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Building a Fixed-Layout ePub3 from InDesign (part 2)

In the previous part, we added a master page header to to every page and used this to split the ePub.

Now we are unpacking the ePub and after creating a local Dreamweaver site, we edit the various files inside the ePub package.

Note that I am using a MAC with the latest OS (Mavericks) to do this work. This makes life easier since I can view the ePub file with Apple's iBooks app.

If you are working with a PC/Windows, then you can test the ePub with Readium within the Google Chrome browser.

Addendum: To make sure that the header (originally only on the master pages), will appear above the main text, make the header text box very wide so that it is the first item reading left to right. The articles will then put things in the correct order reading from top left.

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Filed Under: CSS and HTMLInDesignMaking Ebooks

Duration: 00:25:10

Building a Fixed-Layout ePub3 from InDesign (part 1)

We start with a Shakespeare play (Midsummer Night's Dream) set up in InDesign with pages good for print and previously exported as a reflowable ePub3.  

We make use of master page items to split the document into separate HTML documents and use the Articles panel to order the content on export to ePub.

The next part of this screencast will cover editing the insides of the ePub package so that it will conform to the ePub3 Fixed-Layout format.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking Ebooks

Duration: 00:22:41

Getting InDesign Prepared for ePub

First note: I am now using InDesign CC.

Before we export to ePub from InDesign, there are some import issues to understand. To get the best results for the ePub, we must be sure to provide appropriate tags for paragraph, character and object styles.

We do this through the 'Export Tagging' panel of each of the style dialogues. This is also where we decide how InDesign will split the ePub.

Fo our convenience we can set all of these together through the 'Edit all Export Tags Panel'.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking Ebooks

Duration: 00:20:30

More on XML from InDesign

In our InDesign document all content needs to be attached to an appropriate style element.

We can use:

  • paragraph styles
  • character styles
  • object styles
  • table styles

We then need tags that will be mapped to those elements. They can (optionally) be the same names as our InDesign styles. They may also come from a DTD uploaded to our InDesign file in the structure pane.

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Filed Under: InDesignXML

Duration: 00:16:46

Structure, Tagging and Export to XML

With a Shakespeare play in mind we have a DTD that we can import into InDesign. This provides us with the TAGS. If we name our styles with those same tags, we can 'map the syles to the tags' very easlily.

Unfortunately, InDesign does not provide us with the automation to map object styles, so we need to add those in to the structure.

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Filed Under: InDesignXML

Duration: 00:16:07

Processing some text inside InDesign

We have our play (A Midsummer Night's Dream) placed in InDesign, but we have some changes we want to make to the text.

  • We don't want the character names on the same line as the first line of their speech.
  • We don't want the character names all in uppercase letters.

This screen cast shows some useful ways to use GREP in the Find/Change dialogue and then how to make use of a script to change to title case.

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Filed Under: InDesign

Duration: 00:15:46

Anchoring Images and using the Object styles

This screencast explains how images should placed into InDesign and then anchored into the text.

If we use 'Object Styles' then we can generate a style that provides a consistency throughout our book.

Note: I am useing InDesign Creative Cloud, but this is still appropriate for InDesign CS6 and CS5.5

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Filed Under: InDesign

Duration: 00:12:59

Interactive Contents for eBook

This session covers:

  • Using styled content, such as headings and subheadings to create contents page
  • making the contents list with page numbers
  • separating the headings and page numbers with dots
  • exporting to PDF and showing how the contents become navigation links
  • showing how this also creates bookmarks 

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Filed Under: Making Ebooks

Duration: 00:09:32

Placing Graphics in InDesign (session 1)

The page layout software, InDesign, is very powerful and there are several ways to integrate graphics with text. In this first session we look at:

  • placing graphics on a layer and adjusting the transparency
  • Placing a graphic within text
  • wrapping the text around the graphic 

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Filed Under: Making Ebooks

Duration: 00:12:25

Text Processing (removing unwanted paragraph breaks)

If we source a public domain text on the web, such as those from the Gutenberg project, we may well find that each line of thext has a fixed length. This is because the text was probably scanned in and then converted to real text through OCR software. The text is laid out exactly as it was in the original source. This facsimile is not appropriate for our needs.

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Filed Under: Making Ebooks

Duration: 00:06:55