The Digital Publishing Suite tools are updated frequently. For a list of bug fixes, see DPS Bug Fix Release Notes.
To view a description of the new features in the current set of tools, see What’s new in this release.
Library UI improvements (iPad only)
The iPad viewer library was redesigned to include larger grid cover images. Tapping a cover image of a downloaded folio opens the folio. Tapping a cover image of a folio not yet downloaded opens a preview pane. Readers can use the gear menu button to select and remove folios.
Folio view includes several changes. The Home button is now the Library button in multi-folio apps. The function of the Browse button and the bottom scroll bar are now combined. Use the scroll bar to swipe through articles in browse mode. The arrows next to the scroll bar that jump to the next or previous article have been removed.
In DPS App Builder, you can also remove the Subscribe and Sign In buttons that appear in the upper left corner of the library in Enterprise subscription apps. The redesign requires larger subscription tile images for subscription apps.
First retail folio free
By selecting an option in the Account Administration tool, publishers can make the most recently published retail folio available to users who download the app for the first time.
Conditional HTML content (Enterprise only)
Designed to be used with the first folio free feature, this feature enables a publisher to create either an HTML article or a Web Content overlay that displays different content depending on how the folio was obtained. For example, if a user downloads a complimentary folio, the content can include a subscription offer. If a user obtains the folio through a subscription, the content can offer additional products.
Auto-download latest entitled issue
When this DPS App Builder setting is selected, the most recent entitled issue is downloaded automatically—either the first free retail folio if enabled or the most recently published free folio. The purpose of this option is to provide a better experience for first-time app users.
Automatically open background-downloaded issue
When this DPS App Builder setting is selected, any folio that is downloaded in the background since the previous viewing session opens on app launch. If this option is not selected, the most recently viewed folio is opened in its last reading position
Open folio to last-read article
When you switch between folios, the previously viewed folio is no longer reset. Instead, the viewer remembers the reading position of all folios. To reset a folio, display the navigation bars in an article and triple-tap the title bar.
Dynamic subscriptions (Enterprise only)
Publishers can add or remove subscription options on an ongoing basis without having to update the app. This allows publishers to evaluate subscription durations to determine the best set of options.
Streamlined testing of Amazon apps
When you use DPS App Builder to create an app (.apk file) for Amazon, you can now load and test the .apk file on the Amazon device without having to load a separate .json file. Using a .json file is now required only to test retail content.
Local storage support on Android apps
In previous versions, Android viewers did not support local storage. Quitting an app resulted in losing the reading position or form fill-in data. With v25 Android apps, this information is now preserved, as it is in iOS apps.
The goto:// format lets Enterprise publishers create links in folio view to any custom icon content in the library. For example, if you create a custom icon in DPS App Builder with a “Store” label, you can create a button with a “goto://ApplicationViewState/Store” action that automatically opens the Store HTML content—just like tapping the custom Store icon.
Hide top navigation bar
When this DPS App Builder setting is selected, only the bottom navigation bar is displayed when a user taps an article. This enables publishers to create a persistent navigation bar on all article pages for navigating within the folio.
Automated workflow API improvements (Enterprise only)
When using APIs for automated DPS publishing workflows, you can now publish and update folios and update article metadata (updating articles is planned for a future release).
SiteCatalyst analytics improvements
SiteCatalyst includes enhancements such as reporting the playback duration of videos.
Generate fulfillment download reports
Publishers can now generate reports to view download data from the Adobe Distribution Service. If you sign in to the DPS Dashboard using an Application account, you can choose the Fulfillment Report option to download a .csv file that includes billable download statistics from the Adobe Distribution Service for that app. If you sign in using an Admin account, you can click a link in the Dashboard to obtain a report that shows your fulfillment download balance.
iOS4 no longer supported
The v25 and later viewers no longer support iOS4—only iOS5 or later.
Library background downloading (iOS)
When your customers are downloading any folio in a v24 app, they can leave the app, check email or view a different folio, and then come back later to find the folio downloaded. Note that the download pauses after ten minutes. Only one folio can be downloaded at a time.
Update multiple articles at a time
You can select multiple articles in the Folio Builder panel and choose Update to update all the selected articles. To select articles, Shift-click or Ctrl/Command-click the articles.
The new Sections feature will eventually allow your customers to download individual sections of a folio. For example, you can divide a folio into News, Sports, Business, Style, and Money sections, and your customers could download only the articles in the Sports and Money sections if they so choose. See Create Sections.
Disable Cover View in iPad viewer library
By default, all iPad viewer libraries include both a Grid View and a Cover View, which displays only one folio at a time. With the v24 DPS App Builder, you can select an option to include only the Grid View or both the Grid View and Cover View on iPads. (With Android viewers, you can already choose Grid View, Cover View, or both.)
DPS UI enhancements
When you create a folio, an Orientation setting is no longer selected by default. If you click OK without selecting an Orientation setting, a red box appears around the option. This change should help avoid mistakenly creating a folio with an incorrect orientation setting.
In addition, many error messages now include links that direct you to a tech note.
Folio publishing enhancements
When a folio fails to publish properly due to a server error, you can click a Retry button to resume the publishing process after the server issue is resolved.
Improvements to DPS servers
The bandwidth of the Adobe Distribution Service has been increased, resulting in improved stability and performance.
In addition, DPS servers are now in a separate cluster on acrobat.com, allowing folios to be uploaded and downloaded even if acrobat.com is undergoing maintenance.
“Restore Purchases” change
The “Restore Purchases” dialog box now appears only when users choose Restore Purchases from the library options menu.
Enable caching of folio information in library (iOS)
In DPS App Builder, you can cache folio information to improve performance for apps with large libraries. Note that selecting this option can cause folio information to become out of date. For example, if you select this option and change the cost of retail folios, your library will display misleading information. This option is currently available only for subscription apps.
