November 10, 2014
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has created a new way to immerse students in underwater exploration. From iOS or Android tablets, trainees can dive into the PADI Open Water Diver Touch folio, created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), to learn the latest techniques and safety information for scuba diving.
With student convenience in mind, PADI wanted to advance scuba training beyond its classroom, print, and online offerings. Creating an app seemed like a natural next step. People are spending more time with devices and a tablet app could still provide an engaging, interactive experience in areas without Wi-Fi access.
“We set out to invent the future of diver education,” says Karl Shreeves, technical development executive for PADI Worldwide. “PADI Open Water Diver Touch is a fully interactive application that engages students with the materials. It combines the entertainment factor of video with the rich content of a book all rolled into one.”
PADI develops its app and diver curriculum with a team of experts worldwide and uses a performance-based approach—including integration with a learning management system (LMS)—that only allows students to progress once they have demonstrated mastery of certain requirements.
In fact, the organization’s content and instructional design teams collaborated with a design team to create an uncompromising, self-paced experience for learners. The beauty of DPS is that creative staff at PADI were able to produce the app without expensive or time-consuming software development resources. The resulting app offers interactive videos, eye-catching illustrations, quizzes, and a picture gallery navigable through gestures—all in an integrated form that engages students. Push notifications within the app let users know when an updated version is available.
One reason PADI chose DPS is built-in analytics dashboards that help the organization learn how users navigate the app. The ease and speed of folio production in DPS is also paving the way for a series of interactive digital training publications from PADI, including an interactive publication for scuba gear specialists and another for former divers who want to return to the water.
Read the PADI success story.
View the video about the app.
October 13, 2014
The financial services industry is notorious for fiercely competing for customers. Leading investment research firm Morningstar knows this, and is developing new ways to care for its most valuable assets.
Morningstar is investing in customer retention and satisfaction by standardizing on Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Originally, the company developed a native iPad app version of its newsletter StockInvestor to capitalize on investors’ increasing use of tablet devices. But Morningstar quickly realized ongoing maintenance of a custom app required extensive development time and effort.
“Adobe Digital Publishing Suite allows us to incorporate video and multiple live data feeds, something that was not easy when we were producing our native mobile app,” says Christopher Cantore, Morningstar design manager. “Even more importantly, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports an initiative to move to market more quickly and standardize design wherever possible.”
Since migrating to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Morningstar has been able to integrate its print and design processes and launch a new app, DividendInvestor, without adding staff. Plus, customer engagement is at an all-time high, reaching 99% of all self-identified subscribers with iPads.
Read the full success story.
October 9, 2014
New DPS Export for Office PowerPoint now available.
Since its launch almost 25 years ago, millions and millions of Office PowerPoint presentations have been created annually by business professionals, government officials, educators, and students. Whether you believe the rumor that 30 million presentations are built daily or not, let’s face it, there are a lot of PowerPoint presentations out there. They are a staple of business communications, government negotiations and increasingly, classroom education.
The majority of PowerPoint presentations are delivered from desktop computers. But, in an increasingly mobile world, presenting from a mobile device is now a priority. This is especially true for enterprise sales teams on the go.
With the latest release of Digital Publishing Suite , you can now transform your PowerPoint presentations into interactive mobile content consumed in a DPS app on Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices. Using the new DPS Export for PowerPoint you can quickly and easily convert existing presentations to .folio files. Sales staff, marketing teams and other business people who don’t have access to InDesign or HTML authoring tools can now use this simple plug-in to turn existing PowerPoint presentations into dynamic, engaging mobile storytelling experiences.
The DPS Export for PowerPoint installs directly in the PowerPoint toolbar (Office 2010 and 2013) and allows users to preview folios converted from PPT on the desktop before publishing. Once ready, you can then go through the process of publishing your PPT deck as a dynamic .folio that maintains the static, interactive and animated content originally built in PowerPoint.
The DPS Export to PowerPoint workflow is one more tool within DPS that marketing and sales teams can use to publish mobile content, without relying on design or developer resources. In addition to existing DPS integration with leading CMS systems including Adobe Experience Manager, WordPress and Drupal, this new PowerPoint plug-in enables business stakeholders to efficiently create and update content in DPS apps using templates and tools with which they are already familiar. Enabling your marketing and sales departments to support mobile apps is important as best practices indicate that keeping mobile content current and fresh is a reflection on your brand and a tool for driving increased customer engagement and loyalty.
