A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 4 Ways
We view 4 different versions of the Play on the iPad
Edit: Please note that Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite is NO longer an option since this has now been replaced by a different product.
Here is a big decision.
You want to turn Shakespeare's Play A Midsummer Night's Dream into a fancy digital product for the iPad (and other tablet devices possibly).
What are the choices?
Let's have a look at some different versions on the iPad.
I provide a table below the screencast with the various options explained.
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|Re-Flowable ePub||InDesign with some editing of CSS||User can change font and type size,compatable with more devices||Difficult to arrange objects on page.|
Design and layout is not respected.
Multimedia might not stay with text.
|Fixed Layout ePub||InDesign with some significant editing of CSS and package OPF file.||Good control over layout through the CSS. Each page is HTML file.|
Multimedia will stay with text.
'Read aloud' feature is possible.
|InDesign will not directly create this type of ePub, but can be made to start the process.|
Not supported on so many devices.
|Multi-touch book for iBooks||iBooks Author||Author tool free.|
Easy to build usable and often compelling artefact.
All assets embedded including fonts.
|No direct relationship to InDesign (if print first).|
Only distributable through Apple unless free.
Only viewable in iBooks on iPad or MAC (with Mavericks).
|Adobe Folio||Adobe Digital Publishing Suite within InDesign||Direct conversion from print ready InDesign.|
Design and layout respected.
Can be shared and proofed through Adobe ID.
|Needs Creative Cloud subscription for single editions as well as Apple developer licence.|
Only Apple iPad unless you have a professional subscription.
Apple may not agree to distribute book APP unless it has significant multimedia and interactivity; they prefer you to deliver a book through the iBookstore.