November 27, 2013
Digital Publishing Suite Evangelist Bob Levine is a graphic designer and digital publishing services consultant with a primary focus on serving small to medium size businesses.
Know the Difference between Supported and Unsupported InDesign Features
You don’t have to go back too far into the past to a time when Adobe InDesign was used to produce printed output and all features were geared toward print workflows. Fast forward to today and InDesign is being used for output to multiple digital platforms (Epub, Interactive PDF, DPS, SWF) as well as print. Because of that, not every feature works with every publishing intent.
As an example, native animations, some button actions, and blend modes between interactive and static content are not supported in Digital Publishing Suite.
Understand the Concept of Overlays
All interactivity for DPS is added as an overlay which sits on top of static content no matter what the stacking order is in your InDesign document. Because of that I’ve found myself pointing out “they’re called overlays for a reason.”
In other words, you can’t put static content on top of interactivity. There are of course workarounds – either include the static content in your interactive content or convert it to interactive content.
Dual Orientation is All or Nothing at All
While it may look like magic on an iPad, having two orientations for your folio is not magic. It involves creating two layouts for every article. Think carefully about whether it adds anything to the experience for the reader since not only does it involve extra work, it also can double the file size of your folio.
You Must Have Access to a Mac
While the production of a folio can be done on either Mac or Windows, the actual process of building and submitting the app must be done on a Mac. This is an Apple requirement, not Adobe’s so be prepared. And finally, speaking of needing a Mac…
Apple iTunes App Store Requirements
This can’t be emphasized enough. It’s their ball and their bat so they make the rules for the game. The biggest thing to be aware of is that glorified PDFs, that is apps that have little or no interactivity in them, will be rejected for being too book-like. Things to include to minimize rejection risk:
- Scrolling Content
- Audio and video
In short, keep it engaging for the user. Also, when submitting your app, avoid the book category and don’t use book terms such as table of contents, page, PDF, and of course, book.
August 15, 2013
Three new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite analytics videos by Colin Fleming are now available for viewing on Adobe TV! You can learn more about each video below.
In this video, you will find a basic introduction to Digital Publishing Suite analytics. You will learn how readers are using their application and how they are interacting with content. This information can help you improve your content or better understand your readership. Watch the video here:
In this video, Colin demonstrates the SiteCatalyst interface from sign-in to basic controls for the data that is presented in the reports and dashboard. Watch the video here:
In this video, learn how DPS customers with Adobe SiteCatalyst access are able to access deep analytics and data for their apps. The reports and dashboards enable them to visualize data. Colin will share how to customize reports and construct dashboards. Watch the video here:
April 17, 2013
Digital Publishing Suite Enterprise and Professional customers: your DPS Getting Started Guide is here! If your company just purchased a Digital Publishing Suite license, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide will help your team learn to plan, create, and distribute apps.
Similar to the step-by-step guide available for Single Edition customers, this PDF will explore basic concepts and setup, folio creation, interactivity, distribution, workflows and more! This guide pulls together content from the many resources available online into a simple, straight forward, and linear format. Serving as a central hub of instructional content, it illuminates the process of building apps with Digital Publishing Suite.
Before the publishing process begins, it’s important to put a strategic plan in place. Plan your app deployment carefully by getting clarity on supported platforms and devices. Explore single vs. multi folio app creation, subscription models, and multiple ways to distribute apps created with DPS. Your team can control the production and publishing workflow from the DPS dashboard, complete with analytics capabilities and more. From basic terminology to setup, this guide will serve as your business’ tour guide to initiate the app building process.
We have worked closely with first time users and designed this guide to simplify the onboarding process as much as possible. Catering to Enterprise and Pro users just getting started, we dive deep into two complex concepts:
- Account administration: You will explore the distinctions between administrator, application, and DPS app builder roles.
- Agency-client workflow: When agencies build digital publications for clients, both companies need to come to an agreement about license purchase and account administration. This guide walks through several agency-client scenarios so that your team can decide how to structure the relationship.
Enterprise and Pro licensed users: your guide is here! We welcome your comments and feedback so we best help you get acquainted with the DPS workflow. Read the complete PDF here: DPS Getting Started Guide.
March 19, 2010
I haven’t mentioned this on this blog before, but wanted to point out the resources on Adobe.com on how to create EPUB eBooks using Adobe InDesign. We’ve produced some guides on creating eBooks in InDesign, including an overview of the EPUB workflow in the software, answers to commonly asked questions, and how to work with images. These how-to EPUB authoring guides are available on Adobe.com. While you’re there, check out the tutorial videos on Adobe TV that explain how to create EPUB, information about the EPUB specification, and where to find information about eBooks elsewhere on Adobe.com (like the InDesign help pages and the Digital Publishing Technology Center)
EPUB authoring resources:
- Create eBooks with the Adobe eBooks software platform
- Producing EPUB eBooks from InDesign: How-to guides
Also – I’m looking at developing more guides on creating EPUB eBooks and would like your feedback. What topics would you like to see covered? What is most challenging about authoring EPUB for you? Leave a comment on this post and I’ll review it for possible inclusion in our next set of guides on how-to create EPUB.