E-publishing, Evolved

Update on EPUB and DPS, Single Edition

When Adobe first created DPS, Single Edition, in 2011, it was our best available option for individuals who wanted to create books, portfolios, and one-off publications in iPad application format. But in the intervening years, we made two important discoveries: The ongoing evolution of e-publishing technologies has inspired many more of our individual design customers to export interactive e-books (EPUBs)—a format that DPS, Single Edition was not intended to support. We also learned that most customers requiring the end-to-end functionality of dynamic app creation and measurement were typically organizations looking to develop enterprise-class apps—or subscription-based publications like magazines. To help our customers connect to the publication channels most likely suited for them, we’ve made some shifts to our product offerings.

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, but beyond that date the service will no longer be available. Please also note that on December 4 2014, Single Edition will be removed as a purchasable product from the
Adobe.com store. Instead, the 2014 release of InDesign CC includes a fixed layout EPUB
feature that makes it easier for individuals to publish graphic-heavy documents in e-book
format. Customers with DPS Pro or Enterprise editions are unaffected by this change and will
still be able to create single-issue and multi-issue applications for publication to app stores.  DPS provides a custom branded experience for publishers, businesses and universities to produce, distribute and market rich digital publications to apps on phones and tablets.

The new Fixed-Layout EPUB export capability announced in the 2014 release of InDesign CC is our powerful, simplified solution for individual designers who want to create interactive, image-rich content intended for publication to channels like the iBooks Store or for ad hoc distribution. By exporting a fixed-layout file into EPUB3 standard format, individuals now have an expanded opportunity to publish across a wider range of tablets. You can learn more about it by going through this video tutorial, How to Design Fixed Layout EPUB.

We’re eager to see how individual designers will use fixed layout EPUB to engage readers in new and exciting ways and continue to be impressed by the apps created by DPS for the enterprise.

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