Adobe has announced Release 24 for its Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), bringing support for the iPad mini, the upcoming Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and a web viewer on Windows 8. The company has also added new reader behavior analytics for publishers to track.
DPS apps designed for the iPad 2 will automatically support the iPad mini. Developers looking to target the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, which comes out on November 20, can provide 1,920 x 1,200 folios in their apps. Finally, articles that are shared via social sharing can be read on Windows 8′s Internet Explorer 10.
Release 24 also brings background downloading in iOS, though publishers will need to update their apps to activate the feature.
Adobe’s Site Catalyst users will now be able to track the number of times their apps are opened, the total days spent reading and peak usage hours in new “App Usage” charts. They’ll also be able to track URLs, devices and operating systems.
The new release also includes smaller changes such as account renewal options, a streamlined workflow, and a few other design tweaks.
Adobe is leaning heavily on its digital publishing efforts. It released a Single Edition of its DPS earlier this year that doesn’t require any coding. Quickly supporting the iPad mini and the Kindle Fire HD is a wise move. Some reviewers are already speculating that the iPad mini will become the most popular model, leaving the larger version for more specialized use cases.
Amazon is estimated to have sold 5 million Kindle Fire units before selling out of the first-generation in August. The second-generation should do well when it arrives later this month – the 8.9-inch version is already backordered until December 3rd.