Announcement: Reminder - Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Will End of Life on August 31st, 2019. More details are available here.
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 Adobe.com store.
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 http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/.
A Creative Cloud membership or a Single Edition serial number.
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.
Step 2: Install the digital publishing tools
For InDesign CS6 or CC, install the DPS Desktop Tools. See Installing digital publishing tools.
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 acrobat.com. 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.
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.