My method of teaching is very visual in that I use a lot of images to support my explanations. When working with Word, I am limited to the placement of these images within the text. By using InDesign, I had more options available to me when aligning images and text. After I got the placement just right, I "locked" the text and graphics together using the Anchored Objects feature. Then as I added or deleted paragraphs, the anchored image and text "floated" together and my perfect placement was maintained.
Now that I have the final format and layout for my first ebook, I need a quick and easy method to save this information and apply it to the next four or five ebooks in the series. I will do this using InDesign Snippets which are small XML files that store the information. Then when I am ready to create my second or twenty-second ebook, I can use the same Snippet for each.
PDF Presets and Preflight Check
My last step was to assemble the chapters, figures and code examples to complete the ebook and use the InDesign Preflight quality check to alert me of any potential publishing problems. Then I created the PDF file that will be downloaded from BellaOnline. InDesign has several presets for exporting PDF files and I was amazed at the small file size that I got using the Smallest File Size preset.
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