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For me, the Premier Digital Publishing application has to be Adobe InDesign. It is a Page Layout tool with exceptional typography controls and a host of features for creating rich interactive documents. With it you can create every form of digital publication with little or no change to your current publishing workflow. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why InDesign is such a digital publishing powerhouse. So here I have an InDesign document open, and if you take a look over here on the right you'll see a list of the interactive features that I can add to this document.
I have things like Animations, Media which means audio and video. I can create multi-state objects, like slideshows and pop-up windows. I can add buttons and forms. I can also convert text and images to hyperlinks. Once I create my InDesign document, how do I publish it to one of the digital formats? To create a PDF from InDesign, I simply go to the File menu. I choose Export, and from the dialog box, I choose the Format menu and Adobe PDF.
Choosing PDF (Print) will give me a printable version of my PDF with support for high quality images and text. When viewed on a computer or device, additional support for basic interactivity such as hyperlinks and fillable forms is available. If I choose PDF (Interactive) I will output a PDF that can contain audio, video, and many other interactive elements. This option is used by most digital publishing professionals. InDesign also has excellent support for the EPUB format.
I'm going to choose EPUB as my format of choice. I'm going to click Save, and I'm presented with a series of windows for the different EPUB options. Clicking OK will create that EPUB. Adobe continues to add InDesign support of the EPUB features, making sure it remains one of the best EPUB authoring tools available. It will take just a moment for InDesign to export all of my interactive content and imagery.
To create an eBook app from InDesign, you will need the Digital Publishing Suite or DPS. DPS gives designers the ability to create some of the most spectacular interactive documents in the world today. Digital magazines from companies like Conde Nast and Martha Stewart are being created with InDesign and the Digital Publishing Suite. Here's a few of the additional tools that you get with the DPS. These tools are targeted for tablet devices. Additional interactive elements such as Panoramics, Web Content, Pan & Zoom, and Scrollable Frames are all available with the Digital Publishing Suite.
InDesign is my weapon of choice when it comes to digital publishing. Its rich feature set of typography and layout control has no equal. Add to that the level of interactive content that can be so easily created with InDesign, and it's no wonder that it dominates the digital publishing market. To learn more about working with InDesign make sure you check out the many InDesign courses here at lynda.com. If you want to learn more about digital publishing with InDesign then check out Anne-Marie Concepcion's InDesign to EPUB, Kindle, and iPad, or James Fritz', InDesign CS5 Interactive Documents and Presentations.
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