Reusing Adobe InDesign Print Content on the Web

Reusing Adobe InDesign Print Content on the Web
When I was first married and we moved from Purdue University to Ohio State where my new husband was to attend graduate school, I got a job as a secretary at OSU. After Dennis graduated, it was my time to go back and finish. But for those few years, I was a secretary without any PC or InDesign software. When the professors I worked for wanted to publish a book or even an article, it took days to manually layout the text and graphics onto a "camera ready" layout sheet supplied by the publisher. It was a pain and there was always that one professor that kept changing his mind. Of course, I was the one who had to redo all my hard work. Oh, if I only had AdobeR InDesignR back then.

Today, I could just click and drag to redo the layout for my "favorite" professor. But InDesign CS3 is far more than just a desktop publishing software. As part of CreativeR Suite 3, you only need to create your masterpiece once within InDesign. Then, still using InDesign, you can repurpose that masterpiece into several formats for print, web, mobile devices and more. This multi-format publishing can save you a lot of time and frustration. For example, BellaOnline is starting a new adventure. It will be a literary magazine that will be published quarterly. We will offer the magazine in print and web formats. So, I will use InDesign to create the print version and then export the web version directly from within InDesign. Here is how it works.

Let's say we have a twenty page magazine that we have worked on until it is perfect and ready for the printer. Now, we need to convert this version into XHTML web pages. This web version will have three parts; the XHTML, CSS and JPG images. We have already optimized the images into JPG format and created the Cascading Style Sheet that will format the web pages. Now, it only takes one simple process to generate the XHTML.

  1. With your document open in InDesign, go to the Pages panel and double-click on the pages we want to convert. Let's say we have decided to convert all but three pages of the original print version.

  2. Select the Selection tool and then click Edit, Select All from the Menu bar to select all the contents on the pages. You will see the boxes appear around all of the images and text.


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