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.
Scheduled push notifications
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).
Push Notifications Service
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.
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.
Push notification certificates are now managed in the Push Notifications Service on the DPS Dashboard, making it easier to update push certificates and be alerted when your certificates are expiring.
Use DPS App Builder to indicate that your app is enabled for push notifications and whether you're using the Adobe push service or a third-party push service. Use the Push Notifications Service to specify your push certificates and passwords. Push certificates are stored on a server, not in the app itself.
Note the following:
- When push certificates expire or are within 30 days of expiring, an alert message appears when you sign in to the Push Notifications Service.
- Push certificates for existing apps are automatically transferred from DPS App Builder to the Folio Producer.
- Check to make sure that your certificates have been migrated properly to the Push Notifications Service (DPS Dashboard > Notifications). In some instances, such as when you use different accounts for production and development certificates, the certificates might not have migrated properly.
Importing 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.
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.
Folio Showcase in Library
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.
All paused downloads now silently resume when an app launches or returns from background. If an error occurs during download, that particular download is paused again.
Download threads are optimized when an app is running in the background.
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
- The Sign Out button now appears on the gear menu in the library instead of the upper left corner to prevent users from accidentally signing out.
- Background download performance should be improved due to improved segmentation and retry behavior.
- Custom library
- Enhanced audio support
- Dual-orientation folios
- The Web-based DPS App Builder now includes an option to hide the library banner if the reader has signed in to direct entitlement. For details, see Building native DPS apps for Android.
- DPS App Builder now includes a setting to lock the library in landscape orientation.
- Performance is improved when progressively downloading a folio.
- Large multi-state objects no longer flash when initially appearing on-screen.
- Videos now pause when a phone call is received.
- Direct entitlement servers that implement the legacy v1 API
- getFolioInfo() API in custom storefronts
- Reading API
- HTML viewport settings in web overlays, HTML articles, and custom library
- Gestures in web overlays, HTML articles, and custom library
- Relative navto:// hyperlinks
- Hyperlinks to anchors in HTML content
- Clean-up of folios originally downloaded with the legacy Android viewer when the viewer is updated to the native Android viewer
- 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.
- In addition to basic download data, Windows apps now include support for folio purchase analytics.
- Windows viewers now include initial support for custom library APIs.
- Background audio
- Hyperlinks opening content in an in-app browser
- onAppear and onDisappear events in HTML articles
- Direct entitlement servers that implement the legacy v1 API
- Optional prompting of readers to enable the collection of analytics data
- Searching for folios in the Adobe Content Viewer library by title, folio number, and publication name (not available in custom apps)
- When users switch between portrait and landscape layouts in a dual-orientation folio, the web viewer caches the most recent orientation so that when users browse to the next article or return to that publication in the web viewer, the most recent orientation is displayed.
- Performance and experience enhancements were added to web viewer, including a more persistent reading experience in which the web viewer UI controls above and below the page contents don’t refresh when users browse to a different article.
- YouTube videos embedded in a web view now play correctly.
- If you enable secure content (Enterprise only), you can use a setting in the Account Administration tool to specify the patch level whenever Adobe provides a patch update.
These features were added for the v30 release (March 2014).
iOS viewer features
Relative navto links. You can now use the navto command to jump to the next/previous or first/last article. For example, a button with a navto://relative/first action jumps to the first article in the folio. Valid formats include first, last, next, previous, and current. You can also jump to a specific article relative to its position in the folio, such as the fifth article. Relative navto links are supported in the iOS and Windows Store viewers, but not yet supported in the native Android viewer, desktop viewer, or web viewer. Relative navto linking requires a v30 app version, but it works with any folio format.
JS API support for relative navto linking (iOS only). By creating a Web Content overlay or HTML article that accesses the Reading API, you can query the folio to determine information such as how many articles are in the folio and how many pages are in an article. You can then display this information or use it in another way within the overlay or HTML article.
