November 7 Webinar: Measure Mobile App ROI

Join us on November 7 to learn how to quantify the impact of your app in a one-hour webinar session with Adobe and guest speaker Julie Ask from Forrester Research, Inc. In this session, learn best practices on measuring ROI for your tablet or smartphone app, and gain a clearer understanding how to measure impact and ROI for your mobile apps.  Forrester Research will overview strategies to quantify the impact of your app, factors you should look at and more.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn best practices to measure ROI of your mobile or tablet app
  • Discover measurement strategies to quantify app impact – both for internal and external apps
  • Explore case studies from successful companies
  • Gain insight from Forrester Research about key factors to measure and how to weight those costs

Event details:

Thursday, November 7
10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Julie Ask, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.

Learn more and register for the webinar:
Learn best practices to measure mobile app ROI

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AZ, Digital Magazine from The Arizona Republic, Wins AP’s Innovator of the Year Award

azmagazine We are thrilled to announce that AZ, a twice-weekly news magazine produced by The Arizona Republic, has just won the prestigious Innovator of the Year award from the Associated Press Media Editors at their annual conference. The APME Innovator of the Year award recognizes innovation that demonstrates a bold, creative, and successful effort to improve a news or information product and increase audience.

In less than a year, AZ, built on the Adobe DPS platform, has delivered on all of these fronts, consistently providing readers with a publication that weaves amazing design and interactivity around compelling and timely editorial designed to serve their local community. In addition, the team at AZ has been able to quantify the success of their content and prove they are building a highly engaged and committed readership:

  • 75% of AZ readers come back within a week of their last visit, some come back daily
  • Readers spend an average of 69 minutes in each issue
  • Readers have spent more than 46M million minutes with the app since December 2012

Be sure to watch the AZ video to see first hand how this passionate team delivers their award-winning magazine. Keira Nothaft, Editorial and Creative Director of The Arizona Republic, sums it up by saying “We are in the fight of our lives. We have to engage and reach audiences where they are, on the device they’re using, at the moment they’re using them, and do it in a way that is captivating. People must feel AZ is must read. We are able –with the device, with the software and with our amazing talent — to give readers stories in a way they’ve never been able to experience them before.”

Congratulations to the team at AZ!

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Adobe Digital Publishing Summit (EMEA) 2013: Mobile Is the New Digital Hub

DPS DPS DPS Summit impressions from the London stop, Mark Greenaway, Digital Media Sales at Adobe

From 26 September to 3 October, leaders in the field of digital magazines, newspapers and corporate publications came together during several Digital Publishing Summit (EMEA) events in Hamburg, Stockholm, Paris and London to share successes, best practices, and challenges with their peers. Top Adobe clients in attendance included Top Gear, Daily Mail, Airbus, Renault, Remy Cointreau, Adidas, Sotheby’s, Elle, and Shop Direct as well as representatives from several agencies and publishing partners specialized in digital.

Adobe shared product insights and demonstrations, as well as data analysis pointing to the future of the publishing industry with highly designed content delivered on mobile devices and the web. Nick Bogaty, Senior Director Digital Publishing at Adobe talked about the future of digital publications and how the company is driving platform development to increase digital readership for its clients. One of his predictions: Publishers who are taking advantage of tablets and their possibilities (for example, rich media design) will see this translated into higher number of readers, increase in reader engagement, and last but not least, their advertising income will be on the rise as well. Finally, Bogaty pointed out the great opportunities in digital publishing which lie ahead for corporations either seeking to create higher brand affinity with their customers and prospects or wanting to put out impactful content and communications materials for internal purposes while saving costs at the same time.

Nick Bogaty

Nick Bogaty, Senior Director Digital Publishing at Adobe

DPS Customers Talk about Their Digital Publishing Strategies

Afterwards, Adobe opened the stage so our DPS customers could share their stories with the audience, among them Daily Mail, Sotheby’s Realty International, Remy Cointreau, and Top Gear. From Top Gear, for example, we heard how an iPad edition has enabled them to combine the great editorial content of the magazine, the interactivity of the website, and the top quality video content you associate with the TV show.

