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Adobe White Paper: What’s New in Adobe InDesign CS5 EPUB File Export

Adobe recently published a new white paper that gives you an overview of the new EPUB export features in InDesign CS5. There are several powerful new features and enhancements that significantly improve your productivity and give you more control over the creation of EPUB files. One of my favorite new features is the ability to control the reading order of text and graphics in an EPUB file by basing the export order on the XML structure of your InDesign document. I also love that you can now automate chapter breaks by simply referencing the first-level TOC entries in a TOC style. This saves you all the hassle of breaking up a large document into multiple InDesign documents, which then have to be combined together within a book file. You can download the PDF from

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Live Corner Effects in InDesign CS5

By: Chad Chelius

Well now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak, we can finally introduce you to some of the great new features found in Adobe InDesign CS5 that will really help you work more efficiently and more creatively. This article focuses on the new Live Corner Effects feature. This intuitive and easy-to-use feature provides a more fluid method for modifying the corners of frames while providing immediate visual feedback in the process.

Corner effects have been around for many versions, but there has never been an easy way to apply corner effects to anything but all four corners of a frame. A script that ships with InDesign allows you to quickly apply corner effects to one or more corners, however when the frame is transformed, the corners become modified as well—forcing you to start over from the beginning. Fortunately, this is all about to change! Let’s take a closer look at the new Live Corner Effects feature in InDesign CS5.

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How-to Guides: Producing EPUB eBooks from InDesign

Adobe recently published three how-to guides that teach you how to produce EPUB eBooks from InDesign. They are very informative and go into great depth. The first white paper provides detailed instructions for setting up an eBook document in InDesign and exporting it to an EPUB file. The second white paper answers common questions about exporting EPUB files from InDesign. And the third white paper teaches you how to prepare images for optimum display on a variety of eBook readers. If you’re serious about eBook publishing, you definitely want to download these white papers. You can download them from

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Episode 11: Creating an eBook with InDesign (Part 2)

In Episode 10, I introduced you to the EPUB format and I explained how it’s different from a PDF file. I also started the process of setting up an InDesign document that can be accurately converted to the EPUB file format. In this episode, I show you how to create page breaks, setup a table of contents, insert hyperlinks and cross-references, and add metadata to the eBook. Then I walk you through the process of exporting the final EPUB file.

If you would like even more in-depth information on creating EPUB files, check out my article in the October/November 2009 issue of InDesign Magazine.

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Episode 10: Creating an eBook with InDesign (Part 1)

eBook publishing is becoming increasingly popular. More and more publishers are providing content in the eBook format. Major bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders are selling thousands of eBooks every day. And as more people become savvy with eBook readers, eBooks will become even more popular. This new and different way of distributing and accessing book content expands the opportunities for reading, just as the MP3 file did with digital music.

Adobe InDesign lets you create eBooks in the EPUB (electronic publication) format, which is an open eBook standard that was designed to enable content to adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions. With more publishers, bookstores, and developers supporting the EPUB format, there is no better time to start exploring the world of eBook publishing. In this episode, I start by introducing you to the EPUB file format. Then I show you some best practices for setting up an InDesign file that can be accurately converted to an EPUB file.

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