Interactive InDesign CC Book coverISBN-10: 0415661773
ISBN-13: 978-0415661775
Publication Date: 11/1/ 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 608
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A Little Bit of History

The release of InDesign CS5 established InDesign as an application dedicated not just to print, but to digital publishing as well. InDesign CS5.5, CS6 and now InDesign CC have expanded on this ground-breaking shift of paradigm with support for a range of digital publishing options—from interactive PDF to eBooks and digital magazines; from apps for mobile devices to the ability to migrate content from InDesign to Flash Professional or Dreamweaver for further development. InDesign has become a truly “printeractive” application, enabling you to bring your print designs to life, or your interactive designs to the printed page—all within the same robust and versatile interface. The possibilities are so vast that if you don’t yet use InDesign, now’s the time to start. If you do use InDesign, this book will guide you in taking your skills to the next level.

About the Book: Interactive InDesign CC

Interactive InDesign CC is designed to serve as both a reference and a hands-on how-to manual. If you’re new to InDesign, the instructions and illustrations are concise enough that you should be able to follow along pretty easily. If you’re a seasoned user, living daily in InDesign, not only will you learn about its interactive features, but you’re bound to pick up lots of tips and tricks that will be a boon to your print work as well.

After gaining a foundation in the principles of interactive design, this extensively detailed book is filled with over 700 screenshots, explicit diagrams, and step-by-step real-world exercises that will get you up and running with:

  • Flash animation
  • Buttons, forms and other interactive elements
  • Interactive PDFs
  • Video and audio
  • EPUB
  • Building App Store apps with DPS (Digital Publishing Suite)
  • HTML and CSS fundamentals
  • Long document processing with GREP
  • Type and document layout for both print and interactive documents
  • and a treasure trove of tips and techniques that will forever transform your work with InDesign.

While InDesign can take you far in the creation and publication of digital documents, peripheral technologies are a required part of the publication process. In order to provide a more comprehensive experience and understanding, the book’s hands-on exercises go beyond the confines of InDesign for brief excursions into Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Bridge, Pano2VR, KindleGen, Adobe Content Viewer, Adobe Digital Editions and more. With InDesign as the common thread,  Interactive InDesign CC is as much about the various interactive/digital publishing technologies and techniques as it is about InDesign.

Use the links below to download the exercise files referenced in the book… and let the fun begin!

Regarding the digital versions of the book…

As is the case with nearly all contemporary books published to print, digital versions are also made available through the Amazon Kindle store and/or other EPUB distribution networks. Interactive InDesign CC is no exception. In this particular case however, one of the primary topics of the book is EPUB creation, thus making the EPUB and Kindle versions of the book subject to greater scrutiny.

Per the book publishing contract, the digital versions of Interactive InDesign CC were the responsibility of Focal Press and were created by them in conjunction with Amazon without any involvement by the author.

The print version of the book has a rather elaborate layout that does not lend itself to automatic EPUB conversion and, in a rather ironic twist, it provides a perfect example of what can happen when the extra care described in the book is not employed to correct for EPUB idiosyncrasies. As different devices provide varying levels of support for HTML and CSS features, you may discover that the appearance of the digital book varies from device to device. The reading experience provided by the online Kindle Cloud Reader and the Look Inside feature of the Kindle book on Amazon are particularly good examples of how the automated transformation of a document from print to digital can go awry.

Should  you purchase a digital version of the book and discover layout issues, it is our hope that you will use them to enrich your understanding of potential EPUB conversion issues and that you will employ the corrective measures outlined in the book to improve your own publications.

Errors and Updates

In the rush to publication, it’s unfortunate but inevitable that certain errors slip through the cracks. For errors that might cause confusion, please see the corrections below. Should you come across such an error that hasn’t yet made its way to the list, please drop us a line and we’ll be happy to add it. Thanks in advance for your help and understanding. We hope you find the book to be a useful guide!

  • Chapter 29, Exercise 29.3: Prior to release but too late to correct, we discovered that the files referenced in Exercise 29.3 were misnamed. The prefix for each of the exercise files should read ex29_3.
  • Chapter 21, Exercise 21.4: When exercise 21.4 was originally conceived, InDesign did not automatically populate the metadata title tag that is required for EPUB validation. While the exercise is still useful in that it walks you through steps to validate your EPUBs and to manually enter your preferred EPUB title, InDesign now automatically populates the title tag using the document file name. When you perform an EPUB export from an InDesign book file, the name of the book file is used to populate the metadata title tag. If the EPUB is instead generated from a single InDesign file, the metadata title tag is populated with the name of the InDesign file.