Wishing on an ePub: Five hopes for Apple's rumored e-publishing software
Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:32 PM
So I agree, not only Apple needs to get this on Macs but also other app makers are really missing out on this. Particularly with the cloud. It would makes sense for apps on ALL devices to talk with each other. If your partner updates a shopping list while sitting at home on a Mac, it will just update on all the devices. I'm thinking of something like a regular shopping list type of app for iPad and iPhone. There are probably many more people with iPhones and Macs at home than iPhones and iPads at home.
But the list goes on. Many times I have just wanted to use an app and there was no version for the Mac but there was one for Android or, gack, Blackberry or Windows.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:43 PM
Regarding tables, take a look at the XML workflow developed by Open University, book bin: http://maclearning.o...e-pub-for-i-boo
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:56 PM
This post has been edited by Chris Breen: 18 January 2012 - 03:58 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:16 PM
By the way, there's no real need anymore to export to MOBI, because Amazon's new publishing tools for Kindle Format 8 prefer EPUB as the input file.
Also by the way, you CAN get page breaks out of Pages, even now. There will be an automatic page break before any paragraph with a top-level style assigned to it (like Heading 1). You can even apply that to a paragraph with only a nonbreaking space, if you don't want it to alter the look of text.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:43 PM
Unfortunately, unless you tweak that in Sigil, you'll get weird blank TOC headers if you do that. But it's a good tip!
Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:29 PM
Although, I don't write papers anymore, one would hope this software could be used for this as well. Perhaps allowing for standard submission to journals etc.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 12:10 AM
Your software wish list is excellent. I'm sure Apple will bring us at least a step closer later today.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 12:18 AM
We actually still offer PDFs for most of our books--just as .ZIP bundles, so that you get more bang for your buck. (PDF, ePub, and MOBI versions.) You can't open them directly on an iOS device, but a computer should work just fine. For a full list of what we sell on PDF and CD, check out this website: https://store2.esell...PageCatalog.htm
Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:13 AM
Apple is all about education, Apple has sung the praises of HTML5, Apple has effectively killed Flash, Apple had iWeb, Apple has iTunes, Apple has developed development packages for video and audio--what happened with epublishing? Why has it taken them sooo long to do the obvious with this?