April 18, 2011 /

Viewer Builder Service updated with support for iOS & direct subscription models

Updated: April 22, 2011 to correctly state that all content – regardless of entitlement or subscription mechanism – is delivered by Distribution Service of Digital Publishing Suite (Adobe servers).

Late last week, we released another update to the Viewer Builder Service, which allows publishers to create a custom-branded instance of Content Viewer that renders interactive publishing content in the .folio format.  Viewer Builder also integrates all appropriate certificate signings so publishers can submit digital publications to the Apple App Store (and start monetizing content)!  The new options in Viewer Builder give publishers a huge leap forward in monetizing publications through subscription models – key to sustaining recurring revenue streams for media publishers.

In this latest update, the Viewer Builder Service allows publishers to create branded apps that support subscription and direct entitlement payment models.  In total, Viewer Builder enables publishers to choose from five different options in creating a publisher-branded viewer.

  • Single-folio – allows readers to view a built-in single .folio file, which is combined with the viewer into one application and hosted via the app store.
  • Multi-folio (Adobe hosted) – allows readers to browse a content library and download .folio files that are hosted on Adobe servers through the Distribution Service of Digital Publishing Suite.
  • Entitlement – allows Enterprise Edition publishers to create a multi-folio viewer and deliver files that are hosted on Adobe servers through the Distribution Service of Digital Publishing Suite.  Readers can pay for the content through a publisher’s own subscription payment system.  This allows publishers to bundle digital publications with a print subscription, for example, because Content Viewer authenticates a reader against a publisher’s own subscription payment server to provision access to the digital publication.
  • Entitlement with iOS Subscription – allows Enterprise Edition publishers to create a multi-folio viewer and deliver files that are hosted on Adobe servers through the Distribution Service of Digital Publishing Suite.  Readers can pay for the content either through Apple subscriptions or through a publisher’s own subscription payment system.
  • iOS Subscription – allows publishers to create a multi-folio viewer that downloads content from the Distribution Service of Digital Publishing Suite (Adobe servers).  Readers can pay for the content through the Apple subscription service.

I’ve created a chart below that outlines the range of flexible options Viewer Builder provides.

Content Payment
Access only a single piece of content Access a library of content Initial app purchase via Apple In-app purchase via Apple Subscription purchase via publisher Subscription purchase via Apple
Single-folio X X
Multi-folio X X
Entitlement X X
Entitlement with iOS Subscription X X X
iOS Subscription X X

In addition, the latest update to Viewer Builder includes the following features:

  • PDF zoom support – If you create a .folio file with the Drop 10 toolset or later, you can enable PDF zooming. This option allows users to pinch and zoom non-interactive pages.
  • Folio download improvements – With the Drop 11 Content Viewer the download speed on iPad has doubled.  In addition, your readers can read one .folio file while downloading another.

Access the latest update to Viewer Builder from the Digital Publishing Suite prerelease program.

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  • By Ondrej - 5:54 AM on October 26, 2011  

    Hello,
    i would like to make a my folio viewer, but I have some questions. I will use your viewer as a base and I would like to add to it some aditional features. Is possible to add some features to your viewer? Are there somewhere SDKs or documented APIs? I have all your licenses(That isnt problem).
    Thank you

    • By Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Team - 7:53 PM on December 12, 2011  

      Hi Ondrej, Only Enterprise customers can customize the viewer in this way. they’re talking about. If you are Enterprise, please contact your Adobe rep for more info. Thanks!

  • By Emilio Cianeto - 4:31 PM on May 10, 2011  

    sorry, and how can I try to generate a single-folio application to test it?

    Kind regards.

  • By Emilio Cianeto - 4:29 PM on May 10, 2011  

    Hi,
    but is not possible to create an customized viewer that look like my brand and that connect himself to my server to download a variable number of .folio?

    if I have to distribute a content through the sales of a company, I must go through the expensive service adobe?

    tnx
    Emilio

  • By Joe Artes - 11:27 AM on April 19, 2011  

    Hi!

    I’ve tried the application and generated a single-folio application. I tried it in my development iPad and it worked, but it won’t let me open it in any other iPad, complaining about some unknown signature… Why doest it happen? How can I create IPA files that I can send to my collaborators to review? What am I doing wrong?

    Thnak you in advance, and kind regards!

    • By Adobe Digital Publishing Admin - 4:28 PM on April 20, 2011  

      Hi Joe, This sounds like a certificate problem – can you pose this question in the prerelease forums? http://adobe.ly/fYvQv3

  • By Gennady - 4:11 AM on April 19, 2011  

    Hi Dave,
    We were thinking of the following scenario as the one that will fit our needs:
    1) Free Multi-folio viewer app with 1 free folio of demo issue;
    2) Each new issue of the journal is added as an In-app purchase;
    3) Subscription also added as an In-app purchase;
    4) Some Authentication/Entitlement API in place, that allows to add existing subscribers, so they can use Subscription and don’t need to buy it via Apple.

    From the chart you’ve created it looks like at this moment it could be only done using:
    a) Multi-folio to sell individual issues – items 1) and 2);
    b) Entitlement with iOS Subscription (Enterprise Edition) – items 3) and 4).
    Question: Could you please let us know if there are any plans to add some Authentication/Entitlement API/service to the Professional Edition as well?
    Thank you so much,
    Gennady

    • By Adobe Digital Publishing Admin - 4:29 PM on April 20, 2011  

      Hi Gennady, Although I don’t have anything to disclose about Pro Edition right now other than what is on Adobe.com, I’ve made note of your request! Thanks, Dave.

      • By Gennady - 4:08 AM on April 21, 2011  

        Thank you Dave,
        Also as you can see from our real world example it is important for the viewer app to be able to handle all of these functionality in just one app:
        1) Free Multi-folio viewer app with 1 free folio of demo issue;
        2) Each new issue of the journal is added as an in-app purchase;
        3) Subscription also added as an in-app purchase;
        4) Some Authentication/Entitlement API in place, that allows to add existing subscribers, so they can use Subscription and don’t need to buy it via Apple.
        I know that it’s possible as there are apps on the market that do all of these. It wouldn’t look elegant to have two different apps for one journal, right?

        Thank you and best regards,
        Gennady