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An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process

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Video: An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process

The Digital Publishing Suite, or DPS for short, is Adobe's answer to the question of how to publish to tablets like Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire. In this video, I'll discuss the DPS tools and outline the process of using them. One of the first things to know about DPS is that it comes in three separate editions; although you use the same tools in InDesign regardless of which edition you have. The three editions are Enterprise Edition, Professional Edition, and Single Edition, and on Adobe's DPS web site, you can view a detailed comparison chart.

An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process

The Digital Publishing Suite, or DPS for short, is Adobe's answer to the question of how to publish to tablets like Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire. In this video, I'll discuss the DPS tools and outline the process of using them. One of the first things to know about DPS is that it comes in three separate editions; although you use the same tools in InDesign regardless of which edition you have. The three editions are Enterprise Edition, Professional Edition, and Single Edition, and on Adobe's DPS web site, you can view a detailed comparison chart.

The Enterprise Edition is aimed at large global publishing companies. It can be integrated with other publishing systems, and it includes high-end features that the other editions don't offer, like in-depth analytics, and the ability to customize the interface of the application used to view DPS publications, which is called the Content Viewer. The Enterprise Edition allows you to sell single issues or subscriptions to a publication through the Apple App Store and the Kindle Fire Newsstand. The cost of the Enterprise Edition includes both a platform fee and a download fee based on the number of downloads of each publication purchased by customers.

The Professional Edition of DPS is aimed at mid-size publishers. Like the Enterprise Edition, it allows publishers to sell single issues or subscriptions through the app stores and it includes access to analytics reports. But you do not have the ability to customize the Content Viewer with the Professional Edition. And like the Enterprise Edition, the Professional Edition is available either as a monthly subscription, or as an annual purchase, and the cost includes both a platform fee, and a download fee, based on the number of downloads of each folio file purchased by customers.

The Single Edition of DPS is aimed at individual users and small companies. It allows you to create a single publication in what's called a Folio file for the Apple App Store for a one time fee, and there are no additional charges for downloads. You can't publish to the Kindle Fire or Android devices with the Single Edition. As of this recording, the fee for the Single Edition that you can submit to the Apple's App Store is $395. However, you can also get access to the Single Edition with a membership to Adobe's Creative Cloud service.

It's also worth noting that Mac OS is required to use the Viewer Builder application that bundles folio files for you to submit to the App Store. Now those are the three editions of DPS, but you don't need to purchase any of them to get started. You can design and create folio files, preview them on tablets like the iPad and the Kindle Fire, and share folios with other people, all with just InDesign, and the DPS tools that you can download and use for free. So let's look at those tools and the basic DPS workflow. InDesign is at the center of the DPS workflow.

As always, it's where you create your layouts. Overlays are the interactive elements you can add to your DPS publications. They are called overlays because when you export an InDesign layout to a folio, all the non-interactive items are exported as a background image, either a PDF, a JPEG, or a PNG, and the interactive overlays sit on top of that background image. You manage overlays with a panel called the Folio Overlays panel, and there are eight kinds of interactivity that you can add to a folio. There are some differences in the ways you have to go about creating these various overlays.

For the first five that I mentioned: hyperlink, slideshows, audio/video, pan and zoom and scrollable frames, you first create or place objects in InDesign and then use the Folio Overlays panel to edit them. For the other three: image sequences, panoramas, and web content, you have to first draw an empty frame, and then use the Folio Overlays panel to place content into that frame. After you've added the interactivity you want, you use the Folio Builder panel to assemble content into articles, and then assemble articles into an overall package called the Folio.

You can then preview the folio with a separate desktop application called the Adobe Content Viewer, or you can also preview folio on an iPad or other mobile device by using the Adobe Content Viewer app. With an Adobe ID, you can sign in to the Folio producer web site, which is part of acrobat.com and edit the Folio, and share it with anyone else with an Adobe ID. Finally, if you're a subscriber to the Professional or Enterprise Edition, or if you've purchased a Single Edition license, you can publish your finished Folio to places like the Apple App Store. All right, now that we've taken a bird's eye view of the process and the tools involved in the DPS workflow, it's time to start looking at the details.

We'll start by looking at the various kinds of interactivity we can add to a layout in the Folio Overlays panel.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      43s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide
      4m 19s
    2. Case study: The Magic of Reality app
      3m 20s
    3. Exploring PDF digital magazines: InDesign Magazine
      2m 45s
    4. Looking at digital newspapers: BostonGlobe.com
      3m 44s
    5. Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic
      4m 58s
    6. Exploring iamboundless.com
      3m 35s
  3. 21m 56s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      6m 32s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      5m 48s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      3m 5s
    4. Working with images and swatches
      5m 2s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 29s
  4. 37m 24s
    1. Using Liquid Layout
      9m 17s
    2. Creating alternate layouts
      4m 4s
    3. Using primary text frames
      3m 49s
    4. Using the Content Conveyor
      5m 42s
    5. Linking text
      4m 32s
    6. Linking page items
      3m 19s
    7. Fitting frames to content
      3m 33s
    8. Using style mapping
      3m 8s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Reviewing what we're going to build
      1m 56s
    2. Previewing with the SWF Preview panel
      4m 51s
    3. Presentation design tips
      2m 41s
    4. Setting up a presentation file with layers
      4m 53s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      8m 32s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      7m 57s
    7. Overriding master page items
      5m 59s
    8. Setting page transitions
      4m 34s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      3m 40s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      4m 45s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding what we're going to build
      1m 11s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      5m 9s
    3. Building a navigation system
      4m 5s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 33s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      9m 33s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      5m 44s
    7. Setting navigation points
      4m 28s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      1m 21s
    9. Creating hyperlinks from URLs
      2m 36s
  7. 18m 6s
    1. An overview of PDF forms
      2m 6s
    2. Creating text fields and signature fields
      3m 13s
    3. Creating list boxes and combo boxes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating checkboxes and radio buttons
      3m 47s
    5. Creating tab order for PDF forms
      3m 14s
    6. Creating Submit, Print, and Clear Form actions
      1m 51s
  8. 53m 36s
    1. Exploring the Animation Encyclopedia script
      10m 57s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      6m 56s
    3. Animating on a motion path
      3m 57s
    4. Animating a list
      4m 29s
    5. Creating navigation buttons
      5m 15s
    6. Creating a multi-state object
      6m 23s
    7. Creating a page number indicator
      2m 57s
    8. Animating an opening page
      3m 9s
    9. Creating a multi-purpose button
      3m 11s
    10. Exporting your presentation and embedded fonts to SWF
      3m 46s
    11. Working with transitions and animation
      2m 36s
  9. 40m 34s
    1. An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process
      4m 31s
    2. Creating hyperlinks
      5m 17s
    3. Creating slideshows
      3m 25s
    4. Using the Image Sequence feature
      4m 58s
    5. Adding audio and video
      5m 6s
    6. Creating panoramas
      4m 21s
    7. Adding web content
      3m 56s
    8. Panning and zooming
      4m 1s
    9. Creating scrollable frames
      4m 59s
  10. 27m 18s
    1. Using the Folio Builder panel
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a folio
      5m 28s
    3. Adding articles to a folio
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Folio Producer
      4m 54s
    6. Viewing a folio on an iPad
      1m 48s
  11. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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