Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), part of Adapting a Print Layout for Digital Publishing.
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- Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite, known as DPS for short, is one of the options you can use to publish highly designed interactive content in the form of apps to multiple devices like iPads. DPS's publications are made from InDesign layouts so they can perfectly match the print version of a layout and they can include lots of interactive features like hyperlinks, slideshows, audio and video, and animation. Many major magazines use DPS to create and sell their digital editions.
Examples include Rolling Stone, Martha Stewart Living, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic. When you create a DPS publication, your InDesign layout is rendered as a background image either in PDF, JPEG, or PING format, and then on top of the background image, you can add interactivity in the form of overlays. These overlays are how you can include popups, scroll over content, slideshows, audio and video, and more. A key thing to understand about DPS is that content is contained in things called folios.
There are two kinds of apps you can produce with DPS. Single-folio apps or all the content is embedded in one self contain unit, or multi-folio apps which how's a library of folios like the issues of a magazine. You can add or remove folios from that library. If you have a paid membership in Adobe Creative Cloud, you get the ability to publish unlimited number of single edition apps at no extra cost. If you're not using Creative Cloud, you can still build single-edition DPS apps by purchasing a license from Adobe which goes for 395 dollars as of this recording.
One downside of single-edition apps is that they are for iPad only. If you go that root, iPhone, Windows and Android users won't get to see your publication. Single-edition apps also cannot appear in Apple's Newsstand and they don't allow for in-app purchases or subscriptions. For those features, you'd have to invest in a professional or enterprise level DPS account with Adobe and publish a multi-folio app. Also to actually publish a single-edition app so it appears in the apps store, you have to register with Apple as a developer which currently costs 99 dollars per year.
You must complete a rather complicated process of creating certificate files, setting a pro product page, compiling your app, and submitting it to Apple for approval. Later on, to update your app, you have to submit a new version and way for Apple to approve it as well. It's essentially like a new app each time you update it. You can learn more about the specifics of going from InDesign to DPS by checking out my course InDesign CC interactive document fundamentals.
- Choosing the right format
- Evaluating assets
- Making design and editorial decisions
- Scanning assets
- Adjusting layouts
- Adding new media