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Setting up multiple output devices for Adobe DPS in Enterprise Server 10

Setting up multiple output devices for Adobe DPS in Enterprise Server 10

When creating content that is going to be viewed on the Adobe Content Viewer, it is important to know on which device the content is going to be viewed so that the design in the correct dimensions (height and width) can be used.

Similarly, when the content is exported by Enterprise and a folio file is generated, Enterprise needs to know which dimensions to use, which image quality settings should be applied, and so on.

In Enterprise, this is achieved by the following processes:

  • Defining one or more Output Devices, each representing the properties of the device such as page dimensions, image quality and more.
  • Setting up Editions that correspond to the defined output devices.

This configuration is subsequently used by the following tools:

  • The page dimensions are used for creating DP Artboards in Smart Connection for InDesign, allowing the designer to see the boundaries of the device. For more information, see the Digital Publishing Tools User Guide, appendix C 'Working With DP Artboards'.
  • The Editions are used by the Smart Connection for InDesign to assign and view content that is used in a specific output device only. Editions are also used in Content Station as a way to select the device to export the content to.

Workflows without multiple devices

Of course, it may well be that export is only aimed for one device and that creating content for multiple devices is not required. For those scenarios, we recommend to implement the functionality and to define just one device. The use of Editions is then not necessary.

Configuring an output device

Output devices are managed through the Output Devices Maintenance page in Enterprise Server.

The following devices are provided by default:

  • iPad. Dimensions: 1024x768 pixels.
  • Kindle Fire. Dimensions: 1024 x 600 pixels.
  • Xoom. 1280 x 800 pixels.

Note about Single- and dual-orientated folios

Adobe’s folio format only supports one page dimension for a dual-orientated folio (one in which both landscape pages and portrait pages are used). This means that for a dual-oriented folio the size of the landscape and portrait pages should be identical.

Also, when using a single-orientation publication (such as landscape only or portrait only), the dimensions for both orientations need to be set and need to be identical. For example:

  • Device settings for a Motorola Xoom landscape only: Landscape 1280x752, Portrait 752x1280.
  • Device settings for a Motorola Xoom portrait only: Landscape 1232x800, Portrait 800x1232.

Step 1. In Enterprise Server, access the Output Devices Maintenance page.

Figure: The Output Devices Maintenance page.

Devices for the iPad, Kindle Fire and Xoom are defined by default.

Step 2. Click New to define a new device or click the name of an existing device to change its settings.

Step 3. Click Create.

Step 4. Click the Left Arrow icon to return to the Output Devices page.

Step 5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 to create as many devices as needed.

Setting up Editions

Assigning content for a particular device is done in InDesign by assigning content to an Edition. An Edition should therefore be created for each output device.

Step 1. Access the Publication Channel Maintenance page for the Adobe DPS issue.

Step 2. Create an Edition for each specific output device.


  • The name must match the name of the corresponding Output Device, as defined on the Output Device Maintenance page.(See Configuring an output device above.)
  • The name should be descriptive, such as “Apple iPad”, “Samsung Galaxy”, especially since the name also appears in the Editions panel in InDesign and the Digital Publishing application in Content Station.

Step 3. In the Order box, enter an order number for each Edition and click Reorder.

Note: When a layout has multiple devices assigned (in the form of Editions), the first Edition assigned to the layout is used as the primary device. The Landscape Layout Width setting of this primary device (as set on the Output Device Maintenance page) is used for determining whether the layout should be treated as a layout in landscape orientation or portrait orientation.

The number of Editions assigned to the layout could of course be different than the total number of devices configured. For example, assume that the following devices have been configured:

10 iPad

20 Galaxy

30 Playbook

If for a layout only the Galaxy and Playbook Editions have been assigned, then the Galaxy is considered as the primary device, even though the iPad Edition precedes it in the configuration.

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