Because DPS is hooked up to powerful metrics, you can track and measure the performance of a PPT presentation when converted to a .folio. Marketing teams can know if their sales colleagues are using critical mobile sales presentations published to a DPS app, including which slides (which become articles in a .folio) are shown and how much time is spent on each. This then indicates to the Marketing team if published content is effective and being used in the Field. Lastly, because DPS integrates with Salesforce1 Platform, you can further track content metrics associated with a sales opportunity as well as build powerful dashboards that correlate sales performance with mobile content.
The DPS Export for PowerPoint is a simple tool that can help DPS Enterprise customers create and publish interactive presentations to mobile apps. Access the plug in here and check it out soon.
Watch this helpful Adobe TV video for more information on the process of converting PPT presentations to .folio files.
For more information on DPS, please visit the DPS website.
September 19, 2014
In this mobile era, the Adobe Digital Publishing Summit is a must attend event for senior marketers and mobile strategists, to learn more about refining the digital experience to define brands leveraging mobile technologies.
This annual event happening on 16 October in Singapore, and 21 October in Sydney, Australia will see thought leaders in mobile content share best practices, and solutions for delivering immersive and engaging mobile experiences that drive retention and build brands.
Join us and we will show you how you can transform your business with mobile. We hope to see you there.
To register for the Adobe Digital Publishing Summit 16 Oct in Singapore click here.
To register for the Adobe Digital Publishing Summit 21 Oct in Sydney click here.
September 9, 2014
Yesterday, we released Digital Publishing Suite v32 which includes support for iOS 8. iOS 8 offers some powerful features that consumers, marketers and commercial publishers can take advantage of in their DPS apps.
The new Interactive Notifications feature comes quickly to mind. One of the most important tools that marketers have at their disposal is push notifications. Within magazine apps built with DPS, consumer marketing teams are using push to entice readers to download the latest issue. Corporate marketing teams are using push to highlight new content in a DPS sales app. Investor Relation teams are using push to communicate information to financial stakeholders through their DPS app.
While notification pop ups are powerful, they can also be frustrating in that user has to stop what they are doing, potentially unlock the device screen and then go to the source DPS app at that exact moment in time. Notifications need to be more actionable and appeal to the way users to take advantage of them. Apple agrees. The DPS team agrees. This is why we plan to support iOS 8 interactive notifications in an upcoming dot release later in September.
What will this experience be like you ask? Users will have a choice in how to respond to an interactive push notification. Let’s say a reader receives a local notification on their device that says “Get the October issue”. The reader will have two options within the notification– Preview or Remind Me Later.
If Preview is tapped, the DPS app will come to the foreground with an option to preview any un-metered articles or purchase the issue or subscription. Remind Me Later lets the reader control when they will take advantage of the push notification. If the publisher sets the interval to notify the reader in four hours (enabled through the new Push Certification Portal available with v32), the consumer will receive the pop up notification at that time.
Consumers win. Marketers win.
This is a cool iOS 8 feature that DPS will be supporting soon. And, of course we are all eager to get our hands on the new Apple iPhone 6 devices and want to ensure our customers that they can run their v31 and v32 apps on iOS 8 installed on these new devices and older phones and tablets that have been upgraded.
DPS is a multi-platform powerhouse when it comes to supporting our customers on Windows Mobile, Android and iOS devices. We are always looking to be out in front with innovative OS features that our customers can use to make their DPS apps even more engaging. Support for iOS 8 interactive notifications is a great example of delivering against this philosophy.
Stay tuned for more details on how to enable this new capability in DPS later in the month.
March 4, 2014
Money management firms know a thing or two about ROI. So when Lord Abbett chose to expand its publishing efforts and adopt a more versatile web content management system, achieving a rapid return on investment was also a goal. After evaluating solutions, Lord Abbett chose Adobe Experience Manager for content creation and distribution and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for creating digital publications that engage customers on tablet devices.