Top Gear

Caption: Simon Carrington, Publisher at Top Gear

Jonathan Wall, Group e-Commerce Director at Shop Direct discussed the results the Group is reaping after reinventing its retail business to take into account growing mobile and tablet use amongst its customers.

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Jonathan Wall, Group e-Commerce Director at Shop Direct

Advertising Trends: Mobile & Apps – Whatever You Do, Your Strategy Should Include Mobile

Thomas Husson from Forrester Research shared recent survey results about the so-called “Mobile Mind Shift” and talked about best practices of making the most of mobile and apps in the marketing mix and how publishers can exploit this new environment to connect with customers in a more meaningful way. Key takeaway: Whatever you do, your strategy should better include mobile.

Interesting stats (Source: Forrester Research):

  • Number of iOS devices sold: 700 million
  • eBay predicts it will generate 20 billion dollars on its mobile platform by 2014
  • Number of Android devices sold: 1 billion
  • Active users on Facebook per month: 820 million

Thomas Husson

Thomas Husson, VP Principal Analyst Marketing Leaders at Forrester Research  

Key Takeaways

The conversations at this year’s DPS Summit show that publishers are thinking creatively about how to bring their brands or publications to life on leading tablet and smartphone devices and deliver even greater mobile results. Among publishers we see proof of digital business models that work, resulting in higher income from readers and also advertisers. Furthermore, there is increasing focus on innovation and higher investment in successful marketing of a growing variety of digital publishing content.

Watch Highlights from DPS Summit (EMEA) 2013 in London & Paris on Video!

Leaders in digital publishing joined us in London and Paris to discuss their digital publishing strategy, and we are delighted to share a video of their talks here.

DPS Summit in London

DPS Summit in Paris

Official DPS Summit (EMEA) 2013 App & Presentations for Download

Download the official DPS Summit EMEA 2013 app for iPhone & iPad and get access to valuable presentations made at DPS Summit. (Log in: dps, password: summit).

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App of the Week – GE Inspired

By Teresa Demel

GE Inspired

GE Inspired Magazine, published six times a year by GE Appliances on the iPad, showcases features and benefits of GE Appliances’ new product innovations. This publication is a must-have for appliance aficionadoes. Download the app to learn more about GE’s appliance technologies, latest product innovations, and promotions.

In this video, I show how GE uses DPS to educate its sales team and fans about the latest innovations:

  • Video overlays show the new features in action
  • Buttons and slideshows allow readers to thumb through show rooms and see the appliances in futuristic living areas. In addition, they allow readers to tap on product elements and learn more about the features

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App of the Week – O, the Oprah Magazine

By Teresa Demel

Oprah is everywhere. From her talk show to her magazine to her book club, her warm and thoughtful character can so easily permeate many parts of our lives. In this app of the week video, I show how Oprah Magazine on the iPad uses features in Digital Publishing Suite to pull in her personality and uphold the Oprah brand that we know and love.

Oprah Magazine uses DPS in the following ways:

  • Video overlays of Oprah pull the talk show host’s personality into the story of her farm on Maui.
  • Nav-to buttons and web overlays allow readers to peruse Oprah’s “book shelf” and read samples of her recommendations.
  • Buttons and multistate objects allow readers to take a quiz on women’s heart health.

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Raymond James Financial: Strengthening client relationships

The Personal Touch (And Swipe) 

Raymond James

The most-successful financial advisors regularly demonstrate a personal interest in the prosperity of their clients. To help its advisors engage both clients and prospects, investment advisory firm Raymond James Financial now offers a digital version of its award winning quarterly publication, WorthWhile, created using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. With more than 2.5 million accounts managed by 6,300+ financial advisors, Raymond James Financial helps guide those clients on how best to save, invest, and grow their money — and the WorthWhile app is a key part of the firm’s strategy.

“The digital edition brings financial advisors and clients closer together,” says Cameron Diehl, manager of advisor productivity and marketing strategy at Raymond James. “It keeps advisors’ names in front of their contacts, who can then email the advisor or go to their website directly from within the WorthWhile app.”