Information Screen (iOS only). In iOS viewers, you can invoke a transparent web view from anywhere in the app that can access the Reading API or the Library and Store API, including the library, the custom store, a banner, or an article. You can determine reader entitlement state and other behaviors in order to display desired content in the transparent web view. You can launch the Information Screen from either the app level (such as a custom library or entitlement banner) or from the folio level (HTML article or Web Content overlay). The HTML files used in the Information Screen must be hosted on a server outside the app, not stored within the app. Users must be connected to the Internet to view the Information Screen.
Secure folios (Enterprise only, iOS only). A new “Enable Secure Content” option is now available when you use the Account Administration tool to configure an application role for an Enterprise account. Select this option only if you have confidential or sensitive information in your app. Social sharing, web viewer, and background downloads are not available in a secure account. Folios in a secure account are not available through the Folio Producer Service (acrobat.com). Folios are available only when published to the Adobe Distribution Service. To preview folios in a secure account, you can use Preview on Device to view them in Adobe Content Viewer, or you can build a custom app and view published folios. Folios are secure only if Enable Secure Content is selected for a v30 app and if v30 folios are published with "Encrypt Folio" selected. Folios delivered to an app using the secure content feature are protected when the device is locked or powered off. The folios become available after the device is unlocked using a pass code. This is standard iOS functionality provided by the operating system.
No more "Show More" in viewer library. On the iPad, readers can now scroll continuously through content in the library. Users no longer need to tap the Show More button at the bottom of the library to display additional folios.
Sign In / Subscribe enhancements (Enterprise). You can now invoke the native viewer sign-in dialog box and subscription dialog box from within custom views. With this change, you can use the native subscription or sign-in dialog box to display purchase options instead of having to create your own. The native sign-in dialog box is available in the Library and Store API. The native subscription dialog box is available in both the Library and Store API and the Reading API.
Enhancements to entitlement information (Enterprise). Adobe will begin using an internal cloud-based service to provide proxy entitlement information. Enterprise publishers offering direct entitlement will still be able to provide both authentication and entitlements, but the Adobe service will be able to cache entitlements on behalf of publishers.
Additional iOS viewer enhancements
- The Advertising Identifier option for iOS viewers is now available in a different format that doesn’t appear in the app binary unless the publisher specifically references it. For more information, see New Consumer Marketing APIs.
- The Sign In item will not appear in the iPhone settings dialog box if the “Hide sign in button in the library” option is selected in DPS App Builder.
- The Settings button (gear icon) no longer appears in the iPhone viewer library if there are no settings options (for example, no retail folios, no sign in).
Native Android viewer
- Pan & Zoom overlays are now supported.
- Basic Audio overlays are now supported. Support for controller files and background audio is not yet available.
- Right-edge binding.
- HTML banners.
- Full image sequence support, including the ability to swipe to progress through images and nesting image sequence overlays in other overlays.
- Vector scrollable frames.
- ChinaCache in custom viewers (but not in Adobe Content Viewer).
- Native Adobe Content Viewer now remembers credentials, no longer making it necessary to sign in repeatedly.HTML articles are now fully supported.
- Custom libraries are now supported (Enterprise only). In Web-based DPS App Builder, you can specify a .zip file containing HTML files that replaces the default library.
- Advanced rendition support. When using Web-based DPS App Builder to create a native Android app, you can specify which folio renditions should appear on Android tablets and which renditions should appear on Android phones.
- Supports all overlays except panoramas.
- Canceling an in-progress downloads.
- Improved progressive downloading. When the user navigates to an article that has not yet been downloaded, that article begins to download.
- The Windows viewer now supports article-only updates of edited folios.
- In the Adobe Content Viewer for Windows, the Adobe ID used to sign in is displayed in the library.
Push notification features
A redesigned push notification service with extended capabilities is now available. This new Push Notification Portal offers the following capabilities:
- Schedule text notifications with an option to cancel unsent notifications.
- View the history of text notifications. You can send notifications and view the status of current/scheduled notifications.
- Pass deep links in text notifications. For example, you can provide a link that opens the app library. (This option requires a v30 viewer version.)
- Use SiteCatalyst analytics to evaluate text notification data.
- When you send iOS text notifications, you can specify whether tapping the text notification launches the custom store or a different custom slot or launches a web page you specify.
