March 15, 2013
In time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Royal Irish Academy, in conjunction with its partners, announced today a new, interactive app produced with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite that engages users with the history and culture of Ireland. Exploring the rich heritage of the country through the lens of significant cultural objects, the app, “A History of Ireland in 100 Objects”, not only marks St. Patrick’s Day, but also Ireland’s ascension to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Rich with video, audio and animation, the app showcases Irish history and culture through the country’s treasures. Designed to promote engagement with the country’s ideals and heritage, the app immerses readers into the country’s history and encourages them to learn more.
“Fintan O’Toole, a journalist from The Irish Times, launched the project in 2011 with a series of newspaper columns highlighting 100 objects from Ireland, the UK and Norway that connect with Ireland’s rich past,” writes Joe Zeff, whose design firm produced the app. “Those columns became a hardcover book, and that book became the series of apps that we designed and developed for multiple platforms using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.”
Seeking to make the app available to the widest spectrum of users possible, the Royal Irish Academy used the multi-platform functionality of Digital Publishing Suite to deliver the app on iPad, iPhone and on Android tablets, including the Amazon Kindle Fire. The iPhone version is of particular note because it delivers formatted, well-thought out content that fits the on-the-go consumption habits of iPhone users – especially to visitors to Irish museums.
The app is free for download until March 31, 2013 and is a project of the Royal Irish Academy, the National Museum of Ireland and The Irish Times supported by the Presidency of the European Council of the European Union and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. Preview the app through a short video below.
March 12, 2013
By Teresa Demel
Sockupied is a digital-only magazine designed for knitting enthusiasts. It is published by Interweave Press, which owns 15 consumer art and craft magazines such as Crochet and LiveWire (both of which are built with DPS and available on Apple Newsstand). I am not a knitter myself, but many of my friends are. They pore over pictures and patterns of sweaters and socks, looking for their next creation. Sockupied feeds their appetite, with images of inventive knitting patterns, and easy to follow instructions.
“Sockupied is that feeling you get when you wish your ride were a little longer so you could finish your heel turn.”
– Sockupied Editor Anne Merrow
As I have mentioned before when I reviewed Cook’s Illustrated and National Geographic Kids, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is a great way to enhance any tutorial in a publication. Slideshows, nav-to and videos allow publishers to break down instructions and visually demonstrate how to do something. Sockupied is no exception.
In this app of the week video, I demonstrate three levels of engagement with the Sockupied audience. For inspiration, the publication uses slideshows to show multiple views of pairs of socks. It provides basic instruction on how to measure a foot in preparation for knitting, as well as what patterns to follow. For more complicated techniques, such as heel turns, it uses video to flesh out the procedure.
March 1, 2013
By Teresa Demel
Ever since I graduated from Macalester College (ahem… awhile ago), I’ve received the college’s alumni magazine, Macalester Today, on my doorstep. Accustomed to the peripatetic nature of new graduates, they successfully found me when I moved not just from St. Paul to Seattle, but also between about 10 apartments and houses.
Imagine my recent delight when I discovered that my alma mater had adopted Digital Publishing Suite to create an iPad version of Macalester Today. I always enjoyed reading the beautifully designed quarterly print magazine, staying on top of the news about my professors, organizations, and colleagues. As the Adobe “DPS app of the week video guru,” I embraced the chance to show my Mac pride.
In this week’s video, I highlight the ways in which the alumni magazine—with all the same great content as ever—has added interactive touches that truly bring the print publication to life. The cover page uses a lively auto-play slideshow to show students assembling into the new building. Videos illustrate current campus activities, from intense rowing down the Mississippi River to a quirky how-to video on cafeteria concoctions. The alumni news section has an interactive timeline that DPS designers must check out. Merging scrolling frames and nav-to buttons, it lets me quickly select my year and navigate immediately to the news about my own classmates.
“We believe that the special features available in an iPad version of our magazine are bringing the college to life for our alumni,” says Macalester Today editor Lynette Lamb. “From an audio snippet of a professor reading from his just-published book to a video of the crew team rowing on the Mississippi, the iPad magazine allows us to reach our graduates around the world in a new, multi-sensory way.”
