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Justified text and tabs problem with ePub 3 fixed layout when exported from InDesign 2020

Explorer ,
Oct 14, 2020 Oct 14, 2020

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Hi, I have an Annual Report document made for printing, it has many images intermingled with the text, and the client wants it as an ePub.

 

I'm exporting as ePub 3 with fixed layout, but there are a few things changing:

  1. Justified text is becoming left aligned
  2. Tabs are deleted
  3. Some right-indent tabs are deleted
  4. Bold and Italics in the text have either no space around them or too much space

 

Can anyone figure out the problem and kindly find a solution for it?

I've googled a lot and couldn't find anything that worked.

 

Below are some example screenshots.

 

Thank you for reading.

PS. The above issues already show in EPUB Interactivity Preview before I even export.

I'm using InDesign CC 2020, Font is Garamond, checking in Books on macOS Catalina.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 30, 2021 Aug 30, 2021

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Hi, I have the same problem and looking for answers. I see you didn't get any here. Did you find solution by now? Cheers)

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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Hi Dmitry,

what is the EPUB reader software you are seeing this issue with?

What paragraph composer do you use? Look that up in the Paragraph panel or the Paragraph Styles panel.

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/text-composition.html

 

Could you share a small sample document?

Just one text frame with two or three paragraphs.

 

Put the document on Dropbox or a similar service and share the post link.

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

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Explorer ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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I ended up fixing the tracking around the italic and bold words using Calibre.

I hope that helps.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Thanks Uwe. I checkled on Adobe Digital Editions on PC and on Andorid it is: Reasily and Lithium. It is World-Ready Paragraph Comnposer as I use Tibetan text in places. Here is a spread from the documeny in idd: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pf9qauy5f62zr1t/Sample_EPUB3.epub?dl=0

 

Thanks!

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Hm. Hard to tell what's wrong.

Could you also provide a PDF from the same pages?

 

Also try Thorium Reader for the EPUB on Windows.

Adobe Digital Editions is an outright catastrophy.

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Yes, I agree, Adobe Digital Editions is a disaster. I made several epub3 fixed layout format in InDesign from scratch in Mobile setting aimed at iPad and they all worked well on iPad and Android but... not in ADE))) although the text was still justified even in ADE. This time the book was designed for print and I'm trying to cut down on workload and not redisgning it from scratch as EPUB but just export to EPUB3 FLF because there is this oprion. The fact that this time iut doesn't show in ADE and, also, on Android apps, shows that there is a problem, not just display problem in ADE. 

 

Here is PDF:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/90g8uzebddb1nrd/Sample_EPUB3.pdf?dl=0

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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Have you tried InDesign 2021?

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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I'm on InDesign 2021

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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Are you sure you chose fixed layout? Those look like reflowable pages.

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Explorer ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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No @BobLevine, it's not reflowable for sure.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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It is EPUB3 Fixed Layout

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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You said you had the same problem but you don't. The OP is on 2020 and you say you're on 2021. You've supplied no screenshots or details on what fonts you're using, what O/S, or what EPUB viewer. Please provide that and we might be able to help.

In the future, to avoid this type of confusion, please start a new discussion.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Sorry, here it the info and sample file with two spreads of ther same doc:

 

OS: Windows 10 x64 . Adobe Digital Editions on PC and on Andorid it is: Reasily and Lithium. It is World-Ready Paragraph Comnposer as I use Tibetan text in places.

Here is how it looks in InDesign 16.4. x64:

https://fpyb.tinytake.com/msc/NTc4MDYyMl8xNzc5MTkwMA

And this is how it looks in Adobe Digital Editions:

https://fpyb.tinytake.com/msc/NTc4MDYzOV8xNzc5MTkxNw

 

Here is a spread from the documeny in idd: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pf9qauy5f62zr1t/Sample_EPUB3.epub?dl=0

 

Cheers!

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Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Adobe Digital Editions is garbage for Fixed Layout. Try Thorium Reader instead.

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Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Thanks, just installed it)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Hi Dmitry,

tested your EPUB file with the Thorium Reader for Windows 10. One can see a similar issue.

The justification of the paragraphs went wrong.

 

Preview of Sample_EPUB3 is OK:

 

ThoriumReader-PreviewPage-OK.PNG

 

The page itself is showing wrong justification, wrong or missing first line indents and missing footnote numbers:

 

ThoriumReader-LayoutPage-BUG.PNG

 

So my suggestion is this: Wherever you can try a different paragraph composer.

( I would have tested this, but I do not have your InDesign document. )

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Thanks, Uwe! I will try to use another paragraph composer and see whether tha may solve this. Will report back.

 

Have a good evening!

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