Folio Producer services
- Analytics improvements. In SiteCatalyst analytics, there is now complete tracking of background downloads starting from when push is received to when the folio is downloaded.
- AEM/DPS workflow. Media Publisher is a module for the Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) that allows the system to publish DPS content. Once AEM and the module are configured and using the appropriate templates, you can create HTML articles and publish DPS folios. Articles can be uploaded directly to the Adobe Folio Producer service and can continually check to make sure articles are in sync with the latest changes. For more information about the AEM workflow, see the related articles in DPS Developer Center.
Folio format specification now available
The folio format spec is now available. Commercial publishers can extend their content through a variety of marketplaces that accept the .folio file format specification. Publishing to .folio as a universally accepted digital publishing file format will allow magazine publishers to more efficiently produce digital content for mobile devices by eliminating the need to create and publish interactive, digital content in multiple, individual proprietary file formats supported by each unique marketplace. Newsstands and marketplaces that accept the license for the .folio file format specification will be able to create their own native viewers capable of displaying digital magazines available in the .folio file format.
These features were added for v29 viewers.
Support for native Android viewer
You can now use the Web-based DPS App Builder to create native Android viewer apps. The Web-based DPS App Builder runs on both Mac OS and Windows. For the time being, you can still use the existing desktop DPS App Builder to create legacy AIR-based Android apps.
Two versions of the Adobe Content Viewer are available in the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore. The “Adobe Content Viewer (legacy)” app is still available for testing content in the legacy AIR-based Android viewer. The new “Adobe Content Viewer for Android” app lets you test content for native Android viewers.
The new native Android viewer supports both tablets and phones running Android 4.0.3 or later. For a list of supported features and limitations, see Building native DPS apps for Android devices. For a comparison chart, see the DPS supported feature list.
Windows viewer enhancements
The Adobe Content Viewer is now availabe in the Windows Store. This app requires Windows 8.1. Note that the ability to create custom Windows apps is not yet available in DPS App Builder. Renditions and pan & zoom overlays are now supported in the Windows viewer. See Building DPS apps for Windows Store.
Streaming Audio and Video
Reduce folio file size and improve download times with new support for streaming video and audio authoring. Audio and Video are now two separate sections in the Folio Overlays panel. For both Audio and Video overlays, you can specify a URL to a media file uploaded to a server. When you specify a media file (MP4 or MP3) for streaming, you can select any option available for local media files, including Auto Play and Play in Background Across Folio.
This URL you specify must be "http" not "https." You cannot use this technique to stream movies from services such as YouTube and Vimeo. Instead, use a Web Content overlay.
Streaming audio and video requires the v29 tools but not a v29 folio format. You can stream media files using an earlier folio format (v18 or later).
Segmented text notifications
Deliver targeted text push notifications to keep consumers engaged with your app and brand. You can identify groups of customers by segment, such as iPad users, iPhone users, or users who haven't used the app in more than 30 days. You can then send text messages to this subgroup of customers' devices to encourage them to download additional content or to view promotional offers.
If you have a SiteCatalyst analytics account, you can gather information for a subgroup of customers in a CSV file. You can then specify this CSV file when sending your text-based push notification. For detailed information, see the Segmented Push Notifications article in DPS Developer Center.
Articles in free folios always available
Articles in folios published as Free are now displayed without a paywall in the web viewer even if the article is set to Protected or Metered. Before the v29 release, if a folio was published as Free, the paywall could be enabled and prevent users from viewing content. With free folios in v29 apps, the paywall never appears, even when enabled for the app.
Base Analytics on the Dashboard is no longer beta. It is now localized and includes several bug fixes. In addition, SiteCatalyst analytics now includes tracking for auto started vs. user initiated overlays (iOS only).
Legacy Android viewer enhancements
The AIR-based Android viewer now supports Android 4.4. For Android viewers, pinch and zoom is now enabled for "flattened" articles set to Horizontal Swipe Only. This behavior is already supported on iOS viewers.
Welcome screen for iOS apps (Enterprise only)
Use the "Optional Welcome Screen" option in DPS App Builder to specify the .zip file containing your HTML files. If your app supports both iPad and iPhone, your HTML files should display content that works on both device sizes. For instructions and sample HTML files, see Getting started with a welcome screen in DPS Developer Center.
