How do you get from a print-ready InDesign layout to a beautiful and fast-loading EPUB without tearing your hair out? Join InDesign and eBook guru Anne-Marie “HerGeekness” Concepcion — whose hair is still fully intact — for her half-day intensive session and find out!
Newbies will get a thorough understanding of the process and how to avoid the pitfalls. Experienced EPUB pros will learn new techniques, fixes, and free scripts, and how to use InDesign features to help create enhanced EPUBs. All attendees will get a handout of the main points of the presentation and all the URLs to scripts, plug-ins, and other resources.
InDesign to EPUB Essential Steps
First, using actual, real-world InDesign layouts in a live presentation, Anne-Marie will get everyone up to speed by stepping through the basic InDesign-to-EPUB workflow, answering your questions as she goes.
Using InDesign to Create Fixed-Layout EPUBs
Publications like children’s books, “coffee table” books, illustrated user manuals, and cookbooks are often better displayed as fixed-layout EPUBs (similar to a PDF), as opposed to reflowable ones. If your book already exists as an InDesign file (likely), Anne-Marie can show you how to leverage its features to streamline the tricky fixed-layout production process.
InDesign > EPUB Gotchas and their Fixes
If you’ve ever been baffled by why InDesign mangled something in your EPUB, join the club. Anne-Marie collects these gotchas (and their solutions) like entomologists collect bugs. You’ll learn how to solve, workaround, or simply avoid problems like:
Secret Scripts & Techniques of the InDesign > EPUB Jedi Masters
Professionals who spend their days creating EPUBs from InDesign layouts quickly learn to rely on certain scripts and obscure features to automate their work. Anne-Marie will share the best of these with you, including:
The Doctor Is In!
While a limited number of questions are welcome throughout the session, the final twenty minutes will be devoted to audience Q&A. You’re welcome to bring your InDesign and EPUB files along on a USB stick or CD, too, if you want Anne-Marie to open your files and take a look.
Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción owns Chicago-based Seneca Design & Training, a cross-media publication design and production studio. She is one of the nation’s premiere independent Adobe Certified Instructors, teaching hands-on classes at client sites around the world and consulting with publishers to make a smooth transition to the latest software and workflows. Her clients include the American Bar Association, Harvard Magazine, World Book Publishing, Johnson Publishing, Playboy Enterprises, the MacArthur Foundation, Penn State University, Abbott Laboratories, McDougal Littell, American Library Association, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and she’s still trying for the Chicago White Sox.
Anne-Marie is the co-host of InDesignSecrets.com, “The World’s #1 Resource for All Things InDesign,” which she and partner David Blatner founded in 2006. She co-hosts their blog, podcast, and videocast, and co-produces their annual Print & ePublishing Conference, attended by over 400 publishing professionals from around the world. She founded and runs a sister site, InCopySecrets.com, which is a blog and newsletter (CopyFlow) for designers and editors who are using the collaborative InDesign and InCopy workflow.
Besides her books and magazine articles, she loves authoring and recording hands-on video tutorials for Lynda.com, the creative industry’s most widely respected provider of online video training. Her most recent titles at Lynda.com include InDesign to EPUB, Kindle, and the IPad; InDesign CS5 New Features; Acrobat X Essential Training; Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter; and InDesign CS5 and InCopy CS5 Collaborative Workflows.
Anne-Marie’s favorite creative outlet is DesignGeek, her free tips and techniques ezine, which she has published since 2003 and is enjoyed by over 8,500 designers, publishers and pre-press professionals around the world.
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