That was done using DPS. Forget about PDF, you won’t come close without some serious hoops to jump through.
Beyond scrolling frames, though, fixed layout EPUB would be doable.
Doesn't eDocker cost €499 per title per year?
Would the new InDesign Publish Online facility offer an economical possibility (or at least when it's finalised!)
not per title... 495 and you can use it as much as you like, or 149/3mo if you like it better... after that period you can drop subscription and renew it when ever you need.
New Adobe Online Publishing is great tool for many kind of publications if it´s here to stay (now it´s a technology preview). Differences with eDocker are for example
- with eDocker you can export whole package out and upload it to your own server
- there´s couple features that help end user to read your publication better way; you can create them with just couple of clicks - like text reading mode and image windows
- you can use youTube videos directly with youTube ID
I know that you can do most of those things with multistage objects etc but they usually take some time...
eDocker´s forte is fast workflow. Even magazines that have only couple of hours / issue can use it for inter activating their magazine every day without hiring extra staff to do that.
That demo I linked earlier took just 15 - 30min to interactivate...
But as I said, I´m very fond of Adobe´s new Online Publishing and I really hope it will be official part of InDesign some day soon.
Thanks Petteri for the useful information.
Derek, Petteri, Bob,
Thank you all for your input.Am a relative newbie with regard to InDesign, willing to put in the time and effort to learn but need to be developing projects along the way and want to move forward in an intelligent and cost-effective way. eDocker looks interesting and might be great to go with. Thanks for the suggestion.
Still unclear though how far InDesign CC 2015's built-in capabilities get you. Sounds like ePubs are only for apps that get published on iPads, Android, Kindle, not for use on general webpages. Responses lead me to think interactive pdfs cannot do rolling type effects without using swf/Flash and there would be too many other limitations. But, InDesign’s New Publish Online Preview info makes it sound like InDesign can do a tremendous amount across all devices now. May just need to forge ahead and experiment a bunch. One thing though, starting out to make something like http://contentviewer.adobe.com/s/IU%20Libris/58c1f69ea4fe4fbe88da976d859b9993/Kelley%20Dir ect%20Viewbook/Cover.html or https://indd.adobe.com/view/e883ee48-704d-4424-bc10-af9dbb11cb7d, if the idea is that I'd want to use the publish the project so that it would display "reasonably" on both tablets and desktop, in InDesign CC 2015, would I choose to make a new document for the Web or for Digital Publishing? Promise that that's the last newbie question for a while. Thanks again for your help.
Let’s back up here.
What is your target and what kind of budget do you have? DPS is going to crazy expensive. EPUB is free and Publish Online is pretty much an extension of that.
And feel free to keep asking questions. It’s the only way you’ll learn.
Thank you. I sincerely appreciate everyone's patience. I do work for a local university's business school. Target audience would be prospective/current students for undergrad and graduate programs and the projects themselves could be categorized as viewbooks, segmented information about impressive aspects of the individual programs. Have previously been doing related external website work, graphics prep, video.
You're absolutely right about costs! Am hoping that the university has an enterprise level license for CC with Adobe that would include the new DPS 2015 once it's out of beta. Looks like, beside DPS costs, there would be iOS and Android certificate developer costs involved. Not sure yet about what kind of access I could get to what the university has going or what I could work out with them. Will be checking on some of this next week.
As far as EPUBs, was I wrong about those being specifically for iPads, Androids, etc., and really still not for use in general web browsers? If you develop an EPUB, can you upload those to a web server and have them work interactively from within that website? Or, do desktop users wanting to see those EPUBs on the web need to download additional software in order to be able to do that? Thanks again!
Yes, you’re incorrect about EPUB. Fixed layout epubs can be viewed on most mobile and desktop devices.
Right now the reader apps are a bit limited but I expect that to change.
Best of the best right now: iBooks on iOS and OS X and readium for Chrome for Windows devices.
Thank you all again. Happy to hear about fixed layout epubs being a way to go without breaking the bank. And thank you for the suggestions about other software to look into. You've brought up things that I've not heard of before. Checked out the readium.org site and will have to look at that further. Slowly but surely, am learning. Next steps will be to dive deeper into InDesign, tutorials, and see how broad Baylor University's licensing is with regard to Adobe CC. Really appreciate all your responses! Bye for now.