Social Sharing & Web Viewer improvements
Note the following changes to the DPS social sharing feature.
- There is new behavior for protected articles. When a reader shares a protected article in a v29 app, the article URL is shared, not the Publication URL. If unentitled recipients tap or click the shared URL link, they see the Paywall page. This change affects both the desktop web viewer and the article viewer on the iPad. The Publication URL option in DPS App Builder has been removed from the Social Settings page for v29 apps. The Publication URL is still used in v28 and earlier apps.
- The web viewer now supports audio files with AAC/MP4 encoding.
- The Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo social sharing options are now available in China. If publishers enable social sharing, their readers who have set a Chinese Keyboard for their iPad or Phone on iOS 7 will see options for Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo will in the sharing activity sheet menu. Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo are supported only in devices running iOS 7, not iOS 6.
- The Right Edge Binding feature is now supported in web viewer. If this option is selected, the first article is right-most in web viewer as well as on devices.
- In an embedded web viewer, publishers can now allow external links to be displayed in a new browser tab or window. See the Adobe Content Viewer for Web SDK.
- In an embedded web viewer, publishers can track when users navigate between pages. See the Adobe Content Viewer for Web SDK.
DPS App Builder enhancements
Note these changes in DPS App Builder.
- The Social Sharing page was changed to reflect different behavior in iOS 6 and iOS 7. The Publication URL option was also removed for v29 apps.
- (Enterprise) Push notifications are now supported in enterprise-signed apps. The mobileprovision file must have a non-wildcard Bundle ID.
- (Enterprise) The Label value in custom icons was removed. If you want to use different names for Viewer or Library, edit the customized strings XML file.
- (Enterprise) The localized strings for custom icons no longer includes redundant sections.
- (Enterprise) "Optional iPhone Welcome Screen" is now called "Optional Welcome Screen." This option now supports iPad as well as iPhone.
Customer marketing improvements (Enterprise, iOS)
DPS now supports several API features designed to improve customer marketing. These features are available in both the Library/Store API and the Reading API, so they can be implemented in articles, stores, and other navigation webviews.
- Publishers can use vendorIdentifier to track advertising campaigns. The vendor ID identifies the publisher. (Note that the advertisingIdentifier option that identifies each device was previously enabled and is no longer available at this time due to new Apple restrictions.)
- Publishers can use canOpenURL to detect whether specific apps are installed using known URL schemes, allowing publishers to cross-promote apps more directly.
- Publishers can use openExternal to launch an external URL from within a custom navigation webview.
- Publishers can specify a URL scheme with parameters to pass campaign and promotional codes from email, text, or websites and launch the app directly into a navigation webview.
By combining these APIs, publishers can market their apps in a number of different ways. For example, publishers can collect data to determine which users have installed their apps but haven't subscribed. Publishers can then launch an email advertising campaign that offers a free 3-month subscription. Or, publishers can create a web overlay that checks if a different app is installed, and display different offers depending on whether users have downloaded that app and whether they have a subscription.
Improved behavior of apps with a large number of folios (Enterprise)
If an app includes a large number (such as 1,500) of folios, it takes a long time for the library to update. If you select a setting in DPS App Builder, you can use your entitlement server to control which folios are included when the custom library is updated.
Base analytics enhancements
In base analytics, you can select "Special Issues" as the publication frequency. When you select Special Issues, you can also set the Audience Accumulation start and end date. In addition, base analytics includes a number of bug fixes that improve data display.
Improved stability of Folio Producer Services
The most recent AWS migration introduced several problems with uploading and downloading content through the Folio Producer Service powered by acrobat.com. The services will be updated to fix these issues.
Text-based push notifications (iOS, Professional/Enterprise)
Using a third-party push notification service is no longer required to send text notifications to your customers. By sending custom text messages, you can encourage repeat readers and subscribers on iOS devices by alerting readers of new content. Text notifications work with any viewer version. In addition, you can use SiteCatalyst analytics to measure customer reaction to push notifications, including the number of readers who opt-in to receiving push alerts.
