature comparison index or this helpful video on Adobe TV.
One point to note: with the planned release of Digital Publishing Suite in December 2014, the legacy, AIR-based Content Viewer for Android will be retired and no longer supported. To deliver a much more interactive reading experience on Android tablet and phones, customers should now start using the more intuitive and robust native Content Viewer for Android. Check out the FAQ for more details.
We would also like to take the opportunity to remind DPS customers that with the release of v32, InDesign CS5 or InDesign CS5.5 users won’t be able to create folios or upload articles to the DPS Folio Producer Service. More information on this change can be found in the FAQ.
Lastly, for more information on this latest DPS update, check out the complete Features Release Notes.