Improvements for Enterprise-signed apps (iOS, Enterprise only)
You can now sign an in-house application with an enterprise mobileprovision file that contains an explicit (non-wildcard) application ID. This change lets you manage the application independently from other apps in your organization.
SiteCatalyst now makes a distinction between different types of mobile devices and different operating systems. A new URL tracking report allows you to track actual URLs, URL clicks, the source of the URL (Hyperlink overlay, Web Content overlay, or application) and how the URL is opened (in Web Wiewer, in application viewer, or in device browser). App usage reports let you track peak day/time usage of the apps and number of launches since last update. These changes affect only SiteCatalyst analytics, not baseline analytics.
Updated Distribution Service infrastructure
Publishing folios to the Distribution Service is now significantly faster. These server changes should result in fewer timeout errors and increased reliability in background downloads for iOS Newsstand.
Folio Builder panel UI improvements
The Folio Builder panel is wider, the navigation icons are larger and more intuitive, there are more tooltips and information bubbles, options are renamed for clarity, and other improvements make the panel easier to use. You can also launch the DPS App Builder (previously called Viewer Builder) from the panel menu.
Changes to DPS App Builder (previously called Viewer Builder)
The DPS App Builder includes several interface improvements. The InDesign CS6 installer now installs the DPS App Builder.
Drag and drop files into DPS App Builder
You can now drag and drop icons, splash screens, and other files from Finder into App Builder.
Choice between vector and bitmap for slideshows and scrollable frames (iOS only)
In overlays for PDF articles, you can select Vector or Bitmap. Vector images look sharper but require a small load time. For overlays in JPG/PNG articles, slideshows and scrollable frames are always bitmap.
Multi-rendition articles (iOS only)
You can now create PDF articles that look great and perform well on both SD and HD versions of devices. When creating overlays, you can include both SD and HD assets in the folio. The viewer uses the appropriate overlay assets for the specific iOS device.
If you’re creating a single-folio app, you can create a folio using PDF articles that work well for all iPad models. If you’re creating a multi-folio app, you can choose between creating multi-rendition articles in a folio or creating separate folio renditions. See Creating multi-rendition PDF articles for iOS devices.
Unlimited Single Edition folios with Creative Cloud membership (iPad only)
With an Adobe Creative Cloud membership, you can create unlimited single-folio apps for the iPad.
Play audio in background (iOS only)
Audio clip can play while users browse through articles in the folio. An audio button appears in the top navigation bar to let users pause and play the audio. See Audio & Video overlays.
Stop on Last Frame (iOS only)
The Folio Overlays panel now includes an option for stopping the inline video at the last frame.
Disable controls for inline videos (iOS only)
If you create an inline video set to Auto Play, you can select the Do Not Allow Pause option to disable playback controls. This feature is especially useful for cover videos.
New Adobe Content Viewer behavior for invalid folios
In previous releases, invalid folios failed to appear in the Adobe Content Viewer. With the new release, invalid folios appear in the library and result in an error message on download. This change improves the Adobe Content Viewer library performance and provides more detailed preflighting information. For example, if you create a dual-orientation folio with one or more single-orientation articles, the error message indicates the problem rather than leaving you to guess.
PDF support for Smooth Scrolling articles (iOS only)
You can use the PDF image format for Smooth Scrolling articles regardless of their length. However, article pinch and zoom is not supported in any Smooth Scrolling article.
“Rate the App” option
When you create a custom viewers, you can select an option that allows a “Rate the App” prompt to appear. You can customize settings for this feature in the DPS App Builder.
Hot Zones for displaying navigation bars
In addition to the hot zones on the sides of the article page, there is a new hot zone option for the bottom of the article page. Tapping in the hot zone area at the bottom of the page displays the navigation bars (also called the “HUD”). Tapping anywhere above the bottom hot zone does not display the navigation bars. See App Details panel.
Buttons take precedence over the bottom hot zone, the bottom hot zone takes precedence over the side hot zones, and hot zones take precedence over all non-button overlays.
Go To Next/Previous Page support
When you create a button, the Go To Next Page and Go To Previous Page actions are now supported.
Analytics opt out option
In the DPS App Builder, you can allow your customers to turn off analytics while using your app. This option is especially useful in certain regions with strict controls over data collection.
Customizable viewer strings
You can customize all strings stored in the viewer in all supported languages, including button text in the library and text in dialog boxes. The DPS App Builder lets you download an XML template. You can then edit this XML file and specify it while building your app. See App Details panel.
Social Sharing enhancements (iOS only)
Note the following Social Sharing improvements. See Using social sharing.
Support for Web Viewer direct entitlement (Enterprise only). When customers hit the paywall limit in Web Viewer, they can now sign in using their subscription account to continue viewing articles.
Web Viewer supports Internet Explorer 10/Windows 8.
You can also set up a paywall for free folios.
The Web Viewer supports all overlays except for panoramas and audio clips.
If you create a 1024x768 folio using PDF image format, the content is now uploaded to the Web Viewer server in PNG format.
New Step-by-Step Publishing Guide for Single Edition
When you click the link on the Dashboard to download the DPS Publishing Companion Guide, a .zip file is downloaded that contains both the Companion Guide for Professional and Enterprise publishers and a Step-by-Step Publishing Guide for Single Edition users. You can also download both the Companion Guide and the Step-by-Step Guide from the Help menu in DPS App Builder. In the near future, the Pro/Enterprise Companion Guide will be updated with the new design.
If you create v22 folios or later, you can use the Folio Producer Organizer to specify a filter category for each folio, such as “English,” “Spanish,” “French,” and “German.” In your viewer library, users can then choose filter options. For example, they can display only Spanish and German folios and hide English and French folios in the viewer library. See Create library filters.
Custom HTML library
Enterprise publishers can create their own library instead of using the default viewer library. See Creating a custom library (Enterprise).
