For tradeshow use by a limited audience such as sales people DPS is the only way to go.
You can share the content via the Adobe Content Viewer and it won’t cost you a dime.
BTW, there are companies doing brochures using DPS Single Edition.
Without more specific information on exactly what you want to do and how you want to distribute it, that’s the best advice I can give you.
The main idea is to allow a few people (approx. 4) to display/show prospective clients some of our technologies, which include videos with audio. Right now, I see it as one ePub with 3 highlighted technologies.
Why can't I export as an ePub and email it to the 3 or 4 people or use DropBox? What am I missing?
Additionally, I thought that it would be a good idea to post these ePubs on our website and allow prospective clients the abiity to download them. We currently use PDFs of our collateral, but ePubs might be a good addition.
From your response, I feel like I'm missing a big step in the process. Thanks for the help so far.
Based on that response I am even more convinced that DPS is the only way for you to go.
Go ahead and try an epub and you’ll find out why it is absolutely the wrong way to handle this. You’d be far better off with PDF.
EPUB is not a suitable format for a catalog. While it may be capable of some interactivity, it’s way too limited for what you describe.
The IDPF states that epub3 supports audio and video embedded in content documents. I guess I don't understand why you consider it limited for my purposes?
I'm not sure about PDFs. From what I've read the video capability seems poorly supported.
I guess I'll have to try the epub and find out myself.
As I said, unless I’m missing something, I don’t think you’ll be too happy, but I do encourage you to explore to find out for yourself.
Please do come back and update us on how you make out with this.
Will do, Bob. Thanks for the help so far.
The idpf links to some epub3 samples hosted on google ( http://code.google.com/p/epub-samples/downloads/list ), and there is one that contains embedded audio & video. I opened it on my 1st generation iPad, and it opened & played the video. It's rather visually uninteresting, however, and I'm not sure if that's b/c of the epub format or the intent of the author.
There are other examples of epub3 out there if you google it, and they will show how how others have utilized the format ( http://vimeo.com/24954073 ). It's still not really what I'm looking for visually.
I looked into DPS on the Adobe site, and the example of Univeristy of Ohio app was amazing especially considering the lack of developers involved. This probably won't work for my current project, b/c it looks as though you have to upload the file to the Apple store, and I've been told they don't want to do that. Bummer; but I'm keeping it in mind for future marketing purposes.
It looks like iBook Author is going to be the winning platform.