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
By Teresa Demel
If you want to find a plethora of innovative and interactive advertisements built with Digital Publishing Suite, download Bullett Magazine for iPad. In fact, Bullett will be speaking in partnership with Levi’s about advertising in digital publications at the upcoming Digital Publishing Summit. (Register here.) This week, I’m featuring two Levi’s ads from their Future issue. One of the ads is for women, and one is for men. The ads educate Bullett’s hip audience about the Levi’s brand its latest designs.
Let me dig a little deeper into why I love a well-designed DPS ad. When executed properly, the ad hits the sweet spot of print and digital:
- The ad has the beautiful and thoughtful layout of print. It owns a full page of real estate (at least) and doesn’t try to distract from editorial content. Rather, it fits in as I’m flipping through the publication.
- It has the interaction and control made available in digital. If I’m interested, I can choose to drill deeper and deeper to learn more about the product. In this case, I can buy it right away. As a wise professor said to me, “People hate advertising, but they love shopping.”
In this ad of the week video, the opening page describes background about the Levi’s brand, fabrics, and construction. Scrolling down, I can learn more about the product. In the women’s ad, it uses a nested overlay – with buttons and slideshows embedded in a scrolling frame, so that I can flip through thumbnails of their clothing, and when I tap on a thumbnail that intrigues me, I can see a larger image of the product… and then buy it. The men’s ad has a similar format, allowing readers to zoom in on product details and ultimately purchase Levi’s clothing.
- Check out the Levi’s in Bullett ad of the week video to see how your brand can use Digital Publishing Suite to educate your audience about the brand.
- Register for the Digital Publishing Suite Summit in New York City to hear Levi’s and Bullett discuss advertising in digital publications.
- Download Bullett for iPad.
April 15, 2013
If you’re an arts and crafts enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Interweave’s publications, which include high-quality arts and crafts magazines, online education, books, TV shows, ePatterns, and eProjects. What you might not know, is that many are now available on the iPad. To broaden its audience reach and enable people to consume content in new digital formats, Interweave successfully augmented its print-based publishing workflow, transforming into a multichannel, multiplatform media company. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition is a critical part of the company’s strategy.
Offering digital editions of its popular magazines opens up a new revenue channel and the opportunity to attract a new demographic of subscribers. Interweave chose Digital Publishing Suite because it offered a lower total cost of ownership and ease of use. With 70 to 80 editors and designers with roots in print publishing, Interweave’s staff was already well versed in Adobe InDesign software, and quickly embraced the digital publishing workflow.
Interweave now has 10 magazines on iOS Newsstand, and the same how-to content that has traditionally appeared in print magazines is available through interactive tutorials and video workshops included in the digital edition as interactive overlays. All editors and designers have been trained on Digital Publishing Suite, so that they can design interactive experiences for multiple devices, expanding their repertoires beyond print.
Jamie Bogner, vice president and group publisher at Interweave states, “By having our existing staff learn Adobe Digital Publishing Suite we’ve been able to lay the essential groundwork for our digital future.” Read more here: http://adobe.ly/12T4XPa
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 26, 2013
By Teresa Demel
MaraMedia uses Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to build educational digital manuals for students in grades 7-9. With a goal of supporting active participation in students’ education, MaraMedia provides opportunities for interaction with learning material, from acquiring new information to ultimately applying that information to the real world.
My past career was in education, and I have been curious to see how educational institutions and publishers will embrace Digital Publishing Suite. Printed textbooks appeal to one learning style, but interactivity in a publication allows kinesthetic and auditory learners to consume and apply new information with ease. As an added bonus, having all textbooks on one iPad certainly lightens the backpack.
Some great Digital Publishing techniques employed by MaraMedia:
- Students can actively break down the steps of a process by tapping on buttons and viewing slideshows of instructions.
- Readers tap on thumbnails of artwork to zoom into a larger image and learn more.
- Navigating among modules is intuitive with a clear organizational hierarchy. Nav-to buttons allow students to identify and jump to the next relevant module.
Download MaraMedia digital manuals from the iTunes store.
Watch the MaraMedia App of the Week video:
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.
March 18, 2013
Renault, the French auto manufacturer, recently launched a gorgeously designed app using Digital Publishing Suite that features its new urban crossover vehicle, Captur. Through video, audio and interactivity in the app, Renault not only engages consumers with its products and brand – but also tells the story of how Captur went from “concept to reality”. The app showcases the attention-to-detail that Renault infuses its products – and allows potential customers to experience these features in a way only the tablet app medium can provide.
For example, one portion of the app allows the user to interactively explore the different lighting features the car offers – illuminating not only the beautiful design of the car, but allowing the user to engage with the product as they are considering purchase. In addition, through video interviews with the designers of the vehicle and a special “making of” video that explores the genesis of the project, customers can become thoroughly acquainted with the brand and product line.