Hot Zone enhancements
Both Enterprise and Professional publishers can now enable Hot Zones in DPS App Builder. Hot Zones let users tap the edges of the article to browse to the next or previous articles. The logic for overriding overlays has also changed. Hot Zones take precedent over all overlays with the exception of buttons. See App Details panel.
Strict renditions for Android 7" devices
By default, viewers on Android devices display folios of any size. To ensure that the viewer displays only folios that match the device size, you can select an option in Viewer Builder. At this time, strict renditions displays only 1024x600 folios for devices such as the Kindle Fire and 1280x800 folios for XLarge Android devices. This option is primarily useful for preventing unwanted folio renditions from appearing on Kindle Fire devices. If you have created Android renditions such as 1232x752 folios, do not turn on strict renditions when you create the viewer for the Android marketplace. See Create a custom viewer app for Android and Amazon devices.
Auto Hide Scrollbars
By default, a 6-pixel scrollbar area appears on the right side of articles in a folio. If you select this option in Viewer Builder, the scrollbar appears only when the user is scrolling in the article. See Viewer Details panel.
HTML video improvements
You can now make videos in HTML articles behave like video overlays. For example, rotating the device in a single-orientation HTML article also rotates the full-screen video. See Import HTML articles.
AIR captive runtime in Android viewers
Instead of relying on AIR to be installed on Android devices, viewers now include a built-in version of AIR (3.2 or later). While this change increases the size of viewers from about 2 MB to 10 MB, it should improve stability and performance.
Improvements to Android viewer UI
Icons and other UI elements in library view and folio view are now larger, making it easier to tap icons, especially on the Kindle Fire.
Two-finger swiping enabled for iOS
The two-finger swipe gesture is now enabled for iPad and iPhone viewers. This gesture is especially useful for “flattened” articles in which Horizontal Swipe Only is enabled, allowing readers to bypass the rest of the article pages to jump to the next or previous article.
Social Sharing enhancements
Note the following Social Sharing improvements. See Using social sharing.
Social Sharing is now supported in iPhone viewers.
Rendition mapping is now supported. When the shared article is viewed in a desktop web browser, only 1024x768 PNG or JPG articles appear properly in the Web Viewer. In previous versions, any folio shared from an iPad HD rendition (2048x1536) could not be viewed in Web Viewer. If you create renditions for iOS devices, sharing the article from any device will now map to the 1024x768 version of the article in Web Viewer. For best results, make sure that your renditions are set up properly and that your Article Name values are identical in each folio rendition.
Facebook deep-linking is now supported. When a customer views the wall post in the Facebook app on an iPad, tapping the article link opens the article directly. Make sure that you enable deep linking when configuring your app on the Facebook developer site. See Setting up a DPS App for Social Networking.
The new Enable Fulfillment Limit option in the Account Administration tool lets you limit the number of article views in Web Viewer, similar to a “Sold Out” feature. See Account Administration tool.
The Web Viewer now supports scrollable frames.
Enabling a paywall affects only retail folios.
Viewer Version control
When you create a new folio using the v21 Folio Builder panel, you can target either the v20 or v21 viewer version. This option is especially useful if either the newest version of the Adobe Content Viewer is awaiting approval or if you’re creating folios for a v20 viewer app. By default, the v20 version is selected. If you create a v20 folio, you can edit the folio’s properties to update it to v21. However, you cannot roll back a v21 folio to v20. You also cannot specify a viewer version earlier than v20. See Create a folio.
Preview on Device for active layout (iOS)
Before v21, Preview on Device was available only for entire folios. With v21, you can now use Preview on Device in the Folio Overlays panel to preview the current layout (iOS only). Connect your iPad or iPhone to your computer and open the Adobe Content Viewer app. In the Folio Overlays panel, choose Preview on [device name]. See Use Preview on Device.
Social Sharing improvements
Several Social Sharing limitations have been addressed. Nested overlays, buttons, videos, HTML articles, and scrollable frames now work much better in the Web Viewer. In addition, the Web Viewer now displays articles marked as Advertisement or Hide from TOC properly. See Using social sharing.
You can use the Account Administration tool to turn off Web Viewer while still enabling social sharing through the iPad. See Account Administration tool.
Auto-view during folio download
When the Download or Buy button is tapped in the viewer library, the viewer displays the folio while remaining articles continue to download. Before this release, the View button became active during download, but the user had to tap it to begin viewing the folio.
Auto-download on subscription purchase
When a user successfully subscribes to a viewer app, the most recent folio begins downloading automatically. Users no longer need to tap the Download button.
The Cover Date option is now available in the Folio Producer Organizer. This option gives Enterprise publishers additional metadata control in direct entitlement of subscription content.
InDesign CS6 compatibility
InDesign CS6 includes several new features that simplify creating InDesign source files. With the Alternate Layout and Liquid Page Rules features, you can create layouts for different orientations and target devices within the same document. Flexible Column Widths, Auto Size Text Frames, and Split Layout View also help with dynamic layouts. In addition, Insert HTML lets you quickly create an Web Overlay by copying code, and packaging an InDesign document now includes overlay assets. See Create alternate layouts for DPS (InDesign CS6).
DPS now supports the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S (the iPhone 3G is not supported). When you use the Viewer Builder, you can create a custom viewer that works for the iPhone, the iPad, or both. When you create an app for both the iPad and iPhone, your customers are entitled to purchased folios on any supported iOS device. The iPhone viewer includes a new settings page, enhanced browse mode, and welcome screen that publishers can control.
Social sharing, bookmarks, and auto archiving are not yet supported for the iPhone. At this time, you cannot create a single-issue viewer app for the iPhone. See Creating content for the iPhone.
Web viewer for social sharing
If you enable social sharing in your app, representations of folio articles are uploaded to a web server for viewing in desktop browsers. Use the Protected setting in the Folio Producer Editor to determine which articles are available for desktop viewing. Use the Account Administration tool to limit the number of viewable unprotected articles and to set up a paywall. See Using social media.