We are seeing great examples of higher education uses of Digital Publishing Suite. Notre Dame and University of Oklahoma are using it for their Gameday Apps. Other examples include University of Dayton Undergraduate Viewbook, Academy of Art University’s Alumni magazine, UCLA Anderson Assets magazine, and Indiana University’s IU Libris.
February 15, 2013
As you probably know, Adobe is obsessed with Big Data. As the Big Data revolution sweeps all facets of daily life, humans today are presented with real-time visualization of data streaming in endless formats. This enables new ways to sense, explore, experience, and measure all components of our world. The Human Face of Big Data is a globally crowdsourced media project focusing on humanity’s new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize these vast amounts of data in real time.
Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, cofounders of Against All Odds Productions, have partnered with digital designer/photographer, Dan Marcolina, to introduce a new iPad app: The Human Face of Big Data. With photography and design experience at Time, Life, National Geographic and Day in the Life, this power team has successfully orchestrated visual excellence with enhanced storytelling.
The pioneering app is a seamless blend of interactive elements and groundbreaking ideas that complement the print book sharing the same title. With the tools and services in Digital Publishing Suite, the creators have been able to encapsulate the concept of Big Data into a ferociously exciting journey.
What’s so “Big” About “Big Data?”
In Smolan’s own words:
“Big Data is an extraordinary knowledge revolution sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life.” It is “enabling us to provide a healthier life for our children. To provide our seniors with independence while keeping them safe. To help us conserve precious resources like water and energy. To alert us to tiny changes in our health, weeks or years before we develop a life-threatening illness. To peer into our own individual genetic makeup. To create new forms of life. And soon, as many predict, to reengineer our own species. And we’ve barely scratched the surface…“
As Smolan said in an AppleInsider interview about the book and app, “What we’re trying to do is start global conversation.” Encouraging humanity to think about how Big Data leaves a lasting footprint in our world is just the beginning. The efforts continue to evolve and we are thrilled to see how Digital Publishing Suite played a role in the production of this app.
The Big Data app takes on a big challenge: helping readers understand and extract meaning from the ocean of information in which we live. Did you know that by 2040, 75 percent of all cars on the road will be self-driving, reports the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. You’ll find a plethora of fascinating facts such as this dispersed throughout the app. With 60-plus pages of interactive articles, impressive infographics and stunning photography, this app brings to life a brilliant experience.
Curious what else this app has to offer? Come explore the ocean of data and feel the massive impact social networking plays in stirring mass movements with an interactive 24-hour timeline of protest tweets. Reflect in your digital mirror with powerful graphics and articles that decode genetic makeup and DNA tests. Quantify yourself and the world you live in as you experience gigabytes of data that unfold in one second in Major League Baseball by gliding a baseball across the screen of your iPad. This stimulating blend of interactive features with premiere content is just a taste of what this app has to offer.
The journey continues with refreshingly simple yet effective infographics, embedded video clips, animated images, and delicious design.
And if you needed just one more reason to download- here it is! 100% of proceeds from the app will be donated to charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations.
Experience Big Data
January 30, 2013
In this release of Digital Publishing Suite, the library gets a makeover, publishers have new options for app promotion, analytics and social sharing are further refined, and the viewer UI is designed for an improved reading experience. For detail on set up, visit the Digital Publishing Suite Help Site: What’s New in this Release.
New Library User Interface
The library user interface has been re-designed to look more professional and eye-catching as well as allow readers to preview more of the app. View a slideshow of the new library UI here to see a splash page, larger grid cover images, and folio preview:
Pique the Interest of New Readers: First Folio Free
Readers new to your publication may want to “try before they buy.” Now, there is a feature that allows you to distribute the latest folio for free. This feature only works with readers who have never downloaded the app before.
Tailor Content for Readers Based on Subscription Status
Enterprise publishers can create a conditional HTML article or web content overlay that displays different content depending on how the folio was obtained. For example, if the reader is new to your app, you can include a subscription promotion on the HTML article. If your reader is already a subscriber, you can use the space to sell special editions or other content.
