XChange announce BatchXSLT for creating e-books from InDesign CS2 & CS3

May 17, 2008 in Publishing (F)

[prMac.com] Page, Arizona - XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release and availability of the new BatchXSLT, which lets users convert InDesign documents to understandable XML and HTML with a mouse click. Users can view and navigate as a flipping pages e-book in any Browser. BatchXSLT for InDesign's main purpose is to significantly reduce the manual work needed to create text and image content suitable for web and database applications. BatchXSLT saves users the timely configuration process to extract text and to manually convert original images to JPEG. BatchXSLT for InDesign knows how to merge a newspaper's text elements to articles, how to convert high resolution EPS and TIFF images to JPEG and how to associate them to articles.

InDesign provides the tools to easily create JPEGs and PDFs from individual pages and with a substantial amount of manual manipulation for each document, the textual information may be exported to XML. InDesign does not provide the tools to export a document as a whole, which is essential for use in web applications. BatchXSLT for InDesign exports a document as a functional unit ready for repurposing. The resulting XML and HTML output files contain information about article content (text styled by an external CSS), attached images, positions on the page (very important for ePaper applications), linked page JPEGs and page PDFs, and a linked and editable external Cascading Style Sheet.

The resulting XML and HTML files may directly be viewed in a browser and may be navigated as a flipping pages ePaper. This flip paper is based on plain XML (or HTML) and JavaScript and therefore is more flexible than those based on Flash. The richly-tagged XML output contains enough information for any web, e-paper, database or CD application.

Viewing exported data as a flip-book is nothing more than one of many possible display modes. Three different view modes are integrated to display exported XML data as a flipping pages e-book, as a 'single pages' ePaper or as an XML tree. Several options may be configured to set the size of the flipping book, to create active links from web URLs and from hyperlinks contained in the original document. Furthermore the Javascript and XSL source code may be edited to change the behaviour of a flipping e-Book.

Stories spread over multiple pages may be automatically split at a page boundary. This enables consumers to read novels, scientific papers and any other story in a page-by-page mode. BatchXSLT for InDesign is a powerful, flexible and expandable XML Transformer. Based on a given customer's requirements, XML programmers can create their own target format from the intermediary well-structured XML file format. Virtually an unlimited number of output formats may be created to match a client's needs, beginning with dedicated HTML, XML, RTF and any other text-based format up to a direct transfer into a database. All this may be achieved by a user creating and adding their own XSL style sheets and external Java functions or libraries.

System requirements:
Windows or Mac OS X with Java 1.5 or newer, and Adobe InDesign CS2 and/or CS3

BatchXSLT is available now through XChange International. To order, or for more information, users can visit their website or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours.

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.


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