testflightWithout question, testing is crucial once you’ve created an app in Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite. With TestFlight, a free app available from the iTunes App Store, a developer can invite internal and external users to test the prerelease version of an app on their iOS devices. Once testers have installed TestFlight and have been invited to test the beta app, they are notified each time a new build is available. TestFlight also provides testers with any special instructions from the developer and an easy way to send feedback.

Setting up the prerelease version of an app for testing in iTunes Connect requires the following steps:

  • Create an iTunes Connect record for a new app.
  • Generate a new iTunes App Store Distribution profile containing the beta entitlement to distribute builds via TestFlight.
  • Upload a binary for the app.
  • Add TestFlight Beta information to the App Description and What to Test sections of the build. This step is optional for releasing builds to internal testers. However, it is required when submitting an app to Beta App Review for external testing.
  • Distribute the app to testers.
  • Gather feedback from testers.
  • Upload new builds as they are developed.
  • After users are done testing prerelease versions of the app, submit it for App Review or turn off testing.


For more information on using TestFlight, see iTunes Connect Developer Guide/TestFlight Beta Testing on Apple’s Developer site.

Also, check out TFP’s DPSPublish™ Handbook and DPSPublish™ app for details about building and publishing iPad apps.

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Note: Information contained in this post is current as of DPS v32.3. Visit the Technology for Publishing blog at www.tech4pub.com/tag/dps-version-update/ 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.