Using InDesign to adapt plain text for EPUB

There was a chapter that I ultimately decided to leave out of “EPUB Straight to the Point” that I’ve been wanting to publish for a long time. It explains how to use GREP in InDesign to massage a plain text file so that it’s easier to format. It shows how to get rid of extra…

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Boston Globe Responsive Website Redesign Planned in InDesign

Hands down, the answer was InDesign. At its core, BostonGlobe.com is a publication website, and InDesign is the best tool for laying out publications and content. Yes, there are huge differences between designing print publications and designing for the web, but consider this: Most web pages are simply a combination of photos and text. And…

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Print InDesign Files Efficiently with Prepress Preflight

It’s startling, though, how little information there is on the subject of going to press these days. I don’t mean how to use InDesign’s Print dialog or why you should use CMYK instead of RGB color swatches. I’m referring to best practices for going to press. My friend Sandee Cohen recently mentioned that she’d met…

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Building EBooks with InDesign – Forced Line Breaks

Updated 3-Jan-2012 / Postscript added One of the pitfalls of converting print publications to EBooks, is that designers often use forced line breaks (Shift+Return/Enter) in print-layouts to control where headings and even paragraph lines are broken. Doing so can cause problems when the same document is also converted to EPUB later on. Problems can occur…

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InDesign Creative & Fun Special Effects

Ever wanted to put pho­tographs inside text or cre­ate stamped or cutout text for your brochures? How about cre­at­ing cast shad­ows of text for fliers? Making your own hol­i­day cards or invi­ta­tions? Why not cre­ate a col­lage of images inside the shape of a jack-o-lantern, valen­tine, or any shape? In this online course you’ll learn…

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InDesign Productivity Secrets – 10 Techniques You Can’t Afford Not to Use

Presented by Mr. InDesign Efficiency him­self, author of the InTime InDesign Magazine col­umn and the books Mastering InDesign for Print Design & Production, The InDesignSecrets​.com Guide to What’s New in InDesign CS5 (And How to Use It), and oth­ers, and fre­quent speaker on InDesign pro­duc­tiv­ity at the InDesign Conference, the InDesign Seminar Tour, and other…

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Tomaxxi’s Script: Renaming images from within InDesign

Some time ago Tomaxxi (Marijan Tompa) wrote a small script that allows you to rename images from within InDesign. You might wonder why you’d want to use a script like this? Well, I actually found myself using it this morning as part of an EPUB production process. I’d received client-supplied print artwork in InDesign, and…

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Figures in InDesign CS5.5 and Accessibility

After reading David’s blog-post on InDesign Secrets, titled “Building an Org Chart or Flowchart in InDesign“.  I thought… “How does building illustrations in InDesign impact the development of Accessible PDF with InDesign CS5.5?” InDesign CS5.5 introduced significant new features for EPUB/HTML and PDF export. Building Accessible PDFs is now much, MUCH easier… It’s not yet…

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InDesign CS5.5 7.5.2 Update fixes EPUB issues

Amongst a list of issues that’s been resolved with today’s Adobe InDesign CS5.5 7.5.2 update release are a couple of EPUB issues. Notably: An issue in the DOCTYPE of the EPUB, where InDesign would insert an extra space, which in turn caused iBooks to return an error and stop rendering the EPUB. The iBooks rendering…

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Mastering InDesign CS5 for Print Design & Production

“Pariah Burke’s explanations of the points he is making is very clear and understandable. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to master InDesign for an efficient workflow. This is definitely a book that will stay on my shelf as a reference after I’m done reading it.” —J. Hinds Keep reading Mastering InDesign CS5…

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A Web Developer’s Guide To Adobe InDesign

Over the past several years, there has been a big divide between designers: those who work in print distribution and those in digital distribution. The irony is that, despite the disputes, name-calling and flat-out arguments between the two camps, their techniques and methods are far more common than many believe. Both sides of this communications…

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InDesign Secrets: creative Place and Story Linking

InDesign CS5.5 introduces a new feature called Linked Stories. I’ve just posted a contributor blog-post on InDesign Secrets that gives one example of how you could use this new feature. Cari Jansen – Training, Print & Electronic Publishing Consultancy, Technical Writing/Editing, Public Speaking…

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EPUB Export & Relative to Page Size

Updated 7 June 2011 (added additional notes ). One of the new InDesign CS5.5′s EPUB Export Option features is the ability to control whether images are exported with Fixed width or Relative to Page Size setting. In this blog-post I’m running through a few findings. I’m only looking at the Fixed / Relative to Page…

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InDesign Character Styles & EPUB

I’ve been head deep into EPUB… and wanted to share another finding with InDesign CS5.5. A short post only, because I’m in the middle of work InDesign CS5.5 now recognises character styles that are applied through nested styles and GREP styles during EPUB export.  That’s very cool!  It adds a span tag with class references…

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Multi-Find/Change 1.02 Released

Martinho da Gloria (www.automatication.com), this week released the 1.02 update for the Mulit-Find/Change plug-in he developed for InDesign. About this plug-in Whether it’s to fix common formatting issues in manuscripts you import in InDesign for book and EBook publishing, such as removal of double tabs, spaces, paragraph returns, conversion of hyphens to en or em-dashes…

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Adobe InDesign Tips I Wish I’d Known When Starting Out

I love Adobe InDesign. For multi-page documents, it’s the most flexible and complete application out there. Yet I remember how counter-intuitive some things were when I was learning it for the first time. Here are some tips I wish I had known when starting out, as well as some answers to questions that others often…

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