Customization of the app is made possible using restricted distribution capabilities in DPS. Advisors can include a banner with their logo and contact information, and clients and prospects access the interactive publication using a unique ID. The digital edition’s engaging content, which includes embedded videos, timelines, slideshows, and animations, are only part of its appeal to Raymond James. It also supports the company’s strategic move to enable advisors to practice at any time in any place. Overall, the digital edition offers advisors more immediate contact with clients to help shorten the sales cycle and enhance relationships.

PDF Success Story:

Learn more and download the Raymond James Financial success story:  http://adobe.ly/GBISuq
Download the WorthWhile app:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/raymond-james-worthwhile-magazine/id650024552?mt=8

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Wolters Kluwer Sees 68% Boost in Overall Engagement With Tablet Editions Added to Mix

JNPT  JNPT

Wolters Kluwer, a publisher of over 280 medical journals, has embraced DPS and is seeing a rapid and exciting transformation of its business.

Journal reading and access preferences for doctors, a core target audience for Wolters Kluwer, have come a long way in the past five years. Rather than sitting at their desks reading printed journals, more and more doctors are accessing portable, online content in between patient visits. When tablets hit the market, the publisher recognized the opportunity they presented to reach audiences in new ways. In 2011, Wolters Kluwer began expanding into digital publishing with the goal of translating static content into exciting reading experiences—complete with audio, video, slideshows and interactive advertising—that would complement popular printed journals and website.

“It’s about overall audience engagement,” says Chantal Kolber, Director of Digital Advertising Strategy. “For us, it’s not a digital, print, or online edition. It is the journal. It’s a whole.” This approach has paid off. The company has seen overall engagement of an average journal’s content—available via print, tablet, and web—increase by 68%.  “One is not cannibalizing the other, it’s adding more interaction with the publication as a whole,” adds Kolber.

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In rapid succession, Wolters Kluwer created apps for over 150 journals and immediately saw this new platform benefit readers, authors, editors, and advertisers. Over a six month period, the digital journals had over 1.2 million visits; readers returned to an issue two to three times, eventually consuming all of the information in that issue; and time spent on individual ads was 5 to 20 seconds. Being able to share ‘time spent’ with advertisers has been very powerful for Wolters Kluwer. It proves to the advertiser that the digital platform turns a basic ad exposure into an educational experience that is worth investing in.

Wolters Kluwer believes that the enterprise edition of Digital Publishing Suite is a solution that will get help it reach 200 to 300 journals very quickly. And the company is well on its way.

PDF Case Study

Summit Videos
Watch the short or long version of the Wolters Kluwer presentation at the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Summit

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AMC 2013 Coming to New York City- October 22 and 23

AMC

Adobe is proud to sponsor the MPA’s premiere event of the year– The American Magazine Media Conference (AMC). The MPA promises that this year’s event is more important than ever and will bring  together the top minds from publishing editorial, technology and advertising to explore the topics that matter most during these transformational times.

The annual event will surprise, enlighten and challenge preconceptions, while offering up strategies and inspiration to advance our common goals and expand our businesses.

Event Information:
October 23, 2013
New York, NY

Learn more about the MPA AMC 2013 conference here!

 

 

 

 

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App of the Week – Sears Patio and Grills

By Teresa Demel

Sears and Patio

 

Sears: They know catalogs. In this app of the week video, I show how the catalog experts use Digital Publishing Suite to create an interactive shopping experience from inspiration to purchase.

Watch this app of the week video to see how Sears uses DPS:

  • Use buttons and multistate objects/slideshows to show light-up patio furniture in evening and daytime settings, gas grills in multiple colors, and product specifications
  • Apply nav-to buttons to an index at the top of each page so that readers can jump to relevant sections of the app
  • Audio and video overlays set the mood – an important showroom tactic

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Adobe and JWT/Casa Miami: Event apps drive customer engagement

Adobe & JWT/Casa Miami

When we tapped JWT/Casa Miami to build an event app for the Adobe DPS Summit, we knew we wanted a content-rich, interactive app to engage, inform, and connect conference attendees. The agency regularly uses Digital Publishing Suite to develop specialty apps that support business processes, both externally to customers and internally to employees. For our DPS Summit event, JWT/Casa Miami made a rich, interact app that highlighted the solution’s capabilities, including direct entitlement, social media integration, and real-time notifications.