Integration between DPS and Experience Manager enables the firm to streamline asset creation and content management and easily repurpose content for mobile devices. Lord Abbett replaced its quarterly publication, The Lord Abbett Review, with Perspectives, a digital app created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite that supports faster delivery of more relevant content.
With the combined Adobe solution, Lord Abbett could deliver compelling experiences wherever customers are, taking the wealth of content already created for print and web to mobile apps—faster, easier, and at a lower cost.
Lord Abbett previously relied heavily on third-party agencies to create the quarterly Lord Abbett Review—a process that would slow time to market and increase publishing costs. Now, with Perspectives being created using a combination of Adobe Experience Manager and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, creation and delivery time has decreased dramatically. Most production has been brought in-house, reducing costs and enabling the firm to deliver the publication on a more frequent basis.
In addition, the Lord Abbett team has the flexibility to pivot quickly and update content if economic trends change. Previously, changing content at the last minute required that the quarterly print issue be pulled from the printer and reworked. With Adobe Experience Manager, the team at Lord Abbett can efficiently create content using predesigned, preapproved templates and house that content—along with associated assets—in a central repository. The assets are then transferred to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite – even when content changes – and prepared for delivery to devices.
“We’ve accelerated time to market by at least two weeks compared to working with agencies—that’s a 50% improvement,” says Stephen Reilly, Director of Digital Communications for Lord Abbett. “From a financial standpoint, we anticipate fast and significant savings in terms of both cost and effort.”
For Lord Abbett, the ability to accelerate publishing processes is opening many new possibilities to become more relevant and engaging to customers.
Read the Lord Abbett case study
Register for Adobe Summit sessions to learn more
February 20, 2014
Today, DPS customer Celebrity Cruises announced its 2015-2016 sailings around the globe – and their DPS-produced vacation planning apps form a core part of how the company is inspiring and engaging customers with its adventures and itineraries. Traditionally, the printed travel guides that Celebrity Cruises creates are beautifully illustrated with photographs of destinations and ship accommodations. To extend the reach of its marketing materials while capitalizing on the popularity of tablet devices, Celebrity Cruises created digital vacation planning apps using DPS.
Using DPS, the cruise line publishes apps for iOS and Android that highlight ship layouts, amenities and ports-of-call – all illustrated with gorgeous photography, video and interactivity that encourage travelers to imagine themselves on a Celebrity cruise. Using DPS allows the cruise line to publish these apps across platforms – cost effectively and on a regular basis. Additionally, travel agents can use the apps to promote Celebrity Cruises vacation offerings and travelers can lean back and immersive themselves in potential destinations, increasing the likelihood that they will book a cruise.
Tina Alexander, head of Web & Digital for Celebrity Cruises, says, “The travel apps align with our brand image, are sleek and easy to use, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite helps us marry the interactivity of function with content. We’ve created something clear and informative that reinforces the brand.”
Celebrity Cruises is also using the analytics capabilities in DPS to monitor downloads and article to gain a strong understanding of how users are engaging with content and interactivity. Other features the company plans to explore include push notifications for content updates and social sharing to enable customers to share their vacation dreams and plans with their social networks. The apps were produced by DPS agency partner JWT/Casa Miami.
Read more about the Celebrity Cruises destination apps (PDF, 783 KB)
Download the Celebrity Cruises apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play
May 3, 2013
A hearty congratulations to Declan Moore and the team at National Geographic for taking home the award for Best Tablet Magazine of 2013 at last night’s ASME awards. According to ASME judges, Nat Geo won because of its in-depth reporting, world-class photography, beautiful design, smooth navigation, immersive interactivity, social media integration, plus engaging extras like a cheetah darting across a cover. They have gone to great lengths to integrate some of the most powerful features of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) into their award winning app. Their hard work has paid off–Nat Geo has one of the highest global paid digital circulation of any magazine (330,000), and, according to Declan Moore, is seeing about 10% of their publishing revenue come from digital content.
If you’d like to hear firsthand how National Geographic transformed into a digital publishing powerhouse don’t miss Adobe’s Digital Publishing Summit on May 14 in NYC where Declan Moore will share this riveting story. Registration is open, RSVP here.
