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.
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October 9, 2014
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the world’s arbiter of rules that help trade flow as efficiently, predictably, and freely as possible among nations. With a global audience of stakeholders, the WTO’s flagship publication for communicating information about its activities is its annual report — one of the the most downloaded publications from the organization.
Traditionally, the WTO has published its report both in print and PDF formats to share information about the past year and future plans. As more people around the world adopt digital methods for consuming and sharing information, the WTO saw an opportunity to broaden its reach and engage more deeply with stakeholders worldwide by developing an app version of its annual report. By publishing its annual report app for tablet devices, the WTO seeks to drive engagement with stakeholders, from senior business executives to younger, mobile-savvy analysts.
“We saw a great opportunity in app publishing,” says Anthony Martin, publications and Internet manager for the WTO. “We wanted to encourage active participation by those involved with international trade by disseminatng the latest information about the WTO in an app format that would be easily available on tablets. With a large readership, our detailed annual report represented the best opportunity to deepen engagement with our stakeholders.”
The annual report app includes a wealth of interactivity, as well as photo galleries, videos and audio files — enabling stakeholders to more deeply engage with the WTO’s mission and initiatives. To create its digital app, the WTO worked with agency Zephyr, the same firm that produces the print and PDF versions of the WTO’s annual report. Zephyr used Adobe InDesign CC, available through Adobe Creative Cloud, to create app content using its design staff. The firm also used the multi-platform publishing capabilities of DPS to produce the annual report app for both iOS and Android.
“We are a very complex organization that covers a huge number of subjects in great detail,” says Martin. “We want to tune ourselves to the needs of our audiences and provide information in the formats they are looking for. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite gives us the opportunity to create tailored apps to better serve these audiences.”
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September 29, 2014
Foreign Affairs Uses Drupal to Dramatically Streamline Publishing Workflow and Integrate Their Digital Edition
Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, has been a leader on American foreign policy and global affairs since 1922. They have grown into a multi-platform media organization with properties that include a print magazine, website, mobile site, two digital editions built with Adobe DPS, social media feeds, events and more. Its contributors drive the conversation about the most crucial issues in the world today and are able to reach readers wherever they want to consume content.
While delivering a multi-platform strategy is essential in publishing today, developing a single, unified workflow that enables seamless publishing to all of these platforms—including the iPad– is not always easy. Foreign Affairs set its sights on this goal and partnered with DPCI, an interactive technology agency with deep roots in publishing and extensive Adobe DPS expertise, to tackle the job. Together they delivered a game-changing workflow that eliminated countless hours of tedious work while delivering a consistent brand experience across properties and improving speed to market.
At the heart of this new workflow is Drupal, Foreign Affairs’ existing content management system. Drupal was established as the single source of content and the engine that would deliver the content wherever it needed to go, including website, EPUBs and most importantly, their iPad Extra digital edition. Historically, digital editions have been viewed as a barrier to creating a unified publishing system. However, working with DPCI, Foreign Affairs was able to integrate their iPad Extra, a bi-monthly digital edition that is a collection of web-original articles–and a complement to their monthly issue–into this workflow.
DPCI implemented DPSBridge, a Drupal 7.x module that enables content delivery to a digital edition straight from the source content in Drupal, without any interaction with Adobe InDesign. The new process eliminated the need for Foreign Affairs staff to copy and paste content from Drupal into InDesign to create the digital only iPad Extra issues. Eliminating this step was a huge benefit because it was a cumbersome process that took staffers significant time to complete.
From Lynda Hammes, Publisher, Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations:
“Working with DPCI to simplify our production workflow has not only saved our editors countless hours of work, it has been a critical step in future-proofing the magazine’s content formats for new digital products.”
Be sure to read the full case study for a detailed overview of how Foreign Affairs has connected InDesign with Drupal and then Drupal with Adobe DPS, EPUB, and PDF, to simplify the process by which content is prepared for delivery to multiple formats.
