No Coding Needed for That App, Adobe is Here to Help

For all those illustrators and designers out there that want to do publishing for the iPad but not write a line of code, Adobe is here to help, kind of. Earlier this year Adobe announced that it’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) is now part of the Creative Cloud software collection.

Using DPS, illustrators and designers can mock up their projects in Adobe InDesign CS6 and then build a .folio file that can then be taken into the DPS App Builder, where then the app will be compiled. For the PC user out there, sorry, this app is heavily Mac-oriented because iOS apps can only be created on Apple computers (I’m guessing). This diagram shows how Adobe InDesign CS6 works with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to provide an integrated workflow for publishing content to the iPad.

This updated version includes a streamlined workflow, quick testing between desktop and tablet with Adobe’s iPad app, easy optimization for both the standard and Retina iPad screens, and apps can be updated after being approved for the Apple App Store.

This is Adobe’s latest push to encourage users to migrate from software licenses to the subscription model. Adobe has built in a huge advantage for Creative Cloud subscribers by letting them build an unlimited number of apps for Apple’s App Store for the regular Creative Cloud subscription price of $50 per month. In contrast, InDesign users who are not subscribed to Creative Cloud must pay the usual $395 fee per iPad app. You read that right. Use Creative Cloud and its free to submit your app using DPS, but if you only have Adobe InDesign CS6 it will cost you $395 per app. Wow!

A quick side note. I feel like I’ve been beating on Adobe a lot lately and I feel like an Adobe hater, but thats not the case. I use their products everyday and I really enjoy them. We are just in a transitional phase where adobe is moving their products to the “Cloud” and I’m not sure if I’m happy about it. Ask me again in 3 years.

Read the full press release after the break.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition Available Today as Part of Creative Cloud Membership
Members Now Able to Deliver Digital Publications to iPad Without Writing Code

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2012 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the latest addition to Adobe Creative Cloud™ – Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), Single Edition. DPS, Single Edition significantly simplifies the mobile app development process by enabling designers to create and deliver digital publications to iPad through the Apple App Store, without writing a single line of code*. Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that lets creatives download and install all of Adobe’s creative desktop applications and also get online services for file storage, sharing, collaboration, and

With DPS Single Edition, members can create single-issue content, such as brochures, annual reports or personal design portfolios, and submit an unlimited number of apps to the Apple App Store for publication, at no additional cost. This gives freelance designers, design agencies and small-to-midsize businesses easy access to the same core digital publishing technologies that leading publishers, such as Condé Nast, are using.

The new, enhanced workflow in DPS Single Edition makes designing and building single-issue apps easier than ever. Designers can use InDesign to create and build the .folio file and move directly from InDesign into the DPS App Builder (a Mac OS application), where the app is produced. When complete, the app can be submitted to the Apple App store through Apple’s standard app submission process. Customers can also preview the app in real-time on their iPad, a time-saving feature to ensurean accurate look and feel, and update their Single Edition apps at no additional cost after they have been submitted to (and approved by) the Apple App store.

David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business, Adobe:
“Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is helping the publishing industry as well as corporate publishers by enabling them to transform their print publications into beautiful digital experiences. With the inclusion of unlimited publishing of singleissue apps to iPad for Creative Cloud members, Adobe brings this capability to freelancers and design shops as well as corporate publishers. Adobe is delivering on our promise to keep Creative Cloud members ahead of the curve.”

Graham Peace, founder, Graham Peace Design:
“Publishing my portfolio as an iPad app using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition has proven to be an incredible value and enabled the teams I work with to transform and present my work in ways I never imagined. Including DPS Single Edition as part of the Creative Cloud membership gives me endless possibilities to use the latest apps, software, and services to create, update, and publish individual iPad portfolio apps that will help me win future

About Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Digital Publishing Suite is a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology that tightly integrates with Adobe Creative Suite 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud. Using Digital Publishing Suite in combination with Adobe InDesign CS6 allows traditional media publishers, corporate organizations, ad agencies as well as individual freelance designers and small design firms to publish, distribute, monetize and optimize a new class of innovative digital magazines, newspapers, ads and corporate publications on leading tablet devices. The Digital Publishing Suite is available in Enterprise, Professional and Single Edition offerings.

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Pricing and Availability
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition is available as part of Creative Cloud membership or on for US$395 as a standalone product**. Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. Pricing for education customers and customers who upgrade from previous versions of Creative Suite is US$29.99 per month.

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