Creating Fixed Layout ePub3 book from InDesign is not a simple process. Yet the Fixed Layout format is precisely what many companies need when they ask for something that
- can be read on tablet devices
- maintains the original layout with tables, charts, and side-by-side text
- can have interactive features
Ordinarily this blog covers taking InDesign layouts and publishing them as digital publications—ebooks, PDF files, or tablet applications.
But today I’m excited to present a whole new format for publishing: Paper books with embedded movies.
Today Adobe releases the long-awaited, subscription-only Creative Cloud version of InDesign. The good news for digital publishers is that there are many new features and changes in ePub export. Our colleague, the super-InDesign expert, Steve Werner, has outlined the new features and changes from CS6 in this post. He made invaluable contributions to the ePub chapter in our book, and we’re thrilled to have him as a guest on our blog. Steve also runs CS Magic, a great resource for Creative Suite online training.
We think you’ll find Steve’s take on these features worth reading.
We recently got the following email from Jim Maivald. Jim is one of the foremost experts on XML and web design. As you can see Jim is on a mission to get more people to use Dreamweaver as an ePub editing program.
Hi. I was just perusing your “Digital Publishing” book and ran across the suggestion of using Dreamweaver as an EPUB editor, p 207. First, I like the book. I hope you get tons of sales.
Second, I love DW as an EPUB editor. I use it all the time. I am a huge advocate to get DW to be Adobe’s official EPUB editor. It offers tons of productivity enhancements that your readers should know about. Continue reading
One of the most common questions we hear from publishers is: how do I get my book(s) on to the iPad and Kindle? That is, after all, the question of the day, and one reason we wrote our book for InDesign users. Taken from another perspective, here is the story of one publisher’s experience. Craig Mod, writer, story-teller, and bi-coastal California/Japan resident has written an insightful essay on publishing Art Space Tokyo for digital consumption. The bonus sidebar includes an InDesign how-to from ePub Meister Ron Bilodeau.
Adobe released InDesign CS6 8.01 update today, with a long list of bug fixes. Included in this release are a number of fixes that affect PDF and ePub export. For Interactive PDFs, a nasty bug that sometimes caused buttons on master pages to not work has been fixed. And for ePubs, some of the code produced by InDesign export is cleaned up, so there’s a bit less work to do after. The ePub fixes include: Continue reading
New York Times columnist David Pogue’s insightful review of the new Kindle Fire HD, “the best tablet at any price,” goes beyond the feature list, with the good, the bad, and the not-yet-so-hot.