First, Adobe took away DPS Single-edition, which allowed individuals and smaller business publish apps from InDesign.
Now Adobe DPS has been AEM Mobile.
It’s even more expensive, and much less connected with InDesign.
A free guide to ease the transition
If you feel like Adobe has left you behind and you want to make mobile apps with InDesign, then check out the DPS to in5 Transition Guide.
It’s a quick read and it’s free when you sign up for the Ajar Productions newsletter.
The guide will help you get back to publishing digital content from InDesign.
I’m going to be a little lazy and reuse much of what I posted last year—but I’ve got a good reason—it’s all still true about PePcon this year.
I spoke at PePcon the last two years and had a great time.
The conference is run by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción of InDesignSecrets. There are several hundred attendees and yet the conference has a very intimate feel.
In year’s past, I’ve been able to speak with many attendees and speakers multiple times over the course of the week. As a result, it was much easier to build relationships at PePcon than at any other conferences I’ve attended.
The topic of PePcon is the nexus of print and ePublishing, which is still a fertile area for change and learning.
Anne-Marie and David round up the top speakers (and I’m not just saying that because I’ll be speaking, check out the full list of speakers) and create a great environment for sharing and growth.
I’m not the only one who thinks so…check out the video compilation from a previous PePcon.
If this sounds interesting to you, I recommend you sign up now, because space is limited (that’s how the conference keeps that intimate feel). And don’t forget to use the discount code below.
Also, did I forget to mention that it’s in sunny San Diego this year?
Use the special discount code PUTNEY when you register and you’ll get $100 off any multi-day pass to the event.
There are several great tools for testing mobile layouts.
The iOS and Android Simulators can test almost every aspect necessary, without actually needing a device.
Browserstack is a subscription service that lets you test all kinds of devices, browsers, and operating systems.
However, sometimes the power that these systems offer is overkill, and I just need a quick way to test a mobile layout.
The Quickest Way to Test a Mobile Layout
Enter Chrome Device emulation.
Device emulation is part of the Chrome Developer Tools. All you need is the Google Chrome web browser.
You can learn more about the Developer Tools, including how to use them as a designer in this free email course.
There are 2 important parts to testing mobile layout.
- The viewport meta tag—this controls document scaling on mobile devices.
- The CSS media queries—these are rules that control how the design changes on different screens.
The emulator also simulates touch events, touch scrolling, and device orientation.
Queasy (Quick and Easy) Tools takes a whole bunch of the most common actions that you make as a designer or an animator and groups them into a single panel.
More than that, Queasy tools lets you take multi-step actions with a single click.
Did I mention it’s free?
Get the latest installer to start using Queasy Tools with Adobe Animate CC.
Update: For the latest version of Adobe Animate, you may need this extension installer.
Are you interested in using your design skills to publish digital content?
This 22-part course will start you off with the very basics and walk you through to creating advanced interactivity and publishing apps.
The lessons will show you how to build your content in InDesign and export with in5.
No coding required!
The entire course is available online, or you can sign up to have the lessons emailed to you one at a time.
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