6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2012 11:28 PM by Michael Gianino RSS

    Create a book file

    community help Community Member

      This question was posted in response to the following article: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6cc9a.h tml

        • 1. Re:  Create a book file
          GonzoOne

          Okay, so what after we add the documents? In my InDesign I add the documents, save and nothing happens. No book. The title for the book, but nothing in it even though I just added 223 pages in itemized chapters. So, what did I do wrong?

          • 2. Re:  Create a book file
            Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

            A Book is merely a collection of document files that you can synchronize. What. exactly, were you expecting?

            • 3. Re:  Create a book file
              GonzoOne Community Member

              To build the book into one file. I finally converted each chapter to pdf, then built the book. Is it me, or was Pagemaker really a lot easier for books? And do you know how to simply build an index in InDesign? In PageMaker I just tap control and Y key and that opens the dialogue box. I type in the index item or if I've blocked the word to reference it's already there. I can also assign it as a sub index item at that time. All I can find for instructions for Indesign index are 19 pages of confusion. At least confusing for me. Thanks.

              • 4. Re:  Create a book file
                Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

                My recollection is that Pagemaker Books behave the same way, so I guess that means it's you.

                 

                Indices are outside my normal wrokflow, so I'll let someone else handle that, but you'll get more help if you ask specific questions.

                • 5. Re:  Create a book file
                  GonzoOne Community Member

                  Yes. My memory was off, I printed pagemaker files to pdf, then collated them. That's how I have ultimtely done it (today) with InDesign. Now to figure out how to make an index in Indesign. That is not easier or as easy as PageMaker.

                  • 6. Re:  Create a book file
                    Michael Gianino Community Member

                    GonzoOne wrote:

                     

                    Yes. My memory was off, I printed pagemaker files to pdf, then collated them. That's how I have ultimtely done it (today) with InDesign.

                    Not necessary in InDesign. You can export one PDF from a book of several ID chapters in one go.

                    GonzoOne wrote:

                     

                    Now to figure out how to make an index in Indesign. That is not easier or as easy as PageMaker.

                    It's fairly similar. Most of the steps are the same.