Baseline analytics improvements (beta version, English only)
The DPS Dashboard includes a new beta version of baseline analytics reports. With the new baseline analytics, you can view Standard Audience Accumulation metrics for digital readership that comply with the MPA Tablet Metrics guidelines. Newly available reports display data such as total readers, total sessions, total time spent per reader, average sessions per reader, devices, and operating system.
While analyzing data, you can change accumulation settings across standard metrics. With the redesigned interface, you can gain access to analytics and export report data to view in a spreadsheet.
Support for iOS 7
v28 apps include support for iOS 7. Note that on iOS 7 devices, any viewer created with v24 or earlier may perform poorly. In particular, folios with landscape orientation either fail to display or display poorly. For best results, update all DPS apps to v27 or v28.
Drop of support for iOS 5
Adobe DPS is dropping support for iOS 5. With this change, v28 apps will not run on iOS5, and by extension, on iPad 1 devices. If you want to continue supporting iPad 1 devices, make sure that you create folios that are compatible with the viewer version of the existing app (v27 or earlier).
iOS 7 requirements for DPS apps
With DPS App Builder, you can build v28 apps that comply with Apple iOS 7 design guidelines, including new light-colored user interface design themes. Consider the following iOS 7 requirements when designing and building your apps:
- iOS 7 requires the system bar to be displayed in apps. When you build a v28 app, the 20- or 40-pixel system status bar now appears above the top navigation bar in all views, including folio view. When users tap to display the navigation bars, more of your design area is covered. Make necessary adjustments to your article layouts.
- With iOS 7, the custom icons in the bottom Navigation toolbar (Enterprise only) work differently. When you build a v28 app with custom toolbar icons, you no longer provide three separate icons for Up, Down, and Disabled states. Instead, you provide a single PNG file with a transparent background, and iOS 7 changes the color of the display state automatically. (These files are 30x30 and 60x60 pixels.) You no longer need to embed the text label in the navigation icon. Instead, specify text in the Icon Label field in DPS App Builder, which appears below the custom icons. If your app supports multiple languages, you can localize this text. These new icons appear in the Navigation bar only if the icon is actionable. For example, the “Viewer” button does not appear until a folio is downloaded. If enabled, the Navigation toolbar is a few pixels taller than the Navigation toolbar in previous apps (12 pixels on SD iPads, 24 pixels on HD iPads). Again, make the necessary adjustments to your layouts. For more information about these icons, see Creating DPS apps for the iPad and iPhone.
- For iOS 7, additional app icon sizes are required: 152x152 (iPad HD), 76x76 (iPad SD), and 120x120 (iPhone). These new icon files are required when you build either a v27 or v28 app in DPS App Builder.
- DPS viewers include several UI changes for iOS 7. For example, the library background is much lighter than in previous versions, so check your cover images for appropriate contrast. If your app includes an article that describes how to use the app, you’ll likely want to update this help content.
Note that there are known problems with v24 and earlier apps working on iOS 7 devices. For best results, update existing apps to v27 or later.
AirDrop Support for iOS 7
With v28 apps on iOS 7 devices, you can share articles with people near you using AirDrop. When recipients receive shared article links via AirDrop on an iPad, they can take advantage of the new v28 Mobile Safari Web Viewer feature.
Mobile Safari Web Viewer (iPad only)
When an iPad user taps a link to an unprotected shared article, the shared article opens directly in the Mobile Safari Web Viewer. This feature lets share recipients view a web viewer version of the article with a single tap on the iPad rather than having to download the app. The Mobile Safari Web Viewer (also called “article viewer”) provides links to download the app or view the article if it's already downloaded on the iPad. In this initial release, some features such as certain overlay types are not yet supported.
Schedule Folio Availability Date
Define a specific date and time to make folio content available on the Distribution Service to app users, eliminating the need for production staff to manually push new content live.
You can also set Schedule Folio Availability Date information programmatically using the Folio Producer API (Enterprise only).
New default viewer version for folios
The default viewer version for folios is now v26 instead of v20. When you create a new folio, you can still target v20 through v28 viewer versions.