Publishers can now change, add or delete subscription options available to readers on an ongoing basis. This allows publishers to do A/B testing of subscription types and hone in on the optimum subscription packages for driving sales.
Sample screenshots of the video analytics report
Site Catalyst users can view more detailed analytics for video content. For example, you can find out how often the video was watched in its entirety and, if not, the duration of time that the video was played.
If your account has multiple titles, the download reports available on the dashboard now show downloads by issue. You can not only see the number of downloads in aggregate, but also see how many titles were downloaded each month.
IMPROVED READER EXPERIENCE
Automatically Open Background-Downloaded Issue (iOS only)
Readers don’t want to wait to download new folios. Now, when a new title is available on the reader’s device, it will download in the background and allow readers to tap on the cover and immediately begin reading new entitled folios. This is especially helpful for newspapers, when readers are opening content on a daily basis.
Open Folio To Last-Read Article and Position
Previously, if readers switched between issues/folios of a publication, the previous folio would reset to the title page when the reader re-opened it. With this new release, readers can pick up where they left off in an article. For example, if they were half-way through an article on page 22, the folio will automatically open to that same reading position.
Local Storage on Android
When I’m doing a crossword puzzle in a newspaper, I don’t want to lose my work when I flip over to my Facebook app. Now, Android apps allow readers to enter information onto a page, leave the app, and return to the same content entered on the page. (This feature is already available on iOS.)
SOCIAL SHARING FEATURES
Facebook Sharing for iOS6
In iOS6, readers can enter their Facebook and/or Twitter credentials in the iPad Settings, allowing all apps on the iOS device to connect with their accounts. Once readers have set this up and share a DPS article via Facebook or Twitter, the sharing dialogue box will seamlessly open, without asking the reader to sign in.
January 17, 2013
Rolling Stone has just been added to the prestigious list of apps launched on the Apple Newsstand using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Designed and optimized exclusively for the iPad, the app features the same content as the print version in a vibrant and user-friendly way. Rolling Stone has also artfully integrated ways to engage the reader by providing links to listen to music samples from within all of the album and song reviews. Readers can then purchase that music from iTunes directly from within the app.
Joseph Hutchinson, Rolling Stone Design Director, stated:
“We’re excited to give our readers a digital version of the magazine that is designed specifically for the iPad. Each page and photograph of the magazine is optimized to enhance readability and allow readers to easily navigate through the issue, along with the added feature of being able to listen to music samples.”
Download this lexicon of American music, politics and culture on the iPad or iPad mini. Rock on.
January 10, 2013
If you were one of the many people scrambling to make your charitable contributions in the final days of 2012, you may be pleased to know that charitable organizations are working to make it easier for you to donate any time, from your preferred device. For example, the first digital edition of Heifer International’s World Ark magazine includes original material on the issues of poverty and agriculture, along with an embedded catalog with a range of gifts that can help people in the developing world become self-reliant.
Heifer International believes the compelling stories in its editorial portion of the magazine are a perfect fit with the catalog. Upon reading the editorial content, people who are inspired can take action—all within one connected user experience. The tablet edition’s embedded catalog includes links directly to the donation portal on the Heifer website. Once the transaction is complete, donors are returned seamlessly back to the app.
Donna Stokes, managing editor of World Ark, says, “Publishing World Ark and our catalog on the iPad and Android tablets using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition gives us the opportunity to reach younger, tech-savvy donors interested in helping end hunger and poverty.”
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite was chosen as part of a holistic effort to reach new, younger donors and to engage them through the latest digital channels. For Heifer International, offering a digital edition is the perfect way to augment what to date has been a largely print-based donation initiative. Already, the app has been downloaded by users in 20 different countries, allowing the organization to reach a global subscriber base that is unattainable with its traditional, print publication.
Heifer International is also looking into the use of built-in analytics in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to gauge what’s working best to continually improve its content and interactivity. The organization’s efforts have already had a major impact on families around the world.
