Obviously your a little behind the times. Flash Catalyst was the HUGE thing last year. I never recommended going to flashbuilder route.. its a lot of backend hookup and meant for more "data centric" apps.
You also can't scream foul because your knowledge is limited to an understanding of a scripting language from 4.....5 software versions ago.. that's not the software's fault.
Its kind of like your trying to build a car.. and you have the parts... some general plans.. the machines and the tools.. but not the knowhow of how they all fit together? You could probably Crawl your way toward a finished product by a "self taught" method.. but your product might not come out looking like you wanted.
There are some amazing and cheap courses out there that could get you started on AS3 or even just how to use InDesign efficiently.
And if that doesn't sound good to you.. well seek out a solution (like DPS) that gets all the dirty work out of the way and is at a price you like... but trust me Adobe is in no way preventing you from getting your material out there.. your only limited by your knowledge and willingness to learn.
You're missing the point. It's not that I'm incapable or unwilling to learn AS3.
It's that building an app in Flash is 10x more involved - knowledge of AS3 or Catalyst or not - than building a simple deliverable using InDesign and the appropriate extensions. Heck, even if AS3 hadn't been invented and I could use AS2, it would still involve far more steps than what you have with InDesign.
For that matter, it's mondo bizarro that Adobe didn't streamline the app building tools in Flash, lol. Oh my. Watch any of those AdobeTV videos: 90% coding, 5% actual graphics manipulation/creation, 5% testing. lol. There seems to be an ungodly amount of steps and coding in just compiling the thing for mobile compatibility.
But yeah..I gotta bite the bullet and start in on AS3. But as mentioned earlier, it's not just me. Have you visited actionscript.org or flashkit lately? Still just as many AS2 posts as AS3. At least I'm not alone in my pathetic laziness.
Oh..and another reason to bring sideloading back? Digital resumes that someone can present or deliver.
So close. Yet so far away.
more involved or not.. its still a viable solution. We wouldn't be having this conversation if it wasn't the limitations of Apple lol i mean our studio hands out a great little flash resume to our android users no problem. So your request goes back to an open format that Adobe and Apple will agree to.
Btw the people that have been contacting me via message or IM the new content viewer was approved and is ready for download from Itunes.
Like i said.. i think the acrobat.com integration price is appropriate for smaller groups that just want to have their material viewed from the adobe viewer.. and $500-$600 Per App fee if they want to extend that to their own single folio application... like some of the other solutions are doing.
Adobe discussed with the pre-release two more Pricing models should be appearing in the near future.. I think they said 6-12 weeks. Neither of which was hinted would satisfy your appetite for a "in house distribution solution". But that could change.
As i discussed with an Adobe Rep yesterday .. Acrobat.com already extends the folio experience outside the DPS dashboard... it would just be nice if the viewer could be accessed by someone other than a registered Adobe.com user.
Yeah, I'm gonna go with the Acrobat.com solution for the time being...then switch to DPS when they get more pricing options going. No argument here that the DPS distribution method right to an app is the best way to go within the Adobe hosted framework.
I'm glad that your not giving up on the solution. I think they were always be people griping about pricing.. i mean if Adobe did do a model like Quark/aquafados... people would quickly realize that after making a few apps.. they are racking up a bill that would have covered Unlimited app creation with a full year licensing of DPS as it is now. we have already been hearing from people complaining about performance issues with Quack/Aquafados's XML based app creation.. and server performance lags. Although i believe that solution is aimed more toward a business like yours... (cause you know exactly how many people are going to be interacting with the server) but for the user that intends to make profit (unless they are running a dedicated server environment), are going to experience major App lag and performance issues with anything else they have on that server. So for us at least.. its like ok--- i can spend $500 a month on a basic dedicated server.. or $500 a month on DPS.. with the server space already there... plus all the amazing features! Thats how my design firm has been thinking about it..
Okay. Just created my first folio with 2 articles using the free Acrobat.com account. Fairly painless.
But what's this nonsense where you have to use a WEB BASED TOOL TO REORDER THE ARTICLES???
That's awful. Is that the only way? I thought in Content Builder all that happened locally?
I have an acrobat.com account and was asked to look into creating an iPad Magazine twice yearly release that could be viewed by users with company iPads, Blackberry's etc as we produce Magazine style Newsletters using Indesign and publish PDF's and also a version for online viewing.
The company I work for is a $20 Billion company and we have over 140 thousand employees, so money is not an issue, but value is.
When I explained how the folio system worked, all I saw in th room were open mouths.............
" You mean, we create the content in house, we cannot store it on our own servers, and we have to pay someone else for the privilege of viewing our own content?"
So we are sticking to PDF's and SWF Web Content. Easy enough also to convert to HTML5 compliance, create a podcast via iTunes and away we go.
This setup is stupid, and Adobe knows it is stupid. Why else do they deliberately forget to mention these extra requirements when they are advertising these "fantastic" options.
Adobe is known for vague information anyway and heavily relies on third party companies to provide training and support for their products so we should not be surprised about this lack of information about huge outlays.
I'll get more information from Lynda.com soon I'm sure!
Where do you find information about getting the folio file from acrobat.com onto an iPad to view offline when someone is on an aircraft or in an area with limited wireless access ( These areas still exist you know)?
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