Adobe Digital Publishing Solution Version 2015.7, released Nov. 24, includes new features, performance enhancements, and numerous bug fixes. Remember to rebuild your app to take advantage of the viewer improvements.

New Features

Browse Page Authoring Tool

A new visual and dynamic browse page authoring tool will help in the production of layouts, card design, and card content mapping by displaying how the browse page will look as changes are being made. Collections can be specified and will generate a preview of the browse page with the design applied to your actual content. Changing the target device size, turning on and off a grid, editing card settings for text or image area, and rearranging items in a collection are examples of the changes that can be instantly previewed.

Either the new Layout Templates tab, added to the navigational rail of the DPS Portal, or the existing Cards/Layouts tabs can be used for designing your browse pages. However, in the near future, only the Layout Templates will be available.


Improved Linking

Several linking improvements have been added to all platforms to help users navigate through app content. Navto:// links can be used to navigate to specific collections and jump to an article within the context of a different collection, and custom “back” and “parent” buttons can be created.  

Swipe-down Refresh of Browse Page Available for Android

The ability to swipe down on a browse page to refresh it and quickly update content is now available for Android apps as well as iOS apps. An update prompt appears if an update is available.

Improved Custom Font Uploading

Previously, to use custom fonts in your cards and layouts, you needed to copy the fonts into a folder, create a font-manifest.json file, zip the fonts and manifest file, and upload the zip file when building your app. Now you can simply drag the font files into the Add Fonts section of the Content & Layouts Dashboard, and then choose those fonts from a drop-down list when designing your cards.


Drag and Drop Multiple Image Files When Building Apps

When building apps, multiple image files for icons and splash screens can be selected, and by dragging and dropping them into the Assets section, the correct images are placed automatically for each option.

Bug Fixes

This release also includes numerous viewer and service bug fixes. For the complete list, see Adobe’s Bug Fix Release Notes for DPS 2015 page.

Note: The 2015.7 release now requires iOS 8.1 as the minimum OS required for iOS apps.

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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.