Can't find the question I previously asked....
I'm creating an App with Adobe DPS, it's a bookstore. The interface will be done with the storefront - and I want to have the ability for people to browse multiple categories for the books, just like Amazon and all of the online bookstores do.
Here is what I want the App to do:
I want the App to be a bookstore where people can go into different categories, download and purhase digital versions of books. Can the DPS App viewer be used to view PDFs as well as FOLIO files? Because we're going to have potentially hundreds if not thousands of books come to us - and I want to be able to give publishers the option of using PDFs as well as FOLIO files.
Second question is - when people are viewing the App, can they go into different categories, browse and download FOLIO files by categories? I don't care about how they're categorized in the library, I just want them categorized in the storefront. If so, how do I go about doing this?
The DPS viewers cannot display PDF files directly. You would need to convert those PDFs into folio files. If you want to categroize them you'll either have to use our new filters feature or build a custom storefront.
really you can see PDF directly, but is possible create a link to PDF files. Make a zip file of them and create a HTMLResources.zip
See more information im DPS tips app - Advanced Overlays folio
I don't believe the htmlresources.zip approach would work in this case, as it requires the PDFs to be bundled into the application. That's probably not reasonable if you plan on having 1000s of titles
Why is that? What file format would you recommend instead of PDFs?
I want publishers who have existing books to be able to quickly upload their books to us. The easiest way to do that is PDF format. If we ask publishers to give us FOLIO fiels, we're going to be backlogged until the 22nd century in conversion from PDF to FOLIO and optimization to 1024 x 768 plus it would cost billions. The easiest way to do this is via PDF.
What languages does the Custom Storefront support? How do we get these files to be viewed in the content viewer?
Well, we don't want them purchasing PDFs, we want them to be able to read the books, but in a reader. I want to develop this as a website too, but the main attraction is to have this on an iPad. Mobility, the screen resolution and being in the app store.
This is the secondary purpose of us having enterprise dps.
The primary purpose is for us to develop apps, using dps, for other companies so they can sell their digital publications in their apps.
Adobe's digital publishing suite is not the only software out there. So do a web search. I know of at least one where you make a PDF out of your InDesign publication and it becames an iPad app. Are you a book store since you are having publishers uploading their books to you?
Hi Michael, I appreciate the feedback, however; this is the only software solution we can use right now because of financial limitations. It just cost us over $45,000 to buy 50,000 downloads and the Enterprise Edition, so we're tapped out. We need to find a way to make this work with the ability that the custom storefront gives us. The only limitation we have is the reader program. That has been our greatest challenge since we first started this idea. My idea was just to use the DPS reader, but unfortunately, that won't read PDF files... so now I'm kind of confused as to what to do.
Take a look at this article on our DevNet: PDF to InDesign
The linked tutorial will show you how to use an InDesign script to place PDFs and build out a set of InDesign files that can be imported into Folio Builder panel for publishing. There are a number of large publishers that have used this script to automate the publication of replica content.
I guess really what we would have wanted was an ability to take PDF files and have them converted into something you can read on the iPad. Unfortunately, it would be a tremendous expense for us to build an App from scratch. Additionally, it would also exclude us the ability to offer publishers the ability to give their books the interactivity and analytics that you receive from DPS.
I hope the script to place the PDFs into InDesign works for you. I am surprised you bought something before knowing if if the software was the best solution. But maybe your company is prohibited from using anything non-Adobe. Anyways, placing the PDFs into InDesign is the solution here.
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.