This is a one day course for those who have completed our InDesign Level 1 course, or people who have been traditionally outputting content from InDesign for print, and want to start using the exciting options for creating more lively, interactive and rich-media digital publications.
You must have completed our InDesign Level 1 course OR already have a good comprehensive working understanding of Document setup, Masters, Paragraph and Character Styles and Layers.
With the explosion of smartphones and tablets people are increasingly reading media digitally and enjoying rich-media and interactive elements; like video and audio, animations, slideshows, hyperlinks, interactive buttons and page turns.
This interactivity and rich-media is revolutionizing the reading and learning experience; livening-up learning materials and guides, marketing brochures, internal-communications and training guides, and enriching a whole range of ebooks (childrens books, novels, travel guides, how-to guides, cookery books, etc.) with videos, interactivity and animation.
Adobe InDesign has all the tools you need to create exciting new rich-media digital publications in all the main formats; EPUB, Interactive PDF, HTML5, SWF and more. There’s a whole array of apps for making digital publications, we’ll explain the many advantages of using InDesign and we’ll introduce Adobe publishing-industry-leading plugin for InDesign; Digital Publishing Suite, with which you can create tablet applications to deliver monetized publications to any device.
Unlike a website, digital publications are downloaded, stored and returned to. They can be sold as ebooks or distributed free and they’re usually better looking, more useful and more substantial than web pages or blog posts.
On this mainly practical course we will teach you how to add video and audio, animations, slideshows, hyperlinks, cross references, interactive buttons and page turns to your publications. We will convert a print publication to the two epub formats; Reflowable and FXL and export them and view them on ebook readers.
We will cover the range of methods for distributing your finished digital publications, from emailing interactive PDFs or hosting them on your website, publishing online, producing apps for devices and selling ebooks through online stores like Amazon.
This is mainly a practical course but we will also cover the otherwise-confusing issue of formats, devices and file types. As a relatively new field there’s still a variety of digital publication formats and they don’t all support all the interactivity and rich-media, the devices they’re being viewed on come in many screen sizes and portrait and landscape orientation, there’s different apps for viewing the different formats on different devices and the apps don’t all support all the interactivity and rich media. On this course we will outline all these choices to help you decide which format is best for you to deliver the experience you want your users to have.
Basic Overview of Digital Publishing
Moving away from Linear reading
Digital Publishing Formats
What is an ePub
What is Interactive PDF
The differences between ePub, Mobi, Kindle format and PDF formats
Pros and Cons of PDF, ePub, Publish Online and DPS
Outputting for iPad, Kindle, etc.
Keeping Up With It All
Types of Interactive Elements
Link to text anchors
Link to styled paragraphs
Creating a Table of Contents (TOC)
Working with Bookmarks
Creating a multistate object / Slideshow
Managing images in ePub
Audio & video
Adding video to your eBook
Hyperlinks & Buttons
Creating PDF Forms
Converting an object to a button
Adding animation content
Setting Page Sizes
Alternate layouts for smartphone, tablet and PC screen
What can they do
What are the limitations
Video in PDF
Export to Interactive PDF
Export to the Web
Adobe Publish online
Reflowable / ePub 2 & HTML Export
Understanding Reflowable ePubs
Creating Reading Order
Managing Document Pages
Export Options for Reflowable ePubs
Proofing and Validating ePubs
InDesign and HTML Export
Preparing Files for HTML Export
Export Options for HTML
Fixed Layout / ePub 3 - BASICS
Understanding Fixed Layout ePubs
Preparing Your InDesign File
Digital Publishing Suite
What is DPS ?
Export for Web Content
Export as HTML
Preflighting and Output
Missing fonts and files
ePub export options