The following features are scheduled to be available for the v31 release.
For a compilation of release notes, see History of new feature release notes.
For a list of bug fixes, see DPS Bug Fix Release Notes.
The v31.1 release now supports the following in the native Android viewer:
The v31.1 release now supports the following in the Windows viewer:
The v31.1 release for iOS viewers includes download enhancements, including download retries when the download fails.
The following features were included in the v31 release on June 11, 2014.
Scheduled background downloads
The Notification option on the DPS Dashboard now allows you to schedule and send background download notifications as well as send text notifications.
You can schedule standard push notifications that trigger background downloads of the specified folio in Newsstand apps (or that display red badge icons in non-Newsstand apps).
The DPS Dashboard now offers a full, scheduled workflow for publishing and communicating to your readers about new content. Support for scheduling a folio to be published has been available for several releases.
Background downloads in Newsstand apps can deliver a folio to a device while its asleep, so a new folio is ready to read when users open their iOS device. Before the v31 release, background downloads had to be triggered manually with the “Notify” button in Folio Producer. With the v31 release, that option is still available, or you can also use the Notification option to schedule a background download to occur shortly after your folio is published.
Text notifications with article links
When you send a text notification, you can enable it so that tapping the text notification launches the app and opens to a specific article in a folio.
If you have both iPad and iPhone folios, you can choose an article for each device type.
For more information about push notifications, see the Push notifications help article and Sending text notifications to segmented readers with DPS.
Support for importing documents with alternate layouts
A new sidecar.xml format lets you import articles from InDesign documents with alternate layouts.
There are now two different methods for using sidecar.xml files to import articles. The classic sidecar.xml workflow is still supported—the sidecar.xml format and workflow remains unchanged. The new sidecar.xml format includes specific pathnames to InDesign documents. To import the new sidecar.xml file, select the "Import using sidecar.xml" option when importing articles.
For information about using the new sidecar.xml file to import documents with alternate layouts, see Importing articles using path-based sidecar.xml files.
CRM Integration APIs
You can use new Library/Store APIs to tie DPS content consumption data to third-party CRMs such as Salesforce.com. These APIs are available only for Enterprise customers.
For example, you can record data about articles shown from the app during a sales visit—including content viewed, calculated time spent, interactivity used, and other analytics information—and upload that data, along with custom notes about a sales prospect, directly to a sales opportunity record. Use powerful analysis capability within CRM systems to correlate content consumption with sales and revenue impact.
For a demo video, see the short 6-minute CRM integration demo video. For a detailed article, see Integrating DPS with CRM systems such as Salesforce.com in the DPS Developer Center.
Support for publishing shared folios directly
You can now publish a shared folio without having to copy it first as long as the recipient account is configured with the Application role. The recipient account cannot unpublish a folio that the source account shared. However, if it has an Application role, the recipient account can publish the shared folio. As always, use caution when sharing folios from an Application account to avoid unwanted changes.
This change is especially useful for a handful of DPS publishers who need to publish more than 1,000 folios in their account. For more information, see DPS high-volume workflow.
Folio Showcase in Library (iPad subscription app)
If your iPad app offers subscriptions, you likely want to promote your newest content and display purchasing options clearly. To help with this, new v31 iPad subscription apps have new default library with a new appearance to help promote your content.
The most recent folio will have a prominent presentation to help encourage readers to identify the newest content available for purchase or subscription. If a free preview of content is offered, that’s called out too.
The new showcase presentation will show the most recent folio with a larger cover image and metadata about the folio, including the folio description. This new library appearance applies only to iPad subscription apps in iOS7; the previous grid format still appears on iOS6 iPads. The grid view also appears if the "Hide Buy Buttons" option is selected in DPS App Builder.
You can customize the appearance of the buttons in DPS App Builder. For example, you can display the actual price of a folio instead of "Buy Issue." See Customizing UI text in DPS iOS apps.
Required folio updates
The "Hide Folio Update Prompt" option is now available when using DPS App Builder to create iOS apps. If this option is selected, tapping a cover image in the library downloads and applies the folio update without prompting users to accept or ignore the update. For example, this option is especially useful in a sales app in which members of the sales team are required to have the most updated content.
With a WiFi connection, updating a folio is mandatory in order to view it. With a cellular connection, updating the folio is optional. If there is no connection, users can continue to view the older folio version. If the folio is updated while a user is viewing the folio, an update prompt appears.
(For native Android apps and Windows apps, folio updates are required by default, and folios automatically begin to update when users tap the cover image.)
Additional iOS viewer changes
Recent updates have added native Android and Windows Store app support for nearly all overlay features supported by iOS. The planned parity for folio features across all three platforms is nearly complete.
HTML articles and local storage are supported but there may be variations based on device and OS differences. Test any code-based HTML content before publishing.
The Android viewer supports replacing the custom library with a default library. For more information, see Creating a custom library.
Enhanced audio support
The native Android viewer now supports controller files. Native Android viewers now support all interactive overlays with the exception of panoramas and background audio.
Native Android viewers can now display both the horizontal and vertical layouts of dual-orientation articles instead of displaying only the vertical layouts.
Windows viewers now include the following features:
Support of planned overlays Windows viewers now support all interactive overlays with the exception of panoramas and background audio.
Windows single issue in-app purchases now supported Windows Store now includes in-app purchase capabilities to allow users to purchase individual folios within an app. Due to limitations of the Windows Store, you can specify only a single price for all in-app purchases. Windows Store does not yet offer subscriptions. For more information, see DPS publishing guide for Windows Store apps.
More Windows analytics In addition to basic download data, Windows apps now include support for folio purchase analytics.
For more information about building Windows apps, see Building DPS apps for Windows Store.
The Content Viewer for Web includes the following enhancements:
These web viewer changes were made on the server, so no action is required to enable these features. For more information about web viewer, see Using social sharing.
DPS v31 requires that InDesign CC/CS6 users install DPS Desktop Tools v30 or later. InDesign CS5.5 or 5.5 users must have Folio Builder panel v30 or later installed or you will be asked to update. You can see which version you're using when you choose About from the Folio Builder panel menu and look at the last two digits. Installation instructions for the DPS tools can be found here: Installing DPS tools.
InDesign CS5.5/CS5 and DPS support in v32
With the v32 release, DPS will no longer support InDesign CS5/CS5.5. The Folio Builder panel in InDesign CS5/CS5.5 will display only a message to update the version of InDesign. InDesign CS5/CS5.5 users will no longer be able to create folios or articles or upload content to the Folio Producer Service. For details, see DPS and InDesign CS5 and CS5.5 Support.