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InDesign CS5.5 for EPUB eBooks

Previously we mentioned the new Articles panel in InDesign CS5.5. Another great feature is better control when working with images. As we all know, various readers will need images in different sizes. In the Object Export Options dialog box, you can determine how images will be resized depending on the reader's device. These settings can be document wide or different for certain images. The next new feature is the ability to rasterize content into an image. For example, a table containing rows and columns may be problematic in some devices. Now you can convert this table and its content into an image format from within the InDesign workspace - no need for Photoshop. Once converted, it can be treated the same as any image.

Another nice addition for InDesign projects is the ability to embed audio and video into your document. Because this feature is based on the HTML5 and EPUB3 standards, it may not work in all devices. But the ability to add this content is there for the future.

You now have better control for how styles are mapped to HTML, EPUB and PDF tags with new options added to the Character and Paragraph Style Options dialog box. With the Export Tagging option, you control the export details such as giving styles a class name and determining what style is applied to a tag. The new Drop Caps and Nested Styles option makes creating and mapping drop caps a breeze.

For those projects that contain several instances of the same text, you can now link together the identical text blocks that appear in various areas in a document. Once linked and you change the parent story, you can use the Links panel to update all instances of the text.

Using anchored objects for images and text in your design is much easier with the drag and drop feature. Each object frame now has a little blue box. Clicking this blue box and dragging into the layout is the new easy way to anchor objects in the content flow.

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