Home / Articles / Adobe Creative Suite / Using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Tablet Applications

Using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Tablet Applications

  • Sample Chapter is provided courtesy of Adobe Press.
  • Date: Sep 27, 2012.

Chapter Description

With InDesign and Adobe’s complementary set of tools, known as the Digital Publishing Suite, a whole new world of design and interactivity has opened up to designers and publishers everywhere. This chapter covers the Digital Publishing Suite apps, design and workflow considerations, setting up your document, interactivity and digital overlays, the Folio Builder Panel, Folio Producer, and publishing your app to a store.

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on January 27, 2010, the world expected another game-changing product from Apple. But few of us in publishing and design realized how profoundly it would change our world. Today, an increasing number of books and magazines are read with a swipe and a touch onscreen. Buttons and video are becoming as commonplace as editorials and classifieds. And the experience of reading is becoming much more immersive and engaging in the process.

InDesign is at the center of the publishing world for print, so it’s not surprising that it has now become a key part of publishing to the iPad and other tablets. With InDesign and Adobe’s complementary set of tools, known as the Digital Publishing Suite, a whole new world of design and interactivity has opened up to designers and publishers everywhere.

Understanding Digital Publishing Suite Apps

Several third-party products allow you to convert your InDesign layouts to tablet apps for the iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. Most of them provide a set of free plugins for creating interactive overlay elements, along with some means of converting your documents into an app. Our focus in this chapter will be on Adobe’s solution: the Digital Publishing Suite, also known as DPS.

Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite consists of several components that allow you to bring your InDesign layouts to life as applications on tablets that include the iPad, the Kindle Fire, Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy, and even the iPhone (though our focus throughout this chapter will be on tablet apps). The DPS tools allow you to add interactive features to your publication and to publish your file in a folio format that allows it to be shared and published to tablet devices.

DPS tools

DPS tools include several components. Each plays a different part in the process of creating a tablet app from your InDesign layout.

  • Folio Overlays panel: An InDesign panel that allows you to add interactive features for tablets to your layout.
  • Folio Builder panel: An InDesign panel that allows you to assemble your files into folios, which are files that can be previewed and shared.
  • Adobe Content Viewer (desktop version): A computer application that allows you to preview your content and interactivity as it will appear on a tablet.
  • Adobe Content Viewer (device version): A free application that is installed on your iPad (or other tablet) and allows you to preview your content and interactivity.
  • Folio Producer: A browser-based application for organizing your folio files, adding metadata, and publishing folios.
  • Viewer Builder: An Adobe AIR application that allows you to build a custom viewer app for your content that you can submit to Apple’s App Store, Amazon’s Appstore for Android, or Google Play.

The Folio Builder panel is part of the standard installation of InDesign CS6. When you first open the panel, you will be prompted to update the panel by clicking a link. This takes you to Adobe’s website, where you can download the latest version of the DPS tools. Installing this package will add the Folio Overlays panel to InDesign and install the Desktop Viewer on your computer’s hard drive. As the DPS tools are updated, the Folio Builder panel will prompt you to download the latest version.

To finally publish your app and make it available for sale requires that you sign up for one of three DPS subscription programs. At the highest and most expensive level are the Enterprise and Professional Editions, which are geared to mid-sized or large publishers. These allow publication of an unlimited number of single-issue folios or subscription-based, multi-issue folios (such as monthly magazines) on the iOS and Android platforms. Both also provide analytics, or data, about the folio downloads, with the Enterprise Edition offering additional services, such as the ability to create in-app custom navigation.

The Single Edition, which allows you to publish single-issue folios only, offers a more affordable entry point for small and individual publishers. In fact, the Single Edition will be made available to all Adobe Creative Cloud members for free. Non-subscribers to Creative Cloud have to pay a one-time license fee, which at the time of this writing is $395. The Single Edition is currently available for iPad only.

No matter which version you use, the tools and the creation process are the same. And anyone with an Adobe ID can use these tools to create and share folios with others.

One important thing to note is that the components of DPS are regularly updated, so you’ll want to check out the resources mentioned at the end of this chapter.

DPS workflow overview

The basic DPS workflow involves multiple steps. The diagram below illustrates the overall process.

The first step is to design your publication for viewing on a tablet and to add interactivity where appropriate. Design issues are discussed in the next section, “Design and Workflow Considerations” on page 125. Interactivity is added using InDesign’s built-in features (covered in Chapter 2) and the Folio Overlays panel, discussed in the section “Interactivity and Digital Overlays,” on page 130.

Next, your individual InDesign documents, called articles, are assembled into a folio, which you can think of as the file format for a tablet app. This assembly is done using the Folio Builder panel in InDesign, which is discussed in the section “The Folio Builder Panel” on page 157. You can also import HTML articles into your folio, but we’re going to focus on working with InDesign files.

Once you’ve created your folio, you can preview it in a number of ways. You can view it on your computer by clicking the Preview button in the Folio Builder panel, which opens the Desktop Viewer. Or, install the Adobe Content Viewer on your iPad or other tablet, then sign in with your Adobe ID. The folio will then be available on your tablet. Both of these options are discussed further in “Previewing folios and articles” on page 167.

If you need to share your folio with others on your team or with a client, you can do so by clicking the name of the folio in the Folio Builder flyout menu and choosing Share from the menu. You can then enter multiple email addresses inviting others to view the folio. In order to view the folio, invitees must have an Adobe ID to sign in, and they can view the folio either on their tablet (using the Adobe Viewer) or in their Folio Builder panel in InDesign. See “Sharing folios” on page 170 for more information.

Once your folio is complete, use the Folio Producer to publish it to Adobe’s distribution system, the first step to getting your app in the Apple App Store, Amazon’s Appstore for Android, or Google Play.

DPS app navigation and user interface

Whether you create a folio to share with a few colleagues or publish your app for sale to the general public, all DPS apps allow you to navigate pages in the same way, and all share a common user interface, or chrome—controls that appear when the user taps the screen. The only exceptions are Enterprise Edition apps created with a custom interface. But the vast majority of DPS apps share the same “look and feel.”

When you download the free Adobe Content Viewer for your tablet, you’ll find an illustrated help file that explains this basic navigation and interface. It’s also common when publishing an app to include a similar help file so that users unfamiliar with the interface can fully experience and engage with your app.

Most DPS apps are set so that you read an article by swiping vertically. The article may be set as individual pages or as one long, scrolling article. Swiping horizontally moves to the next article. However, a folio can also be set so that the user swipes horizontally only, much the way a print publication is read. With this navigation, the user basically swipes through every page of the publication.

When the user taps the screen, standard DPS navigation controls appear. These controls include the following icons:

  • Home: tap to return to the app library.
  • Table of Contents: tap to display the table of contents.
  • Previous View: tap to go back to the previously viewed page.
  • Browse Mode: tap to display thumbnail images of the articles.
  • Scrubber: drag to scroll through the article thumbnails.
2. Design and Workflow Considerations | Next Section

Adobe Press Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from Adobe Press and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Overview

Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about Adobe Press products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.

Surveys

Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites; develop new products and services; conduct educational research; and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.

Newsletters

If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email ask@peachpit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

Security

Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

Children

This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.

Marketing

Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.

Choice/Opt-out

Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by Adobe Press. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.adobepress.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.

Links

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020