We’re also proud to report that of the five nominees in this category–National Geographic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bon Appétit, Esquire and Money–three of them use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to publish their digital issues. Congrats to Bon Appétit and Esquire for their nominations.
May 1, 2013
The newest features in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite enable publishers and organizations to drive readership, consumer purchase, and customer loyalty. Available today, the latest features of DPS are designed to entice readers toward purchase by allowing them to view publications on a website, sample free articles within an issue, and have optimized reading experiences on iPhone 5 and Android.
Embed Publications within Websites
Many of our customers use the social sharing feature in Digital Publishing Suite. Once an article has been shared to a social network such as Facebook or Twitter from within the DPS app, readers can experience DPS articles in a web view (through what is officially known as Content Viewer for Web). Social sharing has proven valuable in helping our publishing and corporate partners reach a wider online audience and ultimately drive digital uptake of content. If you have not yet experienced the social sharing web view, view a video of social sharing that we released last year.
We have now taken this one step further. Publishers and brands can introduce new readers to your mobile publication by embedding it into your website. The highly designed mobile reading experience can be replicated online in the context of your branded website, taking advantage of web traffic to generate awareness of high value mobile content. In order to drive purchase of mobile content showcased on your site, you can designate specific articles as free, set up metered paywalls, and even create a web-only folio with articles designed specifically for online viewers. Watch Colin Fleming’s video, Embed Publications within Web Sites.
Free Article Preview on iPad
Last release, we launched the “First Folio Free” feature. Publishers use this feature to give first-time readers immediate access to the most recent issue, allowing them to “try before they buy” and enticing them to make subsequent in-app purchases of additional issues or a subscription.
Free Article Preview on iPad gives publishers more options to convert browsers into buyers. Instead of offering an entire free folio, you can pique readers’ interest with selected free articles and encourage them to purchase the folio by displaying teasers or upsell prompts for additional premium content. Watch Colin Fleming’s video on Free Article Preview to see the full experience, as well as how to set it up paywalls associated with the free articles.
iPhone 5 Support
The iPhone 5 provides more real estate for publishers to deliver an improved reading experience. That extra space provides easier navigation within the app and full screen video without letter boxing. Content built for iPhone 4S and below will still appear as letterboxed on the iPhone 5.
PDF Content on Android
Reduce authoring costs and improve the reader experience with new support for PDF content on Android devices. By building PDF content for Android and iOS devices, publishers can reduce authoring costs and folio file sizes, and therefore download times. Not only can readers access content sooner, but they can also scale content using pinch and zoom. During the design and preview stages of development, publishers can now view PDF content on Content Viewer for Desktop.
Watch Colin Fleming’s video, PDF Content on Android.
Updates to Analytics
Web Viewer Analytics: As the web viewer becomes more integral to the DPS experience, analytics are following suit. Analytics for web viewer is available with a Site Catalyst account so that publishers can understand how many readers are viewing content via web viewer, which content is the most popular, and how often each type of overlay was started.
Track Preview: In order to understand the impact of Free Article Preview, Site Catalyst in DPS allows publishers to find out how many readers are previewing content, which articles are most frequently previewed, and the number of purchase conversions driven by free articles.
Completed Article Analytics: Which articles hold readers’ attention until the end? Now, DPS Site Catalyst customers can find out how many readers read a full article. In addition, publishers can find out if readers are using the Table of Contents to discover articles and move around the issue.
For a complete listing of all Site Catalyst data available in DPS, read the Adobe® SiteCatalyst Digital Publishing Report Guide
This blog post only scratches the surface on the latest features available in Digital Publishing Suite. View more detailed information on the following DPS sites:
- For a detailed overview of the new features, visit Bob Bringhurst’s DPS Help Site, What’s New in This Release.
