Adobe has launched Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition (DPS SE) at its Adobe MAX 2011 conference in Los Angeles. This entry-level version of the tablet publishing system aims to allow freelance designers and small design firms to publish interactive content created with Adobe InDesign CS5.5 software to the Apple iPad.
Single Edition allows users to publish single-issue content such as a brochure, highly-visual book, annual report or design portfolio as an iPad app (but not as an Android or Blackberry Playbook app). In the US, where DPS SE launches in November, each app costs $395 (£255) to publish -- and there's no per-download fee as with the Professional and Enterprise Editions. UK pricing hasn't been announced, and it won't be available in the UK (and the rest of Europe) until eariy 2012. The first iteration allows publishing to iPad only, with Adobe saying other tablet platforms, including Android, launching later next year.
Adobe hasn't said if publishers signed up to its Professional or Enterprise variants of the Digital Publishing Suite can use the Single Edition to create one-off publications -- something that would be bound to interest media companies producing free publications such as trade publications and for-client projects alongside paid-for titles.
Today's announcement, made at Adobe MAX 2011, accompanies other Digital Publishing Suite news including an announcement that Adobe has cut a deal with content management system developer Woodwing to integrate DPS into its digitai publishing system instead of its own Tablet Publishing System.
Correction: Story has been updated with UK availability, and info about future Android support.