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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.
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September 16, 2014
Adobe is excited to have been recognized as a Leader in the 2014 Garnter Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms research report. The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a go-to resource for an objective perspective on technology markets. We feel being recognized as an industry leader—based on both “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute” —is the kind of validation that makes our team proud.
We know that companies increasingly need to develop mobile apps for a variety of uses. A Mobile App Development Platform (MADP) brings order and control to the potential chaos of app development. Whether teams create immersive brochure, sales enablement, or magazine apps with video and interactivity, or utility apps with custom functionality, like mobile bookings or ecommerce —they still want to retain control. They want to ensure consistent customer experiences, efficient content management, and measureable results. That’s where a MADP comes into play.
Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) is a key component of Adobe’s MADP. DPS allows companies to create content-rich apps that immerse users in interactive experiences. The more engaging and compelling apps are —the more effective they are. But the cost of apps doesn’t start and stop with initial development. Updates are constant and can be costly. So DPS integrates with content management systems, like Adobe Experience Manager, making it possible for marketers to update content themselves —saving time and money. Plus, with built in dashboards and integration with Adobe Analytics, DPS delivers valuable insights that lead to smarter decisions.
We’re proud that DPS is changing the way companies engage with customers, communicate with investors, and empower their employees and sales teams.
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August 25, 2014
Comscore just released its US Mobile App Report confirming that mobile apps now dominate content consumption: “Mobile has swiftly risen to become the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for an astounding 60 percent of digital media time spent in the U.S. The fuel driving mobile’s relentless growth is primarily app usage, which alone makes up a majority of total digital media engagement at 52 percent.” Check out the report here.
While mobile users obviously spend a lot of time in their social, radio and news apps, they are also spending time in a wide range of other apps that are important to them – whether at home, in the office, or in the class room. It has been great to watch app usage expand to include content such as the NFL Buffalo Bills app which is driving an entirely new fan experience both inside and outside the stadium. And a terrific app from Audi that is helping its dealers and customer stay ahead of the curve with an interactive product experience app.
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August 19, 2014
Maxim Integrated effectively creates and manages enhanced end-user experiences that quickly guide customers to the information they need—on any device at any time. Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Enterprise Edition, and Adobe Experience Manager in Adobe Marketing Cloud enable prompt access to personalized product research results that help Maxim customers transform online interactions and speeds time to market.
There are more than 9,000 semiconductor products on the Maxim website. With Adobe solutions, Maxim helps customers easily access solution information without needing to navigate through layers of complex pages. Instead, the website leads customers through the design process and adds value at each step.
“We support a total ecosystem that includes design engineers, purchasing staff, partners and more,” says Robert Reneau, director of digital marketing at Maxim Integrated. “With Adobe Marketing Cloud and Adobe Creative Cloud, we can transform the online experiences we offer our customers and partners, and deliver relevant content faster.”
Adobe solutions also offer increased scalability and easy integration with other back-end systems, helping streamline workflows throughout Maxim. For example, Adobe Experience Manager enables marketers and web developers to respond quickly to customer needs through improved content authoring and management, as well as easy integration with product information management systems, Salesforce.com, SAP, and Oracle Eloqua software.
“Adobe Experience Manager was the best solution given its rich feature set and ease of use, including how simple it is to create and publish content,” says Reneau. http://adobe.ly/1mL4Jka
August 12, 2014
UK retailer Shop Direct, has completely immersed itself in digital/web content, so that 81% of their sales are generated online. In order to continue the digital trend and strengthen its relationship with consumers, Shop Direct used Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to create more content-centric apps to showcase its products. Each app takes Shop Direct’s rich video and other online content and brings it to life on a mobile device, creating a more immersive experience than printed publications can offer.
“Our newer customers are younger, and fashion-led—paper to them is a little bit alien. We wanted to be where are customers are and our customers, no question, are in digital media,” explains Jonathon Wall, Group E-Commerce Director of Shop Direct Group.
