PDF Accessibility enhancements
in InDesign 2018

The InDesign update to version 13.0 (2018) released in October 2017 features some enhancements in the export of accessible PDFs:

  • Alternate text for graphics and InDesign objects
  • Group level tagging
  • Support for footnote
  • Anchored text frames and anchored groups tagging
  • Master pages tagging
  • Index tagging
  • List tag language
  • List tagging
  • Caption tagging
  • TOC tagging structure

Alternative to Adobe DPS

After the shock of the new Adobe policy regarding their Digital Publishing Sololution (DPS) a lot of publishing users are forced to find an alternative to DPS when their current subscription ends since they most probably will not be able to afford the fees of the DPS successor AEM Mobile.

Beside Indesign based products like Twixl Publisher there are also PDF based solutions (which are independent from the layout application).

Recently I came across Aquafadas which allows to upload a PDF and to create apps for multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Amazon, ePub3, HTML5) including reading order, slideshows, audio, video, etc. On the web site of the german distributor CeeQoo some of the functions can be seen in two videos.

Does anybody already made some experiences with this solution?


Adobe DPS Converter for Acrobat Prerelease

Adobe recently started a prelease of the new Adobe DPS Converter for Acrobat. This plugin for Acrobat DC will allow the conversion of PDF documents to DPS articles. That means that any application which can export or print to PDF files can be used to create content for the Adobe Digital Publishing Solution and then be integrated into an app for mobile devices. An invitation to the prerelease program for the DPS Converter for Acrobat plug-in can be requested by emailing dps-acrobat-converter-feedback@adobe.com. For the test the access to a DPS account is necessary. In addition your current installation of Acrobat DC will be replaced by a custom package of Acrobat DC Desktop! At the moment the add-on is only available for Windows.


GWG White Paper on Tablet Publishing

GWG Whitepaper Designed for TabletsThe Ghent Workgroup’s (GWG) Cross Media Subcommittee has released a white paper with test results and best practices for quality control of tablet publishing solutions covering four popular digital publishing solutions that integrate with Adobe InDesign to generate files suitable for use and viewing on tablets. The GWG evaluated these solutions: Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, TwixlMedia Publisher, Aquafadas and AppStudio, using its Designed for Tablets (DFT) Test Suite.

The white paper may be downloaded for free.


MadeToPrint gets interactive

Made To PrintBerlin – April 2, 2014 – axaio software, developer of solutions for PDF creation, printing and content correction workflows for the publishing and printing markets, announces the availability of a new functionality within its export plug-in MadeToPrint. The choice of export output formats from within MadeToPrint has been extended by Interactive PDFs.