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Adobe Updates DPS (Digital Publishing Suite)

Over the last 6 weeks, the Digital Publishing Suite team has been hard at working continuing to evolve the Folio Producer tools and the hosted services. This latest release focuses on enhancements to the Folio Builder panel, Overlay Creator panel and the Viewer Builder AIR application.

One of the biggest highlights of this release is new support for Android in-app payments.  This allows publishers who want to monetize content beyond the Apple platform to use the newest version of Viewer Builder (v1.4) to create branded applications that support the purchase of single or multiple .folios  through the Android Market.  Readers can now click a buy button in the Android library to purchase content just as they can on an iPad.

Another exciting update is the ability to use Viewer Builder to build a single .folio application for the iPad. Within the Folio Producer Service (available to users with a Digital Publishing Suite account), producers can now publish a .zip file directly to the desktop.  Using Viewer Builder you can specify this .zip file to bundle the content into a single .folio application. This streamlines what was a very cumbersome process to build single issue applications.

The interactive experience within an application continues to be an area of focus for the team.  To this end, the Overlay Creator panel now supports scrollable frames with embedded hyperlinks and hyperlink buttons through the Pan and Zoom overlay function.

The team also focused on improving the flexibility of updating the different components of the Folio Producer tools  included in InDesign CS5.5 and  available for use with  InDesign CS5.  The Folio Builder panel is now available as a single installer (Folio Builder only installer v1.1.2).   The goal of making the Folio Builder panel available as a stand-alone installer is to allow users to update the Folio Builder panel without having to update the full set of digital publishing authoring components included in the Folio Producer tools installer.  This means that you can continue to create .folio files that are compatible with applications already submitted to the app market places.

Additionally, an automatic update functionality has been added to the Folio Builder panel so that you will be notified to update the panel when the hosted Folio Producer Service included with Digital Publishing Suite is also updated, allowing the Folio Builder panel to always stay in sync with the hosted services.

Other notable enhancements to the Folio Builder panel include:

  • You can now rearrange the order of articles directly in the Folio Builder panel, not just in the Folio Producer Service web client.
  • If you shared a .folio with someone else using the Folio Builder panel, you can now unshare it directly from the panel without having to delete the .folio. You can also use the Folio Builder panel to remove a .folio that was shared with you.

We encourage you to update your Folio Builder panel to take advantage of these enhancements and ensure that your Folio Builder panel is always in synch with the hosted services of Digital Publishing Suite.
AVAILABILITY OF ENHANCEMENTS:

FOLIO BUILDER PANEL: Folio Builder Panel v1.1.2 is now available and can be downloaded from adobe.com.

MAC:

WINDOWS:

VIEWER BUILDER: Viewer Builder v1.4 is expected to be available on July 25 (pending final testing results) and can be downloaded from the Digital Publishing Suite prerelease site and the Digital Publishing Suite dashboard (for those users with a paid Digital Publishing Suite account).

FOLIO PRODUCER TOOLS: The Folio Producer tools v1.4 which include the enhanced Overlay Creator panel, the updated Folio Builder panel, the Digital Publishing Suite plug-in and the Content Viewer for Desktop will be made available in conjunction with Content Viewers.  The team is taking a new approach of releasing the complete Folio Producer tools when the compatible Content Viewers are available in market. We expect that Content Viewers for iOS, Android and BlackBerry Playbook will be available in early August.

For more information on Digital Publishing Suite please go to Digital Publishing Suite.

 

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RISI Study … 20% Decline in Paper Usage by 2015

How will graphic paper demand be affected in North America and Western Europe?

The market for media tablets, which consists of tablet computers (including Apple’s iPad) and electronic readers (including Amazon’s Kindle) exploded in 2010. In the first year of availability over 15 million tablet computers reached consumers. In addition, the size of the North American electronic reader market almost doubled in size, surpassing 10 million units. By 2015, almost 200 million tablet computers are expected to be sold in North America and consumers will use them to consume content that was previously found in printed books, magazines and newspapers.

E-book sales have accelerated rapidly since 2008, but only a small fraction of consumers currently read e-books. With the North American e-reader market expected to multiply fourfold over the next five years, there is substantial room for e-book sales to continue rising dramatically. As the graph below shows, the growth so far has been mostly at the expense of printed books.

A survey by Morgan Stanley found that 42% of Americans who own a tablet said they plan to cancel their newspaper subscriptions; iBooks continue to be among the most popular free apps for the iPad; and Amazon revealed that digital books outsold print books in the U.S. last year.

What’s more, there is still considerable room for digital book sales to increase, according to RISI, as overall adoption rates are just beginning to pick up. From under $100 million in 2007, total digital book sales have increased to about $750 million in 2010, the study estimates, while total print sales have tumbled from about $8.7 billion to $7.7 billion over the same period.

How will media tablets affect publication paper markets over the next 15 years?

Print media companies have made great efforts to capitalize on the migration of consumer eyeballs towards digital, and magazine publishers are no exception. While media tablets may have an overall positive effect on readership, paper use in magazines is expected to fall at least 20% over the next 15 years. Newspapers have already faced severe competition from online news sources, and the adoption of media tablets, especially tablet computers, will make browsing news websites and digital editions even more convenient for consumers and advertisers.

RISI’s new study The Impact of Media Tablets on Publication Paper Markets provides low, mid and high impact scenarios over the next 5, 10, and 15 years of the effects of media tablets on graphic paper demand in books, magazines & newspapers.Focusing on North American and Western European markets, it breaksdown the loss of market share to media tablets by type of book, magazine and newspaper until 2025.

Source: http://www.risiinfo.com/risi-store/do/product/detail/impact-of-media-tablets-on-publication-paper-markets.html

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Vizio Releases 8 Inch Tablet for $299.00

Vizio, the company that is famous for its range of budget-friendly HDTVs, has decided to dip their fingers in something very, very different – we are talking about a tablet here. Yes sir, the number 1 LCD HDTV company in the US has just announced their latest Vizio 8″ tablet (there is no proper name to it, can you believe that?) which will retail for a mere $299 a pop, making it far cheaper than the other tablets in the market.

Of course, it goes without saying that tablets from Apple, Motorola and other manufacturers which cost far more than Vizio’s model does have value in the extra dollars you fork out – those come with superior hardware, but just what can you expect from a sub-$300 tablet? Find out after the jump.

 

This particular tablet will sport Vizio Internet Apps Plus that merges the latest technologies with a unified, easy-to-use and fun user interface which will work in tandem with upcoming Vizio HDTVs, Blu-ray players and other devices. Not only that, you will be able to use this new tablet to control just about every element of a user’s home theater via a universal remote app – so you need not consider forking out another couple hundred dollars for a high-tech universal remote control for the living room.

Other hardware specifications include Wi-Fi connectivity to make sure you can take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots where available, although the lack of 3G support means you cannot remain connected anytime, anywhere – on the bright side, at least that helps you save battery life, and you need not worry about supporting another monthly data plan on your budget which is already bursting at its seams. There is also a built-in HDMI port with HDCP support for content protected HD playback on a big screen TV. Seems to be the perfect model if you want to introduce someone to the world of tablets.

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