I am and ACI certified in InDesign and DPS. I am prepping to teach a DPS course based on the "Adobe Publishing Suite" Pro/Enterprise Student Workbook. I'm finding a wide variety of errors and differences between the printed course istructions and the supplied files. I'm using the latest V.20 of FolioBuilder, Panels and Content viewer. The Partner help desk is closed for the weekend and in the last few days been too busy to get back to me. Any ACi's out there with experience using the Adobe workbook? Your thoughts on the workbook would be much appreciated.
the DPS course is a good base, but not real world ready. As the tools update every 6 weeks, the course will not be up to date all the time. Neither are the examples. Now with the v20 tools, there were some great changes.
For my trainings, I took the structure of the official guide and combined it with the DPS Tips of Bob Bringhurst and the companion guide together with my own examples. At least I added my own experiences and workarounds not mentioned in the course (best practice to split up documents, placing HTML Animations, using media encoder, ...).
But the first preparation took a lot of time and updating this custom guide is also expensive (as I'm teaching german, french, english and luxembourg people). I'm still in the process doing the updates for the v20 tools.
You are right. I'm not very impressed by the standard manual.
Thanks for your reply. I'm going to see if I can get some official feedback on this. The original Partner Connct Meeting indicated there would be an online form to provide corrections and addendums. I can't find that or much else for this course. I'm quite disappointed by the inadequate course material and my client will not be impressed with this either.
Like many ACIs I quickly realized that the official DPS curriculum was totally unworkable given the amount of errors and the fact it was out of date almost from day one. I did take a few small elements from it but have now developed my own range of DPS courses with my own files which I know work and are always up to date. I did try to point out to Adobe the number of errors in the original curriculum, a few small changes were made but it still remained unworkable. The most worrying aspect of all of this is Adobe's plan to make more courses curriculum based! If you do get any official feedback I know that myself and many other ACIs around the world would love to hear it!
I spoke with the Partner Help desk and the errors were acknowledged. There is supposed to be an updated coming so....... I have also emailed Deborah Prewitt and am awaiting her reply. The worst thing is I have a client booked for the course and now have to explain all the issues. This may result in a loss for me. Very disappointed by this situation.
Here is the reply dated May 25, 2012.
I have received the materials for the latest update to the DPS curricula. Next steps are to upload it to Mimeo for production. This will take up to two weeks for the materials to be orderable. However, the assets will be posted to the Adobe Partner Portal for instructor prep by this time next week.
I may be able to have the materials posted to the Portal by close of business on Friday ( 5:00 eastern time). If you would like to check it then.
So there we go.
Well it is July 17, 2012 and no update on the Partner Portal or on Mimeo. So..........I guess that speaks volumes. My client has since moved on to a third party solution for digital publishing. I may as well. Makes me wonder what is the problem here and why such a delay for any possible fix for the DPS courseware. Really too bad.
As mentioned in my previous post - I am training DPS on a regular basis now and have refined my own training material plus I can update this material to keep pace with the many version changes. Even if some new DPS curricula turned up given my experience of the past few months I would not use it. I am also finding that the delegates I am training often have specific requirements that do not fit with the existing DPS curricula for example the use of Adobe Edge. This whole world of DPS is an exciting place to be at the moment and in my opinion the Adobe product is very good at what it does but unless Adobe keep on top of it, including the pricing structure, more people will move to third party solutions.