Bare with this new DPS user, especially if I am asking questions of a mundane nature but I have looked through the tutorials online and I am yet to find one on converting an existing InDesign document, in this case a 32 page magazine, into a digital version.
I have looked at the basic tutorials and am hoping and wondering if there is a simple way to change the current document into a digital version so I can begin to edit and prepare it for iPad output. I am not asking for an easy way to produce the content, just to change the documents attributes, seperating pages into individual articles etc
I have saved a copy of the magazine and changed the document setup to Digital Publishing but I am left with a 32 page document with no page separation, each page referencing the Links and Fonts folder; is it going to be necessary to create each page as an individual article and then create individual links folders for each page?
Again, please let me apologise if I am asking stupid questions and if I have missed a tutorial that answers these questions.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Victoria, I may be wrong but in my experience with DPS your going to want to isolate all these pages into separate documents manually, storing them in individual "article" folders. The good news is that your image links can remain in the one folder. When you come to build your folio and upload to the cloud the software will take what it needs from the folder and either flatten it into a PDF or add them to an overlay resource folder, if they become part of a slide show or any other interactive state. Your page size will have to change, but if you've already saved a "digital version" you should now have pages which have dimensions relative to the iPad.
I'm backing up what Christian said...
It's not necessary to create each page as a seperate article. Every "article" can contain several pages (works the same as a magazine actually). Keep in mind that you're working on 1024 x 768 pixels from now on. You probably already know this but you'll have to change your lay-out. And before I forget, facing pages are an absolute "no go".
You don't have to worry about the links or fonts. I'll drop all of my images into one general folder (I'm tidy so they're listed in seperate fodlers per article) and that should work just fine.
@VictoriaPolice – and beware of using the document wide baseline grid if you are thinking of "Alternate Layouts" for renditions in one single document, if you want several layouts for several devices out of one basic layout, if you are using InDesign CS6.
@Gustavo – I mean you have to take into account that the baseline grid is document wide and not a page property.
So you have to be cautious to use it in conjunction with the "Alternate Layout" feature in CS6.
All depends on the "scale" factor of your "Alernate Layout" in comparison to your basic layout.
If you use a common factor strategy for setting the "Increment Every" value in the "Baseline Grid" preferences, I think you are well prepared…
If no common factor is possible, you have to look for a different startegy…
In my opinion simply using a print layout will not work, after all that is simply a PDF. Perhaps you should look at the existing content and reimagine how it would work in the App format. Magazines are viewed as spreads and so offer a wide range of layout possibilities particularly the use of space. The tablet screen doesn't offer such possibilities so what you loose in space you make up for with interactivity, video, audio and other feature. It really requires a change in mindset on the part of the designer and also some persuasion too as the publisher probably expects the app to just happen a the click of a button.
I'll just add my $0.02 and pretty much verify everything in this thread. There's simply no easy way to do this after the fact and even with proper planning having a print and an app version is not something I would call trivial.And one thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is that it's important to keep in mind that simply converting the layout and doing nothing with it will almost assure that the app will be rejected by Apple.
Thanks so much everyone. You have all been most helpful and have pretty much confirmed the expectations I had about recreating the print versions.
@Bob Levine @Graham Davis We are not the designers of the magazine, the content (stories, ads and images) are created in house and then arranged and designed externally. I work in an online communications dept and want to be able to produce a digital version of the magazine from the layout I get back from the designer; this is the first time I have attempted this and am very new to DPS; ultimately, I want to get a workflow together that allows me to get the final InDesign files from the designer before it goes to print, convert it to a digital version and add the interactivity and other content.
I appreciate the 'reimagining' you are talking about but as I am effectively taking an existing design and trying to 'digitise' it but I completely undertsand the mindset you are reffering to and the need to allay the idea that this is a simple task but it was my idea, so I seem to be doing a good job here of digging my own grave.
Thanks again everyone, I use these forums alot and have never posted before and I really appreciate that you guys take the time to help us 'newbs' out
Peter at Victoria Police (Not Victoria)