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Mellel + ePub - your thoughts and requests

Post by Eyal Redler » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:41 pm

We would love to hear your thoughts regarding epub and Mellel.
Some guiding questions:
a. Did you publish works with epub?
b. If so, how did you produce your epubs? What applications did you use (with or without Mellel), techniques etc.
c. Would adding epub export make Mellel more appealing to you? Is this an important feature for you?
d. What are the things you like and or dislike about the application/s you're currently using to produce epub?
e. Which features would you like to see in a Mellel epub export?
of-course, feel free to answer just a few of these questions or none at all but do let us know your thoughts and requests for epub with Mellel.
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Re: Mellel + ePub - your thoughts and requests

Post by Bulow » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:03 am

a) No. I have for many years used Mellel for editing the classiscs journal AIGIS (http://aigis.igl.ku.dk/aigis/) which is in Scandinavian languages only. I use Mellel for in-house editing. Most articles I receive are, of course, in .docx and the import into Mellel is now very good. I then send out proofs, and finally publish, in pdf. I have never used ePub - in fact I had to look up what it is.
Since I do not use ePub, this takes care of the rest of the questions, but PLEASE, could I have Mellel to docx export? It has been promised for a long time, but still no signs of it.
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Re: Mellel + ePub - your thoughts and requests

Post by ealvarez » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:59 pm

I'm in the process of publishing a book written with Mellel. Not going to use the epub format immediately, but should I do it would surely be useful.

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The professional working on the visual of my book told me that she likes Mellel. However, the issue is to export to InDesign. So, people still work with Word and I might have to buy it to ease my work in this process. Maybe “Exporting to Indesign” should be a priority before the ePub format.
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Re: Mellel + ePub - your thoughts and requests

Post by vinesy » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:36 am

I made an eBook a couple of years ago,

I created an ePub in Pages.app. It did a good job of auto-creating a table of contents accessible through the iBooks menu, clickable footnotes, and allowed the first page to become a cover image.

From memory I then used Calibre.app to convert it to .mobi , for kindle. But from memory, first I had to do some manual html editing within calibre>edit book, to get the table of contents working properly in .mobi format.

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Re: Mellel + ePub - your thoughts and requests

Post by Eyal Redler » Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:53 pm

Thanks for the replies. I would like to encourage everyone reading to chime in. Even if all you have to say is that you would like/won't like to have ePub in Mellel.
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Re: Mellel + ePub - your thoughts and requests

Post by Icelander » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:06 pm

Eyal Redler wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:53 pm
I would like to encourage everyone reading to chime in.
Hello Eyal,

Judging from the number of replies, epub doesn't seem to be on the top of the wishlist. Wouldn't it be wiser to concentrate on true word processing enhancements that everybody needs and people have been been repeatedly asking for here: such as Drop Caps, making the Remarks-field in the Outline searchable, and perhaps even more importantly, exportable. I have taken copious notes in the Remarks field, and later found out that I can't find that information again because it is hidden somewhere among the many Remarks. I know we can toggle showing Remarks, but that's not enough to quickly find what I'm looking for.

I also wished colors could be assigned to the items in the Outline, not just colored underlines.

I wish the Find and Replace box could be made floating so it could be moved around. Image caption is also desperately needed.

Wish I could search for paragraph styles; and I wish I could search for *two* or more character styles simultaneously (by using OR.)

My documents usually have several languages. I wish I were able to search for more than one langage at a time, for example "SWEDISH or GERMAN or NORWEGIAN". Presently this requires 3 different searches.

I wished I could vertically select text by holding the option key down and dragging the mouse (like in Nisus.) This is extremely useful if one needs to quickly remove numbers, for example, or leading spaces from the beginning of list-like paragraphs after import, i.e. those paragraphs that show up after import beginning with a number but that are not recognized as a list in Mellel. Example:
1. Text, text, text…
2. Text, text, text…
3. Text, text, text…
4. Text, text, text…
If these paragraphs are assigned a list style in Mellel, without manually removing the numbers first (or use time consuming Find and Replace), they would look like this:
1.1. Text, text, text…
2.2. Text, text, text…
3.3. Text, text, text…
4.4. Text, text, text…

I wished I could use Mellel for interlinear text, the same text in different languages printed on alternate lines.

I wished it were possible to search for characters preceded or followed by certain letters (see this thread <viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3653&p=19579&hilit=preceded#p19579>)

Most of all I wished an official person would read the messages posted here and help out when necessary. The posting frequency is extremely low (compared to the Nisus forum, for example.) One post every three or four weeks is now the norm, it seems. By such a low frequency it really wouldn't take much of your time to read the few posts and provide assistance when needed. Of 3307 forum members, only a handful of beginners are taking part in the discussion, mostly people writing their theses with Mellel; but as soon as they are finished with their theses, they vanish into thin air, obviously not more interested in sharing their experience and helping others. — The presence of an official person on the forum is also a strong motivational factor and should not be underestimated by the makers of Mellel.

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