Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video About the InDesign CC 2014 update, part of InDesign CC: EPUB Fundamentals.
The 2014 release of InDesign CC brings a number of new features to ePub designers and developers. I want to go through them in this little slide show and then we'll jump into InDesign so I can show you a couple new features close up. And of course I cover them all thoroughly within the course. First of all, I think the big new feature in the 2014 release is that we now have two ePub formats that we can export to. First one of course is reflowable, that is what this title covers. That is the standard kind of ePub that we are all accustomed to.
And the other format is called fixed-layout ePub. I have a title her called Creating Fixed-Layout ePubs where I cover how to use InDesign to create these, so the new features in the 2014 release are covered in that title. This title just covers reflowable. You have to check out the fixed layout features, though. They are incredible. Another new feature in the 2014 release is that empty a.k.a. Unassigned objects, objects that aren't filled with text or an image are now included in the exported ePub.
Before, they were completely ignored. Now, they're included. If you use tables in your publications, you'll enjoy better looking tables in the ePub. For example, vertical alignment in cells is now supported and passed through to the ePub. That's all great news. Continuing, the ePub Export Options dialogue box, probably the one dialogue box that we see most often when we're working with InDesign out to ePub, has been revamped. All the old features are still there, but you'll find a new metadata panel, a one stop shop where you can enter all the metadata.
For your ePub. And we have a new viewing apps panel that lets us choose different apps to preview our ePub in, instead of the system default. Also, the object export options dialogue box has a couple new features including a new ePub type field, where you can assign a name to a div. And a custom CSS width and height control, so you can have InDesign automatically resize images in the ePub export without having to resize them in the layout.
Very cool. So let's take a look at a couple of these right in InDesign. First, let's look at those two new export options, 'because they're very exciting. If I go to export,. Notice that I can choose either Fixed Layouts or Reflowable, used to just say ePUB. So in this title again, we're only talking about Reflowable. Look at my other title, Creating Fixed Layout ePubs, to see how to use InDesign to do those. And let's look at the object export options. So I have an object selected and I open up this panel.
Here's the ePub type field at the top. Now, the good news is that if you are into creating semantically correct ePubs, this field will help you immensely. If that is not an issue for you, you can just ignore this and nothing bad will happen. Down here are the custom CSS width and height fields. Offering lots of possibilities for being able to use one layout for both print and ePub and I have a video that's devoted to just these two fields to edit how the CSS is written in your ePubs.
All very exciting. One more thing, if you're using the exercise files in this title, not all of them have been updated to the 2014 release. So when you open them they may get the word converted after them, meaning that you're updating them to. A new version everything will still work perfectly well. If the word converted bothers you, just save the document and it will be saved in the 2014 release version of InDesign CC. That's it, exciting new release I'm really happy to show you all the bells and whistles.
- Understanding the difference between an ebook and EPUB
- Creating an EPUB workspace in InDesign
- Managing the sequence of content
- Creating a table of contents for navigation
- Adding metadata
- Cleaning up text formatting
- Optimizing images for EPUB export
- Previewing and validating EPUB files
- Converting EPUBs to Kindle MOBI format
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 6/26/2014. What changed?
A: The author added and revised movies to reflect the June 2014 updates to InDesign's EPUB handling features, including fixed-layout support and EPUB exporting options.