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pdf to ePub, What program should I use?

Aug 5, 2013 10:36 AM

Tags: #pdf #epub

I know I can export from InDesign to ePub, but I was handed a .pdf that is 60+ pages and they want it converted to an ePub.

 

Can this be done with InDesign or some other Adobe program?  I am ussing the Creative Suite.

 
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    Aug 5, 2013 10:56 AM   in reply to LambertApps

    This cannot be done by InDesign or any Adobe application I know of.

     

    There are some third party software which claim to be able to do it. Do a Google search on "pdf to epub".

     

    That said, unless you just have straight text in one text flow, such software will probably produce a very poor, substandard EPUB file. There is not enough structure in most PDF files, and EPUB is akin to HTML: It needs structured information.

     
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    Aug 5, 2013 10:58 AM   in reply to LambertApps

    As much as I hate to leave InDesign, if all you have is a PDF, you need to go outside the program.

     

    Do a search on the web for "PDF to ePub" and you'll find a lot of choices.

     
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    Aug 5, 2013 11:00 AM   in reply to Steve Werner

    Geeze, Steve,

     

    You're right ahead of me. (But I had to stop to take a phone call.)

     
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    Aug 5, 2013 11:02 AM   in reply to Sandee Cohen

    Great minds think alike. ;-)

     
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    Aug 5, 2013 12:18 PM   in reply to LambertApps

    I don't use ID for ePubs, but have been in the same situation. I used acrobat to e port out a Word document and imported that, massaged that, did some CSS work and the epub came out well. I suspect I would try that workflow from acrobat to ID if I had to.

     
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    Aug 5, 2013 8:57 PM   in reply to LambertApps

    I assume that you are interested in *reflowable* epub, but might I ask what is your interest in EPUB3 fixed layout?

    If you could place all those PDF pages in InDesign and export as a fixed layout viewable on a variety of tablets...would that meet your customer need?

     

    Douglas Waterfall

    InDesign Engineering

     
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    Aug 6, 2013 6:20 AM   in reply to Douglas.Waterfall

    Douglas,

     

    It's nice to see you're interested in this.

     

    A different thread popped up the other day (http://forums.adobe.com/message/5565092#5565092) where the person posting wanted something that would be EXACTLY a fixed layout ePub and wanted to know if ID would be right.

     

    Notice down the thread where he is worried that his panels might change position.

     
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