Originally posted on the Adobe blogs.
As a worldwide Design Evangelist at Adobe Systems, I travel the World to showcase and explain Adobe solutions to Creative Suite users and I get to meet hundreds of designers in person. InDesign is their weapon choice when it comes to creating beautiful layouts independently of how they will be published, and the Digital Publishing Suite always generates great interest among audiences.
The Folio Producer tools in InDesign CS5 and CS5.5 enable designers to create interactive content on top of their layouts (overlays) and publish these to tablet devices. It’s so easy that it’s almost too good to be true. However, in the past, when the discussion moved over to the costs of the service, it became difficult for designers to experiment any further. That was because DPS Professional Edition and Enterprise Edition have rather high upfront and subscription fees, costs which make perfect sense if you are in the business of creating many folios for your customers, or if you are a publishing house and want more control, or if you need enterprise grade features to distribute, control, and publish your content.
The question I then heard most frequently, was “I am a freelance designer and I just want to publish a few folios for my customers, is there a solution for that?” or “I work for a school and we just need to create one catalogue each year”.
Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition answers these very questions: you can now create your folio and pay a one time fee (through the Adobe Store) and have your Folio transformed into an App that can then be distributed over at the Apple App Store.
The workflow to create such interactive documents has become increasingly simple over the past months and with Adobe now offering a solution for Single Editions, it has become easier than ever to get your content out there. Now, there’s only one thing left to do, get creative and get your ideas out there. Now you can do that very easily and cost effectively.
Single Edition for iPad and Professional Edition, Monthly should be available in North America at the end of November. They will be available in other geographies in 2012 – stay tuned for more specific information.
Remember that in the meantime you can create and share as many folios as you need using the Folio Builder Panel in InDesign CS5/5.5 to create your Folios, move articles around, add metadata and share your work with whomever you want. Your colleagues or customers will need a free Adobe ID and the free Adobe Content Viewer App to view your work on their tablet devices. It’s as easy as that. Once you are ready to actually distribute or sell your document as an App, you will be taken through a series of steps that will guide you through the Viewer Builder Service and you will be good to go.
For more information about the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, please click here.
Addendum: please read this blog entry if you are interested in how it all works.