moved to InDesign EPUB forum.
Start by restoring your InDesign preferences. Here's how:
Make sure you're choosing File > Export > EPUB (Fixed Layout) instead of "reflowable."
i have restored these settings just recently, and a lot of bugs are still there.
In addition to what the topicstarter has said I see various problems of layout display, i.e. instead of showing A and B facing pages, one of two pages becomes blank + A, and then A and B are shown on next spread. So I see A page twice.
I have tried all 4 choises of layout positioning, and sometimes all 4 give me wrong results rather than simple and so expected view of two facing pages! Isn't it an idea of fixed layout?
One time I can see 4 pages instead of just two, another time I can look at epub in ipad in only vertical view (of course it is logical to be a horyzontal view), text sometimes just disappears..
Well when I deal with one page layout, everything looks much better, even animations work pretty good. But we are waiting for two-page layout digital engine, not?
What are you using to check your epub? Are you able to share one page sample (the .indd file and the epub)? I tried to mimic your design on a PC with Windows 8.1 and ID CC 10.1.0.70. When I open it on ADE 4.0 it shows some of the issues you mentioned namely characters running into each other. When I open it on Google's Readium it looks fine. If I open it on a Mac on iBooks or ADE 4.0 it looks fine on both. I think there are still some issues to work on the ADE for Windows (even with the latest update that popped up today when I open it).
Thanks for your suggestion Steve of resetting the preferences. Sadly that hasn't helped this time.
Also, yes I am picking the 'fixed layout' (even though the result looks more like a reflowable.) All worth checking through though and your comments are appreciated.
Hey Ellis, I'm using ibooks and ADE 4 to test the epub files.
I have just uploaded the InDesign file now - click on the links below to download it:
Hopefully you will be able to see what is causing the issue as I'm stumped!
It all looked just fine before the last InDesign update so I'm really curious to see if you or any of the other on this posting can get a good result.
Just so that I've got this right, I can use any truetype or opentype font in a fixed-format epub?
It sounds as though you are an experienced user. To clarify, are the issues you mention new bugs following the latest InDesign update?
I think yes
I remember I exported an epub as soon as a new fixed layout layout had been released (February?), and i was shocked so easy it was. The book looked double spreaded and even text was viewed in obvious way.
by the way I have discovered some text disappearing problems might be caused by too slow animation. A text just doesn't appear at a page because something in its animation is stucked.
I haven't been able to come up with anything that might help you. If I find a way I'll let you know. May be others here can give it a shot.
Edit: I was finally able to get it right with a couple of changes. Get rid of the Character Styles applied to the text (use None). Use Paragraph Styles instead changing Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer to Adobe Paragraph Composer. I think applying character styles to the whole text was the main problem. Also when you export on General/Options choose Convert Spread To Landscape Page. Make a copy of your file and make your changes there and see if it improves.This is how it looks on iBooks.
Thanks so much, that has worked and you are a star!
I can't tell you how frustrating this has been! Its a file that has been passed on to me by another designer and I just couldn't work out this issue.
Really appreciate your help!
No problem. I opened up the ePub file to check the CSS and it was a complete mess. Because the whole text had both character and paragraph styles applied, it was creating all kinds of trouble. I'm glad the fix worked for you.