updated 05:12 am EDT, Wed September 19, 2012
Turns digital publications into iPad apps
Adobe has announced that the Single Edition of its Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), a program that takes publication files created in InDesign and converts them into iPad applications, is now part of the company's Creative Cloud app initiative. The project lets users effectively download and "rent" the programs that make up Adobe's Creative Suite, but pay for them on a monthly or yearly basis. Adobe's DPS lets users create single-issue publication apps that can be sold through iOS App Store.
There is no additional charge for using DPS as part of Creative Cloud, and it can create resell-able publications such as product guides, books, brochures, portfolios or other sorts of publications and submit them to Apple for approval. Publication apps can be previewed on a user's iPad prior to submission, and can also be updated following App Store publication at no additional cost. The DPS program is aimed at graphic designers and others who would like to convert publications into iPad-compatible mobile apps, but lack any programming experience. Adobe's DPS converts InDesign CS6 files into standalone apps without users needing to code.
The DPS program is also available in Enterprise and Professional editions, as well as a $395 standalone Single Edition. The CC version requires a Creative Cloud membership, which costs between $50 and $75 per month (based on annual or month-to-month membership), but current Adobe CS3 or later users can qualify for an discounted Creative Cloud membership of $30 per month (based on annual membership for their first year only), which gives users the ability to install and use a wide range of Adobe applications without having to buy the expensive boxed versions of the tools.