When folios and articles are created, they’re uploaded to the Folio Producer server powered by acrobat.com, but they do not yet appear on the Adobe Distribution Service (sometimes called the “fulfillment server”). The Distribution Service stores all the folios that customers can download.

To publish folios as retail or public, you must sign in to the DPS Dashboard using a DPS Professional or Enterprise account. However, anyone can publish folios as private to improve downloading performance in Adobe Content Viewer on a device.

When you publish folios, make sure that you sign in using the appropriate account. For each app, there is an Adobe ID with an Application role—called the "Title ID" when you build the app in DPS App Builder. Folios you publish as Public using the Application account are available in the app.

Publishing content to the Distribution Service
Publishing content to the Distribution Service

  1. In the Dashboard, click Folio Producer. In the Folio Producer Organizer, select a folio and click Publish.

  2. Set the status of the folio.

    Now or Scheduled

    If you select Now, the folio is published as soon as you click Publish. Choose Private for status. When the folio is pushed live, the status will switch from Private to Public. You can schedule folios to be published but not updated.

    If you select Scheduled, the folio is published when you specify (no earlier than 30 minutes and no later than 7 days from the current time). The date and time is displayed in GMT, so make the necessary adjustments for your time zone.

    At this time, only the scheduled folio is published; no push notification is sent out.

    Private or Public

    When you set a folio to Public, customers can download it as soon as the folio is available in the store. A DPS Professional or Enterprise account is required to publish a folio as Public. If a folio is set to Private, it is not available for customers to download in a custom viewer app. It is available only in the Adobe Content Viewer.

    Free or Retail

    Set a folio status to Retail to allow customers to download it only if they pay for it through an in-app purchase or a subscription. For retail folios, go through the In App Purchase process on the Apple developer site or the In App Billing process in the Google Play developer site to determine the price of the retail folio download.

    Any folio published as Retail does not appear in the Adobe Content Viewer. Preview retail folios using the custom development app you create.


    For retail folios, do not set the status to Free and set it to Retail later. Doing so can prevent the folio from being available in the custom viewer. Unpublish and re-publish such folios as Public and Retail.

  3. Specify the Product ID.

    For best results, use the com.publisher.publication.issue format (such as com.adobepress.inspire.july2013) to specify the Product ID. For best results, avoid uppercase letters in your Product ID. Uppercase letters may not work with Amazon in-app purchases.

    For retail content, make sure that you use the same Product ID in the Publish Folio dialog box that you create when setting up the in-app purchase.


    Use different Product IDs for each separate folio in your app. However, if you are creating folio renditions, use the same Product ID for all renditions in the set.

  4. Click Publish.

    The folio is not published if it includes articles with conflicting orientations or aspect ratios. If the folio is published, the Publish button is replaced by an Update button, and the Remove button is active.

When you publish or update a folio, the job is sent to the queue, allowing you to continue working in the Organizer and publish or update additional folios. Choose View > Publish Requests to see the queue status. If a job fails, try again. You might need to Unpublish and choose Publish again. See the DPS Status page for information about server outages that might affect publishing.

Unprotected articles are uploaded to a web server for viewing on the desktop.

If your custom viewer has push notifications enabled, click the Notify button to trigger a push notification. See Push notifications.

Update published folios

After you publish a folio, use the Update button in the Folio Producer Organizer to update the published folio. When the Adobe Content Viewer detects that a downloaded folio has been updated, it prompts users to download the updated folio. Make sure that the Publication Name, Folio Number, Product ID, and Size values remain unchanged. If you need to change any of these values, unpublish and re-publish the folio instead of updating it.

  1. Make the necessary changes to the folio and articles.

    If you edit the source documents of an article, use the Update command in the Folio Builder panel.

  2. Navigate to the Folio Producer Organizer.

  3. Make sure that the Publication Name and Folio Number settings of the folio are identical to those of the existing folio.

    If either of these settings are different, the new folio is treated as a separate issue.

  4. Select the folio and choose Update.

  5. Specify the appropriate status settings and Product ID.

    Do not change the Product ID. If you need to use a different Product ID, use the Unpublish option, and then publish the folio again.

    If your folio is a retail version, make sure that your Product ID matches the Product ID specified during the In App Purchase process for iPad apps or related process for Android apps. If you specify a different Product ID, the folio fails to appear in your custom viewer app.

    If Update Content is selected, the folio content and metadata is updated. If you deselect this option, only the status changes when you click Update. For best results, leave the Update Content option selected.

Remove folios from the server

The Folio Producer Organizer includes both an Unpublish command and a Delete command.

  • The Unpublish command removes the published folio from the Distribution Service. If you have a multi-folio viewer app in the store, the removed folio is no longer available for downloading.

  • The Delete command erases the folio and its contents. A deleted folio no longer appears in the Folio Producer Organizer or Folio Builder panel.

A removed or deleted folio is not deleted from any device to which it’s been downloaded. Tapping the Archive button removes the deleted folio from the viewer library.

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