Wednesday afternoon I’ll be delivering a session at Adobe MAX 2009 about using InDesign to layout and design ebooks. The session will cover some ebook basics including readers and then will cover how to use InDesign to effectively layout and style a document for both print output and reflowing design for ebooks. Then I’ll cover how to use the file for a number of hardware and software readers and finally converting for use on the Amazon Kindle.
The overall workflow hinges on a strong use of styles to create structured flow of text through your document. When working with graphics in a layout this means converting them to inline or anchored objects so that they’re part of the flow of your story. This is the important technique when designing for ebook output. Once I get an export to Digital Editions (ePub format) I can convert the file pretty easily into a number of formats including mobi-and this is what works on Kindle.
The “slides” for the session were built using InDesign then exported to epub for use in Digital Editions or on many Sony eReaders; then the epub was converted to mobi for use on Kindle. You’ll find links below for downloading these files for reference or experimentation. There are a number of links inside the files to additional resources from many resources, they’re well worth taking a look at.
I’m told my session will be recorded and the recording will be available for viewing soon.
Hope this is of interest.
Just a quick shout out to Andrew and the gang over at Ambrosia Software for releasing an Intel Native version of their wonderful Snapz Pro X screen capture utility. It’s not only Universal Binary, but video encoding speed is significantly improved.
I use Snapz Pro every day for a variety of purposes. A few examples include projects I’ve done with Total Training, Lynda.com, and all of my writing projects. I’m sure all of the trainers and authors out there will be thrilled about this release. Enjoy!
I spend a lot of time presenting/demoing/teaching/training Adobe software to our customers, and 99% of the time it’s done on a Mac. If that sounds like something you do, then you should check out the new Mouseposé 2 from Boinx Software. Essentially, it’s a Mac-only application ($10) that allows a presenter to draw the audience’s attention to the curent cursor location. It’s a great way to locate a cursor on a large screen or focus on a complex user interface element.
I’ve been using the first version of this great little app for a while, but now with version 2 they’ve add some nice enhancements including feathered cursor highlight (user customizable, of course), animated highlight (subtle, not obnoxious), and “visible” clicks (just try it).
Bonus Tip: Set the cursor opacity to zero percent and enable the mouse clicks option. Now when you invoke Mousepose you won’t see the cursor highlight but you’ll see concentric circles (in the color of your choice) to indicate the number of clicks.
It’s really a great teaching/training tool. All you ACE trainers out there are gonna love this!