The last few days I have been working with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, the fact is, in this version of DPS, you never actually get a Folio file saved on your machine. You now virtually create Folios within your Folio Builder panel within InDesign, and then upload individual articles to a Folio using your Adobe Id to the Adobe DPS Servers. You can preview your Folio within the browser-based Folio Producer, or you can push the Folio to your tablet and view it using the free Adobe Content Viewer Application. I hear you ask, does this take more time than just saving a Folio file and dropping it into iTunes? The answer is yes. It takes as long as it needs to create the folio and upload it, and then download it to the tablet.
Therefore, this means every time you want to preview changes for a document on your tablet device, you need to pass it through Adobe. The reason this workflow was enacted was to protect folio content from being freely distributed and pirated. Without this workflow in place, what would stop people from creating their own Folios and selling them (not in a marketplace) to view only in the Adobe Viewer?
This would defeat the purpose of companies having their own branded applications. The Adobe Content Viewer was just made as a testing playground, and not a means of distribution. So, now there’s a lot to consider in this brave new world of Adobe Digital Publishing. Overall, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to structure your content. It really depends on the content and how you want to deliver it, and how the consumer ingests it. Good luck everyone with your DPS journeys.