Social Sharing Enhancements
Social sharing is now available through Facebook, Twitter, email, and copy/paste. If you enable social sharing in your app, a customer can browse to an article and share it via Twitter, for example. If the article is protected, the link in the tweet points to the publication URL. If the article is unprotected, a person who clicks the link in a supported desktop browser sees the folio in the web viewer. And a person who clicks the link on an iPad can download the app, download or buy the folio, or view the article, depending on what is already downloaded. See Using social media.
Hide From TOC Option
The Hide From TOC article settings lets you hide an article from the TOC without having to mark it as an advertisement. See Change article properties.
When you use the Folio Producer Organizer to publish or update an article, the job is added to the publishing queue, and you can continue to use the Organizer and add other folios to the queue. You can check the status of the queue by choosing View > Publish Requests in the Organizer. See Publish folios to the Distribution Service.
Display Download Counter
Professional and Enterprise customers can now see a download counter in the DPS Dashboard. The download counter appears only for accounts that have been audited for accuracy.
Desktop Viewer now resizeable
If you use the Desktop Viewer to preview a 2048x1536 folio, you can press Command+1 to view the actual size or press Command+0 to fit in window. You can also zoom in or out. See Use the Desktop Viewer to preview content.
Simplified Preview on Device
When you use the Viewer Builder to create a custom Adobe Content Viewer for the iPad, the Preview on Device feature no longer requires the Phone Disk utility. See Use Preview on Device.
In the Folio Builder panel, the folio size appears below the folio name, making it easier to identify renditions. The Viewer Builder design makes it easy for you to check that the right icons are used for the various iPhone and iPad models. The Folio Producer Organizer and the Folio Producer Editor windows have also been redesigned.
URL Scheme setting
The Optional URL Scheme setting in the Viewer Builder is now available for all iOS viewer app types, not just subscription apps. The URL Scheme lets you link to a viewer app from another app or from mobile Safari.
Lock orientation for HTML of custom icons
If you’re an Enterprise publisher, you can specify the orientation of the HTML pages that appear when users tap the custom nav bar icons. See Navigation Toolbar (Enterprise only).
Improved Viewer Builder Speed
The Viewer Builder now builds apps much faster, usually in a matter of seconds.
Smooth Scrolling with limited PDF support
If your Smooth Scrolling article is no longer than two page lengths, you can use the PDF image format. If the article is longer than two pages, JPG or PNG is used for the Smooth Scrolling article.
“Hot zone” navigation
Enterprise publishers can enable hot zones that appear on the left and right sides of every article. Tapping an invisible hot zone navigates to the next or previous article. See Navigation Toolbar (Enterprise only).
iOS rendition support
The new HD iPad model was recently announced. When you use Viewer Builder to create a new app, you can specify icons and splash screens for alternate sizes. Renditions are enabled for iPad devices, letting you create folio renditions at an alternate size. Each iOS model downloads folios that best match the display of the tablet.
Enhanced Scrollable Frames
The Folio Overlays panel has a new overlay type called Scrollable Frames, which replaces the Pan Only option in the Pan & Zoom overlay. When you create scrollable content, you can determine the scroll direction, base the initial view on the location of the content frame, and hide the scroll bar.
If you register your app with Facebook, you can turn on a social sharing option in your custom viewer’s nav bar. Your customers can tap the Facebook option and type a message. This message and a link to your publication site is then posted on the user’s Facebook wall. At this time, only a link to the publication website is displayed, and Facebook is the only available social media site.
Auto-Archive folios (iOS only)
In Viewer Builder, you can enable auto-archiving of folios and specify the maximum number of downloaded folios for your viewer app. When the threshold number is reached, the least recently downloaded folios are archived automatically. Customers can enable or disable auto-archiving using device settings, but they cannot change the threshold number. Customers can re-download any archived folio.
Smooth scrolling improvements
In previous versions, creating dual-orientation smooth scrolling articles required you to creating the article by import. Now, when you create an article using the Add button, you can set Smooth Scrolling options. When importing smooth scrolling articles, make sure that you specify a Smooth Scrolling option.
If you enable bookmarks in Viewer Builder, customers can mark an article as a bookmark and then choose that bookmark from a drop-down menu in the nav bar to jump to the bookmarked article. Bookmarks work across multiple folios within the same viewer app.
Improved library update performance
When you return to the viewer library, the viewer checks only for changes, resulting in faster processing. The “cannot update library” error message should appear less frequently — only when the library fails to update on first launch or when the library is empty and fails to update.
Analytics for HTML5 files
Restricted distribution of folios (Enterprise only)
Enterprise publishers can now determine whether both free and retail folios appear in the library based on sign in. Publishers can set up the library so that only downloaded free folios appear in the library. For retail folios, both downloaded and entitled retail folios can appear in the library. Publishers don’t need to use a custom web store to make retail folios available.
Nav bar icon improvements (Enterprise only)
In Viewer Builder, Enterprise publishers can add as many as eight nav bar icons. You can now edit the appearance of the two default icons: Viewer and Library. In addition, the local HTML files used for these icons can include as many as five levels of nested asset folders. HTML assets are no longer required to be on the same level in the HTML structure.
Link to Store from article (Enterprise only)
You can create a button or hyperlink that lets customers jump from an article to the store page. When creating a button or hyperlink, replace “http://” in the URL field with “ww.gotoStore” (“ww” is not a typo). You must also use Viewer Builder to create a “Store” label for the custom icon.
Nested overlay improvements
Many of the bugs and limitations in nested overlays have been fixed. For example, anchored buttons in scrollable frames no longer lose their appearance when outside the container frame, and the workaround for renaming scrollable frame objects in the Layers panel is no longer necessary.
Embedded overlays in slideshows
Interactive objects are now supported in multi-state objects. All interactive objects (except other slideshows) are supported in slideshow states.