- Watch Colin Fleming’s new videos for this release:
- Visit the Digital Publishing Suite Developer Center
- Free Article Preview
- Promoting Free Content to Gain Readership
- Read new iPhone 5 content added to Colin Fleming’s Building multi rendition articles and DPS authoring with InDesign for iPhone and iPod Touch
- Embedding Web Viewer Content Into Your Web Page
- Read the latest updates to the Adobe® SiteCatalyst Digital Publishing Report Guide
April 25, 2013
Earlier this week, Adobe Digital Index released the State of Mobile Benchmark, an analysis of the latest Internet browsing trends in mobile device OS and manufacturer as well as insights around the transition in the digital publishing industry to mobile apps. We’re excited to report that the data showed that purchases of digital content published by Adobe Digital Publishing Suite have reached an all-time high: 80 percent of content consumed in February was paid for in the form of a subscription or purchase of a single issue. That’s a 15 percent increase in paid-for content over the last 12 months. Further, digital magazine subscriptions now outsell single issues three to one.
What’s more, the number of weekly issues delivered by Digital Publishing Suite has been steadily climbing for the past two years – ninety million issues have been downloaded to-date. There’s no reason to expect this trend to end.
What is the big take away? Consumers are buying digital magazines at an ever-increasing pace. We’re at the point where digital magazines are moving from early adopters to the mainstream, print-reading audience and they have the potential to deliver a massive amount of ad dollars. People who consume digital magazines are proving to be very high value customers given their propensity to pay for content.
Digital magazine growth is also being driven by new devices coming onto the market. According to a February 21, 2013 article in the Economist, with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, “the market had its first electronic device that could replicate and even enhance (with features like video) the curated, tactile experience of a magazine.” The introduction of the iPad Mini last November added more momentum.
Therefore, it is no surprise that The State of Mobile Benchmark report indicates that tablet readership is up dramatically in the last 7 months – a 200% percent average increase in readers of titles published with Adobe DPS. As more devices come in market, readers are voraciously consuming content – from their favorite TV show totheir favorite magazines and newspapers – on devices.
And of course, consumers want their choice of devices. While tablet usage continues to skyrocket, smartphone apps are starting to also contribute to overall readership. The State of Mobile Benchmark report also indicates that 75 percent of the time consumers are reading content on tablets and 25 percent of the time they are reading content on smartphones.
For publishers this means content ought to be available to readers whenever and wherever they are and ready for any device. Even if readers don’t always have their tablet with them, they’ll most likely have a smartphone. We’ve found that reading behavior is dictated by device so publishers need to give readers an opportunity to engage with content regardless of circumstance – at home, at work, on the go. And that’s key
Engagement Drives Revenue
Additionally, smart use of interactivity has been shown to increase reading times and deeper engagement with content. Case in point. Top Gear a leading UK publisher recently switched from a PDF replica publishing platform to DPS and found that engagement times with their content grew dramatically due to increased interactivity built into their issues.
This in turn has driven greater purchase of content with a sixty percent increase in paid download, eighty percent increase in single issue purchase and 165% increase in subscription revenue. Publishers are able to monetize content on devices, unlike the Web. One last point. Ad revenue jumped up 200%.
As the number of digital magazine readers continues to expand, the opportunity for increased ad revenue from interactive ads is real and immediate. Ads in a digital publication are the best of both worlds: they offer immersiveness and bring products to life. They create connection between reader and advertiser, offering creative ways to extend a brand. A recent ad engagement study from Adobe indicated that interactive tablet ads drive greater brand engagement and 2 times greater product recall as compared to static PDF ad replicas on tablets.
To get a feel for how exciting interactive ads can be, check out these examples below. Then take a look at Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The readership and engagement metrics tell a great story, but don’t take your eye off the creative potential Adobe DPS provides to make awesome digital content and ads.
Read the complete Adobe Digital Index PDF report here: State of Mobile Benchmark
*Updated May 14, 2013
April 17, 2013
Digital Publishing Suite Enterprise and Professional customers: your DPS Getting Started Guide is here! If your company just purchased a Digital Publishing Suite license, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide will help your team learn to plan, create, and distribute apps.
Similar to the step-by-step guide available for Single Edition customers, this PDF will explore basic concepts and setup, folio creation, interactivity, distribution, workflows and more! This guide pulls together content from the many resources available online into a simple, straight forward, and linear format. Serving as a central hub of instructional content, it illuminates the process of building apps with Digital Publishing Suite.
