The interactive features available to you for your digital publications, when using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
What with the majority of people now having access to a tablet device – notably an iPad – and many using them for work purposes, they are becoming a key channel to use to communicate with employees.
There are many different solutions available to create digital publications, but Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) is our preferred solution, as essentially it is an extension of our designers existing skills and offers some brilliant interactive features.
We are huge believers that if you are publishing content to be consumed on an iPad you should aim to make it as engaging and interactive as possible (obviously within your budget), taking advantage of all the benefits a tablet device offers.
We created our own agency app, to give the user a different, more interactive and engaging experience when finding out a bit more about us. It also doubles up as a way to demonstrate the interactive features that are available to you for your digital publications, when using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
Below is a list of the core interactive features Adobe DPS offers. You can see them in the video we took of the app in use, and we have also placed in chapters in the description of the video that, when clicked on, take you to the part of the video showing that specific feature in use. Unfortunately we are unable to embed the chapters on here, so they are only clickable when viewing the video within Vimeo, which you can do here.
Video & audio
Video is fast becoming the new document. It is how people prefer to consume information and it is a form of communication that offers high levels of engagement. As you will see in our example – chapter 2 – video can be viewed in a specific sized window or enlarged to full screen.
You can see an example of this in chapter 4 of our example. It simply lets you hide content, that users can scroll to find/read, so you are able to fit content in a specific space / location on the screen.
As its name suggests, this is just a sequence of images that are put together, primarily to rotate an object (360 degree view). As can be seen in our example in chapter 5. But you can also be imaginative and use it as a way of moving through a sequence of images, such as what we did in our example – chapter 6. Here you are able to control the animation by swiping.
This is a popular feature to use when displaying imagery. You can also incorporate buttons to give the user more control over how they use the slideshow. In our example, we used a swipe button to allow the user to move forward and back in the slideshow.
Here you can display the contents of a web page within a frame. You can see an example of this in chapter 8, where we have used Google maps.
These work the same as they do on websites and other documents – When clicked they allow the user to jump to another article or URL.
You can pan around an area, viewing it from different angles. And by using the gyroscope and accelerometer on the iPad – along with a good developer – you can rotate the iPad to change the perspective you have in the panorama view. Plus, you can use the gyroscope feature to trigger other pieces of content to appear, for examples images can fall into the screen when the iPad is tilted in a certain direction. It’s all about thinking creatively to add in elements that will surprise and engage the user.
Pan & Zoom
You can have an image in a specific space and the user is able to move around and zoom in on specific parts. This is great when you have a large image that is placed in a small frame.
You also have the ability to place in HTML files, which allows for some even more interesting and engaging interactive pieces. Have a look at what we created in chapter 1, where you can wipe away the condensation on our agency window to take a closer look inside, and to reveal a button for you to press to gain entrance. HTML can give your digital publication the wow factor. But given these types of interactive features require specialist developers; they are more expensive in cost.
Hopefully that has given you an understanding of what can be achieved through using DPS and has inspired you to create a digital publication for your employees. If so, get in touch, we’d be happy to help.
Until next time…