Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition apps now free for those Mac owners who are Creative Cloud members; Single Editions still priced at $395 for non-members
Adobe Systems announced today that those that have signed up for Creative Cloud can now create Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition apps free of charge. There is no limited to the number of apps a developer can submit, though there are a number of important guidelines to the program.
To create and launch an app using Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition free the customer will have to be a registered Apple Developer and use a Mac to create their apps as the program only applies to the Apple App Store, and the viewer app, DPS App Builder, is a Mac program.
The biggest requirement, of course, is that you must be signed up for one of the Creative Cloud plans. Currently Adobe is offering an Intro plan that costs $29.99 per month. This plan requires a 1-year contract and that the user have a CS3 or later serial number. The introductory rate applies for first year, after that the monthly rate goes up to the regular price of $49.99 per month.
Developers who want to submit apps for Android platforms, including the Kindle, are being directed to Adobe’s Pro and Enterprise editions.
Single Editions are apps that will not be able to house a library for continuous publishing, so the program has always been of limited value to publishers of periodicals. With this change, however, there may be some publishers who will want to use this system to launch special sections, annuals, and other products that have either a long shelf life (like a Buyers Guide or Yearbook) or which are published infrequently.