Before the publishing process begins, it’s important to put a strategic plan in place. Plan your app deployment carefully by getting clarity on supported platforms and devices. Explore single vs. multi folio app creation, subscription models, and multiple ways to distribute apps created with DPS. Your team can control the production and publishing workflow from the DPS dashboard, complete with analytics capabilities and more. From basic terminology to setup, this guide will serve as your business’ tour guide to initiate the app building process.
We have worked closely with first time users and designed this guide to simplify the onboarding process as much as possible. Catering to Enterprise and Pro users just getting started, we dive deep into two complex concepts:
- Account administration: You will explore the distinctions between administrator, application, and DPS app builder roles.
- Agency-client workflow: When agencies build digital publications for clients, both companies need to come to an agreement about license purchase and account administration. This guide walks through several agency-client scenarios so that your team can decide how to structure the relationship.
Enterprise and Pro licensed users: your guide is here! We welcome your comments and feedback so we best help you get acquainted with the DPS workflow. Read the complete PDF here: DPS Getting Started Guide.
April 2, 2013
Publishers looking for new ways to connect with audiences on the go need look no further than the device many people carry with them every day—their smartphone. Rodale, publisher of Men’s Health magazine, is doing just that with an enhanced version of the magazine now available on the iPhone. You have seen our App of the Week videos and news announcements. Today, you can learn directly from the Rodale Publishing team, in both video and PDF format.
Using Digital Publishing Suite, Men’s Health was able to create the iPhone version in-house in just 40 days, without hiring outside programmers. Icons and strong, consistent typography provide visual cues that help readers navigate and each animated workout exercise is presented on a single page, sequenced to walk the reader through the entire workout tutorial.
Built-in analytics in Digital Publishing Suite show that readers are spending up to an hour or more interacting with the brand. Subscription rates are booming–they now have more than 125,000 digital subscribers, 20% of whom are engaged with their iPhone edition.
Read the Success Story PDF here:
Rodale Inc. and Men’s Health: Publishing icon—optimized for iPhone
Watch the video here:
Digital Publishing & Rodale
March 29, 2013
Digital Publishing Suite is not just for magazines. Corporations are embracing the technology to create digital catalogs, event apps, and sales tools to reach both internal stakeholders and customers. The possibilities are endless! Check out the new Adobe Digital Publishing sessions at MAX designed for corporations interested in efficiently expanding into the mobile space using InDesign resources! Sign up now to reserve your seat in the sessions below:
Day/Time: Tuesday, 8:30 AM – 511A
Session ID: S7824
Presenters: Brooke Entsminger (Lung LLC), Christian Russo (Sotheby’s International Realty), Jose Andrade (Publicis Life Brands Medicus)
- Learn to drive customer and employee engagement through digital publications on tablets and smartphones from top corporations/agencies.
- View examples of compelling brand loyalty, merchandising, customer communications, sales enablement, and retail catalog applications.
- Explore insights from deep analytics to deliver content that encourages customers and employees to engage with your brand and content.
March 28, 2013
New York, we’re coming your way! Join the Digital Publishing Suite team and The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) in New York on April 2nd to learn what’s new and relevant for your digital publishing business.
Zeke Koch, Senior Director of Product Management for Digital Publishing Suite, will explore the latest release and even share some juicy details about what else the team is working on. You’ll also get a taste of what Adobe Analytics, the analytics service in DPS, has to offer. Educate yourself to leverage these tools and make the best editorial, design and business decisions for your organization.
Looking to gear up with the best tools and insights to run your digital publishing business? We’ll show you how. New York, New York: see you April 2nd!
Tuesday – April 2nd, 2013
MPA Board Room
810 Seventh Avenue, 24th Floor 12noon – 2pm
New York, NY 10019
March 19, 2013
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about how Adobe Digital Publishing Suite fits into Renault’s brand engagement strategy, we are featuring Renault Captur in our App of the Week Video Series. This gives our readers a chance to see specifically how Renault uses the features in Digital Publishing Suite to “capture” the attention of readers and tell the brand’s story.
Highlights from the video:
- Slideshows outline the design from concept to reality
- Pan and zoom shows the car in gorgeous detail
- Image sequence gives readers control over their view of the car, from 360 rotation to breaking the car into its constituent parts
- Audio can be played throughout the app, and paused by the reader
Check out the Renault Captur App of the Week video.