Enhanced button overlays
The Video and Sound actions are now supported, so you can use buttons to play, pause, and stop videos. In addition, multiple actions are also supported in sequence. For example, a button can now play an audio clip and then change to a new slide when the audio ends.
MSO buttons in scrollable frames
Button actions that trigger the state of a multi-state object now work in scrollable frames. Note that when you paste the content frame into the container frame, the state action is removed, so you need to add the action again after pasting.
PDF pinch and zoom with all overlays
When you create a PDF article, you can pinch and zoom on any page even if it includes interactive objects. You can even pinch and zoom while an overlay is playing. PDF-based articles are still available only on iPad viewers, not the desktop viewer or other AIR-based viewers. When creating or updating your custom viewer, remember to select the “Enable PDF Zooming” option in the Viewer Builder.
Custom-created Adobe Content Viewer
If you have a Professional or Enterprise account, you can use the Viewer Builder to create your own version of the Adobe Content Viewer for the iPad. The ability to build your own custom Content Viewer offers two advantages. First, when a new version of the Folio Producer tools becomes available, you can test the new features while the Adobe Content Viewer is awaiting approval. Second, the Preview on Device feature is enabled in the custom Adobe Content Viewer.
Preview on Device support for iPad
When you use the Viewer Builder to create a Adobe Content Viewer, you can copy folio information directly to a connected iPad without going through the acrobat.com web client. However, Preview on Device for the iPad requires a third-party utility such as Phone Disk. Preview on Device for the iPad works only on Mac OS, not Windows.
If you move or rename your source files, you can use the Relink command in the Folio Builder panel to reconnect the article layouts to the source files.
Custom viewer apps for Amazon Appstore
Adobe and Amazon have resolved the issues that prevented custom viewers from being approved in the Amazon Appstore. In addition, folios are now stored in the App Data folder of the SD Card, thereby avoiding residual folios that might otherwise remain when an app is deleted.
Free subscriptions enabled for Newsstand
Custom viewers you create now support Apple’s “Free Subscription” option.
Notify option for push notifications
Push notifications are no longer triggered automatically whenever you publish a folio. After you publish or update a folio, click the Notify button in the Folio Producer Organizer to trigger push notifications.
Third-party push notification servers
With an Enterprise account, you can create a custom server to control push notifications.
Restricted distribution of free folios
If you’re an Enterprise publisher, you can hide free content in the viewer library, allowing you to entitle customers to download specific content based on their sign-in accounts.
HTML store enhancements
If you’re an Enterprise publisher, you can set up an HTML store that interacts with the viewer library. For example, when customers sign in to your third-party store, they can be signed in to the viewer automatically.
The entire subscription tile is now an active tap area, not just the button area in the lower right corner. When a user subscribes to an app, subscription options are hidden. If a user purchases the most recent folio, subscription options now remain available.
Cover View only for Android viewers
For Android viewer libraries, you have the option of using Grid View, Cover View, or Both. For smaller Android devices, some publishers prefer allowing only Cover View.
Account Administration tool enhancements
You can now use the Admin tool to create limited accounts for in-house and contract designers. Accounts you create are tied to the company’s account without allowing access to features such as analytics.
Instead of paying a monthly subscription to Adobe for a Professional or Enterprise account, you can now pay a one-time fee to create a single-folio viewer app that you can submit to the Apple Store.
Viewer Builder support for Amazon Appstore
In Viewer Builder, you can create a custom viewer app that you can submit to the Amazon Appstore. The Amazon Appstore is available on Android devices as well as the Amazon Fire tablet.
Account Administration tool
Use the Adobe Account Administration tool to create and provision accounts for your company rather than exchanging email messages with Adobe representatives. You can assign three types of accounts to an Adobe ID: Application, Viewer Builder, and Administrator.
Scrollable frames with interactive overlays
If you install the v17 Folio Producer tools, you can include any overlay in a scrollable frame overlay except slideshows.
PDF article enhancements
If a page in an article with a PDF image format includes URL-based buttons or hyperlinks, pinch and zoom works as long as there is no other interactive overlay type on the page.
Right Edge Binding option
Selecting this option in the Folio Producer Organizer displays articles from right to left rather than left to right in the viewer. This option is especially important for Asian languages.
Open Folio Producer Organizer from panel
Choosing the Folio Producer command from the Folio Builder panel menu opens the Folio Producer Organizer in your default web client.
Improvements to server reliability
The product team continues to make fixes to improve the acrobat.com upload/download issues.
You can now create a folio and articles without uploading the content to the web server. When you’re ready, you can upload the content.
The updated Viewer Builder (version 1.5.1) includes Newsstand support for subscription viewer apps on the iPad. Newsstand-enabled viewers appear in the Newsstand folder, allowing quick access to newspaper and magazine publications.
Private publishing for non-subscription users
If you don’t have an Enterprise or Professional subscription, you can use the Publish option in the Folio Producer Organizer to publish content as private. This option is especially useful if you are unable to download large folios using the acrobat.com server. Published folios downloaded from the Adobe Distribution Service are fast and reliable.
New option for audio assets
If you’re using InDesign CS5.5, selecting the Show First Image Initially option resizes the audio overlay frame based on the first _play image in the specified audio controller assets folder. In InDesign CS5, you still need to manually resize the overlay frame to fit the poster image.
Import HTML Resources option in Folio Builder panel
You can now import the HTML Resources file in the Folio Builder panel as well as the Folio Producer Editor.
The Digital Publishing Suite Dashboard includes links to videos and other useful content.
Separate installers for authoring tools and panel
Use one installer to install the authoring tools (Folio Overlays panel, InDesign plug-in, and desktop viewer). Use a different installer to install the Folio Builder panel.
Improvements to server reliability
The product team continues to make fixes to improve the acrobat.com upload/download issues. For example, publishing a folio now copies the folio contents directly from the acrobat.com server to the Adobe Distribution Service.