In considering the strategy for the app, Laurence Hertzberg, Director of Digital Marketing at Renault notes, “Today’s applications are expected to be intuitive, fun and informative. We chose to use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite because of its unique technology which allowed us to create an immersive experience that is also very rich in content.”
Renault designer Boris Petrovitch-Njegosh also writes, “Captur is the fruit of long, careful reflection about the design of our vehicles and offers a glimpse of the future. It was consequently vital for us to produce an application of the same calibre in terms of its design, user-friendliness and clarity of content. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite turned out to be the ideal solution that gave us exceptional creative freedom and, as well as a comprehensive, near-industrial approach the development process.”
See a short video about the app (subtitled in English), and also download from the App Store below.
- Download the Renault Captur: From Concept to Reality app on the App Store
- View the App of the Week video highlighting the Renault app
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 7, 2013
By Teresa Demel
Unless you have you been hibernating for the last six months, you know that Microsoft has been heavily advertising both Windows 8 and the Surface tablet. The Centre for Brand Analysis shows that Microsoft’s brand ranking of the Official Top Consumer Superbrands has leaped from 45th to 3rd place since 2012. The ads are not only compelling and fresh, but they are everywhere… including on the iPad.
This week I am featuring two ads from Microsoft. Windows 8 is featured in the January issue of WIRED. Subscribers get to interact with the Windows 8 interface, made possible by HTML animation.
When the February issue showed up in Newsstand, subscribers got a taste of the Surface. One of the more rare and fun overlays used by DPS customers is the image sequence overlay. In the February ad, WIRED’s technophile audience gets to rotate the Surface 360 degrees and see it from all sides – including how the stand works. In addition, the ad includes a snappy video, showcasing the different colors of Surface keyboards available. Both of these forms of interactivity mirror the first steps in shopping for hardware and answer some basic questions: What does it look like? How does that detachable keyboard work, anyway? Can it stand up so that I can watch movies? Will it match my shoes? (Okay, maybe not that last one.)
- Download any issue of WIRED to see compelling ads targeted to its technologically savvy audience.
- Watch the Microsoft ad of the week video on Adobe TV.
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
February 11, 2013
For companies and brands looking to deliver visually engaging, interactive materials to their internal teams, Digital Publishing Suite provides a rapid way to make sure sales reps and employees are up-to-date, all the time. One company that is using DPS to engage its sales professionals is Sotheby’s International Realty, the global luxury real estate network. With its new app that launched today, Sotheby’s International Realty is able to help its member firms articulate to clients the benefits of listing properties with the company.
Through its iPad app, the company’s real estate Professionals can showcase to clients the firm’s unique media relationships (with The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, the BBC and others), social media footprint, branded Web site and more. Combined with slideshows, videos and gorgeous photography, the app helps bring the brand’s content to life. What’s more, DPS helps Sotheby’s International Realty reduce printing and distribution costs by producing its materials digitally.
One of the reasons Sotheby’s International Realty decided to enable its affiliates with an iPad app was to keep the content updated and fresh all the time. When the company adds or updated additional information, it can simply push new content to users without requiring them to redownload the entire app.
Additionally, one feature of Digital Publishing Suite that is core to the Sotheby’s International Realty app experience is private distribution. Because the app is designed to facilitate the interaction between a real estate agent and client, Sotheby’s International Realty distributes the app only to its member firms, making the app available through the company intranet.
Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to see how its iPad app facilitates the sales interaction of its network. Wendy Purvey, Chief Marketing Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty notes, “Our unique collaboration with Adobe ties our entire marketing program together, allowing us to speak to the consumer in a new and interactive way that has traditionally been utilized by the world’s publishing powerhouses to promote their products.”
January 25, 2013
Rolling Stone was released using Digital Publishing Suite on January 16, 2013. This week, I’m sharing a few highlights in the app of the week video.
Back in the day, my brother and I used to pore over issues of Rolling Stone. We read through the music reviews, and when the authors described an album in a compelling way, we would head to the record store and grab a copy. Often, we liked what we heard. But not always. Music preferences are subjective, after all.
As you might expect, Rolling Stone on the tablet is a much improved experience over the print version because readers can listen to the music. They used the audio overlay in DPS to reveal a 30-second snippet of a song. If readers like it, they can head straight to the iTunes store and purchase the album.
Rolling Stone doesn’t limit its editorial to music. In fact, I used to cut out the photos of actors from the issue and tack them to my bedroom wall. (Okay, so that’s where print has its advantage.) This issue features a collection of great photography of the 30 Rock cast. Using the slideshow feature in Digital Publishing Suite, I can explore a plethora of photos that would not likely fit in the print version.
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.