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Getting Started

IGP:Digital Publisher Portals

Your IGP:Digital Publisher Portal comes complete with everything needed to start advanced digital content production immediately. So you can understand how easy it is to get started, see the sample workflow scenarios below.

Self-training Resources

Online Documentation

There is extensive documentation available. Because it is created and maintained in IGP:Digital Publisher, this can be viewed online. Start here:

IGP:Digital Publisher Management User Manual   ➤

IGP:Writer 2 User Manual   ➤

IGP:Typography in the Browser User Manual   ➤

IGP:Formats On Demand User Manual   ➤

IGP:Font Manager 2 User Manual   ➤

Tips Techniques and More

APEX@IGP has a set of articles on advanced digital content production techniques using IGP:Digital Publisher. As a portals owner, you can request specialist articles at any time.

APEX@IGP Digital Content Formats Wing   ➤

Information, tutorials and guidelines for all current and common digital content formats including: PDF, Online PDF, ePub, Kindle, Static Websites and Web Applications.

APEX@IGP Digital Content Production Wing   ➤

Addresses the basic digital content construction issues no one else does. This wing of APEX@IGP covers book and document basics plus genre strategies such as academic, drama, poetry, travel, food. It also addresses fixed layout and adaptive design issues.

APEX@IGP IGP:FoundationXHTML Specification ➤

This is the full specification for the tagging patterns used in IGP:Digital Publisher. If you are interested in these sort of details the section Guiding Principles ➤  is a good start. IGP:FoundationXHTML has been built from 20+ years of digital content production experience and hundreds of thousands of books.

Supporting Applications

Every IGP:Digital Publisher Portal comes complete with IGP:Document Designer, IGP:Font Manager 2, IGP:Media Manager, IGP:Typography in the Browser and Design Profiles. These can be conceptually difficult to grasp without experiencing their power.

Please make sure you are connected with your Portals support editor when you start to learn the use of these power tools.

Fonts

There is a basic set of open and free fonts supplied. For your own print PDFs you will need to provide your own fonts. This is to ensure font licensing and embedding in PDFs are fully and correctly licensed to you, and because font selection is a very personal designer issue and we cannot provide "all the fonts for all the people". 

You can upload and use your own fonts at any time and they are maintained securely in your own font storage area. You can use True Type or Open Type fonts. You cannot use Adobe Type 1 fonts.

Templates and Content Blocks

The default installation comes with a large set of components built in. These are normally sufficient for most standard publishing such as trade, academic and text books. Of course the challenge is learning what they do and how to access them. You have to provide that energy. 

We recommend you start with the template TradeMaster-2012, but feel free to contact your support representative with any specific requirements.

Covers

IGP:Digital Publisher does not provide any explicit tools for print cover creation. You will have to have your print covers produced using your current methods. You can upload a hi-res image of your front cover into Media Manager andIGP:Digital Publisher  will automatically generate all your online, e-book and thumbnail covers.

Sample production workflow scenarios

1. Front list production from a Word-processor manuscript.
  1. Structure Style your front-list book using the Open Office OTT or Microsoft Office DOT templates provided. For a 300 page novel with 20-30 chapters, this would normally take 2-4 hours, depending on the styling details. As you move ahead you can incorporate manuscript styling into your normal editorial review processes.
  2. Create a new IGP:Digital Publisher document. You should have most of your metadata information available at this time. This is required for valid ePub generation. (However you can do it later).
  3. Import the manuscript into IGP:Digital Publisher. It is auto tagged into IGP:FoundationXHTML and instantly ready.
  4. Open IGP:Digital Publisher and generate an ePub and a PDF as a general import test.
  5. Use the CSS Editor or  IGP:Document Designer to customize your print book layout, and general presentation typography.
  6. Carry out print tracking and fine adjustments.
  7. Produce your output books.
2. Authoring a document in the IGP:Digital Publisher Interface.
  1. Create a new IGP:Digital Publisher document. You should have most of your metadata information available at this time. This is required for valid ePub generation. (However you can do it at any time).
  2. Select a Presentation Template. We strongly recommend you always start with TradeMaster-2012 until you have more system familiarity.
  3. Insert a new Section from the document toolbar. There are multiple options available for a wide range of documents.
  4. Author your book. Share it with others for review and editorial assistances.
  5. At any time during the creative process you can generate an ePub or print PDF.
  6. When you have finished writing, create your final output formats and deliver them.