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EPUBs

Articles

Articles provide an easy way to create relationships among page items. These relationships are used to define the content to export to EPUB, HTML, or Accessible PDFs; and to define the order of the content.

Articles panel with the options pullout menu
Articles panel with the options pullout menu

For more details, see Articles (CS5.5)

Linked stories

Adobe InDesign CS5.5 linked stories makes it easier to manage multiple versions of the same story or text content in the same document.

For more details, see Linked content.

Object Export options

Object export options are used to specify export parameters required when you export to different formats such as EPUB, HTML, or accessible PDFs. Object export options are applied to both text frames and graphic frames, as well as groups. Object export options are specified to individual objects or groups and can override the global export settings. Choose Object > Object Export Options.

Object export options dialog box
Object export options dialog box

For more details, see Object export options (CS5.5)

Map styles to export tags

The Paragraph and Character styles have a new subfeature—Export Tagging. Export Tagging lets you define how text with InDesign styles should be marked up in HTML/EPUB or in the tagged PDF output.

Paragraph Style dialog box with Export Tagging options
Paragraph Style dialog box with Export Tagging options

Integration with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

To create richly designed, interactive publications for tablet devices, InDesign includes Folio Builder and Overlay Creator panels. You can use these panels to create digital publications called folios.

InDesign and Digital Publishing Suite workflow
InDesign and Digital Publishing Suite workflow

See Digital Publishing Suite overview for a bird’s eye view of the solution. For information on creating digital publications for mobile devices, see www.adobe.com/go/learn_dps_help_en.

Improved EPUB and HTML export

InDesign CS5.5 contains a re-engineered EPUB and HTML export solution that offers several improvements to the EPUB export workflow.

See Export content for EPUB and Export content to HTML.

Some of the features are listed below:

  • General export options: Define book margins, use article order to specify reading order.

  • Image export options: Define image resolution PPI settings, size, and added support for PNG images. You can also specify image alignment settings, space before and after images, and insert page breaks.

  • Content export options: Break document by paragraph styles, enhancements to footnotes, remove soft returns.

EPUB Export Options
EPUB Export Options

  • Audio and video tags in HTML: Placed audio and h.264 video files are enclosed in HTML5 <audio> and <video> tags. An increasing numbers of hardware and software vendors now support HTML5 audio and video tags.

  • J-language features: Support for vertical text and Ruby characters.

  • Added support for sublists: Sublists formatted using the InDesign auto-bullet and auto-number features are represented as nested ordered and unordered lists.

  • Table headers and footers: Table headers and footers are exported to EPUB and HTML.

  • Table of contents: InDesign table of content is now included in the EPUB export instead of the NCX manifest.

  • Publish date: Publish date metadata value is automatically inserted. Other data such as author and keywords, that you provide using the File > File Info are also exported to the EPUB file.

Usability and productivity

PDF Enhancements

Support for PDF/X-4:2010 has been added. PDF/X-4:2010 is identical to the earlier PDF/X-4:2008, except that it relaxes certain restrictions on how layers can be specified in the PDF. This change allows InDesign CS5.5 to allow creating layers in the exported PDF, and provides PDF 1.6 compatibility. Apart from layers support, PDF 1.6 also allows JPEG2000 compression as an option for the color and grayscale images.

If you earlier used PDF/X-4:2008 to certify files that you sent to printers, don’t expect any changes in your workflow.

Note:

The default [PDF/X-4:2008] Adobe PDF preset has been retained, but updated to use the PDF/X-4:2010 specification, so that your existing workflows do not break.

Drag and drop anchored objects

You can now drag an existing object into a text frame to anchor it. Drag the blue square near the top right corner to the location you want to anchor it to.

Drag and drop anchored objects
Drag the blue square to anchor the object

Better PDF tag support

Create accessible PDFs for Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or other software such as screen readers. InDesign automatically adds tags for the following:

  • Tables and nested tables


    Table tags in exported PDF

  • Lists and nested lists


    List tags in exported PDF

  • Footnotes


    Footnote tags in exported PDF

  • Hyperlinks


    Hyperlink tags in exported PDF

Note:

The THead, TBody, and TFoot tags are honored only if you export to PDF version 1.5 or higher

For information exporting as PDF, see Export to PDF for printing and Create interactive documents for PDF.

PDF enhancements

Support for PDF/X-4:2010 has been added. PDF/X-4:2010 is identical to the earlier PDF/X-4:2008, except that it relaxes certain restrictions on how layers can be specified in the PDF. This change allows InDesign CS5.5 to allow creating layers in the exported PDF, and provides PDF 1.6 compatibility. Apart from layers support, PDF 1.6 also allows JPEG2000 compression as an option for the color and grayscale images.

If you earlier used PDF/X-4:2008 to certify files that you sent to printers, don’t expect any changes in your workflow.

Note:

The default [PDF/X-4:2008] Adobe PDF preset has been retained, but updated to use the PDF/X-4:2010 specification, so that your existing workflows do not break.

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