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This article refers to Digital Publishing Suite. For the AEM Mobile article, see Overview of Experience Manager Mobile.

Adobe InDesign is the central component of the workflow. Using InDesign, design teams create layouts and add interactivity. With layouts in hand, production teams assemble the layouts, add metadata, and publish them into a “folio” format.

Anyone who uses InDesign CS6 or later can author, preview, and share digital publishing folios. However, to create custom apps for commercial use, you need to subscribe to DPS. Please contact Adobe Sales by filling out the following form for further pricing information:


The Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, service will be available for use until May 1, 2015. Customers can redeem previously purchased serial numbers and create or edit apps in the meantime. However, after May 1, 2015, using DPS Single Edition to build or edit apps will no longer be available.

Getting your InDesign layout onto your iPad
Getting your InDesign layout onto your iPad

Step 1: Install DPS tools

If you’re new to the Digital Publishing Suite, install the newest version of DPS tools. See Installing digital publishing tools.

If you have an iPad or an Android device, install the most current version of the Adobe Content Viewer from the store (Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Windows Store).

Step 2: Create source documents in InDesign

Create InDesign documents as the base layout for the digital content. See Designing digital publications.

In addition to using InDesign files as source content, you can also create articles based on HTML. See Import HTML articles.

Step 3: Add interactive objects

Use the Folio Overlays panel to create and edit interactive objects. Not all InDesign interactivity features are supported. See Overview of interactive overlays.


To see examples and how-to instructions for each overlay type, download the free DPS Tips app on your iPad or other mobile device.

Step 4: Use the Folio Builder to create folio and articles

Signing in to the Folio Builder panel is optional. If you sign in using a verified Adobe ID, folios you create are uploaded to an site. You can then download these folios to the Adobe Content Viewer app by signing in using the same account. If you have a Creative Cloud membership, sign in using your Creative Cloud account. If you do not have a verified Adobe ID, go to, click Create Account, and follow the prompts.

Use the Folio Builder panel to create or open a folio and add articles. Each article can have two layouts for horizontal and vertical orientations. See Creating folios.

You can also edit folio metadata using the Folio Producer Organizer at See Folio Producer Organizer.

Step 5: Preview articles

To preview the folio using the Adobe Content Viewer for the Desktop, select a folio or an article in the Folio Builder panel and click Preview. See Use the Desktop Viewer to preview content.

To preview the folio on mobile devices such as the iPad, install the free Adobe Content Viewer on the device, and then sign in using the same Adobe ID you used to sign in to the Folio Builder panel. Use the viewer library to download and view folios. See Preview folios and articles.

Use the Share command in the Folio Builder panel to share a folio with other people. Anyone with a valid Adobe ID can view the folio you share with them for free. When they use the Adobe ID to sign in to the Adobe Content Viewer, any folios you shared with them are available for downloading. See Share folios.

Step 6: Make folios available to customers (DPS Subscribers only)

If you have a DPS license, you can use DPS App Builder to create a custom app and make it available to your audience. See DPS App Builder.

If you have a DPS license, use the Folio Producer Organizer to put the finishing touches on the folio and publish it to the Distribution Service to make it publicly available in your app. See Publishing folios to the Distribution Service.

Step 7: Analyze customer data and add and update folios (DPS Subscribers only)

After you publish your folio, use the Analytics page on the Digital Publishing Suite Dashboard to track user data. See DPS analytics.

Continue to add folios to your multi-folio custom viewer.

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