Adobe has announced it is working on a new version of the Adobe Digital Editions app. The big news is that they are now working hard to support EPUB3 in the latest version (and fixing bugs in the previous EPUB2 rendering system). They are asking for beta testers to run the app through its paces.
In order to get into the beta, email email@example.com with your request.
If you’ve ever tried to create a beautifully designed book in ADE, you know how important this is. I’ve been on the beta for about a week now and the Adobe team has been very responsive about feedback. It’s an excellent sign of things to come.
You’ve made a perfect InDesign file. Your paragraph and character styles are perfectly described. Now it’s time to turn it into an EPUB file. One Little Problem:
See those style names? Those aren’t going to convert too well to HTML classes. There’s now a script to help you clean this up.
Today, Adobe releases a significant update to InDesign. One of the new features is a fixed-layout EPUB export option. This much anticipated feature is set to have a big impact on this ebook niche market.
If you spend a lot of time double-clicking Paragraph Styles and looking at this page
you’ll find this tip quite helpful.
If you’re familiar with doing web development, you know one of the best tools in any web developers toolbox in the Web Inspector. It allows you to inspect the HTML and CSS of a live page, allowing you to debug any number of potential issues.
A few weeks ago, the Web Inspector tool was added to iBooks for Mavericks. Here’s how to get access to it.
At WWDC this week, Apple announced a new programming language called Swift. To coincide with its release, they included an iBooks title that documents the language. The opening page looks like this:
Of course, many ebook clients want to know how to vertically center text in an EPUB file. Seeing this I thought that maybe the iBooks team had solved it. But I was disappointed by the results.
InDesign’s Export to EPUB features are a huge step toward generating EPUB files without needing to hand write all of your code. Its ability to generate a CSS stylesheet from your InDesign styles is one of the major advantages, but it’s by no means perfect.
The good news is that InDesign allows you to add an additional stylesheets to your EPUB files. This allows you the opportunity to add additional styles you need without trying to muddy your print files. I’ll list two that I add to every EPUB file I create out of InDesign and explain each.