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A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 4 Ways

Here is a big decision.

You want to turn Shakespeare's Play A Midsummer Night's Dream into a fancy digital product for the iPad (and other tablet devices possibly).

What are the choices?

Let's have a look at some different versions on the iPad.

I provide a table below the screencast with the various options explained.

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking Ebooks

Duration: 00:15:16

From InDesign to iBooks Author

There is no direct way to get your content out of InDesign and into iBooks Author.

[edit] Please note that as of iBooks Author 2.2 you can insert chapters from an IDML file that has been exported from InDesign

What we have to do is to make use of a number of scripts added to InDesign to break down a single document into separated files and then extract the text. Lucky for us, iBooks Author can build a chapter from a Microsoft Word document and will even respect the styles built in Indesign!

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Filed Under: InDesignMaking EbooksiBooks Author

Duration: 00:18:18

Using iBooks Author - episode 2

iBooks Author is Apple's free software for creating eBooks for their own iBooks reader software for the iPad and iBooks on the MAC (Mavericks only).

The software is very easy to use but does have some limitations and tries (nay encourages you), to use an existing template for your design and layout. Once you understand how you can modify a template for your own purposes then a great deal of flexibility is available to you.

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Filed Under: Making EbooksiBooks Author

Duration: 00:09:45

Using iBooks Author - episode 1

We look at our Shakespeare play (A Midsummer Night's Dream), built with iBooks Author and proofed on the iPad and iBooks on the MAC.

This is a partially complete work, but gives us an opportunity to show the structure and modes of viewing the eBook. This screencast serves as an introduction to iBooks Author, the free software from Apple. The next episode shows how the Shakespeare play appears in the authoring environment, before we then explore how to build a template for a Shakespeare play.

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Filed Under: Making EbooksiBooks Author

Duration: 00:08:04

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

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