6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 1, 2013 11:18 AM by Michael Witherell

    One document, two layouts?

    Martin S... Level 1

      Hello, I have a document formatted to export to epub. I would also like to export to pdf, but need to change the formatting, layout etc. to do that. Do I need to create a second file for the pdf layout? I want to avoid two documents as I would have update the other each time I make changes to one. Basically I want to make one document with two layouts, so I can export to epub or pdf with each update.

        • 1. Re: One document, two layouts?
          Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          In CS6 you can - check out the link for Alternate Layouts on this page

           

          http://www.adobe.com/ie/products/indesign/features.html

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          • 2. Re: One document, two layouts?
            Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            I don't think it's going to work for EPUB.

             

            You can set up two layouts, one for PDF and one for EPUB:

             

            AltLayout1.jpg

            You would have two master pages, two sets of paragraph styles, etc.

             

            AltLayout2.jpg

            The problem comes on export. If you're exporting PDF, you have the option of choosing a page range. You can choose, in this example, to export "PDF:1-11" to export those pages.

             

            However, the EPUB export dialog, has no option for exporting a range of pages. It's all or nothing. It would export everything on both sets of pages as one stream.

            • 3. Re: One document, two layouts?
              Martin S... Level 1

              Thank you for the very clear explanation, Steve. Eugene, thank you for the helpful link.

               

              Steve, the page-range issue would be a problem in my case, as the shorter epub text (since all formatting is done using styles) would include pdf pages. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

              • 4. Re: One document, two layouts?
                Martin S... Level 1

                Reading your post again I see that the problem is bigger than just extra pages; it would actually export everything. So it's just not going to work if my alternate layout is epub and my plan is to export as such. oh well Thanks again!

                • 5. Re: One document, two layouts?
                  John D. Linn Level 1

                  If the primary layout is epub then maybe there is a work-around.

                   

                  As stated above, exporting the PDF is no problem as you can select which pages (or layout) to export.

                   

                  For the epub you cannot.

                   

                  But once your file is ready for epub export simply delete the alternate layout (the PDF layout), then export epub. With the epub file exported DO NOT SAVE your source file.

                   

                  Next time you need to update the master you would still have both layouts available.

                   

                  I think that would work for you.

                  • 6. Re: One document, two layouts?
                    Michael Witherell Adobe Community Professional

                    Supposing a twinned alternate layout: one for ePub; one for PDF. You CAN control what gets Exported to ePub IF you use the Articles panel. Whatever is dragged into and ordered into the Articles panel would be what ends up in the ePub export. To make sure, when you get to the Export to EPUB dialog box, look for Content Order and set it to Same as Articles Panel.

                     

                    Cool, eh?