In 2002 it was InDesign 2.0, not CS2, 2.0.
Interactivity was not done in InDesign.
When you convert it into a modern version, you should export it as IDML and use it as new starting point. Take care that everything has its correct Paragraph, Character and Object Style. For EPUB look into the export settings for EPUB and HTML and the tagging, which is important.
PDF has nothing to do with EPUB.
Since InDesign 2.0 was not able to make the links, it may be that these links were manually added in Acrobat. So, remaking anything from InDesign won't have any links, and that work would need to be somehow redone.
Thanks for the response. I'm sorry I wasn't clear in my post. I don't have access to Indesign 2.0 so I can't export. My real question is whether the newest features in InDesign would allow me to add the hyperlinks and media elements in an indd and exporting to an interactive PDF, rather than using Acrobat to manage the links. I've published other works to EPUB and I am clear on the export settings.
Thanks, I'll ask a similar question in the Acrobat forums.
A few years ago I worked on a similar project: a lot of InDesign files – mostly converted from Quark 3 or 4 – without any interactive features. Yes, it’s scriptable. Here I described how I did it and posted a couple of sample documents with scripts.
The main problems:
- The scripts should be adjusted for every specific document. I don’t think it’s possible to make a script which would work for all.
- If a book consists of several files, they should be combined into a single file for the hyperlinks to work.
- if a document contains a few thousand hyperlinks, it takes long to create a hyperlink – e.g. it may take a couple of minutes to create only one hyperlink. And it doesn’t matter if you do this by script or manually: that’s the way InDesign works. In my practice, it took more than a day for the script to process some documents.
We had to output to PDF, ePub, HTML and, in some cases, to DPS. I think if you need ePub only, the point 2 can be ignored: it’s possible to create hyperlinks using a unique prefix for each chapter and then post-process (fixing hyperlinks) the exported HTML handling them as plain text files.
Brilliant! I need to look through the scripts and tweak, but you have given me a key to a door that has been locked for the last couple of years. Many, many thanks.
Finally, I’d like to give you a couple of tips:
The script uses InDesign’s Find GREP feature to find the source and destination for creating a hyperlink. I recommend you, before getting down to the script, to do manually in InDesign what you want the script to do. Make queries as specific as possible: use paragraph/character styles. You can record them using Record Find Change (written by Martin Fisher).
If you have several chapters in separate stories, you can handle them by ID like so:
var storyIndex = doc.stories.itemByID(123456); var storyChapter_1 = doc.stories.itemByID(654321); var storyChapter_2 = doc.stories.itemByID(234567);