March 24, 2010
The next version of Creative Suite – CS5 – is coming on April 12, 2010. Make sure to join us at the online launch event on April 12 for the first look at what we’ve been up to in InDesign CS5, including improvements to the EPUB eBook export … and more.
Sign up to view the launch at http://bit.ly/cs5signup_d
March 19, 2010
I haven’t mentioned this on this blog before, but wanted to point out the resources on Adobe.com on how to create EPUB eBooks using Adobe InDesign. We’ve produced some guides on creating eBooks in InDesign, including an overview of the EPUB workflow in the software, answers to commonly asked questions, and how to work with images. These how-to EPUB authoring guides are available on Adobe.com. While you’re there, check out the tutorial videos on Adobe TV that explain how to create EPUB, information about the EPUB specification, and where to find information about eBooks elsewhere on Adobe.com (like the InDesign help pages and the Digital Publishing Technology Center)
EPUB authoring resources:
- Create eBooks with the Adobe eBooks software platform
- Producing EPUB eBooks from InDesign: How-to guides
Also – I’m looking at developing more guides on creating EPUB eBooks and would like your feedback. What topics would you like to see covered? What is most challenging about authoring EPUB for you? Leave a comment on this post and I’ll review it for possible inclusion in our next set of guides on how-to create EPUB.
March 10, 2010
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Adobe InDesign, the professional publishing and page layout software. As part of the celebration, check out the InDesign 10th Anniversary Web site and view the commemorative book (PDF, 9MB). While InDesign has come a long way as a page layout tool, what’s most exciting to me is the future of publishing that the book highlights in the final chapter — including the possibility to transcend the traditional “page layout” metaphor and publish to a wide range of media.
From the commemorative book:
“In this new [publishing] world, ‘page layout’ is no longer the best term to describe the use of InDesign. Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen offers that it is simply a layout program, in that it aggregates
content into a designed document, no matter the medium in which it is
This concept of a publishing tool that outputs across media will be increasingly important — and we’re seeing the importance of this with the myriad of devices emerging on the market. Since CS3, Adobe InDesign has supported the open EPUB eBook file format through the “Export to Digital Editions” feature. This means that book publishers using InDesign can create eBook content for eReading devices like the Barnes & Noble nook and Sony Reader without extensive retaining of design staff. Additionally, our collaboration with WIRED to create a new digital magazine concept uses an Adobe InDesign-based workflow to streamline the content production process.