Camera API support
Use the device camera to allow users to take photographs from within your app, and either feature photos within your content or store them in the camera roll. For example, you can specify a frame image and allow users to take a picture (or specify an image from their Photos app) that appears within that frame.
Content on Android devices scaled up
In previous releases, smaller renditions in Android apps were not scaled up, causing both letterboxing and pillarboxing. With v28 AIR-based Android apps, smaller renditions are now scaled up proportionally.
Lock orientation option
DPS App Builder includes a new settings that lets you lock the orientation of your app so that the library and folio view are displayed in only one orientation.
SiteCatalyst analytics improvements
New SiteCatalyst reports are available for author metadata, which is useful for tracking specific authors or advertisers. Additional custom eVar tracking is also available. See the related analytics articles in the DPS Developer Center for details.
Web Viewer localized
The Content Viewer for the Web (web viewer) now includes support for 20 different languages.
Distribution Service performance improvements
Folios uploaded to the Adobe Distribution Service are now stored on faster and more reliable Amazon Web Service servers. You should notice significant improvements in publishing, updating, and downloading folios.
Pinterest support in Social Sharing (iOS, Professional/Enterprise)
Pinterest is now one of the Social Sharing options in DPS App Builder. When selected, the Pinterest option appears in the drop-down social sharing menu of your app. Customers who view your app on an iPad or iPhone can pin the preview image of an article page to their pinboards. From Pinterest, readers can click the page image to experience interactive article content on a device or in the web viewer. You can set paywall limits on the number of articles available for viewing, as with other Social Sharing options.
Device GPS Integration (iOS, Professional/Enterprise)
With GPS integration, you can provide targeted content based on geographic location. In your app, you can add GPS logic to HTML content to achieve different purposes. Examples:
- You can create a Web Content overlay or HTML article that displays different ads depending on where users are viewing the article.
- In your custom store (Enterprise only), you can display region-specific folios and entitle users to folios based on their location.
- In your custom library (Enterprise only), you can display region-specific banners.
Additional details: To enable GPS integration in a custom store or library, use the v2 custom story/library APIs. To enable GPS integration in a Web Content overlay or HTML article, use the Reading API. Also, select the “Allow Access to Entitlement Information” option if you enable GPS integration in a Web Content overlay or HTML article.
Social Sharing/Web Viewer Improvements (iOS, Professional/Enterprise)
Note the following enhancements:
- In the web viewer, articles that have an article access state set to "Free" in Folio Producer can now be viewed in the desktop web viewer without counting against the paywall threshold. There has been no change to the behavior for metered or protected articles. Metered articles still count against the paywall threshold and protected articles are available only to entitled readers. (The Free, Metered, and Protected settings now have the same effect in both web viewer and free article preview.)
- In previous versions, thumbnail images of protected articles in the web viewer TOC were grayed out and displayed a lock icon on mouse over. In addition, left and right navigation actions skipped over protected articles. With v27, the web viewer no longer makes a distinction between protected, free, or metered articles in the TOC and in navigation. All articles appear in the TOC without distinction, and navigating within a folio allows users to visit every article, including protected articles. Protected articles are obscured by a paywall message.
- In the embedded web viewer, the sign-in process has been streamlined to provide publishers the ability to authenticate users on their own web site.
Android viewer improvements (Professional/Enterprise)
The AIR-based Android viewer includes the following enhancements:
- The folio size dimension limit has increased from 2048x2048 to 4095x4095 pixels. This allows you to create folios that target larger devices such as 10” HD Android tablets.
- Splash screens you specify on Android devices are now scaled up or down proportionally to fill the target screen. For example, you can specify 2560x1600 and 1600x2560 splash screens, which are scaled down (and cropped if the aspect ratio is different) for smaller devices.
- Icons and UI elements are now larger on XLarge Android devices such as 10” HD tablets, making it easier to tap buttons and navigate in viewers on HD devices.
- Custom navigation icons (Enterprise only) can now be 75x43, 98x52, or 214x114 pixels.
The native (non-AIR) Android viewer is still being developed.
