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gt1948
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epub format?

Post by gt1948 » 09 Mar 2010, 02:58

Have always used Quark over the years for strickly layout for printing. Was wondering how one exports this same layout to be compatible on an iPad/iPhone using epub format?Thanks

Johannes
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epub format?

Post by Johannes » 09 Mar 2010, 05:42

Hi gt1948,there is no easy way from XPress to epub.epub is a standard from the International Digital Publishing Forum, have a look at their website http://www.idf.org. epub is an arrangement of XHTML with some restrictions and some other standards.A short "Epub Format Construction Guide" you can find here: http://www.hxa.name/articles/content/ep ... 07.htmlYou may also have a look at this site, it explains the construction of the complete epub folder: http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/tutorial.aspHow to export XPress data to XHTML / XML? Use export as XTags and do lot of search/replace with an text editor or use a specialised XTension to export XML directly (AvenueQuark for example if youre using XPress 7). Export HTML from XPress is the harder way.Could this help you?Kind regardsJohannes

gt1948
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Post by gt1948 » 30 Mar 2010, 12:07

thanks, looked at those sites, doesn't appear to be easy way to do it. Would very much like to convert our 48 page magazine into a document that will be compatible with the new Apple iPad. Guess this is not the way especially sine a lot of this was talking about flash.

Johannes
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Post by Johannes » 31 Mar 2010, 00:32

Hmm, converting an existing magazine for iPad? Why dont you make a PDF with interactive elements (but without flash, which isnt supported on the iPad) if you just want it to be comaptible and you will not use the possibilities for sound and film in your "iPad-magazine".

Don Dennis
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Post by Don Dennis » 31 Mar 2010, 09:07

I've written a book using Quark, and now wish to make it viewable on the iPad. Should I try to convert to epub? The book is heavy with photos of orchids, so perhaps I should just save every page as an eps, and then convert from that to tiff in Photoshop, and view the book pages that way? Seems odd there's so little help on this from either Apple or Quark.

Dan Logan
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Post by Dan Logan » 31 Mar 2010, 10:18

There are a couple of different ways to get from a finished QuarkXPress layout to ePub. They all benefit from extensive use of style sheets and singular text flow, hopefully with inline anchored images and/or callouts.

If the content is not too long and doesn't contain too many illustrations, you can export it as a Microsoft Word .doc file and convert it to ePub within Word using the free Aspose.Words plugin (Windows only). The three main limitations here are that you have to recombine any noncontiguous stories (i.e. unlinked text boxes); you have to replace any photos since they are ignored on text export; and the Aspose.Words filter is limited to exporting a single XHTML file per ePub, which could be problematic for the reader device if your book is huge.

http://www.aspose.com/community/files/6 ... fault.aspx

Another option, which is far easier and gives better results -- but is not free -- is the EasyEPUB service from Easypress Technologies. This will give you better results for multiple text flows and unanchored supporting content like images and sidebars.

http://www.easyepub.com

The preferred workflow for eBooks is to use a content-first workflow and do the eBook conversion from the original content source (XML, Word, etc). This way you don't run into problems where the layout forced the content to be branched or modified for the printed page. Remember that ePub is not a rich design format and doesn't care about most of the work you do within QuarkXPress. However sometimes a design-first workflow is the only option if you did the final copyedit in QuarkXPress or added significantly to the content via picture placement or other late-stage authoring.

We're working on better options for getting QuarkXPress designs onto these devices. We'll share those plans with you guys as soon as they're more formalized.

Dan Logan
Product Manager, QuarkXPress

gt1948
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epub format?

Post by gt1948 » 11 Apr 2010, 04:17

Thanks DanWould like to be a beta tester if Quark is seeking testers. ThanksLook forward to a Quark solution.

emfarrell
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epub format?

Post by emfarrell » 01 May 2010, 08:23

I'm also interested in converting existing Quark print documents (several books to date) to ePub format for iPad (and also a format for use with Kindles), and would be happy to be a beta tester for such a project. Thanks!

Mick McArt
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Post by Mick McArt » 10 Jun 2010, 01:22

Count me in for beta testing if that comes up.

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epub format?

Post by Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 16 Jun 2010, 22:01

Hi, all,
please look here: http://dynamicpublishing.quark.com/digitalpublishing/, and also note the official roadmap for Digital Publishing 2.0 listed there.

Thanks
Matthias

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