Archive for December, 2010

Holiday reading: Six European titles launch using Adobe tools

Just in time for my holiday reading, European publishers released a slew of magazine apps this week using Adobe tools – enough to keep me busy over the vacation period.  These publications push Adobe over the mark of 50 apps using Digital Publishing Suite this week.

Bauer Publishing today released Empire Magazine for iPad in the UK, which integrates video to augment the film magazine’s Hollywood insider info.  As one of the world’s largest film magazines, the multimedia integration clearly is an instance where the medium is very suited for the subject.

And since BBC America’s Top Gear always seems to be on television at my house, what better way to be fully immersed in fast cars than downloading the free edition of Dennis Publishing’s Evo magazine

If cars aren’t fast enough, you can also check out Sports Bike Legends, a motorcycle publication released this last week by Future Publishing.  The company has also released other hobbyist publications this week, including Digital Camera Magazine (to learn how to shoot stunning landscape shots over your holiday vacation) and, in what might be my favorite title yet “The 50 Best Guitars To Play Before You Die” by Guitarist magazine.

Finally, I wrote previously about international publisher Bonnier using Digital Publishing Suite to reinvent their newspapers.  This last week another Bonnier newspaper launched using Adobe tools.  If you read Swedish (or even if you don’t) check out Sydsvenskan, a newspaper in southwest Sweden.

And as always, you can learn about new publications using Digital Publishing Suite from our online gallery. Happy reading!

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Ask a CS Pro Session – Digital Publishing Suite

On Friday, December 17 we hosted an “Ask a CS Pro” session on Digital Publishing Suite. These online seminars feature pros who know the ins-and-outs of Adobe products and we were lucky to have Chris Converse from Codify Design Studio demonstrate how to create a publication using Digital Publishing Suite tools. He overviewed the latest improvements in the Drop 8 tools from the prerelease program – including what interactive functionality is available through the Overlay Creator panel in InDesign, how to produce a .folio file using the Content Bundler, and how to view that .folio file on iPad or desktop using Content Viewer. If you missed the session, make sure to watch the replay using the link below.

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New Update to Digital Publishing Prerelease Tools

If you’re in the Digital Publishing Suite prerelease program, you’ve probably noticed an update to the Digital Publishing Suite authoring tools this week.  The latest version – Drop 8 – includes additions of frequently requested features and product improvements.  Check out some of the main features below.

New Overlay Creator Panel. A new Overlay Creator panel for InDesign CS5 replaces the standalone Interactive Overlay Creator app.  This change means that you can now create all overlays directly within InDesign as part of a more streamlined workflow. After installing the Overlay Creator panel, you can access it through the Window > Extensions > Overlay Creator menu.

Content Viewer for Desktop. The first iteration of the Content Viewer for Desktop is now available for testing content.  Because it doesn’t yet support all the features of its cousin, the Content Viewer for iPad, you should use it only as a basic testing tool (although we’re working feverishly on this).  It is our first step in creating viewers for multiple devices besides the iPad (including for Android and BlackBerry OS in the future).

eCommerce Subscription Services. Publishers can now utilize subscription models that allows readers to subscribe to a magazine and receive regular updates of content.  This is part of our vision to allow publishers a broad range of selling options through the eCommerce Service of the Digital Publishing Suite – including through mobile marketplaces or directly to consumers.  In Drop 8, customers can also specify content that should remain downloaded on a tablet device – a feature especially useful for news magazines.

In addition, the update also includes support for a grid view in the Content Viewer library, support for 3G downloading of folio files on the iPad, and a renaming of the “.issue” file format to “.folio”, among other improvements.

If you’re not yet part of the Digital Publishing Suite prerelease program, register for free access at and select “Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.”  You can also download the Digital Publishing Feature Summary and History (PDF, 1.0 MB) for a complete look at the Drop 8 features – as well as the feature history of the product since the beginning.

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Sweden’s largest news daily now available for tablets

Last week, I wrote about the News Plus platform from international newspaper/magazine publisher Bonnier, that uses Digital Publishing Suite with some innovative implementations of web view and HTML5 in the Adobe Content Viewer, along with support for subscriptions. Today, Bonnier launched Dagens Nyheter – Sweden’s largest daily newspaper – which is now available in the App Store.

Dagens Nyheter uses the web view feature of the Adobe Content Viewer to push live feeds of breaking and updated stories throughout the day. Called the “Live Layer” by Bonnier, this web view implementation allows the publisher to distribute HTML5 video to the reader as well as other rich content. For example, the publisher also plans to add other reader interaction features to this Live Layer, including the ability for readers to comment and communicate with selected reporters/editors about a story. In addition, Bonnier is using CSS3 within the web view layer to render rich, more sophisticated typography. Finally, the app uses a publisher direct model for subscription payments. With the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers can enable flexible eCommerce models – including through mobile marketplaces and direct to the consumer.

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Google adopts Adobe eBook DRM

No doubt eBooks will be a popular item for holiday gifting this year – and now even more so with the new Google eBooks service that uses Adobe digital publishing technology.  Just in time for the holidays, Google is adopting Adobe Content Server 4 as a digital rights management (DRM) solution to protect copyrighted eBooks from its Google eBooks service announced earlier today. Google decided to use Content Server because it is the most widely adopted eBook DRM that allows users to avoid being locked in to a single device or retailer when purchasing eBooks.

With Adobe’s true cross-platform eBook ecosystem, consumers can purchase or lend eBooks through thousands of points-of-purchase – including many public libraries – without being tied to one store.  For example, Google eBooks users can transfer eBooks to 85+ devices and applications that support Adobe eBook DRM, including smartphones, tablets (via apps on devices like the iPad) as well as dedicated reading devices like the Sony Reader or the Barnes & Noble nook.  Consumers can also read EPUB and PDF eBooks on the desktop via Adobe Digital Editions.  With over 13 million downloads, Digital Editions is available at no charge and allows consumers to easily read, organize and transfer content to supported devices.

With this announcement, Google joins over 200 publishers and book distributors using Content Server to protect EPUB and PDF eBooks – including Barnes & Noble, Google, Random House, Sony, WW Norton, OverDrive, Ingram Digital, Kobo, British Library, and more.  In general, publishers require DRM to be applied to eBooks in order to prevent unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works. These eBooks are authorized to a user’s Adobe ID and can be transferred to up to six devices and six computers via Digital Editions. Users can obtain a free Adobe ID from and learn how to transfer eBooks in the Digital Editions help center.

Content Server 4 is part of Adobe’s end-to-end Digital Publishing Solution for eBooks that spans content authoring, protection and delivery.  Using InDesign CS5, publishers can leverage the skills of their design staff to produce eBooks without resorting to costly third-party conversion houses.  With Content Server, publishers/distributors can monetize eBooks, securely deliver content and protect copyrighted works. And in the Adobe ecosystem, consumers can read eBooks on the device of their choice – either through 85+ devices/apps that support Adobe eBook DRM via the Adobe Reader Mobile 9 SDK, or on the desktop via Digital Editions.

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