Posts in Category "Digital Publishing"

DPS Getting Started Guide

Adobe just put together  a DPS Getting Started Guide PDF for Professional and Enterprise publishers.

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How to Submit DPS Apps to the Gallery

The Digital Publishing Suite Gallery is a great place to check out apps created with DPS tools. Apps used to be added to the gallery through an obscure option in the DPS App Builder that’s no longer available. To add your DPS app to the gallery, take a couple minutes to fill out a form.

DPS Gallery Submission Form

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First Folio Free and Digital Blow-ins

Publishers want to use many of the same techniques for digital magazine publishing that they use in their print magazines. With the v25 release, both Professional and Enterprise publishers can take advantage of a few new features that help them market their magazine more effectively.

First, take a look at Colin’s video. Then come back and read the rest of this article for additional details.

Click here to watch Colin Fleming’s video

First Folio Free

Here’s a common experience. Someone wants to check out the new magazine on their iPad, so she downloads the free app from the App Store full of anticipation. When she opens the app, she doesn’t see any content–just a library with issues for sale. So she gives the app a poor rating, deletes it, and goes back to play another level of Angry Birds.

With First Folio Free, publishers can now select an option in the Account Administration tool that entitles the most recently published retail folio to first-time users of an app. That way, when users download the app from the App Store, the most current issue can start downloading, providing a better initial experience for some publications.

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Select this option in the Account Admin tool to enable First Folio Free. [Click image to enlarge.]

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DPS Tips HTML5 Examples

In DPS Tips, I included several HTML examples that are used in Web Content overlays. I’ll attach the source files for these effects.

Scratch Off

Let’s start with the scratch-off effect example.

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Download ScratchOff.zip (as used in DPS Tips)

Download ScratchOff_simple.zip (no extra text or borders)

  1. Create two images the same size.
  2. Name them “foreimage.jpg” and “backimage.jpg.”
  3. Unzip the file, and replace the foreimage.jpg and backimage.jpg with your images.
  4. Rename the scratch_off_v.html file, if necessary. Change the suffix to _h for horizontal-only folios or remove the suffix for dual-orientation folios.
  5. Create a Web Content overlay the same size as your images.

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Viewing DPS Tips on a Computer

In the DPS forum, people frequently answer questions by pointing to the such-and-such article in DPS Tips to see an example and steps. In response, several people have mentioned that they don’t always have access to an iPad or other device to view DPS Tips. You don’t need an iPad. If you know where to look, you can view all the DPS Tips articles on a computer.

I used the social sharing feature to make all of the folios available in most computer browsers. If you click the following links from an iPad, you’ll jump to the first article of the issue in the DPS Tips app. Click any of these links on a desktop or laptop computer (or a new Surface tablet), and you’ll see a “Web Viewer” version of the articles in each issue.

DPS Overview

Overlay Basics

Advanced Overlays

DPS Features

HTML Effects

Information

In Web Viewer, click the icon in the lower left corner to switch to a different orientation. Click the icons in the bottom center to view different articles. Click the icons in the lower right corner to view different pages in the article.

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Article displayed in Web Viewer. (Click to view larger image.)

Note that not all features are available in Web Viewer. For example, panoramas are not yet supported. You’re better off using DPS Tips on an iPad or another mobile device, but if you’re away from your iPad, use these links.

 

DPS Health Status Page

The new DPS Status page shows ongoing issues with DPS servers as well as planned maintenance. If you’re a DPS publisher, you’ll want to bookmark this page or opt in to receive email notifications. If you know you’re going to publish your new issue at a specific date and time, you’ll want to check the DPS status page to see if maintenance is planned for that time period.

If you wish to receive email notifications when the Adobe DPS team updates the DPS Status page, go to the DPS Status page and specify your contact information in the “Receive Updates” section.

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Again, here’s the DPS Status page.

 

DPS Sections

The Sections feature is new with the v24 release. This feature is primarily intended for newspaper publishers who want to allow their customers to download only specific sections of a folio, such as Entertainment, Sports, News, and Lifestyle.

How do you create Sections?

Simple. Go into the Folio Producer Organizer and open a folio in the Folio Producer Editor. Specify a section name for each article. Make sure that you specify the same section name for at least two articles. Section names are case sensitive, so take care when adding values. Copy/paste is a good idea.

If you don’t specify a section name for an article, that article gets downloaded when any other section is downloaded. You might want to leave the section name blank for articles such as covers and tables of contents.

Specify section names in the Folio Producer Editor. (Click to view larger image.)

You can also use the sidecar.xml file to specify section names for articles in a folio.

Once you specify sections for the folio, you need a v24.1 or later viewer to see the sections.

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Creating DPS Folios for Android Devices

This article used to contain a bunch of complicated information about various options for targeting the various Android models. However, now that the native Android viewer is available, the following articles are better resources:

Building native DPS apps for Android devices

Differences between iOS and Android viewers

DPS supported features list

Building DPS apps for Windows Store

Structuring Files for DPS

If you’re using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to create apps for mobile devices such as the iPad and Kindle Fire, it’s important to structure your source files appropriately. There are two main reasons for structuring files appropriately:

  • To import articles, re-create folios, or create folio renditions for multiple devices.
  • To transfer files from one computer to another.

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Link to DPS App Using Custom URL Scheme

The “Optional URL Scheme” option in Viewer Builder is a relatively obscure feature that can come in handy. If you’re viewing this blog post on an iPad or iPhone in mobile Safari, tapping the following link opens the DPS Tips app if you have it installed (and updated to the newest version):

OPEN DPS TIPS

NOTE: If you click this link from a computer browser, you get an error message. Similarly, if you tap the link on an iPhone or iPad on which DPS Tips is not installed or updated, you get a “Cannot Open Page” error message. It’s useful only when you tap this link on an iOS device that has the newest version of DPS Tips installed.

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