September 15, 2013
We’re pleased to announce the latest release of Digital Publishing Suite. The new features in Digital Publishing Suite will help draw audiences into your content and deliver deeper engagement with your publications and brands.
New features available in the latest release of DPS include:
- Support for iOS 7
- Mobile Safari Web Viewer
- Out-of-the-box push notification service
- Standardized metrics for the digital publishing industry
- Device camera integration
- Schedule Folio Availability date
Let’s take a deeper dive into these key features.
Support for iOS 7
Anytime Apple comes out with a new mobile iOS version, it’s big news. iOS 7 is no exception. The expected release of Apple’s newest mobile operating system later this week, combined with the latest release of DPS, will allow you to build apps that fully comply with iOS 7 design guidelines that make use of translucency and motion. On both the iPad and iPhone, DPS supports standard UI elements provided by iOS 7 that revolve around light color icons and text as well as dynamic effects.
One important item to note – with the release of iOS 7, Adobe DPS is dropping support for iOS 5. This means that any apps built with the newest release of DPS will not run on iOS5. For more details on this issue please read the technical brief.
Now, let’s take a quick look at how the same app built in the newest release of DPS looks on iOS 6 as compared to iOS 7. The new iOS 7 UI on the right makes use of light blues and grays in both the icons and the text. Additionally, apps built with the newest release of DPS for iOS 7 will now display the Apple status bar at the top of the iPad or iPhone.
Publishers can continue to take advantage of custom designed slot icons in the folio view status bar. These labels can now be more easily localized and the horizontal spacing between the icons is controlled by the OS and automatically changed based on the number of configured icons – both leading to decreased production time.
Also new to iOS 7 are actionable slots. An icon and its label are only visible when a slot is in use. For example, if a folio has not been downloaded into the application, the viewer icon in the status bar at the bottom of the app is not visible.
Once the .folio is downloaded into the app, the viewer icon appears in the mustache of the application.
Once an issue is opened, the viewer icon in the status bar automatically turns light blue.
DPS will now support AirDrop, which allows readers to share content with people near them. DPS will also natively support sharing through email, Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, Pinterest has been added as a custom sharing activity. To take advantage of these native social sharing channels, readers will need to enter their credentials into the iOS settings in order for the Twitter and Facebook icons to appear in the activity sheet. If they have not done this prior to sharing, DPS will prompt them to do so.
Mobile Safari Web Viewer
The newest release of DPS has significantly simplified sharing and receiving shared content on a mobile device. Recipients can open shared articles with one click access to content in the new Mobile Safari Web Viewer (iPad only). When the reader receives a shared article on their iPad, she can now immediately begin reading without having the application or full issue downloaded to her device.
DPS now also supports the iOS Smart App Banner at the top of the shared article. If the app is already installed on a user’s device, tapping the banner launches the app and the reader can continue reading the full issue (if entitled). Also new to DPS is a persistent call-to-action or promotional banner at the bottom of the app which encourages the reader to get the app if it isn’t already installed. Tapping the promotional banner intelligently takes the reader to the app’s entry in the App Store.
Lastly, the Mobile Safari Web Viewer also supports paywall capabilities which allow the publisher of content to set a threshold of how many articles can be read at no cost before a reader is asked to purchase the issue.
Adobe Push Notification Service
Within DPS you can now take advantage of integrated, customizable text notifications. This allows you to notify readers or customers of new content within your application (iOS devices only). Built into DPS, you no longer have to integrate with a third-party push notification service to alert your audience of new content through push notifications. Push notifications can dramatically increase the number of issue downloads and should be used as much as possible by publishers of content.
Tapping on a text notification on a device launches the application that contains the new content. Additionally, you can now measure customer reaction to push notifications, including the number of readers who opt-in to receive push alerts and how many times an app launches as a result of text notification.
Audience Standard Metrics for Publishing Industry
Digital Publishing Suite now includes access to new industry-standard audience metrics. These analytics are the result of work done with the MPA – The Association of Magazine Media and other key publishing stakeholders to define and deliver a consistent set of metrics that support the initial set of industry recommended engagement metrics.
DPS now enables publishers to measure the total number of tablet readers per issue, total number of sessions per issue, average amount of time spent per reader per issue, and average number of sessions per reader per issue, using an industry-wide, agreed-upon methodology across digital magazine editions. Read more about the audience standard metrics included in DPS or download the methodology document that describes how these audience standard metrics are captured, calculated and presented in DPS.
Other analytic improvements include a new analytics portal user interface as well as the addition of almost 20 new reports to the portal, including the ability to track content views by mobile devices, and social sharing of articles and folios.
Last but not least, within Adobe Site Catalyst you can now track authors or advertisers associated with an article so that publishers can better measure which author or advertiser is driving the greatest article views within an issue.
Device Camera Integration
A fun new feature added to DPS allows your readers to use the device camera (iOS only) to take photographs within your app and either feature photos within your content or store them in the camera roll. Readers can put a branded overlay on top of the picture taken with the device camera or chosen from the library. They can then share the photo with friends through external social sharing channels or by leveraging sharing functionality within app.
Schedule Folio Availability Date
Adobe continues to focus on streamlining production and making it even faster for publishers and businesses to get their apps to market. Within DPS you can now streamline content production time and cost with new Schedule Folio Availability date functionality. Define a specific date and time to publish folio content to the DPS Distribution Service, eliminating the need for production staff to manually push new content live. In addition, you can access and set Schedule Folio Availability date information programmatically in the Folio Producer API.
This wraps up what is new in Digital Publishing Suite. For more information on the newest features and enhancements in DPS, be sure to check out the Digital Publishing Suite Developer Center. And if you’d like inspiration from your peers, check out the new Digital Publishing Suite Showcase Gallery.
Get started using the newest release today.