I'm new here and I have a simple question that I wasn't able to find an answer on this forum. Is there a easy way to use the PDF generated from a print magazine to publish using DPS?
What I want is to launch a simple DPS app in which I publish the PDF from a print magazine, without interactivity apart from Pinch&Zoom.
I know I can do this if I create a series of articles in Indesign with the PDF pages placed inside those Indesign articles.
I was wondering if there was a simple way to do it, something like uploading PDF files directly into .folios as articles.
Thank you so much and all the best
Nope, you need several indesign files.
If you only need the articles to sit next to each other (instead of going
down), you can work with one indesign file and choose "horizontal swipe
This has some other disadvantages (only one page in the auto-toc).
But I think there are scripts to import a PDF file into one indesign file
page by page.
During the beta process I specifically asked Adobe to include sometype of PDF functionality into their publishing system. All my documents are PDFs and you really can't use the Digital Publishing system if your original material is PDF. Bob keeps giving the line that you should just distribute the PDF, but I don't know why this is so difficult for Adobe to figure out. Isn't PDF an Adobe format?
You CAN import a huge PDF into inDesign using the MulitPage PDF importer script (See: http://www.indesignsecrets.com/placing-all-the-pages-of-a-pdf-inside-i ndesign.php) But since the pages are usually 8.5x11" nothing displays correctly in the iPad format. Aquafadas.com can take 8.5x11 indesign pages and jam them through Photoshop to create pages that fit perfectly on the iPad. But their system has other problems.
Right now, I know of no really good solution.
Like you said, there is simply no really good solution to that.
You need to manually adjust the layout to fit the iPad screen. And the file
format is completly different (folio vs. PDF) because of their different
In your workflow is something wrong if your "original format" is PDF. Like
bob said, PDF is no original format, it's only the last format at the end
of a workflow, somehow.
If your pdfs were created using indesign and you can get your hands on to
that, you have a good solution at your hand.
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My PDFs are entirely created by software. Data is charted and pulled from several different databases, combined, formatted and outputted as a report in PDF. It would cost us over $100,000 in programming expense to rewite our code. DPS should be able to take-in PDFs and format them for display on the iPad. Like I said, Aquafadas can do it, but Adobe can't.
As it stands, right now...I know of no perfect solution to get a PDF into DPS.
PDFs really were intended to be final stage, archive snapshots, specific to a given output (e.g. tabloid sized paper).
That's the "formatted & outputted" part of the process you described.
It is very probable that the software you use creates an intermediate file of "charted and pulled" data, probably in XML or something similar, which it uses as input for the format/output stage, and it is those intermediate/temporary files that will probably be the best inputs for InDesign/DPS....
If you just need non-interactive pdfs to be wrapped into a an ipad app the DPS solution is nonsense. There is a growing number of flip-book type solutions which offer automated conversion of pdfs into apps.
If you want to go this route, you could consider the following things:
This will give you a '2 up' view in the Horizontal view (Spread) and a '1 up' view (and swipe to the right for next page) in the Vertical view
With kind regards,
We just added a demo version on the web site.
Pinch and zoom is possible if you create your articles in pdf mode.
Up till now, iPad only. Hope Adobe will give this possibility soon on Android devices too.
You just need InDesign, no use of Photoshop.
The Saints has released its PDFtoTablet service for Adobe DPS users. The PDF is converted into a Folio file and automatically uploaded into the DPS account. It contains the following features:
Send an e-mail for more information to email@example.com and we will provide you with pricing details and a test account.