Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications

Design and publish digital magazines & eBooks for iPad Kindle & Nook, with Adobe InDesign & Digital Publishing Suite.
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  • Lectures 52
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2012 English

Course Description

A revolution is happening in the world of publishing as tablet computers and pixels are replacing paper and ink. Designers need to consider the limitations of a small screen and the advantages of an interactive medium, and at the same time, learn the new technology required to produce their work. This course will explore some of the basic issues faced by designers of eMags and eBooks, and the basics of getting them onto tablet devices using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 through CC, in combination with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

Who Should Take This Course
  • Print designers and producers who want to learn the essentials of creating digital content for iPad and Android tablets.
  • Print designers who aren’t familiar with production techniques for tablet, and who want to begin using some of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) tools.
  • Beginner print, web, and mobile, designers who want to explore the essentials of understanding essential principals of interactive design.
  • Writers interested in producing their own e-books or mobile blowzines. These students should please note: the foundations of design will not be covered in this course.
  • Any of the above working with tablet devices not running Mac iOS, such as Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Samsung Galaxy, and other Android devices. These students should please note: the design content of this course will translate regardless of the device, however some technical content covered may not be applicable.
  • PC users. Students not working in Windows OS should please note: although content will be demonstrated in Mac OS X, they should easily be able to follow along.
  • Interactive and User Interface designers who want to explore how users and readers might access interactive content. These students should please note: this course WILL NOT cover programming apps, although the process of designing them will be touched on, briefly.
What’s Required
  • Knowledge of essential 2-D graphic design principals, such as form, space and plane, typography, color.
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign or equivalent knowledge. Students will need to have knowledge of essential print production techniques using Adobe Creative Suite: building pages in InDesign, importing elements from Photoshop and Illustrator, and exporting pages in .pdf format.
  • Adobe InDesign CS6 (30-day trial download available), or CS5.5. Students wanting a hands-on experience should please note: following most content and lessons will be possible in CS5. Students using versions earlier than CS5 will be able to layout content, but won’t be able to explore most, if not all, of the technical content relating to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Stuffit Expander or other software to open .zip files
Suggested Resources
  • Access to an iPad or Tablet Device. While the device is not critical for completing this course, it will provide students with the opportunity for more in-depth study, and without it, access to a minimal amount of content won’t be possible.
  • Notebook & something to write with, or equivalent tools.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need good Adobe InDesign skills to follow the lessons presented.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to understand key differences between print and digital publications, and concept, build, preview and share an interactive digital publication.
  • I'll also show you how to start presenting your ideas using non-interactive .jpg interactive .pdf files.
  • Although this is not an App development course, I introduce some key concepts and provide resources for further exploration.
  • You'll be able to create a simple eBook InDesign's ePub format capabilities.
  • Upon completion, you will have a strong foundation in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS)

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for students and professional who have a good foundation in print design, who want to move into the digital interactive world.
  • The bulk of the course is aimed at students who want to learn Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Intro

Instructor Bio, Course overview, Mac to PC keyboard shortcut translations

Section 2: Designing for a Tablet Audience

People accessing printed and digital materials have different expectations from each medium.


Color modes, pixels, and how resolution affects type and images.

Section 3: Creating an Interactive PDF in InDesign

Using InDesign's Interactivity features to set up a button's appearance.


Working with Events and Actions; previewing a button, converting a button back to an object. 

Interactive Buttons in InDesign CS6

Using a bookmark as a button's action to allow users to navigate to specific pages in an interactive pdf. Exporting an InDesign file as an Interactive PDF.

Troubleshooting and Editing an Interactive PDF
Hyperlinks and Media
CS6: Hyperlinks Media and Interactive PDF options

Creating and managing hyperlinks has become simpler in InDesign CC. In this video from Adobe TV, some of the new features are demonstrated. To view it, click here, or on the External Resources link under Supplemental Content for this lecture.


Making a pdf look like it's on a tablet, exporting work to be veiwed on a tablet.

Section 4: eMagazines

Exploring each medium, consumer concerns, how the audience factors in, and client concerns.


Case study of a print page that was converted to interactive tablet pages, which will be used to explore inDesign Layers in the next lesson.


See how a file is set up to be published. Demo is in InDesign CS6, but applies to earlier versions.

Section 5: Creating Digital Publications with Adobe Publishing Suite (DPS)
1 page
Essential, free resources for working on digital publications. Complete this lesson before moving on to the next one.

Creating a new InDesign file in CS6; naming conventions; document setup.


CS5.5 Setup; File & Folder Structure.


Using the Folio Builder Panel; Specifying a folio's size, name, and more; Adding articles to a folio; Deleting folios and articles.


Using the Folio Builder Panel; Specifying a folio's size, name, and more; Adding articles to a folio; Deleting folios and articles.


Revising Articles added to folios; Working in pixels compared to other measurements; Scaling elements to match InDesign presets specified in pixels.


Editing files and updating them on the cloud; Using Adobe Content Viewer on the desktop.


Producing a long self-contained page; Enlarging the pasteboard; Liquid Layout (CS6); Layout Adjustment (CS5.5); Changing the page size.


Indicating to users that a page scrolls


Scrolliing some elements on a static page.

Scrolling Content II

What to do if elements are blocked, or the scroll is shaky.


Creating pop up content using Multistate Objects and Buttons.


Making a slideshow from multiple images; creating thumbnail buttons.

Audio Video & Hyperlinks
Adding a Scroll to a Pop Up

A workaround for putting a scroll and slideshow inside a pop-up.


Adobe® Content Viewer lets you preview your publication on an iPad or Android Device.


Creating a layout for an opposite orientation (vertical to horizontal).

Having Both Vertical and Horizontal Orientations In a Folio
Local Folios and Importing Articles
Section 6: Intro to Apps
A Few Words About Apps
1 page
Section 7: eBooks

Document specs, limitations, and Technical concerns for covers


Cover graphic, text files, and graphic files. Using Find/Change to make corrections.


Using the Articles Panel to organize chapters; Working with the Table of Contents features.

Exporting to EPUB format

Adobe Digital Editions and iBooks to view an EPUB File

Section 8: Resources
Course Materials: Templates
3.1 MB
Course Materials: Lesson Files
19.3 MB
Apps: Additional Resources
1 page
Digital Publications: Additional Resources
1 page
eBooks: Additional Resources
1 page
3.3 MB

This update contains the iPad frame embedded on a separate layer.

502.8 kB

FPO Image files in .jpg format of iPad and Nook frames

Free Adobe DPS Event Thurs. 4/17/14, Reston, VA, USA, and Online

In this article from, tablet magazine pioneer, Joe Zeff, talks about why these publications aren't working, and how that can change.

Section 9: Course Wrap-Up
Review and Closing

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Instructor Biography

Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 20 years of experience as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I've worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My projects have included helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media, at New York University, School of Professional Studies, Center for Advanced Digital Applications, Department of Design Digital Arts and Film. Formerly, I was an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department's Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I've consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I'm a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, the Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I've lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

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