A Copy command is now available in the Folio Producer Organizer. You can copy (duplicate) your own folio or you can copy a folio shared with you from a different account. Copying either a published or unpublished folio creates a new folio on the Folio Producer server (acrobat.com), not the Distribution Service. You can then edit and publish the copied folio. If the folio was shared with you from a different computer, you need to obtain the source files and relink the articles in order to edit and update articles. Locked folios cannot be copied.
New "auto-open" option in DPS App Builder
"Auto-open latest entitled folio after download" is a new option in DPS App Builder. If "Auto-download latest entitled folio on first launch" is selected, the "Auto-open" option is selected by default so that first-time readers can download the app and start reading right away. If you turn off the "Auto-open" option, users see the folio being downloaded in the library, but the folio doesn't open until they tap the cover image. This allows publishers to provide a message in the banner that lets first-time users know that they're receiving a free folio.
Article Preview enhancements
Article Preview now supports Metered articles in addition to Free articles within preview folios. When a reader navigates to a metered article within a preview folio, a "Read Article" button will be displayed on the purchase pane, allowing the reader to tap and download the metered article to their device as part of their preview experience. The number of metered articles the reader can view is controlled by the device paywall threshold set by the publisher.
In addition, there are several UI improvements to free article preview. For example, the preview images of protected articles now appear behind a dark mesh pattern. Browse thumbnails now have a gradient treatment applied, and browse thumbnails are displayed for all pages of “flattened” articles (Horizontal Swiping Only) in both browse mode and as preview Images behind the mesh treatment in folio view.
Analytics improvements (Professional/Enterprise with SiteCatalyst account)
SiteCatalyst reports now include information on purchases by reader subscription type (new or renewal), term length of subscription (1 month, 6 months, and so on), and purchases by app marketplace. SiteCatalyst also reports the number of readers that opt in to receive push notifications. In addition, tracking of slideshow and scrollable frame overlays is more detailed.
Other v27 improvements include:
- The sidecar.xml now supports Article Access settings, which means you can import the sidecar.xml file to apply Free/Metered/Protected settings to each article in the folio.
- Links in the Library/Store v2 API can now display a separated web view window (also called an “in-app browser”) within the app that has a Close button. The HTML in this web view window can still reference the APIs.
Free Article Preview (iPad only)
You can allow customers to preview content in a retail folio. Users can tap the Preview button to download and read all free articles. When a user navigates to other articles in the app, a paywall prompts them to purchase the folio. To enable Free Article Preview in a retail folio, select the "Enable Article Preview" setting in the Account Administration Tool, and use the Folio Producer Editor to mark specific articles as Free. (Free Article Preview is iPad-only and currently does not work with folios that have Sections.)
Note: To apply the "Free" setting to articles in legacy folios, you need to update the folio viewer version to v26 or later AND update the articles within that folio.
PDF article support in both Android Viewer and Desktop Viewer
PDF articles are now supported on Android devices and in the Desktop Viewer. On Android viewers, you can take advantage of the PDF format to reduce file size, reuse iOS folios that have PDF articles, and use pinch & zoom on article pages. In the Desktop Viewer, you can now preview folios that have PDF articles, which is especially useful to preflight your folio for errors.
The app version needs to be v26 or later to display PDF articles, but the folio with PDF articles can be any version.
(Note that this is a change to the existing AIR-based Android viewer, not to the native Android viewer that is currently in development. In addition, PDF support on Android does not include displaying PDF files in the in-app browser.)
iPad library improvements
Icons now appear beneath each cover preview image in the library so that users can see which content is free or retail without an extra tap. Tapping a button with a price initiates a purchase. Tapping the free button or the cloud button initiates a download. A cloud icon appears if a user is entitled to a retail folio that hasn't been downloaded.
Tapping the cover preview image itself still displays a preview pane with additional information. If a custom library is configured to display only entitled folios, the preview pane does not appear when tapping the cover image.
(Enterprise only) If your custom library displays only folios to which your customers are entitled, no preview pane appears. Tapping a cover image begins to download the folio.
Full iPhone 5 support
You can now create 1136x640 folio renditions to avoid letterboxing content on the iPhone 5. In DPS App Builder, you must specify an additional 640x1136 launch image (splash screen) to comply with Apple requirements for iPhone 5 apps.
