How are your HTML and CSS skills? Contrary to what you may have been told, without a firm grasp of those you're in for a world of pain.
Finally, if you haven't already, you should upgrade to InDesign CS5.5. The improvements in EPUB export are dramatic over earlier versions.
Hey! I have very strong CSS & HTML skills (I'm also a Web designer). So I'm already modifying the CSS in the epubs (now that I know how they're structured -- love lynda.com videos!). Just I don't have either device yet and am wondering about those magazines I just saw on the Nook Color. What are they, do you know?
Yep, I should have the 5.5 upgrade any day now. :-D
Well, I'd need to see the magazines to know, but it could be something similar to the DPS services that Adobe offers.
With your CSS/HTML skills you'll love the map styles to tags feature.
Yeah, the tags stuff is cool! I'm looking forward to really getting into this.
It's weird, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding anything online about those magazines' format. Wish I could have bought the device right then, but I need to go back to my boss with info on what we can do with these devices first.
I'll check out the DPS stuff as I don't know anything about that either.
I've never used an ebook reader before, so this is going to be a whole new learning thing for me.
You know, I never could get an answer on those Nook magazines. I tried just buying a single issue, but it won't even download unless you have a Nook Color or Nook for Ipad. Yet, when I tried to ask Barnes & Noble about it via e-mail, they said the Nook Color reads PDF and EPUB. I wonder if they have some sort of proprietary reader that adds functionality to a PDF? They have something called "Article View" that appears when you're using a Nook magazine on their Nook Color device.
I guess the answer is to buy a Nook Color to find out. The problem is that I don't want to recommend buying one (this is for work) if it doesn't look like we can convert our magazine to that format. I know we can do EPUB (studying all about that now), but I can preview those on a more basic reader (I'm also converting them to MOBI files for Kindle).
Frustrating. Sorry if this is a bit off-topic from InDesign....
E-pub development desperately needs a time out, both software and hardware. At least that'll give developers a bit of time to work on their tools.
It's the Browser Wars from the 80s/90s all over again -- hands up those of you that remember Netscape Navigator. Or perhaps it's like the "VHS Vault (Formerly Betamax Barn)".
I remember Netscape Navigator! :-)
and yeah, it'd be good to slow down on the epub stuff. With that said, I'm really enjoying learning new stuff. Just wish I could find answers easier.... I don't work with any other designers, so I can only talk about this stuff online!