The Adobe Digital Publishing Suite includes and application called DPS App Builder, which is used to create the physical app that gets submitted to the marketplace. Below is a list of the advanced options currently available in the DPS App Builder dialog.

Enable PDF Zooming When the PDF image format option has been used, this option allows the user to pinch and zoom pages that don’t contain interactivity.

Enable Bookmarks This option gives the reader the ability to use the Bookmark feature to mark articles in an app. A bookmark icon will appear on the upper right in the nav bar. This option is not available for iPhone viewers.

Enable Auto Hiding of Folio Scrollbars With this option selected, the default 6-pixel scrollbar area will appear only when the user scrolls through an article.

Enable Left and Right Hot Zone Navigation This adds hot zones to the left and right sides of every page in an article. When tapped, the hot zones will jump to the previous or next article or page if the article scrolls horizontally. This option is not available for iPhone viewers. Note: Buttons will function if tapped in a hot zone, but other overlays will not work properly.

Enable Bottom Hot Zone to Display Folio View Controls This adds a hot zone that the bottom of the page. When tapped, the hot zone will display navigation bars (also referred to as the HUD, short for “heads-up display”). Note: Buttons will function if tapped in the bottom hot zone, but other overlays will not work properly.

Enable Auto Folio Archiving Select this option to automatically archive the least recently downloaded folios when the threshold number of downloaded folios for your viewer app has been reached. Customers can turn auto-archiving on or off on their devices but cannot change the threshold number. Archived folios are still available for re-downloading.

Enable Caching of Library Information This option, which is available only for subscription apps, will cache folio information to improve the performance of an app. This option could, however, cause some folio-related information, such as the cost of a retail folio, to become out of date.

Enable Rate the App Dialog When, selected this option will display a “Rate This App” notification after an app has been launched the number of times specified. Users have the option to select “Remind Me Later,” and the notification will display after the next launch. This option requires the 9-digit Application ID.

Show Analytics Opt-in Dialog  This option provides customers with the choice to opt out of data tracking when they launch an app for the first time.

Supported Languages Choose the languages in which your viewer should appear. iTunes will display all the languages in which the viewer app is available.

Use Customized Strings Select this option to customize the text in buttons and dialog boxes. Click Generate Template to download an editable XML template to your Documents folder. Edit the XML file and link to it in the App Builder.

Check out TFP’s DPSPublish™ Handbook or DPSPublish™ app for more details about building and publishing iPad apps.

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Note: Information contained in this post is current as of DPS v24.  Visit the Technology for Publishing blog at  for the latest info on Adobe software releases and  functionality.


Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.