Having experienced other Adobe products, Shop Direct decided to use DPS for its app product and found that it provided the best way to deliver engaging content without the cost of paper, or custom app development. Each piece of interactive content in its catalogs comes to life off the page and engages the reader.
“We put the commercial side in there as well, but first and foremost we put the engaging, immersive experience there,” says Wall.
Lower costs, as well as increased engagement and production flexibility are all benefits of mobile app publishing that Shop Direct has already seen. See other use cases and ways that Adobe DPS can bring these advantages to you: adobe.ly/1mGPeYc
August 7, 2014
New employees are often faced with an endless list of tasks at job orientation. Sony Latin America and agency JWT/Casa completely transformed their onboarding experience by producing an app created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) that engages the digital generation. Employees can discover the story of Sony through high-def video, explore company values through interactive content, and understand their roles through dynamic org charts — putting everything they need to succeed right at their fingertips.
“Sony saw an opportunity. To bring all of their content together and consolidate it into a really cool experience that would prove that they were thinking forward in terms of how they wanted to engage their new employees. It’s an example of how a company is totally transforming its processes, and thinking outside of the box.” – Douglas Fajardo, CEO, JWT/Casa
Why We Love This App:
- Showcases Sony Latin America’s innovation, a key priority for the company and the employees they hire.
- Engages the digital generation in their own language and saves time and money in the onboarding process.
- Provides a central library and learning resource employees can access throughout their careers.
- Increases interactivity and engagement and maximizes retention of information.
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July 31, 2014
Mobile is the new now.
The sales team at spirits distiller Rémy Cointreau is using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to transform their sales efforts. Gone are the bulky laptops and leave-behind printouts that clutter a bar environment. Sales representatives now present to potential clients with the Rémy Cointreau tablet app– letting mixologists explore stunning videos and interactive features on the tablet as the discussion evolves.
The portfolio of Rémy Cointreau as a company can now come to life right at customers’ fingertips. Alexandre Page-Relo, Chief Technology Officer at Rémy Cointreau said, “We realized it’s the 21st century. Let’s make something that’s enticing, that triggers conversation so we can exchange, instead of just talking.”
Why We Love This App:
- It’s two apps in one: landscape mode for client-facing presentations and portrait mode with presentation notes for sales training.
- Real-life demonstrations and cocktail measurements are made possible by a built-in calculator.
- Integrates social media and existing CRM, and provides constant connectivity to the greater global sales network.
- Provides a single digital library of sales and marketing materials, saving money and time.
“There is great simplicity in Rémy Cointreau’s idea to train sales teams and engage customers with a single tool. Reps can prep for customer meetings with notated versions of the materials they will be using to prompt customer conversations. One app, 2 purposes, built with the help of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.” – Linda Page, Sr. Director WWFO Enablement, Adobe.
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July 29, 2014
In June, Adobe released significant updates enhancing the DPS native Android and Windows viewers, streamlining the process for creating mobile apps for these platforms. Customers now have access to a robust set of interactive features–as well as article and viewer capabilities–that bring the same great reading experience audiences love on iOS to the Android and Windows platforms. Be sure to check out this comparison chart that illustrates how DPS features stack up across leading iOS and Android tablets and smartphones as well as Windows Mobile phones.
Adobe DPS Sr. Product Manager, Neil Enns, recently contributed this article to Talking New Media, providing a step-by-step overview of how to seamlessly develop an Android app with DPS. See first hand how you can create one piece of content—whether it’s an issue of a magazine, a sales enablement app, a game day app, or your company’s annual report– and deliver it to the Apple App Store, Google Play, Samsung Papergarden and Windows Store–without having to alter it or invest any additional production time. You’ll also learn how the same engaging, interactive experience will be maintained regardless of the device from which your audiences are accessing your content.