The digital app allowed attendees to view information about sessions and speakers, take notes on presentations, and download or view presentations after a session. They were also able to access offline content and Internet links, including news articles and videos, without leaving the app. Push notifications helped accommodate the fluid nature of the event by allowing the event producers to update speakers and sessions in near-real time, without having to rebuild the app and resubmit the content to an app marketplace. Social media integration also enabled attendees to interact with each other and follow social media activity about the event.

The Summit featured two sessions, each with its own agenda and speakers, and attendees easily downloaded the appropriate version of the app for their sessions through a registration front-end linked to an entitlement database. By using restricted distribution and direct entitlement, the app was able to deliver proper content to attendees based on their login credentials.

Overall it was a hit with attendees. Douglas Fajardo, CEO and chief creative director of JWT/Casa Miami, concluded, “Event apps created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite are a great solution for bringing event content to life in a way that engages attendees on-site, and facilitates ongoing relationships.”

Read the PDF case study here:
Adobe & JWT/Casa Miami: Event apps drive customer engagement

 

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Adobe and Adweek Digital Publishing Award Winners Announced!

By Sonia Sawhney

The judging is complete and winners have been announced for Adobe & Adweek Digital Publishing Awards! Congratulations to Dan Marcolina of Marcolina Design, Inc. for receiving the Best Mobile App award and Fernando Carreira of the goodfellas for the Best Mobile Ad award. The winning entries used Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to develop ingenious, inventive, and effective apps and ads for tablets.

The Adobe & Adweek Digital Publishing Award recognizes the most innovative mobile ads and apps that reflect imaginative thinking, awesome creativity, and design acumen. This year’s winners truly harnessed the power of Digital Publishing Suite to create compelling experiences for consumers.

Entries were judged on originality of concept, execution of creative elements, and inventive use of interactive components to enhance understanding and engagement with content. The four judges on this year’s panel were:

  • Joe Zeff, President, Joe Zeff Design
  • Josh Klenert, Director of User Experience and Design, The Huffington Post
  • Nick Mrozowski, Executive Creative Director, Adweek
  • Carol Wells, Design Director, Adweek

Best Mobile App Award
Dan Marcolina of Marcolina Design, Inc. snagged the Best Mobile App Award, partnering with Rick Smolan of Big Data book.  The winning app, The Human Face of Big Data, is an innovative app with enhanced stories bringing the Human Face of Big Data to life. Exploring the world from a new lens, this pioneering app is a seamless blend of interactive elements and groundbreaking ideas encapsulated into a digital journey. As we shared in the past, it’s no question that this is an award-worthy app. The Human Face of Big Data app transcends expectations with thought provoking concepts and extraordinary imagery woven into a truly seamless tablet experience.

Check out The Human Face of Big Data in the DPS Showcase Gallery to learn more.

Best Mobile Ad Award
Fernando Carreira of the goodfellas partnered with ALmapBBDO to bring home the Best Mobile Ad award. Fake Ad, the iPad ad for Bradesco Seguros, used Digital Publishing Suite to bring advertising to life on the tablet. As readers swipe across the screen, the advertisement’s car follows the direction leading to a crash. The interactivity embedded in this ad revolutionizes the way advertisers connect with readers by telling the story: “unexpected events happen without warning. Make a Bradesco car insurance plan.” The unexpected yet remarkably effective advertising racked up votes with this year’s judges to take home the Best Mobile Ad Award.

Experience Fake Ad in the DPS Showcase Gallery to learn more.