Read the PDF case study here: http://adobe.ly/11d9xpv
January 9, 2013
By Teresa Demel
It is football week! On Monday, we introduced the Notre Dame Gameday app for the BCS football championship. Today, I’m sharing an app of the week video featuring the University of Oklahoma Sooner Gameday app. The Sooners used Digital Publishing Suite to create their weekly gameday program for football games on both the iPad and the iPhone. Their app is a great example of taking a successful print piece and adding interactive features available for mobile devices, heightening excitement around the content.
Some of my favorite features:
– The title page opens with a football announcer and cheers from the crowd (video overlay). I feel the enthusiasm already…
– The stats and information on the players go deep. Scrolling frames allow for longer bios and more stats on a single page.
– Fans can watch sponsored videos of great plays from past games: The Power Play, Catch of the Game, Delivery of the Half, and Teeth-Rattling Hit of the Game
– An audio timeline of last week’s match highlights game-changing plays.
Check out the Sooners app of the week video to see how DPS apps can deepen fans’ engagement and excitement for their favorite team.
January 7, 2013
Notre Dame Vs. Alabama
For this year’s BCS National Championship Football game, both teams on the gridiron used Digital Publishing Suite to power their event game day apps. The newest app produced using Digital Publishing Suite – the Notre Dame app – features player bios, videos, animation and immersive interactivity to engage fans and event attendees before, during and after the big day. With live Twitter streaming embedded in the app, the Fighting Irish can allow others to join a virtual tailgate party (#NDvsBama) with other Notre Dame fans…even before the game has begun.
Event apps augment the experience both for fans who can’t travel to Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Florida for the game – as well as those who are in the stadium for the big day. Because Notre Dame and its design agency were able to use designers to produce the interactive app content using Adobe InDesign, they were able to avoid using expensive custom app development firms. Best of all, because of this workflow they were also able to speed the time-to-market with the app – producing it in only a short two weeks.
See more about the app experience in the short video below, and download the Notre Dame game day app to experience for yourself.
- Download the Notre Dame game day app from the iTunes store and follow along with the game today.
- Read a blog post about the Notre Dame app from Trevor Bailey, Director of Worldwide Education
December 24, 2012
Wouldn’t you like to give a little more this Christmas, without waiting in line, battling for parking spots, and did we mention- no waiting in line? John Lewis, UK’s largest department store retailer with 39 shops and a growing online business, has released a beautiful Christmas Annual app created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Included in the app, you’ll even find the iconic tv advertisement featuring the heart wrenching snowman journey and tagline: “Give a little more this Christmas.” With the John Lewis Christmas Annual app, giving just got easier!
The free digital Christmas Annual, available on iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Kindle Fire, comes to life with enticing features, topical interviews, helpful tips and elegant photography. The intuitive design makes it easy to explore products and make purchases from the website with just a few clicks and swipes.
John Lewis understands that it’s not just about the product; it’s also about the experience. Interactive elements further enhance the app with creative highlights made possible with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite capabilities. The alluring video of the Victorinox Night Vision Swiss Army watch, the dancing Dune Bo Glitter heels, and the 360 degree rotating view of the KitchenAid 6.9L Artisan Stand Mixer, are just a few little surprises you’ll find wrapped up in this edition.
This app features not just the best John Lewis products, but also a Christmas gift guide, feature article, and gorgeous photography to whisk you away to wonderland. Whether you’re looking to purchase some new twinkle for tabletops, brush up your beauty knowledge with makeup tips, or just window shop while on the go, this app has it all.
Shopping elves worldwide, it’s time to stuff those stockings! Download the 5-star John Lewis digital Christmas Annual to give a little more this holiday season.
December 14, 2012
Engine Creative agency used Digital Publishing Suite to build and release the first interactive edition of TopGear for the iPad: The 2012 Awards Edition. TopGear is not only the UK’s leading car magazine, but also a BBC television series in which Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May test drive and review motor vehicles for enthusiasts.
As Andy Wise, Engine Creative’s strategic director stated:
The iPad edition is a must-have for all fans of the TopGear brand as it combines the great editorial content of the magazine, the detail and interactivity from the website, and the top quality video content you associate with the TV show.
