August 24, 2011
Are you an InDesign user new to Digital Publishing Suite or an experienced user looking for fresh ideas? No matter what your background is, there are plenty of resources available online to help you create interactive tablet applications.
For all users
The Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Help page is constantly updated to provide accurate, up-to-date information about tools and to answer your questions. Bookmark this page and refer to it no matter what your level. Go here to get started. Resources not mentioned in this post are on the Additional Resources page.
For users new to Digital Publishing Suite
If you are taking your first step into developing tablet apps, there are several overview videos that walk through the workflow and show interactive features. Terry White, Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, guides users through uploading, viewing, and sharing applications in this video. Colin Fleming has created three videos to show how to build folios using the Folio Builder, preview folios using the Content Viewer, and assemble design folios into a larger publication using the Dashboard and Folio Producer.
Download the Digital Publishing Suite Tips app from the iTunes store or Android market. Bob Bringhurst, Adobe Senior Technical Writer and author of InDesign Docs, provides real world examples to help you create engaging apps.
The following three sites provide online tutorials with assets so that you can practice using the tool without having to build InDesign files first.
• The Adobe Help site provides three free tutorials with InDesign assets. One is designed for pre-release customers making a transition to the updated suite. Two are for new customers wanting to create a simple folio and incorporate interactive elements.
• Video2Brain is a comprehensive tutorial hosted by Colin Fleming, Digital Publishing Suite Evangelist at Adobe Systems Incorporated. This 4 hour, 45 minute training costs $40, and helps you develop folios, layouts, and interactivity. In addition, you will learn how to monetize content using distribution and analytics.
• Lynda.com tutorial is hosted by James Lockman, Solutions Engineer for desktop products at Adobe Systems Incorporated. This 2 hour, 42 minute tutorial includes a video outline with transcripts and is intended for intermediate InDesign Users with a Professional or Enterprise account who want in-depth exposure to the DPS tooling and tablet publishing workflow. Subscriptions cost $21-$37.50/month and provide additional access to tutorials for all CS5 or CS5.5 products.
The Adobe Public Digital Publishing Suite Forum is where you can post questions that are not answered in the Adobe Help site. Testers and experts are on board to respond to your questions when you get stuck.