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September 14, 2012 /The Latest /

Just added: Publish iPad Apps via Creative Cloud

As a Creative Cloud member, you can now create, develop, and deliver iPad apps using the tools you’re already familiar with. Design brochures, personal portfolios, yearbooks, annual reports — and integrate interactive elements such as slideshows and image sequences — using our latest release: the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition.

This new functionality comes as a plugin to InDesign, making it an approachable and intuitive solution that leverages your existing skills — so if you know print design, you already know how to create an iPad app. What’s even more exciting is that, as a Creative Cloud member, you get the exclusive benefit of being able to submit an unlimited number of iPad apps to the Apple App Store. If purchased separately, publishing each app costs US $395.

You can learn more by watching this overview video:

Here are some additional things you need to know, to get started:

  • The DPS App Builder that comes with Digital Publishing Suite is a Mac-only application. Also, Apple requires that you use a Mac to submit your app to the Apple App Store.
  • You need to update InDesign to access the Digital Publishing Suite desktop tools. To do this, open InDesign, go to the main menu, choose Help > Updates. To download InDesign for the first time, go here.
  • You’ll need to register as an Apple Developer and pay the $99 annual fee in order to submit apps to the Apple App Store.
  • You must be a paid member of Creative Cloud to access to Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition. If you are already a free member, you can upgrade here.

We created a step-by-step guide to publishing iPad apps to get you up and running. Be sure to check it out. If you aren’t a Creative Cloud member and want to access the guide, just sign up for a free membership here.

You can also see more videos on Adobe TV to help you get up to speed.

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  • By Martin - 2:18 AM on September 19, 2012  


  • By Thierry - 6:08 AM on September 19, 2012  

    Just a quick question : I don’t have MACs, can I still do it?

    • By Megan - 11:26 AM on September 19, 2012  

      You can design the application using InDesign on a Windows OS. But, you cannot complete the process of building and submitting your app without a Mac. It is required for two critical steps in the workflow — to run the DPS App Builder (the application that bundles .folio files for submission to the Apple App Store) and to submit an app to the Apple App Store (an Apple requirement).

      • By Thierry - 1:29 AM on September 20, 2012  

        Thank you Megan for your reply,
        so having one subscription but already two computer registered with my creative cloud account I need to desactivate one to activate it on a mac to build the app?

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  • By gilberto balderas - 9:17 AM on September 19, 2012  

    Im already DPS single edition serial number owner and CS6 owner but not Creative cloud owner, how does it affects me?

    • By Megan - 11:39 AM on September 19, 2012  

      This announcement generally doesn’t impact you except that the workflow to create your app has been simplified: there is no longer a requirement to use the Folio Producer, only one login is required, and you can now launch the DPS App Builder directly from the Folio Builder Panel in InDesign. Just update InDesign (by going to Help > Updates) to experience these changes and get the new tools.

  • By Somesh - 9:56 AM on September 19, 2012  

    This is excellent news! Thank you very much!

  • By Ian bennett - 10:24 AM on September 19, 2012  

    Just the sort of news I’ve been waiting for – keep it up Adobe

  • By Carl Duncan - 11:36 AM on September 19, 2012  

    So I just watched the video above and for the sheer number of times the word “App” was used, I saw nothing that came near resembling an “App”. App, for those of you who do not know, is short for APPLICATION.

    To be clear, what was demonstrated here was a quick way to build digital media for consumption, not an Application or “App”. If it were an “App”, there would be business logic that needed to be coded behind the scenes, data that would have needed to be accessed either within the “App” or remotely on a server.

    Be clear Adobe, If you are a print or electronic media designer that produces images with text… this application (doh there’s that word again) does NOT make you an App developer.

  • By Chris Key - 11:45 AM on September 19, 2012  

    I thought Apple didn’t like proprietary software. (like Flash)

  • By bretemaches - 11:15 PM on September 19, 2012  

    This is an excelent announcement. Just one question: Do i need to purchase an annual subscription or it will work just the same for the monthy subscription?. Thanks, angel.

