September 22, 2012
The latest release of Digital Publishing Suite contains features that will enhance the reader’s audio and video experience, as well as allow them to provide feedback while they are in the app. For production staff, the Folio Builder tools have been redesigned to enable more efficiency for designers. Last, as you have likely heard, we announced the launch of Single Edition in Creative Cloud, allowing Creative Cloud members to publish an unlimited number of single-issue apps for free.
Name Change: “Viewer Builder” is now “DPS App Builder”
With a growing list of customers using Digital Publishing Suite, we decided to change the name of “Viewer Builder” to “DPS App Builder.” We selected the name based on interviews with customers, and learned it is more intuitive for first-time users of Digital Publishing Suite.
On iOS devices, your readers can now rate your app after reading a handful of articles. Digital Publishing Suite allows you to set the number of articles that a reader will view before being asked to provide a rating. At that point, the window pictured above will appear, the reader will rate the app, and the rating will be integrated into the iTunes store, allowing publishers to receive reviews from readers who were in the midst of enjoying the publication.
When an article has been shared via social media, the recipient can view the article in the DPS web viewer. Up until this point, publishers could create a paywall for paid folios, asking readers to purchase the publication after reading a specified number of articles in the web view. Now, publishers can set up a paywall for free folios – such as catalogs or brochures — before providing access to the full publication. You can customize the text and the destination on the paywall to build up your existing customer database.
(iOS only) Our customers have requested the ability to embed a video that automatically plays without being paused, and stops at the final frame. For example, the Martha Stewart cover from February 2011 plays an opening video of chocolate being drizzled over ice cream. This feature allows readers to experience the full video before proceeding to the next page. Your production staff can set this up in the Video Overlays panel.
When the new iPad was released, Colin Fleming created a set of guidelines for designing different renditions for standard definition and high definition iPads. Now, your production staff can create one PDF folio that targets retina and non-retina iPads, and it is not necessary to create two renditions. Renditions will still need to be created for different devices with varying aspect ratios (Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone), but not for different resolutions of the same device. It is still possible to create a high definition and standard definition versions of multi-folio apps in order to reduce folio size. View Bob Bringhurst’s DPS Help site for more detail. Stay tuned for an article from Colin Fleming in the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Developer Center.
The DPS User Experience team has worked closely with designers to develop an efficient and streamlined workflow for producers. In particular, the panel menu commands contain background information, providing guidance during the design process. Other highlights include: default selections based on target device, navigation enhancements, information about folio resolution, a link to the Single Edition DPS App Builder through the panel menu, etc. Download the latest version of the Digital Publishing Suite Folio Builder panel to see it in action.
(iOS) Audio does not have to automatically stop when the reader turns the page. Now, when your publication includes an audio overlay, the reader can navigate to a new article, continue listening to the audio, and pause it from the top-level navigation bar. The controller will start or stop the most recent audio file that the reader played.
Digital Publishing Suite is used in over 50 countries, with many emerging use cases. Now, using XML code in the App Builder, developers can customize dialog boxes, error messages, and button text in the library. It can also be used to tailor language to the voice of your publication. As an example, the library pictured above uses “Get issue” instead of “Download,” and “Read issue,” instead of “View.”
For more information on how to set this up, see the Help Site App Details section on using customized strings.
Hot zones to activate navigation bar: (iOS) Using App Builder, publishers can designate a hot zone at the bottom of the page that pulls up the navigation bar. When this is set up, readers can tap anywhere else on the page and the navigation bar will not appear.
PDF smooth scrolling: Digital Publishing Suite now supports smooth scrolling layouts in PDF.
Single Edition launch with Creative Cloud
Creative Cloud members can now create an unlimited number of Single Edition iPad apps for free. This allows freelancers to provide extra services for clients without incurring the cost of app publication. View the Single Edition blog post to learn more.
For detailed information on the latest updates, visit the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Help page.