This week Adobe officially announced the next generation of Adobe DPS in the form of Adobe Digital Publishing Solution. Differentiated from the former Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, which was heavily centered around Adobe InDesign for content creation, Adobe Digital Publishing Solution acts as a broader platform that can publish content from a number of sources. Inputs can be from InDesign as we know it today with the former DPS, from pre-existing folios created under DPS, but now also from HTML articles imported manually or fed by any number of CMS entry points.

Adobe’s invitation-only launch event brought together industry-leading publishers and corporations both as attendees and presenters. Highlights included inspirational discussions with Debbie Millman, president and CMO, design division, at Sterling Brands, who presented “The Business Benefits of Design-Led Innovation.” Equally interesting was Scott Belsky, VP of products, co-founder and head of Behance, Adobe, who spoke about concepts from his book, “Making Ideas Happen,” and how they apply to the digital world.

Nick Bogaty, senior director and head of digital publishing at Adobe, emceed the event and introduced the new product, clearly indicating his excitement for this next generation of product at Adobe.

Other highlights included:

  • Gather Journal and Studio Mercury described their joint effort in creating the Gather Journal digital app. What’s not to love about the women of Gather, the Brothers Mueller, and their resulting product?
  • The National Theatre of Great Britain shared its experience building a pre-release app with the new DPS tools. The results were stunning and definitely one of my favorites of the day. Download the app and try it, and make sure you tilt your tablet left and right to see the transitions between the two actors for Frankenstein.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was another compelling story about an app and the community it serves. Created with pre-release software, the sophisticated app was the result of work between Michael Schinelli, CMO at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Mirim Miami, and Adobe. Nicely designed, deep content, and great navigation through  a complex content set.

Other pre-release apps featured at the sessions were:

Editorial system vendors are also ready and on-board. Earlier this month, vjoon demonstrated K4’s abilty to streamline publishing with both the former and new DPS tools. It officially announced its integration with the product in line with the event.

WoodWing also announced support of the release.

Corresponding with the event, TFP released an infographic on creating apps with Adobe Digital Publishing Solution. TFP has been testing the product in pre-release and beta (look for notices about upcoming training handbooks and sessions!) and is building best-practice strategies for implementing the tool, whether it involves transition from DPS “classic” or starting anew.


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Posted by: Margot Knorr Mancini

A thought leader in the publishing industry, Margot Knorr Mancini has helped numerous publishers redefine their missions to become nimble content generators with the ability to repurpose content easily and efficiently. As Founder & CEO of Technology for Publishing, her analytical mind allows her to remain a step ahead of the industry, recognizing early trends and developing pivotal best practices.