DPS App Builder enhancements
DPS App Builder includes the following changes:
- Asset links are now stored on the server, allowing you to use different computers to build the app without having to relink to copied assets. For example, an agency can go through DPS App Builder to specify most of the settings and files, and the client can then complete the app by specifying the certificates. When you edit an existing viewer, an "Asset stored on the server" message appears in the text field. Storing assets works only for an individual app; you cannot store assets on the server for use across multiple apps.
- (Enterprise) When you create a custom store that takes advantage of new API features, creating a custom library is no longer required.
- (Enterprise) If you want to continue using an older store that you've created, you can select Use Legacy Store APIs in DPS App Builder. However, if you select this option, you cannot specify a custom library.
- The "Enable hot zone to display folio view controls" option now includes a hot zone at both the top and bottom of screen, not just the bottom.
- Optional URL Scheme is now available for single-folio apps.
Analytics opt-in improvement
If you configure the viewer to allow users to opt out of analytics data, they have the option to change their mind and opt in using the settings menu. This is supported in both iOS and Android viewers.
Web Viewer enhancements
Web Viewer now includes the following improvements:
- Embedded Web Viewer. You can now embed shared Web Viewer articles in your Web site with new support for iframe HTML tags in DPS. Include surrounding design elements that convey a consistent, branded experience for your customers..
- Web Viewer-only folio. You can create a special folio rendition for the Web Viewer that appears only in the Web Viewer browser, not on the device viewer. For example, you can create a 1024x580 folio that displays only a horizontal orientation, uses terminology such as "click" instead of "tap," and replaces an unsupported panorama with a static image. See Creating a Web Viewer rendition.
- Custom stores and custom Libraries are now supported in Web Viewer. Integrate a Custom Store and Custom Library within the Web Viewer to feature special content, offers, or promotions.
- Web Viewer analytics. Analytics data is now enabled for the Web Viewer.
- Horizontal Swipe Only support (added in v25). The Web Viewer now displays "flattened" articles that have Horizontal Swipe Only selected.
New and enhanced Fulfillment Reports
The Fulfillment Report on the DPS Dashboard gives publishers easy-to-understand details related to the downloads of their folio content. The Fulfillment Report now includes additional data fields to make it easier to build informative pivot tables that show how many downloads for each publication, per issue, with a total for all downloads and a breakout showing web viewer downloads separately. A new Consolidated Fulfillment Report (currently called "Rollup Report") gives administrators the fulfillment data for all publications associated with their account. Finally, all report data is now recorded daily instead of weekly.
Online purchase of fulfillment bundles
A new online purchase option for 10,000 Fulfillment Bundles makes it easy for publishers to ensure their account is always in good standing. Fulfillment renewals placed through a reseller or directly from Adobe can sometimes take a few days to process. To provide a faster purchase option, publishers can now buy a serial number for a 10,000 fulfillment bundle through the Adobe Store and redeem that serial number through the DPS Dashboard.
Note the following improvements to analytics:
Complete articles read. You can track how many readers completely read articles in a single visit.
TOC tracking. You can track taps on the TOC button and also identify which articles are discovered through the TOC.
Readers that are directly entitled by publishers. You can get data about readers who sign in to the app and obtain folios through direct entitlement. You can optionally return the reader's subscriber ID and subscriber type through the direct entitlement API. The subscriber type and subscriber ID values are passed to SiteCatalyst so that you can track how these subscribers engage with the folio.
Free Article Preview. When customers tap the "Preview" button to preview the issue, the number of preview button taps and the free articles that get previewed are tracked. The number of conversions after the issue is previewed is also tracked.
Omniture Visitor ID and Push notification token. For each reader, an Omniture visitor ID and push notification token (if the reader has opted in to receiving push notifications) is added to SiteCatalyst.
Web Viewer: Web Viewer information is tracked.
First Folio Free API improvement
Enterprise publishers can now use the custom library API to configure the subscription banner to display messaging depending on whether the reader is a subscriber and can appropriately provide messaging that supports the latest free retail issue feature.
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.
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.