New analytics categories
In analytics reports, you can view data regarding the type of downloaded folio: free, retail single, subscription, or external entitlement.
Custom viewers for PlayBook
With the Viewer Builder, you can create custom viewer apps for iPad, Android, and BlackBerry PlayBook platforms.
Enhanced scrollable frames
You can now create scrollable content by pasting a text frame into a container frame. In addition, the performance of scrollable frames has improved.
Hyperlinks in scrollable frames
Hyperlinks and hyperlink buttons in Pan Only scrollable frames are now supported. Hyperlinks in slideshows or in scrollable frames created using the Layers panel are not yet supported.
Improved memory handling
In previous releases, creating memory-intensive overlays on adjacent pages caused performance problems in some situations. The viewer now handles these situations better, resulting in improved performance.
Preview on Device
You can copy folio information directly to a connected mobile device without going through the acrobat.com web client. Until an updated Adobe Content Viewer is available in the App Store, the Preview on Device feature works only with Android devices. This initial offering requires additional setup effort.
Customize all five nav bar icons
When using Viewer Builder to create a custom app, you can now replace the “Library” and “Viewer” buttons in the viewer nav bar (Enterprise only).
Simplified creation of in-house viewer apps
You are no longer required to specify distribution certificates and provisioning files for Enterprise-signed viewer apps (Enterprise only).
Improved Omniture analytics
User data is now available for single-folio viewer apps (DPS subscribers only). Also, analytics includes a more detailed breakdown of download statistics.
Option to turn off “Sign In” button
If you’re an Enterprise customer creating a custom entitlement viewer, you can turn off the Sign In button to avoid redundancy.
Add certificates at download
You now use Viewer Builder to create a custom viewer app file without specifying certificates. You then specify certificates when you download the viewer file. This allows different people to download and sign the app with certificates.
When you create a custom viewer, you no longer need to click the Refresh button to see if the viewer build is complete.
Improved library performance
In some instances, folios from acrobat.com were appearing only intermittently in the library. The Adobe Content Viewer should display all available folios consistently.
Improvements to HTML articles in Android viewer
Scrolling is now enabled in HTML articles for the Android viewer.
Rearrange article order
You can now rearrange the order of articles directly in the Folio Builder panel, not just in the web client. Simply drag and drop the articles to change their order.
If you shared a folio with someone else, you can unshare the folio without having to delete it. You can also use the Folio Builder panel to remove a folio that was shared with you.
Change of article size limitation
With previous releases, the size limit of an article to be uploaded was 100MB. The article size limit is now 2GB. However, mobile devices may not handle large articles well.
In-app payments for Android viewers
You can now create retail folios for Android viewers. Customers can click a Buy button in the Android viewer library to purchase a folio.
Restore all purchases for Android viewers
Customers can now restore all purchases in Android viewers as they can do in iPad viewers.
Export option for single-folio viewers
An Export option now appears in the Folio Producer Organizer. Clicking Export creates a .zip file containing the contents of the selected folio. When using the Viewer Builder to create a single-folio viewer for the iPad, you specify this .zip file (or a .folio file created with the Content Bundler).
Sideloading option in development builds
When you use the Viewer Builder to create a development viewer for the iPad, you can turn on sideloading. This option lets you manually copy a .folio file (not a .zip file) to the development viewer through iTunes.
Control language listing in iTunes
In previous versions, the viewer app appeared in 20 languages in the iTunes Store. The Viewer Builder now lets you limit which languages the viewer app should appear in.
Restore purchases menu option
The library of custom viewers now includes a menu that lets customers choose a Restore Purchases option to manually restore purchases.
Release 13 (June 2011) was the second public release of the Digital Publishing Suite. Release 13 tools used the 1.1.x installer and Viewer Builder 1.3.
Viewer download improvements
Customers can begin viewing a folio before it finishes downloading, and they can view partially downloaded folios offline. Interrupted downloads are automatically resumed when the iPad is regains its connection to the Internet. Use the Folio Producer Editor to determine the download priority for articles.
Stop on last image
With the Folio Overlays panel, you can now decide whether to stop slideshows and image sequences on the first or last image when played.
Horizontal Swipe Only articles in all viewers
Articles set to Horizontal Swipe Only (“flattened articles”) now work in the Adobe Content Viewer for the Desktop, as well as for Android and PlayBook viewers.
Restore Purchases option
If customers restore or replace an iPad, they can download content they’re entitled to more easily. When the viewer is started the first time, customers are prompted to restore purchases.
Custom navigation toolbar buttons
Enterprise customers can create as many as three buttons that display an HTML page in the viewer. In addition to the Library and Viewer buttons that appear in the navigation toolbar, you can create additional buttons such as Store, Help, and News that display an HTML page.
Hide the navigation toolbar or Home button
When using the Viewer Builder to create your viewer app, you can hide the navigation toolbar at the bottom of the viewer or the Home button in the upper left corner of the viewer.
Additional analytics reports
The Analytics page on the Digital Publishing Suite Dashboard now includes more reports for tracking user data.
Localized Android Content Viewer
The Adobe Content Viewer for the Android is now localized for the same languages as the iPad viewer.
Localized Viewer Builder
The Viewer Builder has been localized for the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
The Folio Builder panel, Folio Producer website, and Viewer Builder include a number of adjustments to improve the user experience.
Release 12 (May 2011) was the first public release of the Digital Publishing Suite. Release 12 tools used the 1.0.x installer and Viewer Builder 1.2.
New Folio Builder panel
The Folio Builder panel in InDesign replaces the Digital Content Bundler application. With the Folio Builder panel, you can add articles and article layouts and change folio and article properties.