    • By Megan - 9:41 AM on September 20, 2012  

      It will work with both annual or monthly subscriptions.

  • By Xander_A - 1:55 PM on September 25, 2012  

    As it is PNG export into HTML5 excluding text as letters so it is not worthy even penny.
    Also there is no possibility for notes, text export and other important stuff

  • By Kevin - 11:52 AM on September 27, 2012  

    Extremely disappointed that Adobe and Apple require a Mac to publish in this way. It would seem a restrictive practice to enforce Mac use for the final parts of the production process. i have never owned a Mac and never will as I am very happy with my PC’s.

    Come on Adobe you publish tools on both platforms, this is not a good move….

  • By Carlos - 3:09 PM on September 27, 2012  

    so, when i was deciding whether to buy the master collection and the creative cloud, i chose master collection CS6 because under “reasons to buy” its stated that toy can publish to the iPad , wish i could upload a sceenshot but there’s the link:

    check under “reasons to buy” / Access to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

    heres the full quote:

    Access to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

    Access Adobe Digital Publishing Suite from within InDesign to publish engaging digital documents for a range of tablet devices. New Single Edition now available for publishing to iPad.

    i just find a little frustrated to know that i bought the master collection and its only available to creative cloud subscriber, now when i call adobe they tell me “sorry, you have to upgrade to creative cloud.” my response is how can i upgrade and pay an extra $600 more when i already have the master collection. THIS is really frustrating and misleading. If i knew i would have returned it immediately and changed. How can i fix this? i cant be the only one going thru this.

  • By deelaka kariyawasam - 2:51 AM on October 1, 2012  

    I have a can download a photoshop CS3 & illustrator CS3

  • By Dany - 12:00 AM on October 3, 2012  

    I’m a creative cloud member, installed the latest versions of Indesign cs6 en digital publishing tools. I created a folio, uploaded to the folio builder en then chose ‘create app’ in Indesign. After importing the icons @ splash screens (I get the message that all icons/splash screens, SD and HD are complete), the tool stops working. Around the fields where I find the path to the icons and splash screens, I get a red border. I use the png file format, 72 ppi, …
    Any idea what I do wrong?

    • By Megan - 4:50 PM on October 4, 2012  

      Hi Dany. Here is one suggestion- open the image files in Photoshop, use Save for Web & Devices to save the files in 8-bit PNG format, make sure the pathname and filenames don’t include any goofy characters.. and try again. Hopefully that will fix the issues for you.

  • By abdou - 1:51 PM on October 3, 2012  

    this nice thank you

  • By Alejandro R. Torres - 12:27 AM on October 5, 2012  

    Thank you, Adobe. You guys rock. This is the news I have been waiting for. You just made my life infinitely easier. By the way, love the Cloud. It’s working very well for me. Full speed ahead!

  • By Charles - 9:41 AM on October 5, 2012  
    • By Megan - 11:46 AM on October 5, 2012  

      Hi Charles! There is a video… you may want to check that your flash player is properly installed?

  • By Johan - 3:06 AM on October 8, 2012  

    Principally wonderful news! One question though, when could we expect to see the DPS App Builder on PC?

  • By Ryan - 6:02 AM on December 11, 2012  

    I’m a Creative Cloud member and I’ve created a Folio, clicked create app, gone into the DPS App Builder, filled out all the necessary information, uploaded the icons and splash screens with no errors, entered my development and distribution mobileprovision files I received from Apple and clicked “Create App” only to be taken to a screen where I’m prompted to enter a serial number. According to this: I shouldn’t have to purchase a serial number.

    Any advice?

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  • By Gareth Mcdaniel - 2:03 AM on January 22, 2013  

    i m creative cloud member so i can create single-issue content, such as marketing material, brochures, product guides or personal design portfolios, and submit an unlimited number of apps to the Apple App Store for publication, at no additional cost.

  • By Steve Purcell - 6:57 AM on May 14, 2013  

    cant publish an app using a windows PC, will this be an option or am I wasting my time?

  • By Ade - 1:03 AM on June 23, 2013  

    Most DPS brochure and report apps are rejected. Is there any way to get round this problem?