Single Edition overview


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To create a custom app for the iPad that contains a built-in folio, either become an Adobe Creative Cloud member or pay a one-time fee. If you have a full (not individual) Creative Cloud membership, you can create Single Edition iPad apps.

Single Edition apps you create work only on the iPad, not on the iPhone or Android devices. With Single Edition, your apps do not include many features such as a library, bookmarks, social sharing, and analytics that are available to Professional and Enterprise DPS subscribers.


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. On December 4, 2014, Single Edition will no longer be available as a purchasable product from the store.


What you’ll need to create your folio:

  • InDesign CS6 or later.

  • DPS Desktop Tools (Folio Overlays panel and Folio Builder panel).

What you need to build your app:

  • A Mac OS computer running Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Apple requires a Mac OS computer to create required certificates and upload the app. You can use a Windows computer to build your folios in InDesign.

  • DPS App Builder.

  • Membership to Apple’s iOS Developer Program (annual fee required). See

  • A Creative Cloud membership or a Single Edition serial number.

Single Edition videos and resources

Use your Creative Cloud account to sign in to the Getting Started page, watch videos, and download useful assets.

DPS Single Edition Learn Tutorials

These videos and more appear on AdobeTV.

DPS Single Edition Learn Channel

Video overview

Steps to create a single-folio viewer app

Follow these general steps to create your custom viewer app and submit it to the Apple Store.

Step 1: Understand the Basics

Before you start using InDesign to create content, get a basic understanding of the process. Watch videos, step through tutorials, and browse through help topics. See Getting started with the Digital Publishing Suite.

Use the DPS Tips app and other resources to learn the basics.

Step 2: Install the digital publishing tools

For InDesign CS6 or CC, install the DPS Desktop Tools. See Installing digital publishing tools.

Install the digital publishing tools to work with InDesign.

In addition, download the Adobe Content Viewer to your iPad. When you create a folio, the content is uploaded to a web client powered by Use the viewer to download and preview that folio. Search for “Adobe Content Viewer” in the iPad App Store or in the iTunes Store.

Step 3: Create and Preview Your Folio

Use the Folio Builder panel to create your folio. Preview your folio using the Adobe Content Viewer app on the iPad. When you folio is complete, select it, and choose Create App from the Folio Builder panel menu.

Step 4: Subscribe to Creative Cloud or Obtain Single Edition Serial Number

If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you can create an unlimited number of iPad Single Edition apps. Or, use the Adobe website to purchase your Single Edition serial number. If Single Edition is not yet available in your region, sign up to be notified when it becomes available.

Obtain the Single Edition serial number required to build the app.

Step 5: Download the Step-by-Step Guide

The Step-by-Step iPad Publishing Guide for Single Edition includes the information you need to create the required images and certificates, sign up as an Apple developer, build the iPad app, and submit it to Apple.

You can also download the Step-by-Step Publishing Guide from the Help menu in DPS App Builder.


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