Folios stored on web workspace
With the previous tools, you created a folio folder containing article folders. You bundled the folio folder to create .folio files that you either uploaded to the server or sideloaded to the iPad.With the new workflow, each folio is a workspace on a web server. The folios still consist of articles, but the articles can be copied to different folios and rearranged without bundling again. Click a Preview button to preview individual articles or entire folios. Or, sign in to the Adobe Content Viewer and download folios you created. You can use the Import feature to create articles based on existing folder structures.
Digital Publishing Suite web client
Subscribers to the Digital Publishing Suite can sign in to the web client at http://digitalpublishing.acrobat.com. The Dashboard includes links to tools and services.
Use the Analytics page to track customer data.
Use the Folio Producer to organize, edit, and publish folios. The Folio Producer includes an Organizer page that displays available folios and an Editor page that displays the articles in a selected folio.
Use the Viewer Builder to create custom apps.
Use the Share option to share folios with other DPS users. For example, a publisher can share a folio with a designer who is assigned to create an article for a magazine. Or, an ad agency can share a folio with various publishers to make ads available. The share workflow replaces the “sideloading” workflow.
Redesigned Folio Overlays panel
The Folio Overlays panel has been redesigned. 360 Viewer overlays are now called Image Sequence overlays. Web View overlays are now called Web Content overlays. You can reset objects to convert them from overlays to normal objects.
“Stacks” are now called “articles.” The Flatten option is now Swipe Horizontal Only. The fulfillment server is now called the Distribution Service.
Release 11 was the final prerelease version of the Digital Publishing Suite to use the Content Bundler workflow.
Folio download improvements
On iPads, the download speed has doubled. In addition, Viewer users can read one folio while downloading another.
Android Viewer enhancements
The performance of PNG and HTML articles on Android devices has improved. The Android Viewer supports in-app web view.
Navigation bar customization
Enterprise customers can add as many as three icons to the navigation bar that display a full-screen web view.
You can now set up an Apple (iOS) subscription without providing a custom entitlement server.
Pinch and zoom in PDF folios
If you select the PDF export option while bundling, users can use the pinch gesture to zoom in on a page. At this time, pinch and zoom is not enabled on pages that have interactive overlays.
Content Viewer for Android
The Adobe Content Viewer is now available for Android devices. You cannot sideload folios to this Content Viewer. Instead, upload and download files using the fulfillment server. Although the Android Viewer more closely matches the iPad Viewer, some features are not yet supported. Unsupported features include flattened articles, inline videos, panorama overlays, and folios exported in PDF format. HTML articles and Web View overlays may have performance issues.
The Adobe Content Viewer language interface changes based on the device’s locale settings. At this time, supported languages include English, French, German, Swedish, Spanish, and Japanese.
Additional subscription support
In-app subscription options are now available. Adobe supports Apple’s new subscription model for publishers who set up their own entitlement server.
Mobile devices are now available in multiple dimensions. If you use the same 1024x768 folios for Android devices, the folios will be letterboxed with black bars. If you want to design for specific devices (such as 1024x600) or aspect ratios (16:9), you can create different renditions of the same folio. Create renditions by making the Magazine Title and Folio Number settings the same but the Dimension export settings different. The viewer offers only the rendition that most closely matches the device’s dimensions.
eCommerce subscription services in Viewer
Publishers can now set up their own subscription model that allows customers to subscribe to a magazine or newsletter and receive regular updates of folios. Customers can specify a range of folios that remain downloaded on the iPad—especially useful for news magazines.
Desktop Viewer enhancements
The Content Viewer for Desktop now supports many previously unsupported features such as single-orientation folios and Web View overlays.
The Content Bundler includes a Binding setting that enables right-to-left reading of articles for Asian languages. If Right Edge is selected, the first article appears as the right-most article, and users browse through the articles from right to left.
Folio update in viewer
An update message now appears in the library if a folio is updated on the fulfillment server. Tapping the Update button downloads new or edited mini .folio files.
Dual-orientation videos in single-orientation folios
Users can play a full-screen video in landscape orientation even if the folio is portrait only.
Data analysis enhancements
When using analytic data to track usage, you can distinguish between ads and articles. Offline viewer data is also preserved.
New Folio Overlays panel
The Folio Overlays panel in InDesign CS5 replaces the Interactive Overlay Creator application. This change means that you now create all interactive overlays natively in InDesign. Use the Folio Overlays panel to create overlays and change overlay settings.
Desktop AIR Viewer
An AIR-based version of the Viewer is now available for testing the issues (now called “folios”) that you create. The Desktop Viewer currently does not support all the features, so use it only as a basic testing tool.
No ID options
Using the same overlay IDs in the horizontal and vertical layout is no longer required in most cases to provide continuity when the iPad is rotated. The Bundler uses the source assets and settings to determine related overlays.
Grid view in Viewer library
The Viewer library now lets you display eight folios at a time in a grid view. You can switch between grid view and single view.
The Content Bundler includes a new “Order” column that makes it less likely for you to change the order of articles accidentally. Enter a number where you want the article to appear in sequence, and it moves to that place.
Locked articles while bundling
The Content Bundler includes a new “Locked” column that lets you prevent articles from being updated when you bundle—especially useful when you just want to test the changes in one or two articles.
Sign Out button in Viewer
You no longer need to change your Adobe ID password to display the Sign In button.
When an article (called a “stack” at the time) is flattened, each page in the article essentially becomes a separate article, allowing customers to scroll horizontally to view the pages of an article. Only the first page of a flattened article shows up in the TOC, but all the pages appear in Browse mode and as scrubber thumbnails. You cannot flatten a article that is set to smooth scrolling.
Looser folder structure requirements
You can now build an entire interactive issue without an OverlayResources folder. In previous releases, the source files for overlays had to be in the OverlayResources folder, and the exported SWF files had to be in the Links folder of the documents in which they were placed.
Auto TOC generation
The PNG file for the table of contents that was previously required is now optional. If your article folder does not have a PNG file, the Content Bundler generates a TOC icon automatically based on the first page of the article.
