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November 24, 2014 /Uncategorized /

E-publishing Evolved

An update on EPUB and DPS, Single Edition

When Adobe first created DPS, Single Edition, in 2011, it was our best available option for individuals who wanted to create books, portfolios, and one-off publications in iPad application format. But in the intervening years, we’ve made two important discoveries: The ongoing evolution of e-publishing technologies has inspired many more of our individual design customers to export interactive e-books (EPUBs), a format that DPS, Single Edition was not intended to support; and that most customers requiring the end-to-end functionality of dynamic app creation and measurement were typically organizations looking to develop enterprise-class apps, or subscription-based publications like magazines.

To help our customers connect to the publication channels best suited for them, we’ve made some shifts to our product offerings.

The Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, service will be available for use until May 1, 2015. Customers can redeem previously purchased serial numbers and create or edit apps in the meantime, but beyond that date the service will no longer be available.

Please also note that on December 4, 2014, Single Edition will be removed as a purchasable product from the store. Instead, the 2014 release of Adobe InDesign CC includes a fixed layout EPUB feature that makes it easier for individuals to publish graphic-heavy documents in e-book format. Customers with DPS Pro or Enterprise editions are unaffected by this change and will still be able to create single-issue and multi-issue applications for publication to app stores.DPS provides a custom branded experience for publishers, businesses and universities to produce, distribute and market rich digital publications to apps on phones and tablets.

The new Fixed-layout EPUB export capability announced in the 2014 release of InDesign CC is our powerful, simplified solution for individual designers who want to create interactive, image-rich content intended for publication to channels like the iBooks Store or for ad hoc distribution. By exporting a fixed-layout file into EPUB3 standard format, individuals now have an expanded opportunity to publish across a wider range of tablets. Read more about it in this previous post, Publishing for Everyone: Adobe InDesign CC’s Fixed Layout EPUB Format.

We’re eager to see how individual designers will use Fixed Layout EPUB to engage readers in new and exciting ways and to continue to be impressed by the apps created by DPS for the enterprise.


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  • By Jason - 11:56 AM on November 24, 2014  

    I just upgraded my entire design team for our non-profit org to Adobe CC, with a primary purpose being the use of DPS. We just published our first app to the app store and was planning to start scaling that up to one of our larger publications and now you’re pulling the functionality. EPUB is not a viable alternative. I purchased to publish to the app store, not to iBooks where the publication is hidden away in an app that very few users even use.

  • By Kevin Neadow - 11:58 AM on November 24, 2014  

    We currently use The Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition to create Magazine Apps for the Apple App Store. Am I understanding that this won’t be available to use after May? If so, what am I to use or available to use from that point on? Is there a different Digital Publishing Suite that will be available to use?

    Kevin Neadow
    Senior Graphic Designer
    Henderson Printing

  • By ivee - 12:28 PM on November 24, 2014  

    Dear Adobe,

    Stopping the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition within such a short period of time will have a huge negative impact on my Business as I heavily rely on the DPS suite for creating apps for my clients.

    We hereby appeal to Adobe to continue to provide support for Single editions apps for at least for the next 2 years. Our company has a year long contract with our clients to maintain their applications. This will give us some time to change the way we built apps, and perhaps switch to a different platform.

    Hoping adobe will change it’s mind in regards to single editions apps.

  • By John O'Neill - 12:34 PM on November 24, 2014  

    Adobe, I agree with the previous posts. For many small business DPS single edition is the most affordable way to create a App. I would appeal for you to continue support for single edition, not for just 2 years, but long term.

    Thank you,
    John O’Neill

  • By Peter Villevoye - 1:23 PM on November 24, 2014  

    Maybe the blog didn’t clarify it well enough: with a DPS Enterprise contract, you can still create DPS Single Editions ! If you, your business and your customers rely so heavily on it, you might as well have a look into that option.

    For the rest, I think it’s an obvious decision Adobe has made. The ePub FXL is gaining more and more features and adoption, and is a serious alternative with many advantages (even over DPS) and just a few shortcomings (for now).

  • By Alejandro - 1:43 PM on November 24, 2014  

    Adobe, please re-consider this decision, the DPS single edition is the perfect solution for our business and by discontinuing it you will severely impact it. The ePub solution is similar but not quite what we need.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Alejandro Rubalcava

  • By David Ronalds - 3:42 PM on November 25, 2014  

    It will be sad to see the Single Edition go. It was nice to be able to produce a stand alone app.

    Having the process available from within InDesign was fantastic. Having it free as part of our CC subscription made it even better.

    The fixed format EPub is cool, but if it could be packaged as an App it would be better.



  • By Arnaud - 10:35 AM on November 26, 2014  

    We decided to switch to Aquafadas 6 months ago, and it was the best move.
    Go for it guys, it will take a little time to adapt but you’ll not regret the choice.
    It’s way more powerfull, the HTML5 (edge) integration is fast and you can publish for Android and amazon.
    And the cool part is that Aquafadas, even owned by kobbo, is still a human size company with fast and reliable people.

  • By Goy - 2:46 AM on November 28, 2014  

    Well. New (old) feature disappears. We are used to it.
    But the Indesign/folio/appstore workflow is in fact so a “niche” that it never outbreaked here (europa, y’know… we don’t rush into all those apple products. We still read real books).
    So, time to think about Cordova-PhoneGap-Dreamweaver to create apps I suggest. And BTW epub is a simple container for xhtml, soooo…

  • By Chris Jennings - 9:29 AM on December 5, 2014  

    Does this mean that DPS and Adobe Content Viewer will not be included in CC 2014 for Student use in academic institutions? I appreciate that the ‘service’ won’t be available, but can/should we still teach it’s use in Magazine publishing?

    I certainly will remove from the curriculum for single edition app development, but then, I was never very keen to promote it for that anyway.

    • By Mike Chambers - 4:18 PM on December 8, 2014  

      @Chris Jennings

      DPS SE will no longer be available as part of Creative Cloud after May 1, 2015.

      mike chambers