This year’s winners receive prize packages including:

  • Trip to NY for Advertising Week + guest
  • One Super Delegate conference pass to Advertising Week (Sept 23-27, 2013)
  • Honored at Reception during Advertising Week (Monday, September 23)
  • Winning entry featured as an insert in Adweek iPad edition digital publication
  • One year Adobe Creative Cloud membership (estimated value $600)
  • One year subscription to the Adweek iPad edition digital publication
  • A ticket to 2014 CLIOS Awards

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Newest Release of Digital Publishing Suite Now Available

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.

DPS App built with release 28 for iOS6

Application built on iOS 6

DPS app built on iOSy

Application built on iOS 7

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.

First time launch of application – no viewer icon

First time launch of application – no viewer icon

Once the .folio is downloaded into the app, the viewer icon appears in the mustache of the application.

Issue is now downloaded into the app

Issue is now downloaded into the app

Once an issue is opened, the viewer icon in the status bar automatically turns light blue.

note the light blue color

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.

social sharing prompt

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.

Mobile Safari Web View

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.

Push notification integrated into DPS

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

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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.

SchedAvDate

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.

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DPS Delivers Standardized Metrics to Magazine Publishers

Adobe is excited to announce that four standard audience metrics—as defined by the magazine industry—are now available directly from within Digital Publishing Suite.

Adobe has been actively participating in the DESI project—the Digital Editions Standardization Initiative—led by the MPA (the Association of Magazine Media) and supported by a task force made up of leading publishers, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and other technology providers. This group has come together with the common goal of creating accurate and consistent industry-wide benchmarking of digital editions for publishers and the advertising community. These metrics will allow publishers to establish even greater value inherent to their digital content and major brands to factor digital editions into their advertising strategies with accelerated confidence.

The first challenge the task force faced was determining definitions for and a common way of calculating the initial set of recommended metrics established by the MPA last year. The result–mission accomplished.

Now, four new metrics, sanctioned by the DESI task force and certified by AAM (Alliance for Audited Media), have been added to an already rich set of analytics data included in DPS Professional and Enterprise editions.

Publishers now have access to:

  • Total number of tablet readers per issue
  • Total number of sessions per issue
  • Average amount of time spent per reader per issue
  • Average number of sessions per reader per issue

Publishers have the option to provide these audience metrics to AAM and give visibility to agencies and advertisers.

To further support DESI, Adobe has created a methodology document that explains how the metrics in DPS are being calculated and presented. It will help publishers—big and small—navigate the standard audience reports within DPS and provide insights to other digital publishing platform providers who would like to integrate these metrics into their platform. Read it now.

Adobe’s customers are excited about this advancement.

“Adobe’s announcement marks a welcome first step towards an industry standard for measuring digital magazine issues,” said Rory O’Flynn, executive director of digital research at Time Inc. “It’s critical for the industry to speak about consumer behavior in a common language, so we can have more constructive conversations about the value of our digital content.”

The DESI project is still going strong and Adobe is looking forward to providing additional standardized audience and engagement metrics for the publishing industry in the future. The MPA’s Ethan Grey, SVP of Digital Strategy and Initiatives, talks about next steps for the task force:

“We are continuing the task force process. One of the things that has been fruitful is that all industries are represented–the agencies and brands, all major publishers, and tech providers. The task force serves the purpose of prioritizing and surfacing what is coming up day-to-day and the feedback flows directly into this task force. We’ll continue to determine what the ‘biggest bang’ things are that we can deliver on.”

Learn more about the standardized audience metrics in DPS.

 

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New Digital Publishing Suite Gallery: A Showcase of DPS Apps

DPS Gallery If you are looking for inspiration, examples of what you can build with DPS, or who else is using it today, we’re proud to invite you to visit the new DPS Showcase Gallery, powered by Behance.

Magazine, business, education and special interest apps are all part of this curated collection, which is designed to highlight the most engaging and informative apps pushing the envelope of mobile app design.

The new gallery includes videos, screenshots, interactivity, and details on the creative aspect of the apps as well as links to the apps themselves. And because this is a curated gallery, we will be highlighting new apps as they come online, so you can come back and see what is new on a regular basis.