PDF image format
In addition to PNG and JPEG, the Bundler can output page images in PDF format. Using the PDF image format significantly reduces the file size and offers additional possibilities for future releases such as pinch and zoom and searching and selecting text.
You can now use either InDesign files or HTML files to create articles in an issue. When you create an article using HTML files, you can use the same HTML file for both orientations, or you can create separate HTML files for horizontal and vertical orientations.
Specifying HTML thumbnails
For InDesign articles, the Viewer automatically generates the thumbnails that appear when you drag the scrubber. However, generating thumbnails for HTML articles takes more time, sometimes resulting in poorly rendered thumbnails. To improve thumbnail performance in HTML articles, you can allow the Bundler to generate thumbnail images based on the first page of each HTML article, or you can manually add image files to the HTML article folders.
Viewer UI improvements
Users complained that the scroll bar to the right of each article was too thin, so we widened the scroll bar. We also improved the appearance and performance of page thumbnails in Browse Mode.
Transparency in scrollable frames
Scrollable content frames are now transparent by default. If you don’t want the contents of the container frame to appear, apply a fill to the content frame.
In the Content Bundler, the Issue Title metadata text never appeared anywhere in the Viewer, so this option was removed, as was the Dimension/Type Settings information. In addition, the Use Cover option was changed to Include Cover.
Native slideshows and hyperlinks
The only way to create interactive slideshows and hyperlinks is through native features. Use the Object States panel, the Buttons panel, and the Hyperlinks panel to create interactive objects. Change settings by typing the appropriate lines in the Script Label panel. (We hope to include a UI for these settings in the next release.)
Enhanced native slideshows
You can create navigation buttons that jump to the next or previous slides in the slideshow. If you add the “SS_swipeEnabled=yes” line to the Script Label panel when the multi-state object is selected, users can swipe to scroll through slides in a slideshow.
Links to specific pages
You can now create hyperlinks or buttons that jump to a specific page within an article.
Simplified “navto” hyperlinks
You can specify navtos hyperlinks using either of the target article’s source document names, with or without the .html or .indd extension.
You can create a portrait-only or landscape-only issue. Simply include only the portrait or landscape InDesign documents in the issue folder. The issue maintains its orientation even if the iPad is rotated.
Support of local HTML files for Web View
When creating a Web View overlay, you can specify an HTML file from your computer. In the previous release, you could only specify a URL on the web to create a Web View overlay.
Create a view area that lets users scroll vertically or horizontally through the content. For example, users can scroll through a list of ingredients.
The Viewer’s navigation bar includes a Back button between the Home and TOC buttons that lets users return to the page from where they jumped.
JPEG output in Bundler
The Export Options dialog box in Bundler now includes an option for specifying whether to export content in PNG or JPEG format.
Web View overlay
Embed a live web page within a view area that you specify. You can determine whether users can interact with the web content and change other settings.
Auto Start options
Make an overlay play automatically (or after a specified delay) when the page is turned to. Auto Start is available for 360 Viewer, Audio, Video, and Web View overlays.
New 360 Viewer options
In addition to the Auto Start option, the 360 Viewer includes new options that give you control over playing and pausing, swiping, and looping the images.
It’s now much easier to create hyperlinks that jump from one article to another. While creating either a native button or hyperlink in InDesign, specify the URL as “navto://<vertical InDesign document name>,” such as “navto://WiFi_v” to jump to the WiFi article from either the portrait or landscape orientation.
Simplified native slideshows
Multistate objects no longer need to be grouped. The Script Label panel is necessary now only to change settings.
Adobe Content Viewer
The Adobe Content Viewer lets you upload and download content from an Adobe server, and sideload content from your desktop. (Note: sideloading is no longer available.)
Upload issues to a fulfillment server
Adobe created a temporary server site that lets you upload and manage issues. While exporting, choose Multiple Files from the Issue submenu, and then specify server upload options. After you upload test content to an Adobe server, you can download issues to the Viewer. For this release, the only way to download an issue is to log in using the same Adobe ID as the person who uploaded the issue.
Manage issues in Bundler
In the Bundler, you can preview the interface that lets you view and manage uploaded issues. For this release, you can add, view, and remove issues uploaded to the Adobe server.
The first page of the first article can now be used as the cover of the issue in the library for issues you upload to the server.
More flexible overlay folder structure
In the previous version, each article folder required _h and _v InDesign files and a Links folder with the combined assets from the two files, and there was a single OverlayResources folder for the entire issue. While that structure is still valid, you can now have separate folders for the _h and _v files, with each folder containing a Links folder and an OverlayResources folder—especially useful for package folders. There are advantages to each method.
If you use the method in which the the InDesign files and Links folders appear in separate folders, you must also include a separate OverlayResources folder in each article folder rather than the single OverlayResources folder for the entire issue.
Regardless of which structure you use, the InDesign files can now include either _h and _v suffixes (for horizontal and vertical) or _l and _p suffixes (for landscape and portrait).
Native InDesign interactivity
Hyperlinks, buttons, and multi-state objects in InDesign files can now be included in the issue without requiring the Overlay Creator. You can use the Script Labels panel to change default settings for these objects.
You can avoid filling out the metadata each time you use the Bundler by creating a CSV file called “Info.csv.” Because of problems with certain characters not being displayed correctly, an XML file replaces the CSV file.
You can now add more than one issue to the viewer. Tapping the Home icon takes you back to the library of issues rather than to the beginning of the current issue. You can create preview images for the library issues. Currently, you can load only eight issues.
You can determine whether each article in the issue scrolls continuously or on a page-by-page basis.
The first release of the Digital Publishing Suite tools offered the AIR-based Content Bundler and the Interactive Overview Creator apps. The first Overlay Creator included Hyperlink, 360 Viewer, Slideshow, Audio, and Video overlay types. The Overlay Creator was the only method to create interactive objects.