Words can describe the attributes of a car, but only a video of a Dacia Duster SUV driving through the mountains of Peru can fully illustrate how it handles rough terrain. The app embraces interactivity provided by Digital Publishing Suite, allowing readers to zoom in on the dashboard of a Pagani Huayra, or ride around the racetrack in a Toyota GT86. The TopGear app is truly an adventure.
– Download TopGear Magazine on the iPad.
December 10, 2012
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite recently released a feature designed for newspapers that allows readers to view and download specific sections. When I pick up the morning paper, I often grab my favorite sections first: Local, Business, and of course, whatever section has the comics. Newspapers want their readers to download their favorite sections and immediately dive in instead of waiting for the entire folio to download. This is also helpful because daily newspapers can consume a lot of memory on a tablet. By downloading only specific sections, tablet memory will not be consumed as quickly.
What is the reading experience like?
Library View of Sections
The prototype image pictured above shows the layout of sections. In the Library view, readers tap on a button that says “View Sections” to see today’s issue organized into sections. When the reader taps on the section, it begins download. Once sections are available, browse mode will show downloaded sections side-by-side, with no reference to sections not downloaded.
How do I set it up?
Sections can be set up in Folio Producer using the latest release of DPS (v24). Publishers can define metadata for a given article. If you want to be more efficient, import an XML file that has a list of articles that belong to each section. Please note: if you do not specify section metadata for a given article, it will be downloaded with the first section that the reader selected.
Can I see it in action?
We are working with several customers that have adopted sections. Keep an eye out for future posts that highlight leading newspapers’ use of sections.
Learn more about sections on Bob Bringhurst’s DPS Help Site
November 29, 2012
Just in time for the giving season, Heifer International and Bates Creative Group released World Ark magazine and catalog, powered by Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. World Ark not only showcases the inspiring stories of individuals and communities impacted by Heifer International, but also includes “The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World,” which allows readers to invest in the lives of individuals in developing nations.
In this app of the week video, I share the story of a woman in Bangladesh, who was able to become financially independent through gifts from Heifer International. Her story of transformation is inspiring, brought to life by slideshows and video footage. In this example, we can see photos of children happily learning in school and a video of community members dancing together.
I also walk through the process of purchasing a cow through the catalog. Using buttons and slideshows, it is easy to navigate through the gifts, such as goats, chickens, and stoves, and learn how they will benefit recipients. Without leaving the app, readers can purchase a gift from the online store and return to reading about Heifer International’s work.
And yes, I did donate part of a cow on behalf of my dad. That wasn’t just my fine acting skills.
- Download World Ark magazine from the iTunes store
- Read the press release from Heifer International
- Watch the app of the week video here
November 20, 2012
By Teresa Demel
As part of my job, I read a lot of magazines built with Digital Publishing Suite. (I know, I know… rough life.) I often stumble across great ads worth sharing, and you will sometimes see an “Ad of the Week” in your feed instead of an “App of the Week.”
For publishers, advertisements are an important revenue stream. For advertisers, their placement and value are carefully scrutinized to maximize return on investment. Ads built in Digital Publishing Suite apps can be extremely high value for both parties when executed well.
REI ad using the Scratch-off Effect
The REI advertisements built into Digital Publishing Suite are both targeted and engaging. REI, a supplier of outdoor gear, sponsored the “Gear Guide” issue of Backpacker, a surefire way to reach the target demographic: people passionate about exploring the outdoors. They use interactivity in order to not only lengthen the amount of time that readers spend in the ad, but also provide moments of joy and entertainment.
Check out three ads featured in this video
- Watch a video introduction with a personal message from the people at REI describing why they are sponsoring this issue.
- Swipe the snow off the page to reveal an REI ad underneath. The designers used the scratch-off effect to create this interactivity.
A tutorial for the scratch-off effect is available in DPS Cookbooks. There is a great discussion in the DPS forum on creating the parallax effect. If you have found any other helpful tutorials on these effects, please post them in the comments below.