With Fixed Layout EPUB or the new publish online feature you can create very compelling interactive documents.
Thanks Bob, but Really? I’ve looked at both ‘Fixed Layout EPUB’ nothing stands out as being particularly good. I struggle to see much of a difference between fixed layout EPUB and interactive pdf files in terms of functionality. I've tried and can’t get a simple image sequence to work as a fixed EPUB. (I’ll look into it if you’re saying that it will work.) The only way I can see an image sequence work at all at the moment is back in good old CC14. When it works fine. - Even the ‘preview’ option in InDesign CC15 has gone. (Not at all progress in my eyes.)
In CC14 could previously create nice stacked magazine style layouts. Save them to iPad then navigate effortlessly ‘offline’ using the Adobe Viewer app.
So, although that currently still works (until Adobe pull the plug) ...are we’re saying i’m out of luck. Unless i pay Adobe the additional monthly fee for the new DPS solution, pay Apple their annual developer fees and then finally figure out how by navigating the tutorials online?
Thanks Bob, but Really? I’ve looked at both ‘Fixed Layout EPUB’ nothing stands out as being particularly good. I struggle to see much of a difference between fixed layout EPUB and interactive pdf files in terms of functionality.
Then I suggest you look much, much closer. Interactive PDF cannot touch FXL EPUB as far as interactivity and functionality. In fact there are functions withing FXL EPUB that are not in DPS, including native support for InDesign animations.
As for DPS, it is a enterprise solution that carries an enterprise price tag (5 figures a year at a minimum). If you want to continue using the old DPS tools you can do so using CC2014 but that workflow is pretty much doomed once next summer rolls around which will be the one year mark for the new DPS2015 publishing system. At that point, unless there is a demand for it from DPS customers, it will be discontinued.
Ok cheers Bob. I'll see if i can find more information about creating fixed layouts EPUBs and see where that goes then.
Check out some of the courses on lynda.com.
Anne-Marie Concepcion has one dedicated to this and Diane Burns has one that focuses on animations only. Watch them if you’re not convinced afterward I’m not sure what to tell you. If you don’t have a subscription, this link will get you a 10-day trial: www.lynda.com/trial/boblevine <http://www.lynda.com/trial/boblevine>
Disclaimer: I’m a lynda author.
Ta, I've just bookmarked a lynda.com page to have a look at on Monday. Thanks again for your help.
If it worked, I surely could.