“DPS Getting Started Guide” – Adobe

A few notes to summarise the interactive capabilities of the Digital Publishing Suite.

ipad specs

Single vs Multi folio apps

Single folio apps

–         download single App and don’t need to download new issues

–          can only be created for ipads (not iphones, android etc.)

–          to update, must submit update to App Store and wait for approval

–          User must go to App store to run an update for your app

–          These apps are stored on Apple’s server, no fee for download

–          Don’t support social sharing

Multi Folio apps e.g. magazine – single app with multiple issues

–          supports free or retail subscriptions

–          need professional version of DPS

–          support social sharing

–          stored on Google, Amazon or Apple servers and when a user downloads content   for this app, a download fee is charged to the owner of the DPS account


DPS setup

Different methods apply for the account setup of DPS according to whether it is a large company creating many apps, a small company specialising in a single apple or an individual.

Adobe recommends for single app creation having the master account holder create a delegate account with the following roles: Administrator, Application and DPS App Builder


What is…

A folio: the content for the app is referred to as a ‘folio’.

An article: An article is a section of content which helps users find their way through the app. This might be articles in a  digital magazine, sections in a report, categories etc. A separate InDesign file is required for each article. In my case this would mean each different page is a different article.

InDesign has the ability to create an automatic table of contents according to your articles (although this will not apply in my case).

You can specify the viewing arrangments of different articles (whether displayed vertically or horizontally).

folios articles

Smooth scrolling of pages:

smooth scrolling

Screens can be completed which allows screens longer than the others.

File setup – standards for typography are different than for print. (e.g. 10-12 point text is normal for print, but 18-20 point text is common for tablets).

DPS will take care of downsampling so can use high res images (PSD and AI files are fine).

Interactive elements (image sequences, pan and zoom, panoramas) should be saved as JPEG or PNG.

Video and audio should be saved in the resolution you which it to be used.

Prepping your file for alternate layout:

multiple layouts

Bring up Folio Builder Panel and Folio Overlays panel

Can elect offline or online folio (online just allows collaboration as it gets update on the Folio Producer Service, allowing multiple people to view and add to work in progress)

An offline folio can be converted to online, but not vice versa.

To create an online folio:

online folio

Under Folio Builder go “add article”. Add InDesign article.

Repeat process for each Article that needs to be created.

To preview on tablet, download latest version of Adobe Content Viewer for tablet from App store.

To view on tablet, plug in with USB, launch Adobe Content Viewer and In Indesign on Folio Overlays panel go “Preview on…ipad”.

When changes need to be made, select article and in Folio Builder select “update”.

[A great resource for learning how to add interactivity and media to Digital Publishing Suite projects is the Digital Publishing Suite Tips app.]


Types of interactivity

Multi-state objects (slideshows)

multi state

Combining buttons with multi-state objects







Pan & Zoom

scrollable frames

Scrollable Frames


I trialled one scrollable frame tutorial but it didn’t work properly – this one was successful!


My experiment:

my tabs


Images sequences (swipe slideshows, 360 degree rotates, and flipbook style animations)

3D flyaround


Audio and Video

web content

Web Content and content from Edge Animate

Mu An


Reviews: Animation Programs for Digital Publishing

A few notes from a review on the best programs to use for digital publishing jobs. I was hunting to see if I was using the most streamlined and easiest method for the work I was doing:


 Adobe Edge uses a robust Flash-like UI and friendly Adobe controls (including jQuery integration), allowing you to add click-and-touch events much more easily. The JavaScript itself output is mostly clean and easy to tweak, if needed.

 We really wanted Edge to be our choice. With a rich user interface, intuitive Adobe controls and easy to navigate tools, we were disappointed the generated HTML was incompatible with the XHTML required for our enhanced epubs.  We also found the resulting output heavy and a bit extraneous, which made adding multiple animations to a page cumbersome creating load time issues as users paginated through the eBook.”


 InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Some interesting apps created using a similar method to me:

Adobe indesign CS5 interactive shortcuts guide, Tomaxxi

Swf file exported from InDesign. Create object states for relevant objects

“The Magic of Reality” app. Keep image while swiping multiple text paragraphs. (Have now worked out how to do this by setting up a ‘pin’ box, and grouping objects. Then applying the scrollable text function in InDesign (Folio Overlay palette).

Recommended Preferences to set up before interactive document set up


Ctrl+K or Indesign>preferences. Interface – turn off “enable multi-touch gestures” if an issue. However, enables pinch and zoom for tablets. ‘highlight object under selection tool’ – shows frame if hover. Live screen drawing – delayed (not fully rendered when moving). Type – ‘apply leading to entire paragraphs”.

Window>application frame (keeps all tools and palettes within the contained window). Declare intended output to digital publishing (sets preferences to suit output). Digital publishing option new for CS6. Sets as RGB with transparency option – can select ipad and set to landscape. View>proof colours – see print settings for CMYK/RGB and transparency. Edit>transparency blend space>CMYK/RGB. Ctrl+e – export as Adobe PDF (interactive).

Warning comes up of CMYK (will convert to RGB) – InDesign automatically converting will give a false impression of output. Important to change transparency blend space first.

Folio Builder panel – can preview output

Installing scripts. Window/utilities/scripts

Stacks error when trying to preview folio 

This is a problem I have hit when trying to preview my folio using the Adobe Content Viewer.

stacks error


Bringing everything to InDesign was fine (set publishing presets to interactive etc)



SWF preview panel (TV with play symbol)

Troubleshooting list

Adobe Content Viewer: Stacks error

  • What is a ‘PDF stack’? – another name for an ‘article’
  • What is the difference between an iOS viewer and the Adobe Content Viewer?

The Content Bundler exports a .folio file (previously called a .issue file) that can be up- loaded to the iPad or, in the future, to another mobile device.

In order to communicate with InDesign, the Content Bundler requires an InDesign plugin file to be installed.

Adobe Content Viewer

The Adobe Content Viewer displays the .folio files on the iPad. Add the Adobe Content Viewer to iTunes, and then add the .folio file you created to the Content Viewer.Each publication requires its own custom Viewer. Publishers can create single-folio View- ers in which the .folio file and Viewer are combined into a single app or multiple-folio Viewers with a library that allows customers to purchase and download issues as they become available.


Possibly useful later if arrangment is wrong:


Preloaders – how to do them (just for fun)


Read up final chapter on adding animate content for smartphones and tablets – showed preview process but not sure if this is the best option for my app.

Edge First Look Preview 6 – final sections

Making a preloader

Preloader (not necessary for ebook but interesting all the same!) Preloader clip art gives animation of object to show app is ‘thinking’. Edge/ Preloader under properties.





Adobe Edge Animate Technical Notes Cont.

Question for investigation

How to make multiple pages for book? how to transition? Do they all need to be separate files until put into DPS App Builder?

Adobe Edge Animate tutorial from http://www.lynda.com “Adobe Edge Animate Essential Training” (continued from previous notes)

Free transform in Edge Animate

Rotating an object

Transform tool – select axis for rotation. Select auto keyframe and auto transition. Move toggle to next section and select degrees for rotation. Can click and drag entire animation to alter total time length.