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| December 30, 2013 | 4 Comments
Adobe DPS Folio Producer

Adobe DPS Folio Producer

When starting out with Adobe DPS you may be confused how it all works and what additional tools are needed to produce your digital publication. In this post we will try to resolve this confusion and describe the tools needed to produce digital publications.

To create digital publications you will be using InDesign, since version CS5 to the current version, CC. In versions CS5 and CS5.5 you have to download additional tools and for versions CS6 and CC you should update InDesign to include these tools. This tools are all included in Folio Producer.

Folio Producer tools for InDesign are a collection of tools that will allow you to create newspapers, digital magazines, and retail catalogs.

The Folio Producer installer includes Overlay Creator panel, Folio Builder panel, updated Digital Publishing plug-in for InDesign and new Content Viewer.

In Folio Producer you create all of your content that will be presented as overlays in your publication. For this you will be using the Overlay Creator panel.

Adobe DPS Overlay Creator

Adobe DPS Overlay Creator


This panel controls all of the objects that you will be placing in your layout. From slide shows, pan and zoom controls, galleries, hyperlinks, video and other interactive elements.

Folio Builder gathers all of your content and joins them into the Folio file. Folios are nothing more than bundles of articles. Just like in print, you create your articles and then join them into the magazine.

In Adobe DPS each of the articles are made in separate files. Unlike the print world where you can have complete magazine in one file, in DPS each article must be stored in a separate file. If you will be producing your publication in CS5 and CS 5.5 so that it can be viewed in both, horizontal and vertical, orientations, separate file must be created for each orientation. In InDesign CS6 and CC you can have layouts for both orientations in one file.

One article can consist of two layouts, if you plan to publish your magazine in both horizontal and vertical orientation. Each layout can have multiple screens. The screen is a synonym for the page in the print world. Several articles like this are gathered in the final folio file.

After the design and production process is over you have to gather all of the files/articles in Folio Builder. In Folio Builder panel you can open and view folio files and add articles to already created folio files.

To preview the folio files you will have to use Adobe Content Viewer. If you would like to preview the publication directly on the device you will have to install Adobe Content Viewer app.

After you are satisfied with your digital publication it is time to share it with the world. You can do so with the DPS App builder which will create your custom app which you can submit to the store of your choice.

At first glance it may seem complicated but after a while you will get a hang of the process and it will become straightforward.




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  1. Very helpful article to get you started. The hard bit though is getting the certificates and everything you need to actually get the app live. Would you be keen on doing an overview of that process too?

    • Nikola says:

      Well, that is beyond the scope of the design subject we cover but I don’t think it is that hard to get your app approved once you have it done!

  2. Jasha Aitchison says:

    Is there a way to self host the digital publication? Does it have to be an app?

    • Nikola says:

      Of course, you can self host the digital publication. But it is time consuming and you have to poses knowledge about network configurations, firewalls and other hosting related issues.

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