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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
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- When you're working with a publication that has footnotes, those footnotes can be easily transferred to an ebook, when you export this document to the epub format. There's a cool new feature in InDesign CC that lets you export footnotes to become a popup, as opposed to a traditional footnote. Let me show you how that's done. First of all, let's take a look at our regular footnote here in this very simple text-only document. I'm going to zoom in a bit. You can see we have a tiny little footnote reference right up here, that leads to the footnote text at the bottom of the text frame, as is usual.
This is according to the history of Flemish art, up there. Now we're going to export this to epub. So I go to the file menu and choose export. We're going to choose reflowable epub here, save it on the desktop. The area where you choose the kind of footnote that you want is a little different in the latest version of InDesign CC 2014. It's right here in the text panel. They've divied this up into two additional panels, so you might have to hunt for where this feature is if you're more accustomed to the earlier versions of InDesign, even InDesign CC.
But here under text, we see an entry for footnotes, and the placement options let you add it at the end of a section, aka, end notes, or after a paragraph, just like in previous versions. But this is what's new inside of a popup. It says EPUB 3 because this will only become available as a choice if you have selected EPUB 3 as the format in which to export your EPUB, which I had done already. The other one is EPUB 2, which is an older standard. The other caution I need to inform you about is that popup footnotes only work in Apple iBooks, as of this recording, and they don't degrade gracefully to other EPUB readers.
The footnote is kind of broken, and I'll show you that in a second. What that means is that you're going to have to create two versions of your EPUB if you want to use popup footnotes one just for Apple iBooks, and the other for other e-readers. Let's go ahead and do this for Apple iBooks. Before we say okay, let's see which app we're going to open it up in. This is a new panel in the export options dialogue box. I want to preview this in iBooks app. I don't need to preview it in digital editions. So I've already added that app here.
On your system, your system default might be something different than what's showing on mine. But essentially you can always just add an application in which to preview the EPUB, if you want to preview it at all, by checking the box. So I want to preview it in iBooks. That's the only box I'll check, and I'll click okay. Here it opens up in iBooks on my Mac. So here is the little footnote reference, and when I tap it, if I had an iPad I'd tap it here, I'm just going to click it in iBooks, it opens up as a popup, which is kind of cool.
In other words, you could use this for things that aren't really footnotes, if you just want to add, like, sidenotes. You don't have any control using this InDesign feature over the number at the top or the formatting in here. You'd have to really go into the EPUB itself and edit some of the settings there. But the default works pretty well. Now let's open this document in Adobe Digital Editions. I'm going to go to the finder, and right click, and choose open with Digital Editions here. It looks pretty good in Adobe Digital Editions.
Here's our little footnote mark, and when I click it, it doesn't jump to the footnote, which is unfortunate. The same story is true for most other e-readers. This is a feature that's really meant only for iBooks. But if you don't mind creating an EPUB just for iBooks, then the popup footnotes feature is a lot of fun and opens up some creative possibilities.
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