Now with DPS, delivering immersive, engaging content to the wide world of Android and Windows device users is faster, easier and more cost-effective than ever before.
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July 17, 2014
The Audi library app transforms the traditional vehicle showroom into an immersive digital world. Created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) and optimized for tablet, the app lets audiences browse and interact with their dream vehicles in ways only mobile can offer.
Fold down the seats in a tap, uncover an interior with a swipe. It’s like getting behind the wheel — right from a tablet. Beyond the showroom, customers can further explore the brand, gain access to Audi innovations, and view editions of the Audi magazine.
Why We Love This App:
- High-res vehicle imagery and a tactile interface creates the stunning experience customers expect from Audi.
- Content is available offline, allowing customers to interact with their dream car whenever, wherever.
- Audi can re-purpose existing content and make quick updates, saving money and effort.
See it for yourself! Download the app here:
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July 11, 2014
There’s nothing football fans love more than the excitement of game day. To make it even better, the creative team at Buffalo Bills built an app called Buffalo Bills Touch that brings all of the enthusiasm from the stands to the fans at home, as well as enhancing the in-stadium fan experience! Developed in-house using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), the app features behind-the-scenes player videos, up-to-the-minute stats, live game-day streaming, and immersive multimedia experiences as exhilarating as what’s happening on the field.
“We went digital because we want our fans to have the opportunity to always have their finger on the pulse of the Buffalo Bills,” said Bryan Matthews, Creative Director of the Buffalo Bills.
Why we love this app:
- Extends the game-day experience and engages the fan community all over the world
- Promotes a dialog between fans and the team via integration with Twitter and Instagram.
- Alerts fans mid-week to get them excited about upcoming games using in-app push notifications.
- Delivers a new way to engage with the franchise, creating a more robust brand experience.
- Connects in-seat, at-home and online experiences.
See it for yourself! Download the app here:
June 16, 2014
In today’s competitive business environment, giving your sales teams the tools they need to excel is critical, and equipping team members with mobile sales tools is more important than ever. To meet this growing demand, Adobe created its own, internally distributed Readiness Toolkit app to enable our sales force to communicate effectively with customers.
“We built the Adobe Readiness Toolkit app because we wanted to accelerate our own sales cycle and drive impact through interactive, measurable apps,” says David Schmidt, senior product marketing manager at Adobe. “In addition to supporting our own sales enablement needs, the Adobe Readiness Toolkit app also effectively showcases the sales enablement capabilities of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and Adobe Experience Manager.”
Using the Adobe Readiness Toolkit, account managers can deliver customized client presentations using only their iPads. Additionally, they can conduct high-impact product demonstrations, access digital sales collateral from the company portal, and access local offline storage for collateral such as PDFs, presentations, and multimedia. Marketing team members can add dynamic content, such as charts or logos, with just a few clicks.
Because the Readiness Toolkit is authored using the DPS + Adobe Experience Manager integration, it provides a streamlined way for marketing managers to author content for the app. Using content templates, marketing managers can “drag and drop” content into the app, without the assistance of a developer or designer.
The Readiness Toolkit also includes Customer Relationship Management (CRM) integration, recently launched with v31 of DPS. Team members can record data about articles shown from the app during a sales visit – including content viewed, interactivity used and other analytics information – and upload that data, along with custom notes about a sales prospect, directly to a sales opportunity record. Marketing and sales managers can then correlate content consumption with revenue impact. Marketers can then retool and refine content for maximum performance, while sales management can identify top performers and drive selling best practices across their organization.
In all, the Adobe Readiness Toolkit is already making a huge impact. According to Adobe Analytics, account managers using the Adobe Readiness Toolkit app have launched the app more than 5,000 times and have spent more than 15,000 minutes using the app in its first two months. As new features and functions develop, we plan to continue adding to and enhancing the Readiness Toolkit app. We are also looking to expand use beyond direct Adobe sales in the future.
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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.
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