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Using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Tablet Applications

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.

What’s Next: Publishing Your App to a Store

The final step to selling your app to the public is to turn it into an actual device application. As we mentioned in the first chapter of this book, designers and creative professionals are expected not only to be creative and produce documents, but also to become application developers. Details of the process are beyond the scope of this book, but we offer an outline of what’s involved to get you started.

Once you’ve published your folio and exported it, the next step is to build a viewer app. The Viewer Builder app can be downloaded from the DPS Dashboard, where you signed in for Folio Producer. Use the Viewer Builder wizard to name your app, add icons and splash screens, and point to the ZIP file of the folio created using Folio Producer.

If you are publishing to the iPad or iPhone, you’ll need to sign up to become an Apple Developer. The cost is $99 a year, and you can sign up at https://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/.

Amazon has its own requirements for developers for the Kindle Fire, details of which can be found at http://developer.amazon.com/. There is yet another set of guidelines for Android developers, which can be found at http://developer.android.com/index.html.