Innovative new plug-in empowers multi-format, fixed-layout publishing direct from InDesign

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The IDH enables truly multi-format publishing by automating and simplifying the creation of rich, fixed-layout EPUBS, PDFs, structured XML and HTML files directly from InDesign.

The IDH is already being used by globally-recognized publishers such as Pearson to transform the way that they create and manage their publications from within InDesign.

Ixxus has today launched the Ixxus Design Hub (IDH), an exciting new InDesign plug-in which is already making waves within the publishing industry.

The IDH enables truly multi-format publishing by automating and simplifying the creation of rich, fixed-layout EPUBS, PDFs, structured XML and HTML files directly from InDesign.

Converting a publication created in InDesign into an EPUB can usually be time-consuming and difficult, especially if the product being designed is highly visual and requires the preservation of the exact layout. The IDH simplifies and enhances this process without requiring further custom coding, allowing InDesign files to be converted into multiple formats ready for publication within a few clicks.

To read more about the Ixxus Design Hub, visit http://www.ixxus.com/products/ixxus-publishing-modules/ixxus-design-hub/

Further advanced functionality includes:

  • FIXED LAYOUT

Layout is rebuilt to be faithful to the master copy, ensuring that your content is consistent no matter the medium.

  • ENHANCED & INTERACTIVE

Enhance your EPUB by including interactive features: simple pop-up messages, video and audio clips, or any custom Javascript-based widget.

  • CUSTOM CONTENT

Choose to include or suppress specific content and assets, create a single EPUB from multiple InDesign files, and easily order and reorder documents.

  • FLEXIBLE OUTPUT

The IDH works by interrogating the XML structure within InDesign documents. Both content and layout are transformed into your chosen output: EPUB, PDF, HTML and XML reports.

“While InDesign's 2014 release tries to address some of the issues around creation of EPUBs, the Ixxus Design Hub goes much further, delivering an enhanced format conversion process which retains the exact InDesign layout,” said Paul Twelftree, Chief Innovations Officer at Ixxus, “The IDH is already being used by globally-recognized publishers such as Pearson to transform the way that they create and manage their publications from within InDesign.”

“What appealed to me about Ixxus was the fact that they had industry-specific knowledge; they understood the publishing process and the challenges that modern publishers face going through their transformations,” said Ernst Kallus, Director of Platform Strategy at Pearson.

For a full features comparison between the IDH, InDesign 2014 and other competitors, download here or visit http://www.ixxus.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Ixxus-Design-Hub-IDH-Feature-List.pdf.

About Ixxus

We are a leading global provider of publishing solutions that reinvent the way organizations work with content to drive new revenues, speed time to market and enhance business agility. With roots in both traditional and digital publishing, we deliver award-winning, collaborative publishing solutions that accelerate digital transformation and create competitive advantage.

Our expertise has been gained working with some of the world’s biggest names in publishing and media, including Pearson, FOX, Penguin Random House, Oxford University Press, Cengage Learning and Reed Elsevier.

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