New Year, New Budget – Invest in some training

I’m happy to say that March has always proven to be a busy period for me. With the end of the financial tax year companies seem keen to spend some of what’s left of their budget on providing training to their staff. It’s great to see a company investing in their employees and ensuring their skills stay up-to-date, but it’s also very telling. This busy end of year implies some companies wait to see what money is ‘left over’ before organising training rather than making training a priority.

Every time I deliver a training session the general feedback from the learner is one of enthusiasm. Having gained new skills, delegates are keen to get started utilising this new knowledge and approach their next project in a way that will streamline their workflow and get the job done more efficiently. Using best practices they are confident they will be delivering a more accurate piece of work and within a quicker than before timeframe. So with that said, why would you wait until next year before reaping the benefits of getting your employees trained properly? Rather than seeing if you can afford to spend money on training, decide this year to invest in training.

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Is Fixed Layout EPUBS a replacement for DPS?

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I was among the many many people who were disappointed when Adobe decided Single Edition DPS subscriptions were to be a thing of the past. All those apps I’d intended to make were never going to see the light of day. My vegetarian cookbook where every recipe only needs 4 ingredients, dedicated to everyone who asks “What do you eat?” on hearing you’re vegetarian.

So is this the end of interactive publications for the small time self publisher?

I’ve just completed a lengthy InDesign document using many interactive features, animation, hyperlinks, buttons, slide-shows, video to name a few.
I am excited that this document can now be exported as a Fixed Layout EPUB with all these features supported. It can be viewable on and iPad as well as android devices. It can also be viewed on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions.
Navigational table of contents can be included or generated automatically.
Thumbnails allow the reader to swipe through the publication, there is a search feature built in which can detect specific words, you can bookmark your page in the publication. These are standard features if you’re used to reading books on an eReader. But here’s the difference. With a Fixed Layout EPUB it looks like a book, or a magazine. Design, layout and typography are not compromised.

So is this the way forward? I’m hoping it is. When Digital Publishing Suite first hit our computers, it’s interactive features were limited. Many of them could be described cumbersome workarounds. As it developed, things became easier and exciting features were being added within a short space of time. I’m hoping this will be the case for Fixed Layout EPUBs. Watch this interactive space!

Alma Training offers 1 day training courses on Fixed Layout EPUBS as well as all many other InDesign courses. All courses can be delivered on-site at your workplace. All courses can be tailored to the learners specific requirements. Contact us today to arrange your next InDesign course.