About

Ron Bilodeau

Artist | Graphic Designer | InDesign Expert | ePub Designer/Troubleshooter


I am a Graphic Artist who has been working in book and magazine publishing for just over a decade now.

For the past few years, my focus has been to learn as much as I can about ePub and then build a workflow (using Adobe InDesign) that will offer the ability to produce “Good” Print, Interactive PDF, and ePub; all from the same set of source files.

As of the launch of Adobe InDesign CS5.5, I am happy to announce that I now have a workflow that accomplishes this goal. (There is still a small bit of code-tweaking that needs to happen to most of my ePub files, after export, but it is minimal.)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.

I am also available for freelance/contract work.

Cheers,

Ron

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3 comments

  1. Hello,

    first of all let me say that your blog is very interesting and so are your posts around the web.
    I am writing you concerning a big problem that no one seems to have yet solved: converting indd files with lots of static notes (as often happens with indd files coming from other software) to epubs with bidirectionally linked notes. I have found various partial solutions, but
    none that makes the process semi automatic and obliges me to at leastselect once each note (which is a problem in my case because they are literally hundreds per book).
    I was wondering if a pro like you could find an easy solution, either through use of multiple ID scripts or postptocessing on the exported epub file or a mixture of both.
    At the end of the message I am also including the text of a post I did on mobileread forums on the same subject.
    All the best,

    Clemente

    ———————————-
    Hello,

    I am trying to make epubs using indesign 5.5, with the least amount of tweaking after export.
    A big problem are endnotes, given that in my indd files there are tons and they are all static.
    With Kharel’s “dynamic endnotes” script I can easily make the endnotes dynamic, but the problem is that when I export to epub, I only get unidirectional links, namely from the main text to the note, not the opposite, which I also need.
    Interestingly InDesign foootnotes are exported correctly (i.e. the links work both ways) but it would take too much to manually change every endnote to footnote.
    I was therefore wondering
    A) if there was a way to make endnotes export with bidirectional links
    B) if in case there was a way to convert the endnotes to footnotes, so that I could then export to epub with the properly linked notes
    C) if there was a post epub export way to do the backward link (endnote to main text) in a automatic or semiautomatic way, perhaps using grep expressions (on the actual epub with monodirectional links).

    Cheers

    1. Hi Clemente,
      You have a very good (but challenging question).
      As you are aware, InDesign does a good job with Footnotes, but there is no built-in Endnote functionality.
      There are some very good scripts that will convert Footnotes to Endnotes, but that does not seem helpful to you, since you have lots of “Notes” that are not set up as Footnotes.

      Off the top of my head, I see 2 possible solutions that may work for you:
      1. Copy/Paste all of your notes to the end of your document; number them; and then create the hyperlinks using the Hyperlink/xRef Panel.
      This option requires a good amount of work, but would accomplish what you are looking for.

      2. The other solution would be to have a custom script written to take care of this for you. I use a number of custom scripts to make my InDesign workflows easier. Not being a scripter myself, I need to reach out to them in the community.
      Based on some of the things that I have seen done, this seems like it would be a fairly straight-forward custom script.
      If you know anyone who does InDesign scripting, I would send them an example of what you are looking for and see if they can help you.
      Otherwise, I have a few scripting contacts that I could put you in touch with if you decide to go this route.

      Good luck.

      Ron

  2. Thank you very much for your kind reply.
    I have tried posting on many places such as indesignsecrets, adobe indesign scripting forum and mobileread forum, hoping for someone to come up with a script or a set of grep expressions, but up to now with no luck.
    Please do let scripters and other pros like you know about this specific issue if possible.
    The only problem is that I wouldn’t be able to go for a commercial solution.
    All the best,

    Clemente

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