March 17, 2014
The newest release of Digital Publishing Suite includes a wide variety of enhancements including greater parity in reading experience across all leading tablet and smartphone devices, encrypted content within DPS apps and enhanced in-app consumer marketing capabilities. If you have the time, watch the short DPS Release Overview video on Adobe TV. In the meantime, let’s break this release down into more detail.
Native Content Viewers
Over the last couple of releases, DPS has focused on making the reading experience across devices, web and desktops consistent. This is important for publishers and organizations who want to ensure their brand and content is delivered comparably across leading iOS, Android and Windows tablets and phones as well as other channels. The latest release of DPS brings the reading experience on Android and Windows devices that much more close to that on the iPhone and iPad.
Take a look at the Feature Matrix for more information on DPS capabilities supported across viewers. The recent DPS integration with Adobe Experience Manager, in combination with additional functionality in Content Viewers for Android and Windows, lets organizations create consistent reading experiences across devices and other mobile channels faster – and at less cost – using a single set of assets.
To build a native Content Viewer for Android, you have two choices. You can use the AIR-based, desktop DPS App Builder, which must be installed on a MAC; or the new Web-based DPS App Builder, which is not platform dependent.
To get started using the DPS App Builder for Web go here: http://appbuilder.digitalpublishing.acrobat.com. Please note that the web-based DPS App Builder only allows you to build a native Content Viewer for Android. If you want to create a Content Viewer for Windows, please contact your local Adobe sales representative.
DPS now enables encryption of .folio files, protecting information as it is delivered from Adobe secure servers into DPS apps on Apple tablets and smartphones. Secure content support is critical for organizations that adhere to strict legal or privacy guidelines. Content is secure on the DPS Distribution Service, during content upload and download to devices and on device when it is locked, in sleep mode or off.
This is a great first step but there are a few caveats to note such as no ability to share secure content over social networks, and no support for background downloads. Most importantly, only content published as a v30 folio can be secured and it is necessary to publish secure folios as public or retail.
The new Information Screen allows DPS customers to present special offers, cross sell related content or display critical information specific to the application at any point in the reading experience, ensuring that audiences are more likely to engage with your marketing efforts.
The Information Screen can be fully customized through the Store/Library API and Reading API to fully reflect your brand and message. Unlike the Welcome Screen (introduced in the last release) the Information Screen can appear anywhere in the app and be seen by a reader when she engages with an article on which the Information Screen is overlaid. Fully flexible, the Information Screen can take the place of settings, account, and FAQ content currently stored in custom slots.
Streamlined Text and Push Notifications
Newly enhanced text notifications ensure that publishers can more efficiently deliver push notifications to remind of and promote content already available within a reader’s library. One of the new enhancements is the ability to schedule when text notifications are sent. Publishers no longer have to manually push notifications, but can schedule them to be auto sent based on date and time.
Publishers can also now choose the notification experience they provide by now allowing readers to tap on the notification to either launch the app or launch the app and go to the library.
Additionally, publishers can better track previous push notifications sent.
Coupled with expanded measurement capabilities, DPS customers will have a more thorough understanding of how their push notifications are performing in order to maximize impact on audiences.
Adobe .folio Format Specification
In addition to the new feature updates, the technical specification for the .folio format is now available under a free license; further accelerating digital publication adoption and enabling newsstands to produce their own viewing apps capable of displaying digital content built using DPS. All entities who sign the license agreement will be given access to the specification.
More Information about the Newest Release
For more information on the newest release, check out the complete features release notes. There are also several new or updated articles on DPS devnet about the Information Screen, enhancements to text notifications and API documents. Lastly, don’t forget to check out the DPS Enterprise Edition Show on Adobe TV which has videos on the latest features discussed in this blog as well as access to videos that highlight features from earlier DPS releases.