I'm having trouble figuring out a solution for the following challenges.
1) Converting facing page layouts from a print book, the usual facing page or chapter opening art, appears between a continuous link text frames. I can get the text to split by using stylesheet export but the facing image doesnt get embedded unless I anchor to text. Problem here is text gets affects by image box and oddly reduced in size. I tried Article panel without anchor, well, image simply dont appear since it is not part of the text!
2) I have captions below images but on export it jumps to top of images even after I group and anchor the item.
3) Working with existing book trim is silly when converting to epub, I have read working in plain letter size documment size works best for ebooks. Does anyone have suggestions here?
Overall, I think InDesign still has a long way to go when it comes to converting complex print layouts to epub.
Help is much appreciated! Thanks!
Complex print layouts aren't really suitable for ePub and Mobi formats. You'll probably have to redesign the book to simplify it.
You'll probably hear from experienced ePub users here, that ID generated file is just the starting point. You'll have to make refinements tweaking the CSS and XHTML files with an editor of your choice. That said, for a regular book with normal content of text and images you should be able to get a decent ePub file if you prepare properly your print book file.
1) To separate sections you need to use tagged paragraph styles: Paragraph Style Options/Export Tagging/Split Document (EPUB only). For the images, one way to do it is place them so they flow with the text.
2) My experience is with captions manually entered below the image (with just a paragraph style applied to them). They show correctly in ePub.
3) I think the idea of ID having export-directly-to-ePub feature is to use the print book file (with some adjustments) to generate the ePub.
There is a lot to learn regarding ePub formatting. I myself am in the early stages. But once you start learning the basics, is gratifying.