Take a look at the amazing apps in our gallery today and let us know what you think in the comments below! We’re very excited to launch it, and look forward to hearing what you think about it.

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UK’s Daily Mail Delivers iPad Edition to Reach its 1.8M Daily Readers

Screenshot: Daily Mail for iPad The Daily Mail, one of Britain’s most popular national newspapers, with a 1.8 million daily circulation, and its sister title The Mail on Sunday, has been reimagined for the tablet. Its website Mail Online, with 119 million unique browsers a month, makes it the largest newspaper website in the world.

Recognising that Mail readers clearly have an appetite for digital content, dmg media, owner of the Daily Mail, has made it available as a design and feature-rich, interactive iPad edition called Mail Plus. Created using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition (DPS) it includes videos, slideshows, 30 new games a day and more.

Swiping from one page to the next inside Mail Plus is like turning the pages of the Mail newspaper, but with every page specially designed for the iPad – with exciting additional content that brings every story to life. Readers can easily find and enjoy all their favourite sections of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday – news, sports, TV listings, puzzles and more – all made possible through the use of sections, a DPS feature developed specifically for newspaper publishers.

Additional highlights, making the most of the Adobe DPS tools, include 360-degree photography, interactive graphics created using Adobe Edge, and features with an almost cinematic quality thanks to the Mail’s use of Adobe After Effects.

Screenshot: Mail Plus for iPad

There are also bonus fashion, beauty and health sections, as well and shopping pages with tap-to-buy features to drive e-commerce opportunities.

And every day, Mail Plus features TV Plus, an interactive listings guide with more than 200 channels that readers can turn into their own personal TV and radio planner – with a social TV experience powered by cool TV app Zeebox.

Because there are no limits to space like the printed paper, Mail Plus delivers more to read, more pictures and more puzzles.

Sharing from within the Mail Plus app using Facebook, Twitter and email is available allowing readers to share articles, pictures and puzzles with their friends and family and can be enjoyed offline.

Screen Shot: TV Plus

The Mail Plus production team is using the full capabilities of DPS to create Mail Plus for iPad and deliver a daily edition to readers via Apple’s Newsstand. The decision to move to digital publishing using Adobe DPS was seamless as dmg media already uses Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe InDesign for the print edition of the paper.

Dmg media is also taking advantage of the various subscription models that DPS supports, including direct entitlement, which allows print subscribers to access the digital newspaper by simply logging into the app on their iPad. In partnership with UK-based MPP Global Solutions, they are able to offer their massive print subscriber based seamless access to Mail Plus.

The launch was led by Mail executive Paul Field, who is also editor of Mail Plus. Commenting on the launch, he said:

‘Adobe Digital Publishing Suite has enabled us to take the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday to the iPad in a surprising and dazzling way.

‘Our readers love the Mail, but many of them also now love their tablets. We wanted to give those readers – and many others from our rivals – the very best service and meet the high expectations they now have from using a tablet. This is why Mail Plus gives them the design-rich experience they love from print and the immersive interactive experience they expect from an iPad or similar device.

‘Mail Plus allows us to take our print workflow and expand it for the tablet world, ensuring our brand is consistent across both platforms.

‘Thanks to an amazing team of very talented and dedicated journalists and technologists at Mail Plus we’re confident we’re giving our valued customers a very compelling experience.’

Hear more from Paul Field on how he delivers Daily Mail Plus in the video below:

Mail Plus for iPad has already had some great reviews in the App Store: ‘Best newspaper app on the market’; ‘Get this app for the puzzles alone’; ‘Great depth of content’; ‘Really interactive, love the 360s’; ‘Arrives on my iPad every morning… Soooooo easy to use’; ‘Really unique and intuitive interactivity, not seen this in other publications’; ‘Well designed, beautiful images… This is how a digital newspaper should be done’.

You can get enjoy a free 30-day trial of Mail Plus for iPad from the Apple Newsstand now. We’d love for you to hear what you think of the app by sharing your thoughts with us on Twitter, using #dailymailplus.

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